Anonymity on the Internet, what is best: VPN or TOR?
Total anonymity on the Internet is impossible, and in the best of cases, a specific phenomenon that it is not feasible to maintain for long periods of time. However, both VPN networks like TOR will help hide the identity of the user against third parties, what is best? We then reviewed the similarities, differences, advantages and drawbacks of using VPN and TOR.
Online privacy has become a growing concern for millions of users all over the world, either by sharing all sorts of personal information with third parties like Facebook, Google or Twitter; by possible cyber attacks; for the supervision of government agencies like the NSA or by limiting access to certain web pages.
By much that some still believe that sail by Internet is an activity anonymous the reality is stubborn. Browsing in incognito mode of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers are not an effective method to maintain anonymity on the Internet, that is why more and more users opt to use a VPN network or connect through Tor.
Both systems will make up as two methods of transport for sail by Internet. However, the differences between Tor and a network VPN are considerable: a network VPN is could resemble with a plane ultralight, quite fast but also expensive, facing Tor, that could assimilate is with a bus, to the scope of any but much more slow.
Advantages of using Tor
The purpose of TOR (The Onion Router) is the anonymity when surfing the Internet. For this, the information of the user is bounces between different nodes before arrive to the destination or website end, so that last server is unable of determine the location and it information private as the IP of the origin.
Said at the beginning that the anonymity total not exists, and Tor not is an exception. Although is one of the best systems for navigate of form anonymous, the node end of the network decrypts them data for access to the destination required by the user initial, what opens the door to possible vulnerabilities. Difficult but not impossible.
If Browse by Tor, is fundamental that you are aware of that not is is of a system to test of bullets. The security level is very high if you use secure connections (HTTPS), but low otherwise.
To maintain your anonymity to except is fundamental to avoid send information personal without encrypt as your mail electronic, location or phone mobile.
Advantages of using a VPN network
By simplify, VPN (Virtual Private Network or private Virtual Network) networks, in Spanish added a VPN – tunnel – on the user’s main network. Basically, a network VPN pick up your connection, it encrypts and it sends to another server. Instead of having your computer go directly to Google first access to an intermediate server, and from there, go to Google.
Use a network VPN is recommended, for example, at the time of navigate within a network WiFi public since of it otherwise you risk to third can see all what do in Internet. To the use a tunnel only will be visible your connection with the server intermediate, that will be that of truth run the requests to Google, Facebook and others.
Another of them advantages of use a VPN facing it navigation usual is that can “fool” to the rest of the world on your location: If are in Madrid and the server VPN that you use is is in United States all them websites to which access believe that you are a user of United States, what opens the possibility of jump is limitations geographical in all type of content.
When is it best to use Tor? And a VPN?
Although there are some providers of services free as Hello, the majority of services VPN-them more powerful-are of payment. On the contrary, the Tor network is free by definition, since it uses the users own connections to establish nodes.
Anonymity in a VPN network is relative anyway since much that promise different companies that provide this service which does not store information about its users, it is difficult to think that they can keep his word to a court order.