TorGuard Reviews

Launched in 2012, TorGuard is a Nevis, West Indies-based company that offers VPN services. The company’s website explicitly states that the TorGuard service has nothing to do with the Tor project, as the name might suggest (although it does say that it supports the project through donations). Rather, its target audience is Torrent seeders and leechers.

Servers and locations

TorGuard claims that it has over 1250 servers in more than 42 countries around the world with multiple endpoints in each location.

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Some of these countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, France, England, India, and New Zealand. For the complete list, head to the FAQ section.

Supported VPN protocols

The TorGuard VPN service supports OpenVPN, L2TP as well as PPTP protocols. In addition, it also offers socks5 torrent proxy services. “Our OpenVPN service offers both UDP/TCP connection options on a variety of ports and is configured to work in countries like China, Iran, Syria, or UAE where VPN protocols and ports are heavily filtered by ISP’s at government request,” the company says on its website.

As for the VPN encryption options, TorGuard offers the following four:

  • AES-128 — Advanced Encryption Standard (128bit) CBC mode
  • AES-256 — Advanced Encryption Standard (256bit) CBC mode
  • Blowfish — Blowfish (128bit) CBC mode
  • None — No encryption

The TorGuard VPN service defaults to AES-256, although the company does say that “it may cause a slight speed loss for some users.” For those choosing ‘None,’ it’s worth mentioning that your login details will still be encrypted and your IP address will also be hidden.

Platform support

TorGuard is compatible with almost all major OS platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, with detailed ‘Getting started’ guides available for each. Official support is also available for VPN routers like DDWRT, Tomato and pfsense firewalls.

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A quick looks at the service’s downloads page reveals that the company also offers proxy extensions for Web browsers like Firefox and Chrome, as well as Router Setup Tool for Windows, Mac, and Debian Linux.

Pricing and payment methods

TorGuard offers multiple services, including Anonymous Proxy, Anonymous VPN, and Anonymous Email, costing $5.95, $9.99, and $6.95 a month, respectively.

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As you can see in the image above, there’s also an Anonymous Bundle that costs $11.54/month. This bundle consists of the Anonymous Proxy and Anonymous VPN packages. It’s worth knowing that a free Viscosity licence is included with all VPN plans.

The Anonymous VPN also includes a Stealth VPN service that the company says is “guaranteed to bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) firewalls and provide ‘invisible’ VPN access anywhere in the world.”

Like many other VPN services in the market, TorGuard also does not offer any free trials. However, you do have an option to cancel your account within 7 days without penalty – so that’s basically a 7-day money back guarantee.

As for the supported payment modes, TorGuard’s website says it accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard, Discover, PayPal , Google Checkout, as well as Bitcoins. In addition, the company also accepts anonymous payments through its pre-paid PIN system. “These pre-paid service PIN numbers can be purchased from one of our participating online resellers and redeemed during checkout on our website,” the company says.

Limit on simultaneous connections

TorGuard allows 5 simultaneous connections per account, meaning – for example – you can use the VPN service on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and one more device in parallel. If that’s not enough, you can add more connections/devices for $1 each (per month) from within your account.

Privacy

We reached out to the team behind TorGuard with a list of questions about their service. Here are their answers to some of our privacy-related queries:

Q. Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you to match an IP-address and a time-stamp to a user of your service? If so, what information and for how long?

A. No logs or time stamps are kept whatsoever. TorGuard does not store any traffic logs or user session data on our network. In addition to a strict no logging policy we run a shared IP configuration across all servers. Because there are no logs kept with multiple users sharing a single IP address, it is not possible to match a user with an IP and time stamp.

Q. Is BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic allowed on all servers? If not, why?

A. Yes, BitTorrent and all P2P traffic is allowed. By default we do not block or limit any types of traffic across our network.

Q. Which payment systems do you use and how are these linked to individual user accounts?

A. We currently accept over 200 different payment options through all forms of credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, altcoins (e.g. dogecoin, litecoin + more), Alipay, UnionPay, CashU, 100+ Gift Cards, and many other methods. No usage can be linked back to a billing account due to the fact that we maintain zero logs across our network.

Q. What is the most secure VPN connection and encryption algorithm you would recommend to your users? Do you provide DNS leak protection and tools such as “kill switches” if a connection drops?

A. For best security we advise clients to use OpenVPN connections only and for encryption select AES256 with 2048bit RSA. AES128 is also considered very safe and is a great option if download speed is a priority. Yes, TorGuard provides a full range of security features including a connection kill switch, application kill switch, DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection, WebRTC leak protection, and Stealth VPN services. All encryption and security features are available to clients at no additional charge

For more details, here are a couple of really useful resources on TorGuard’s website .

User Reviews

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  • Kyle

    I have had multiple vpns my favorite that I have come across is Private Internet Access. I purchased a month of Torguard because I was wanting its extra features like the proxy, stealth mode and email service. All of those are great in my opinion what’s not so great is the main feature the vpn app. Compared to PIA the the app is clunky especially on Android. Walking out of the house my phone will switch from wifi to data. PIA will stop my Internet traffic until it reconnects to the vpn, where torguard says it’s connected but isn’t, you have to reconnect,every time. PIA also has a steady and fast torrent download speed where torguard can be high-speed at times but tends to be very inconsistent. That is not just with torrents either using the speed test by ookla pia won or tied every every time. I tested each 10 times. In the end torguard is only with it if you need stealth mode easy to use encrypted email or proxy service otherwise the cheaper and better service is PIA.

  • Kevin

    Great price for feature set…..great support. Speed sometimes suffers….. inconsistent at times. Overall, pretty solid

  • Michael

    Pretty good speeds, no usage limits like on my previous provider (Cyberghost) who has false advertising posting everywhere that you have “Unlimited bandwidth” when really they impose an 80gb “fair usage” quantity. This VPN is perfect for heavy torrenters :)

  • Phil

    DO NOT BE FOOLED!!! Ofer anonymous VPN and access to BBC IPLayer. Once they have your money they ask for $4.99 a month extra for dedicated streaming VPNs … whatever they are .. all VPNs allow streaming USUALLY.
    DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!!

  • IWillNotInsertMyNameHere

    I think this vpn is really good, i havent had that much problems.
    If you look for safe vpn’s. This one should be on your top 5 list.
    (i would place it at place 2).

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