Tor Guard VPN Review 2022

TorGuard is a popular cybersecurity company that offers a range of services for individuals and businesses, including encrypted cloud storage, encrypted email services, and VPNs. With up to eight simultaneous connections, over 3,000 servers in more than 50 countries, and 24/7 customer support, it looks impressive on paper and seems to have all the bases covered.

On the other hand, we didn’t find TorGuard as easy to use as some of the best VPN services we’ve tested, and it didn’t perform as well when testing streaming services like Netflix, iPlayer, and Prime Video. In our in-depth review of TorGuard, we look at the best reasons to use it, but also where it fails. We also look at how it compares to the competition to help you decide if it’s the right VPN for you.

Features Data

Over All Rank

#15

Usability

3/5

Log Files

No Logging Policy

Locations

55 Countries, 3000+ Servers

Support

24/7 Support, Live Chat, Tickets and Call Center

Torrenting &Netflix

Yes

Encryption/Protocol

256-bit AES, OpenVPN and More

Cost

$4.17/Month

TorGuard’s servers are located in over 50 countries. This gives users plenty of opportunities to share rich content from all over the world. It also means that no matter where the user is located, there will be a server close to TorGuard (for optimal connection speeds).

TorGuard allows users to use up to eight connections at a time. However, users can purchase more for $1.00 per month (for each additional VPN connection). This is a useful option for those with many devices, but it’s worth noting that it’s a bit expensive considering the growing number of VPNs that allow unlimited simultaneous connections.

Stealth connections that bypass firewalls (e.g. China’s) are also available in all TorGuard VPN plans. There are also ad blockers and malware blockers that can be turned on and off in the software. All in all, that’s a lot of advanced features that make TorGuard the best VPN choice for almost any VPN user with advanced needs.

All tests were performed off-peak using beta.speedtest.net (html5) or the speedtest.net application. Connections were made over UDP using the standard Blowfish-128 encryption.

Speed Test - Tor Guard - Desktop

Location Trial Latency Download Speed Upload Speed

NoVPN

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

9ms

9ms

9ms

98.05 Mbps

98.38 Mbps

98.14 Mbps

11.84 Mbps

11.53 Mbps

11.98 Mbps

US West

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

32ms

34ms

30ms

32ms

92.74 Mbps

95.41 Mbps

83.30 Mbps

90.48 Mbps

11.26 Mbps

10.49 Mbps

10.75 Mbps

10.83 Mbps

Sweden

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

335ms

338ms

334ms

336ms

16.14 Mbps

9.28 Mbps

15.15 Mbps

13.52 Mbps

4.03 Mbps

2.15 Mbps

2.74 Mbps

2.97 Mbps

Hong Kong

Trial 1

Trial 2

 Trial 3

Average

340ms

339ms

337ms

339ms

15.82 Mbps

16.66 Mbps

15.70 Mbps

16.06 Mbps

2.85 Mbps

2.04 Mbps

2.37 Mbps

2.42 Mbps

Australia

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

435ms

435ms

434ms

435ms

11.61 Mbps

11.23 Mbps

11.83 Mbps

11.56 Mbps

3.02 Mbps

1.63 Mbps

1.55 Mbps

2.07 Mbps

Speed Test - Tor Guard - Mobile

Location Trial Latency Download Speed Upload Speed

NoVPN

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

11ms

11ms

11ms

74.97 Mbps

74.68 Mbps

74.59 Mbps

14.42 Mbps

14.34 Mbps

13.93 Mbps

US West

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

33ms

37ms

36ms

35ms

18.44 Mbps

17.73 Mbps

18.67 Mbps

18.28 Mbps

13.46 Mbps

13.60 Mbps

13.34 Mbps

13.47 Mbps

Sweden

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

335ms

335ms

405ms

365ms

4.94 Mbps

3.16 Mbps

3.70 Mbps

3.93 Mbps

8.43 Mbps

9.83 Mbps

6.89 Mbps

8.32 Mbps

Hong Kong

Trial 1

Trial 2

 Trial 3

Average

374ms

367ms

366ms

369ms

1.99 Mbps

2.49 Mbps

2.31 Mbps

2.26 Mbps

5.15 Mbps

4.81 Mbps

5.13 Mbps

5.03 Mbps

Australia

Trial 1

Trial 2

Trial 3

Average

437ms

437ms

456ms

443ms

11.80 Mbps

11.82 Mbps

11.90 Mbps

11.84 Mbps

3.01 Mbps

2.44 Mbps

4.02 Mbps

3.16 Mbps

Torguard’s US servers performed better than almost any server I’ve tested before, and their international servers came close to broadband speed, which is a nice high score if you’ve seen my other reviews (since most of the international servers I’ve seen on other services have wide bandwidth and are generally poor). However, the default encryption is Blowfish-128, which is known/suspected to have weaknesses and is not the best for security and privacy. After manually changing the profile, it is apparently possible to use AES-256 (strong, but slower), but even that is not ideal. The US servers are close to broadband speeds, but overall lack mobile benchmarks.

Monthly Quarterly Yearly

Price/month

$9.99
$6.66
$4.99

Total Bill

$9.99
$19.99
$59.99

Billing Cycle

1 Month
3 Months
12 Months

With pricing starting at $9.99 per month, TorGuard is relatively inexpensive for its scope of services and features. The payment plans suggest that the longer you sign up for a plan, the less you pay. The current best deal is an annual payment of $59.99, which is about less than $5 per month.

But where TorGuard really shines is its payment options. I’ve never seen a provider that offers so many payment options. It’s true that a lot of people are starting to accept cryptocurrencies these days, and those people aren’t just going the Bitcoin route.

As far as I know, their payment options include Litecoin, Blackcoin, and 22 other cryptocurrencies. This is in addition to the usual credit card, PayPal, paywall, and even gift card options.

TorGuard has a VPN server network of over 3,000 servers. They are located in 68 locations in over 50 countries. Their network includes some countries that are not supported by most VPN services, such as Moldova and the United Arab Emirates.

This network is a good size and puts TorGuard on par with many other leading VPN services, including NordVPN and Surfshark.

TorGuard is not a reliable VPN service for streaming, unless you want to pay $7.99 per month for a dedicated streaming IP address (which doesn’t do much for your privacy).

Unfortunately, it no longer works with Netflix, though it used to work on a handful of US servers. Also, TorGuard can’t unblock BBC iPlayer, which has been the case for months.

Most VPN providers have detailed privacy policies to address logging issues, but TorGuard’s privacy page is limited to one sentence, “TorGuard does not collect or log any data from its Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy services. That’s the simplest of privacy policies, but at least it’s easy to read.

If you’re willing to take the time to set it up, there are plenty of other options to help. For example, the Windows client can automatically start programs when the VPN connects and close them when it disconnects, so that everything you do online is always protected.

The key to this can be the user’s knowledge and experience. If you understand everything TorGuard has to offer, you’ll be able to set it up to provide excellent privacy and security. However, by default, the service is not very helpful, so web novices may get better results with apps that are much simpler and have few settings they are really familiar with (global kill switch, DNS leak protection, automatic connection when accessing unsecured networks).

No matter what country you’re from, encryption is still the best way to keep your network secureA private VPN is the most reliable way to ensure secure encryption. If you want to prevent unscrupulous companies and individuals from seeing and intercepting your online activities and sensitive personal data, you need private VPN encryption.

TorGuard has the most advanced encryption technology and protocols in the world. They use AES-256 encryption and SHA-512 – as well as unique, unbreakable protocols like Stunnel, OpenVPN, SSTP and SSH tunnel. TorGuard’s encryption and security protocols bring VPN security into the future.

Compatibility

TorGuard comes with user-friendly applications for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, as well as router compatibility.

Apps

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux
  • Router

TorGuard offers VPN software for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. There are very few VPN providers that provide a native Linux client with a graphical user interface.

TorGuard may also be installed on your home network, or you can purchase a pre-configured router from TorGuard’s website. This enables the VPN connection to be used by all devices in your house.

Streaming and gaming consoles

  • AppleTV
  • Fire TV from Amazon
  • Chromecast
  • Nintendo
  • PlayStation
  • Roku
  • Xbox

TorGuard VPN also has a dedicated software for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. While it is not suitable for streaming major video platforms, it is ideal for watching Kodi broadcasts anonymously.

TorGuard may also be used with a variety of game consoles and streaming devices by connecting them to a router running the VPN software.

However, some VPN providers include a Smart DNS function, which TorGuard does not. Smart DNS allows you to replace the DNS settings of devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation with those of a VPN server.

Using Smart DNS is much easier than configuring a VPN on your network.

Browser Add-ons

  • Chrome
  • Firefox

TorGuard subscriptions also include proxy addons for Chrome and Firefox.

TorGuard addons are not real VPN extensions because they do not encrypt your browser traffic.

Use the extensions in conjunction with TorGuard’s VPN software for further security.

TorGuard VPN for Windows

We installed the TorGuard program on a Windows 10 computer, and while the installation went smoothly, we ran into a problem when we tried to access the application. Despite the fact that we choose to open the program after installation, it did not show immediately on the taskbar. To launch the Windows client, we had to double-click the TorGuard shortcut on the desktop.

We anticipated TorGuard to have revamped the Windows client, but when we opened it, our dreams were shattered. Nothing has changed: the Windows client is still as unintuitive as it was before. For a VPN with a very user-friendly interface.

TorGuard’s UI shows a few choices, including the server you’re connected to the VPN protocol, a connect button, and the ability to auto-connect on app opening. The options don’t crowd the UI, but the way they’re set out makes it appear dated.

TorGuard’s Windows client automatically picks a server for you when you run it. If the default server selection isn’t suitable, use the “choose server” button to select a different location. TorGuard did not connect immediately after we hit the “connect” button. Instead, it requested us to input login information (email and password), but not before attempting to connect and, in the process, disconnecting our internet connection.

The company has not addressed two concerns that we raised in our earlier TorGuard VPN review. To begin, TorGuard’s Windows software lacks a login option, thus the only method to log in is to press the “connect” button. Second, the program does not take you to a login screen when you initially use it, which is unusual.

Once you log in, you will be immediately connected. TorGuard will display your connection time, protocol, encryption, IP address, and bandwidth use when connected. It lets you verify your IP address by clicking “verified,” which opens a browser with TorGuard’s IP address checker.

When you join, the software disables all but the disconnect button. In other words, unless you disconnect the app, you won’t be able to alter your location or change any of the settings. Another annoyance is that when the app is switched off, it continues to send an on-screen notice every five minutes or so.

Windows Client Configuration

TorGuard includes some simple settings that you may change without having to enter the settings page. For example, it just takes a few clicks to switch between UDP and TCP, pick the encryption, and specify the port.

When you click the “more settings” option, you enter a playground for experienced techies. There are several additional settings available, such as DNS setup options, the ability to configure OpenVPN with your preferred TLS version, and the ability to execute custom scripts. If you’re a novice, we recommend leaving things alone.

This is one of the best things I like about TorGuard – the customer support. I tried it out myself, and since I’m a bit picky about support for the products I pay for, I was suitably impressed. I complained to TorGuard tech support – via their chat – that the server’s VPN was too slow.

In most cases, this would generate a support ticket that would come with an automated email to me, blah, blah, blah. Not only did they respond, they provided some instructions on how to modify my TorGuard client and fixed the problem!

14-Days Average Speed

Locations Download Speed Upload Speed

USA Server

1045 Mbps
980 Mbps

UK Server

840 Mbps
820 Mbps

Germany Server

1450 Mbps
1260 Mbps

Refund Policy

What do you do if you subscribe to one of TorGuard’s subscription plans only to find yourself wishing to get out of such a long-term commitment?
To begin, we must highlight that there is a 7-day free trial period to get your feet wet with their service before parting with your money.

However, if you still need to terminate our membership, please keep the following in mind:

  • Only basic packages are eligible for refunds. You will not be able to get a refund for a dedicated IP address.
  • Only requests received within seven days after subscribing will be reimbursed.
  • If the Terms of Service are violated, refunds may be withheld.
  • Payments made using gift cards will not be reimbursed; “cards that cannot be refunded to the source will be used as a credit on your TorGuard account.”
  • Bitcoin refunds will be issued in the amount of the dollar equivalent at the time of distribution.

There were no leaks discovered.

According to our testing, TorGuard is another another leak-free VPN.

We ran it through the same series of tests that we put all of our VPNs through. TorGuard acquitted himself admirably.

This is definitely a corporation concerned about leaks. They’ve gone to great lengths to build a secure product, and they’ve backed it up with a built-in kill switch. Consider a kill-switch to be a starship’s escape pod. 

Furthermore, the installation files were as clean as they come!

Pros
  1. Affordable
  2. Multiple servers around the globe
  3. At least 8 concurrent connections
  4. Highly customizable subscriptions
Cons
  1. Locked customer
  2. Some additional privacy features
  3. Unclear privacy policy
  4. No public controls

Frequently Asked Questions

Is TorGuard suitable for torrenting?

TorGuard is suitable for torrenting. It supports peer-to-peer communication on its network and employs AES-256 encryption to ensure the security of your connection. TorGuard also provides a SOCKS5 proxy if you prefer to torrent without using a VPN.

Where is TorGuard Based?

TorGuard does not reveal its location. TorGuard’s parent business, VP Networks LLC, is headquartered in Florida, and DMCA petitions are routed to an office in Orlando, Florida.

How secure is TorGuard?

TorGuard adheres to a no-logs policy. This implies that TorGuard does not collect any information from users who use its anonymous VPN or proxy network.

Is there a free trial version of TorGuard?

No, not at all. TorGuard has a seven-day money-back guarantee, which means you may obtain a refund with no questions asked within seven days. However, you must pay for a plan in advance.

Does TorGuard keep a log?

The firm guarantees that no logging takes place while VPN browsing. They do not retain any sensitive information (such as credit card information), and any contact information I supplied them is encrypted and only utilized during interaction with me.

It is reasonable to claim that TorGuard keeps users secure – you can easily attain complete anonymity with them!

How can I get started with TorGuard VPN?

Simply said, it is simple to use. The download took less than a minute, and the installation was quick. Entering the software’s interface provided me with all key options directly on the main screen; I fiddled with them until I reached a maximum speed and then continued to surf anonymously without incident.

Bottom Line

TorGuard is good. It makes decent privacy promises, the app is usable and easy to use, and the speed has strengths and weaknesses where you’d expect them. It’s available, but doesn’t stand out as an original service, aside from the various service packages that might be of interest to some.

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