Tor Over VPN, or Vice Versa?

There is always the debate about which tool is better, VPN or Tor; and for a short answer: it depends.

Tor for Anonymity

Tor has always been considered providing stronger anonymity than VPN; your data first arrives at the network through a random node around the world. It then makes a minimum of two hops, eventually passing through a random exit node to its last destination — no sole node will see the whole picture of your activities:

VPN for Privacy

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, encrypts internet traffic, usually only routing through one hop. They retain stability and speeds, faster than Tor, to paying consumers. The benefit of using a VPN is that your ISP is not privy to your internet browsing habits, and network traffic.

Using TOR over VPN

User → VPN → Tor → Internet

Using VPN Over TOR

User → Tor →VPN →Internet

Conclusion

When using the combination of the two tools, it becomes exceedingly difficult for LE and other adversaries to identify you. At the end of the day, the option is up to you depending on what you wish to accomplish via your internet browsing and activities.

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