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TorGuard VPN review: Serviceable speeds and the right privacy promises


TorGuard in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes
Business location: Florida
Number of servers: 3,000+
Number of country locations: 46
Cost: $60
VPN protocol: OpenVPN (default)
Data encryption: AES-128-GCM (default)
Data authentication: SHA-256
Handshake: TLSv1.3 

TorGuard is a no-nonsense VPN service. You won’t find a ton of extra features. There are no double VPN connections, specialized TOR over VPN connections, or anything like that. It’s a straight-up VPN connection over OpenVPN, WireGuard, or OpenConnect, with 46 country options on OpenVPN to choose from.

TorGuard (that’s “Tor” as in “torrents”) makes the right privacy promises, doesn’t cost too much, and is pretty simple to use. You might even forget you’re using it, which is perhaps the best advantage of all.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Features and services

TorGuard uses a single-panel app with all the pertinent settings right up front, including server location, VPN protocol (dubbed Tunnel Type), several port options along with the version of SHA you’d like to use for authentication, and the encryption cipher for the actual data.

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TorGuard’s default view.

If you don’t touch anything, TorGuard will select all of these settings for you. In some cases during our testing it selected a port with SHA1, but you can change that if you’d rather use SHA-256 or SHA-512. AES-128-GCM is the default encryption cipher, but you can bump that up to AES-256-GCM if you like.

Choosing a new location is just a question of hitting Select Server underneath the current location, and then selecting your specific location from the list. TorGuard doesn’t provide any ping times on this list, though you can filter the list by Usage. This list also shows which servers support WireGuard. That may have been helpful at some point, but now all of the company’s servers appear to support the new VPN protocol.

Settings options are pretty straightforward. There’s an AppKill feature that lets you set a list of specific applications you don’t want hitting the internet when the VPN disconnects. TorGuard also has a more generic kill switch to shut down all connectivity on your computer if the VPN connection drops. You can find this feature under More Settings > Network > Seamless reconnect > Kill Switch.

TorGuard will also let you customize your DNS servers, and set the minimum TLS version to use (the default at this writing was 1.3).



Source: PCWorld Reviews, Author: Ian Paul

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