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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:
All your data is protected with an extra layer of encryption. This makes it twice as hard for criminals to decipher.
As your actual IP address was changed by the first VPN server, the second server doesn’t have any information about you.
Nobody, not even your ISP can see your final destination on the web. They can only know that you are using a VPN service.
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:
People who dare to stand up and advocate the freedom of speech have to take extra steps to protect themselves. With Double VPN you can access information securely, and report the news without the fear of being watched or harmed.
Double VPN may be a great help if you travel or live in a highly restricted country, known for heavy censorship, tracking, and surveillance. Double encryption for your internet traffic makes it twice as hard for snoopers to track you.
You can never be too careful when working with whistleblowers, informants, and other vulnerable sources. Use double traffic encryption to make doubly sure you can discuss sensitive topics in private.
If you want to prevent third parties from tracking your IP or need secure access to websites, a standard VPN connection is more than enough.
Double VPN may slow down your connection a little. This is because your traffic goes through two VPN servers, which improves security but also makes the journey longer.
For this specific purpose, we have the Onion Over VPN solution, which routes your internet traffic through one VPN server, and then sends it to the Onion network.
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.
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.
Open the NordVPN app.
Find “Specialty servers”.
Tap Double VPN and get connected. Or manually choose the servers that suit your needs best.