With NordVPN you can combine the anonymizing powers of the Onion network and the extensive benefits of a VPN service for full online privacy and security.
The Onion network and a VPN service are both used for private browsing experience. While they share some similarities, the main difference is that the Onion browser is designed for anonymity but routes only HTTP traffic. Using it together with VPN adds an extra layer of encryption to ensure top-level privacy.
Therefore, combining the anonymizing powers of the Onion Router and the extensive benefits of the NordVPN service, you can achieve the maximum online security and privacy while browsing the web.
The Onion Router (Tor) is a free network of volunteer-operated servers, which randomly sends and encrypts your online traffic across various exit nodes in separate locations.
So instead of taking a direct route from the source to the destination, your Internet data will enter the Onion network via a random relay anywhere around the globe. Then it will make at least one additional hop and, finally, will go through a random exit node to its final destination on the web.
Furthermore, when your Internet traffic enters Tor network, it will go through layers of encryption at every point of connection, making it difficult to identify from where the traffic has originated and where it has exited.
That means the entry node will see your real IP address, but not the final destination on the web, while the exit node will know the final destination, but not your IP address.
Even though no single relay can see the full picture of what you are doing online, your Internet Service Provider will know that you are using the Tor network to access the Internet, which, in fact, is restricted in the most authoritarian countries.
What is more, any node in the Onion network can be set up and run by anyone on the Internet. In theory, any government could deploy thousands of relays to monitor users’ behavior online.
And since your online traffic is unencrypted at the exit node, there is a slight chance for a request to be associated with an individual user connecting with a real IP address. This can be risky for any political and human right activist, journalist, and blogger, who work and live in censorship-heavy countries.
Therefore, it is highly recommended to use a VPN service together with the Onion network to ensure that:
With unique Onion Over VPN solution, your Internet traffic will be routed through our VPN server first and then sent to the Onion Router. After the traffic finally reaches the final destination on the Internet via one of the Tor exit relays, it will be next to impossible to trace it back to you.
Usually, the Onion network can only be accessed with the Onion browser, while with NordVPN’s Onion Over VPN servers you don’t need to download it.
All you need to do is connect to an Onion Over VPN server, and NordVPN will take care of the rest. However, if you prefer, you can also connect to our regular servers, and then use the Onion browser as usual. Any way you choose, we will ensure that your Internet traffic remains protected.
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