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Difference between Tor browser and Tor over VPN

Everyone with a paid Proton VPN plan has access to Tor over VPN, which lets you access onion sites and the Tor network with a single click.

So what are the key differences between using the Tor browser and Tor over VPN?

  • First and foremost, you do not have to install any additional software to your device other than the Proton VPN app to use Tor over VPN.
  • With Tor over VPN, you can access onion sites, like Proton Mail’s Tor website, using your favorite browser.
  • By connecting to a VPN service first, you prevent your Internet service provider from knowing that you are using Tor.

Note: When you connect to Proton VPN, we will be able to see your IP address, like any VPN service. This may be an issue if you trust Proton VPN less than the Tor network.

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  1. JC

    When connecting to the ProtonVPN-tor servers , what happens when you launch the TORBrowser? would you advise against doing this? or is it safe to do this?

  2. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello. That would put another layer of TOR on your network and you are not “winning” that much out of it, more like loosing internet connection speeds, so we would not advise doing so since its already as secure as it could be.

  3. Shay

    Can tor over VPN be accomplished on Linux?

  4. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Shay. Yes, it is possible, its as simple as it is while connecting to a standard server, no different configurations are required.

  5. Matula

    Hello, I have just a doubt, I read that Tor Network works on TCP protocol only, but you offer also UDP for that connection so how does it work ? Thanks

  6. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Matula. Since the connection between you and the server can be made with IKEv2 or OpenVPN protocols including TCP and UDP and since its not in tor network yet, you can connect to it in all three ways. Since only the connection from server to TOR network is being made, that is the place where TCP connection takes place.

  7. zm

    this is really cool. thank you for this really innovative service! I sincerely hope that I am someday competent enough to contribute to the proton team. The more I learn about your initiatives and work, the more I hope for a better future with less inequities

  8. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello! We love to hear that you appreciate our services! We will keep on building for whats the best for our customers and securing the internet one step at a time!

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