TorGuard VPN Review

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UPDATED TorGuard VPN REVIEW 2016
GoodTorGuard VPN has excellent service offerings, plenty of pricing options and payment options, fantastic customer support with 24/7 live chat, and fast speeds for torrenting, downloads, HD streaming rank it among the best. It also works with Netflix if you purchase a dedicated IP. See this article here.
Bad / TorGuard‘s design aesthetic feels a bit too “hackery” but the interface and navigation work well enough. TorGuard VPN has now updated their client with a better-looking interface!
Verdict / While TorGuard’s name comes from the “tor” in torrent and the service does work well with torrenting, TorGuard has grown into a top-notch VPN provider that works great for a variety of uses. With added features like Stealth proxy, Encrypted email, and even Firefox/Chrome apps–TorGuard’s dedication to privacy and encryption makes it much more than a simple BitTorrent proxy. It has some incredible offerings for advanced and basic users alike, and it’s the best VPN value around if you want the best blend of features, price, and performance.

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TorGuard VPN Review September 2016 Update

UPDATE 9/27/2016:

TorGuard VPN has just launched an update to their service which made some very cool improvements. They improved their visual interface, added Stealth VPN servers for every server, and also added server filtering.

Pricing 9/10

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TorGuard‘s basic pricing starts at $9.99 for its VPN service. The Anonymous Proxy service costs $5.95 a month while Private Email costs $6.95 a month and Smart DNS $5.95 a month.TorGuard also has dedicated IP addresses for $7.99 per month which could be useful for those looking to set up game servers or use specific websites that work well with one IP address.

While TorGuard’s basic VPN service is a little bit more expensive than a few other competitors, it’s numerous services with fair pricing provide a great model for any user. The service also has an extremely affordable package at $19.99 for 3-months, $29.99 for a six-month subscription, and annual subscription only costs $59.99.

Interested users can also purchase multiple simultaneous use licenses (comes with five already), a dedicated IP, DDOS protection, and extra Viscosity licenses (TorGuard’s Viscosity client).

TorGuard has numerous payment methods available including payment through gift cards and Bitcoin. The only bad thing is that they don’t offer a free trial. That said, most major VPN providers don’t. TorGuard does offer a 7-day refund policy.

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VPN Client 10/10

torguard-vpn-review-1TorGuard‘s primary service is Anonymous VPN. The VPN service can be accessed through the TorGuard lite client or the Viscosity client. True to its name, the lite client is very lightweight and straightforward to use. Overall, it feels like a very minimalist app that gets your running quick.

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The application feels very traditional with a simple interface. You only launch the app, enter your credentials, pick your preferred server (or if will automatically select one for you) and once you connect you’re ready to go. Its basic setup is super smooth, but there are still plenty of features packed in for more advanced users. The client, now with a brand new visual update in 2016, looks great with great contrasting colors that make the interface very easy to use and appealing visually.

The lite client features auto start which can be useful for remembering to launch the service. Other security protection features like WebRTC leak block and DNS leak block are great to see, as well as a built-in app kill as well as network kill switch which ensures that when your VPN disconnects so will your app or internet (like BitTorrent for example).

Stealth VPN is also included which is useful for users in censored countries. Recently, TorGuard also released a new Stealth Proxy feature alongside their Stealth VPN to make things even more secure. TorGuard dubs the app as a “lite” client; it often feels anything but with so many features available. Lately, TorGuard has been implementing more improvements like dedicated IP address integration, tons of more optimized servers, better encryption rates, server IP filtering, and Stealth VPN servers for every location. However, like I said, it’s very easy to use, so it’s nice to see TorGuard satisfying both sides of the tech spectrum.

For even more advanced users that are looking for more customization, there’s also a Viscosity client available. I prefer TorGuard’s Lite client since they’ve made so many advancements with it, but if you like Viscosity, it’s a good option to see included for free.

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The main difference from Viscosity and the lite client is the ability to customize the connection through connections like OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, and SSTP.

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Mobile Application 9/10

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The TorGuard client for iPhone felt very similar to the computer version. It looks virtually identical and acts the same without some of the more complex options. Simply pick a server, and connect! I would have liked to see a bit more flair in the client’s design (it feels very Android and a bit outdated).

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Extra Services 10/10

Anonymous Proxy

Besides TorGuard’s VPN offering, there is also an anonymous proxy. The proxy service is a cheaper alternative to a very specific offering. The proxy encrypts traffic and hides your IP address while browsing or torrenting while a VPN works as a software encrypting all internet traffic through the main connection. The proxy works with torrent applications, but it also works through browser extensions available on Chrome and Firefox. These proxy apps work very similarly to the Lite application in which users simply enter login credentials and then connect to the service. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find the TorGuard proxy on the Firefox app store, but the team did inform me that a store application was coming soon. Despite that, the Firefox app install is relatively easy with instructions available for manual install.

These proxy apps work very similarly to the Lite application in which users just enter login credentials and then connect to the service. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find the TorGuard proxy on the Firefox app store, but the team did inform me that a store application was coming soon. Despite that, the Firefox app install is relatively easy with instructions available for manual install.

Email

Email is the backbone of many personal and public businesses. Sure you could use Gmail, but if you’re worried about Google analyzing your data and targeting you with ads, or you just want an easy way to encrypt your email– you should be using anonymous email. That’s why it’s good TorGuard’s email offering starts off generous with a free 10mb box with just a sign-up. It has OpenPGP Encryption, unlimited offshore email storage, and mobile support. While it’s true that you might sacrifice some features from larger email providers, I liked that TorGuard kept key components like calendar, tasks, key storage,  bulk import, advanced search and other useful features.

While it’s true that you might sacrifice some features from larger email providers, I liked that TorGuard kept key components like calendar, tasks, key storage,  bulk import, advanced search and other useful features.

Router Offerings

While a majority of TorGuard‘s offerings focus on software or online offerings, they also sell pre-flashed DDWRT VPN routers with offerings from ASUS and Netgear. VPN routers are a great way to enable VPN security across a whole internet network. They sell powerful routers like the Netgear Nighthawk X6 or more affordable options like the Netgear R6250.

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I tested out a DDWRT router with TorGuard enabled and found the process needed configuration before it worked. I had to change my DNS to get the VPN enabled, but luckily TorGuard had a guide handy. Also, if you have password providers like LastPass, you need to be careful as the router password boxes can be glitchy and Lastpass tries to autofill data. This might be more of a LastPass issue because manual entry of login credentials work best for router menus.

Stealth VPN

One of TorGuard VPN’s strong points is its focus on providing services in censored countries like China where a “great firewall” encompasses the land–blocking out Netflix, Facebook, Google–and anything someone could want. They’ve engineered solutions so that people in these countries can effectively mask their IP addresses and appear like normal HTTP traffic. Stealth VPN works through the TorGuard Lite client, simply requiring the user to pick a stealth server instead of a regular one. Alongside Stealth VPN is their newly released Stealth Proxy feature which makes VPN connection invisible. It’s a double layered approach to security. While it might not be completely necessary for those in the United States, I could see it being very useful internationally.

Alongside Stealth VPN is their newly released Stealth Proxy feature which makes VPN connection invisible. It’s a double layered approach to security. While it might not be entirely necessary for those in the United States, I could see it being very useful internationally.

I particularly liked Stealth VPN and the proxy because the Stealth proxy speeds up TorGuard’s initial server load times. Switching servers is quick and efficient. It’s much faster compared to competitor OpenVPN server load times. Speaking of servers, TorGuard has tons of servers to access.They rank highest among VPNs with over 1400 (and counting) servers in 43 countries worldwide.

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Website 10/10

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In a lot of ways, TorGuard’s site doesn’t contain the same sort of cartoony brightness that other sites do. It’s a little refreshing, and it gives off more of a “VPN-tech” vibe, rather than a generic happy-go-lucky startup feel.

The website is designed well, and while it does offer a lot of services, everyone is easy to find if you can get a basic understanding of what they are offering. Knowledge guides are very easy to find on the support tab, and the live chat works well. They also have an extremely active and large forum with helpful guides.

Privacy 10/10 

TorGuard’s commitment to user privacy is another reason for me to recommend the service. They don’t keep any logs of user data or traffic. They also utilize secure 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption by default and allow the user to select their own encryption cipher if needed.

TorGuard VPN users can choose from BF-CBC, AES-128-CBC, and AES-256-CBC encryption on all servers. TorGuard VPN supports PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP protocols.

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Servers 10/10

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TorGuard offers a lot of servers with 1400 active servers available, but they also offer these services in a lot of locations (42!). Servers inside the clients connect fast and prove reliable with many options to choose from. Stealth Servers are perhaps one of TorGuard’s strongest points even if I do consider that an extra service. Every server here is promised not to be overloaded with 99.99% up time.

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Speed 10/10

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If you’re worried about speed, TorGuard won’t let you down. It’s probably the FASTEST VPN I’ve used for torrenting or media streaming. I got some impressive speeds without using the TorGuard lite client at 111.57 Mbps and 12.26 Mbps upload, but even with the client’s active Los Angeles VPN server up, my speeds were still very fast at 66.09 Mbps and 11.29 Mbps upload.

Speeds can vary with speed detectors as I also tested out a 1 GB BitTorrent download of Ubuntu and averaged around 20 Mbp which is what I get without a VPN. One of my favorite things about TorGuard VPN is also how fast it connects to a VPN when you use the app.

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Customer Support 10/10 

Like any good online business, TorGuard has a solid customer support team. It’s impressive, however, when considering how available their team is. I sent a message saying “Hello” and a rep answered mere seconds afterward. They are even active in chat rooms even at odd hours like 2 in the morning. I was chatting with a fellow named Jordan who seemed quite helpful.

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The team operates in shifts 24/7 with advanced support desk on site to help with difficult networking problems. I also noted that the team offers remote support which can be very useful for users who either lack the motivation or don’t like setting things up themselves.

Overall, TorGuard’s support team is the best I’ve seen yet. I like how easy it is to jump into chat as well, without a large amount of information required.  Great job here TorGuard.

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Verdict 

TorGuard has a lot of solid features and additions they’ve added to their arsenal over the years. There’s plenty here, for advanced users, but it’s also easy enough for non-power-users to figure out as well. TorGuard has tons of applications with great app support, and their services keep expanding to improve security internationally, as well as more servers and locations to increase speeds and accessibility to different locations. 1400+ servers is A LOT, and 43 different server locations feel like plenty.

Our most important features for a good VPN are speed, security, and service offerings. TorGuard delivers on each. I liked the email service that provided some much-needed tools, and I found their Lite client a joy to use.

Their DDWRT routers while solid, might need a little bit of configuration, but the team’s website has expanded with tons of articles that can help you get things running. Some of TorGuard’s features and pricing may be intimidating or confusing at first, but that can be expected with so many different products. That said, each service offering feels like a great product. The company also offers a seven day no hassle refund policy to make things go smoother.

If you’re looking for an advanced VPN or a simple VPN, TorGuard feels perfect either way. Their stance on security is well known, and they love to protect user data and are active advocates for internet freedom. As far as VPNs go, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Thanks for reading our TorGuard VPN review.

Comment below with your experiences–head over to our forums to participate in  the discussion or rate the VPN yourself to contribute to our community rating! Or if you want, leave your own TorGuard VPN review and let us know your thoughts on how you feel about TorGuard as a VPN service.

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Good

  • Easy to use VPN apps
  • Good customer service
  • Fast Download speeds
  • Tons of extra services and features
  • Incredibly solid encryption and privacy

Bad

  • Nothing!
9.8

Amazing

Pricing - 9
Software - 10
Mobile Software - 9
Extra Services - 10
Website - 10
Servers - 10
Privacy - 10
Speeds - 10
Support - 10
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6 Comments

  1. Worked great for me thanks, best vpn service i have had for a while.

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  2. Hi Spark,
    Most of the time I use my Samsung & Sony SmartTV and Playstation 3 console to stream movies from Netflix and Amazon rather than my computer or laptop. Which type of VPN service do I need to get?
    1)Anonymous proxy
    2)VPN Pro service
    3)Smart DNS

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      VPN Pro service. Keep in mind that you will need to utilize computer sharing with the VPN connection, or even purchase a VPN router to have VPN active on all Wi-Fi. Check out this guide on how to share VPN with Xbox or Playstation. The best surefire way to unlocking Netflix is to buy a dedicated IP. What’s the difference between dedicated and non-dedicated?

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  3. Thanks for the detailed review Tom. Purchased TG with the discount for cheap! I’m coming from ExpressVPN, but TG seems like it has everything but cheaper and faster so far.

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  4. Decent VPN. Not shit like PureVPN hahahahaha

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  5. Torguard is the fastest VPN I’ve used so far and it’s not even close. 300+Mbps down/200+Mbps up all while on a dedicated IP using access to their 10gbit premium network. I also have my connection set up with a pfsense box so all devices on my connection are encrypted. Torguard is dirt cheap if you use the 25% off recurring coupon here.

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