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What is Double VPN and how does it work?

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Double VPN is an advanced VPN security feature that routes your traffic through two VPN servers instead of one, encrypting your data twice.

Now with Double VPN, your online activity hides behind two servers instead of one, which is known as VPN server chaining. The working principle is rather simple:

  1. Your traffic is first encrypted on your device and redirected to a remote VPN server.
  2. It reaches the server and gets re-encrypted.
  3. The encrypted traffic then passes through a second VPN server, where it gets decrypted.
  4. You reach your internet destination securely and privately.

The benefits of sending your traffic through two VPN servers

Double encryption

All your data is protected with an extra layer of encryption. This makes it twice as hard for criminals to decipher.

IP protection

As your actual IP address was changed by the first VPN server, the second server doesn’t have any information about you.

Increased privacy

Nobody, not even your ISP can see your final destination on the web. They can only know that you are using a VPN service .

Why do I need double encryption?

The multiple encryption feature is indispensable when you need a high level of online security and privacy. Therefore, you may want to use Double VPN if:

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When don’t I need Double VPN?

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What is the difference between Double VPN and VPN chaining?

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In theory, there is very little difference. Double VPN operates on the same principle as VPN chaining (also known as multihopping, VPN over VPN, or using a layered VPN) — you route your data through multiple VPN servers instead of just one. In practice, the differences can be huge.

First, VPN chaining can involve more than just two VPN servers, although each additional node drastically cuts down your connection speed. While the extra encryption can make you feel safer, the actual security benefits fall sharply past two VPN servers — so anything beyond double encryption may simply not be worth the loss in surfing speed.

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Second and most importantly, VPN chaining can involve VPN servers from different providers. This keeps your data encrypted in case one VPN service’s servers are compromised, but comes with its own issues, from compatibility between the providers’ VPN clients to having to pay for extra subscriptions.

In reality, double encryption with a trusted VPN provider can be just as safe as manual VPN chaining — and it’s much faster, too. For example, NordVPN already uses diskless servers and doesn’t monitor your internet activities, making it near impossible to steal or seize your encrypted data.

Let’s double up your security

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If double encryption is what you need, go ahead and enable Double VPN. The feature is included in the NordVPN subscription package and is currently available in our Android, macOS, iOS, Linux, and Windows apps.

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Here’s how you can use Double VPN:


Open the NordVPN app.


Find “Specialty servers”.


Tap Double VPN and get connected. Or manually choose the servers that suit your needs best.

neutralYou’re all set – from now on till you turn Double VPN off, all your online communications will travel through two different encryption points, leaving no way for snoopers to access your data.

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