Day: February 11, 2020

Tor vs VPN

Tor vs VPN | Which one should you use for privacy

Tor vs VPN | Which one should you use for privacy

Tor vs VPN | Which one should you use for privacy,I want to settle this debate once and for all for versus a VPN which one is definitively better some of you already know the answer but given the recent Armageddon of VPN ads

and sponsorship deals all over the internet I feel it is my duty to use the back out of YouTube’s algorithm and let everybody know what the hell is going on VPN or tor Virtual Private

Tor vs VPN  network or The Onion Router both of these tools are marketed to people looking for better privacy and anonymity but only one of them does the job right and the other one was invented for a completely different purpose in this definitive  article comparison we’re looking all the

important technical and conceptual aspects behind poor and VPNs by the end of this  article you will better understand which technology is better suited for which purpose so let’s get into this anonymity the first marketing point of most consumer-grade VPNs as well as tor both of

they are effectively shielding your true IP address and giving you a new one that supposedly can’t be linked back to your true location VPNs do this by rerouting your connection through a single relay also known as hop this relay is a server that is best case scenario is owned by the

VPN provider itself and the more usual scenario is just a rented space on some other company’s server most providers give you the option of multiple hops but this is not a standard nor does it improve the anonymity in any way and here is why your VPN provider

acts as your entry and exit node they know your true IP address and they know what websites you visit if you don’t want to they can log this activity at any time if they are required by law

enforcement they can hand over all your browsing data to them because of many VPN services

are paid and they have a money trail that leads straight to your bank account or credit card and most cryptocurrencies aren’t anonymous anyway even worse for most VPNs signup requires providing some personal information such as your email account name and password these

identifiers are forever tied to your browsing activity while using the VPN  sir, on the contrary tor by default reroutes or traffic through three relays each one of the relays is operated independently and is chosen at random while only VPN providers can create new hops.

anybody can run relay on Tor network the benefit is that no single relay knows the full traffic they only know the nearest entry and exit points the random choice of these harps makes it very difficult for a single actor to operate more than one hub in your tour circuit and to

mitigate that tor automatically creates a new random circuit with a completely new set of relays each time you restart tor network or roughly every 10 minutes so connecting to a malicious exit node doesn’t compromise their security, in the long run, this makes persistent

tracking on tor prohibitively costly and it renders mass surveillance and economical the only successful way for law enforcement to compromise a tor user would be to correlate timings

between their entry and exit connections, this is a lot of guesswork that requires precise

targeting and loads of resources to be able to collect the data at both ends of the connection this can be done on mass with current technology and only global adversaries such as the

NSA or GCHQ have the capacity to successfully target tor users because of they already

monitored the entire internet traffic if done right tor can be used to escape even these targeted attacks but such option is simply not possible with any VPN provider so the anonymity goes without any doubt – tor privacy is a different concept than anonymity while anonymity shields

your identity privacy hides or activity many regular people that choose VPNs to do so to prevent their eyes fees from spying on their browsing history and selling it to advertisers what they don’t realize is that they are not enhancing their privacy they are just delegating the trust to a

the different company many VPN providers have been caught making money off of selling people’s browsing records but there are some reputable providers that do that however that doesn’t guarantee your ISP still can’t track your browsing history Internet is just a network of

networks in the only way it works globally are because these networks are willing to give each other access into each other’s network through peering or transit connections or it places called internet exchange points if your ISP meets with your VPN server on a pure network or

an internet exchange point if they can see what websites you’re visiting from the device  server as a matter of fact anybody within the reach of these points can do that tor, on the other hand, is made to avoid building circuits within the same peering networks or internet exchange
points that mean when tor reroutes or packets through three relays it is traveling on three independent networks that don’t talk to each other and don’t exchange each other’s data this successfully mitigates the threat of adversaries like your isp trying to snitch your browsing
activity at remote servers this privacy is taken by tor security okay but what about security VPNs are all about encryption they encrypt your data that’s true but what’s also true is that encryption has to be supported at both ends in order to work and VPNs encrypt your traffic on

your device and decrypted on the server that they control that means your traffic leaves your VPN network without the VPN encryption consumer-grade VPNs are not self-sustained overlay networks they’re basically just tunnels that transfer your traffic to a different place

before it enters the internet tour does the same but just about three times better tor encrypts our traffic three times once for each relay to individually prevent relay operators from eavesdropping on your traffic much like with VPNs once your traffic leave store exit node it

enters the internet unencrypted, however, tor is more than that it’s an overlay network which means tor can host onion web sites these onion web sites are part of the tour encryption so if you are using tor to access onion servers your entire traffic from the moment your device

initiates the connection all the way through to the encrypted onion server is fully encrypted and hidden from the clear internet you can’t do that with consumer VPNs and so tour wins this round again trust ya but if anyone can run their relay on a tour network this means bad guys

and the government can also run them which means they can monitor what I do and you’d be correct tor is completely free and opensource anyone can run it and anyone can try to abuse it but that’s the only way to achieve anonymity Eve only a small group of people used tor it will

be easy to identify them the more people use tor the stronger everybody’s anonymity gets this is why tour uses what is called a trustless design as a user of tor you are not required to trust any single provider you can always reroute your traffic at any time relay operators acquire no

personal data from you and no provider can choose to serve a node specifically for you users have the ultimate power tor project is a nonprofit its code is released as free software which means it is open and without any copyright restrictions there is no central authority in control

of tor almost everything is the exact opposite with VPNs they are centrally owned by a single company they are the ones that choose which servers you can select and you have to trust them with their data if they promise you not to keep any locks or not to sell your data it’s just a

promise that you will never be able to verify or hold them accountable for your VPN provider is in control of your traffic at all times on the Internet the only trustworthy system is the one you don’t have to trust at all tor is a clear winner of this category ease-of-use tor is not difficult

to learn but it does require some learning the easiest way to use tor is to get the tor browser there’s a version 4 own desktop operating systems and one official version for Android this is only useful for browsing using tor with other apps occasions and programs requires a little bit

of familiarity with configuration and settings, tor can be run system-wide but this can lead to errors that candy anonymize you the most stable way to use tor on your system is to get tails or who names both of these require experience with booting life operating systems and

troubleshooting problems with some potential hardware and machine specific limitations it can be done it’s just not for a soccer mom most VPNs usually come with user-friendly apps with nice UI design with big buttons and pleasant color palettes it is after all made by

companies that want to make money and not to build the most secure system possible they can be used with virtually no user interaction via mobile apps or desktop clients VPN apps immediately secure all network traffic on the device without any further configuration for

individual amps VPNs are business and businesses require happy customers ease of use is the domain of VPN providers price there are free VPNs and there are paid VPNs tor comes free by default there is no paid version with free VPNs you pay with their data tor doesn’t have this

problem because there is no market for anonymized data from the tor network so the price of VPN is either your data or their money or both the price of tor is sometimes their patient’s censorship resistance a lot of websites are blocking connections coming from tor and they’re

usually more permissive of VPN connections some countries block tor point and VPN networks altogether however tor easily circumvents the censorship with tor bridges hit an entry relays that make it look like you are connecting to a regular internet if using a VPN is

prohibited in your country there’s not much you can do to hide the fact that you are using one so tour wins and the entry point and VPNs when at the exit point not due to technical superiority but simply because web sites are more willing to accept VPN users since they are

much more easily identifiable so this round is played speed there is no question three

hops are always going to be slower than a single hop that’s why most VPNs are faster than

tor in most cases conclusion tor easily obliterates Virtual Private Networks and almost all categories and
even user-friendly swear VPNs prevail is that a big issue, because tor can be learned if necessary overall if you’re looking for a strong and annuity privacy security and ways to circumvent censorship and do all of these for free tor, is your only solution VPNs are useful
for accessing geolocation restricted content and they’re generally faster than tor simply due to them sacrificing stronger anonymity and security and that’s the end of this article that I hope will settle the debate toward versus VPN forever.

thanks, 😀

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