TorGuard Review

TorGuard is a popular VPN service that was founded in 2012, but has its relatively long stay in the industry made it one of the best VPN services?

Among TorGuard’s many offerings, the VPN provider promises its users “complete privacy”. This is one reason we were especially excited about putting TorGuard through extensive and rigorous tests.

This VPN review provides answers to questions such as:

  • Is TorGuard a secure VPN?
  • Does TorGuard store user logs?
  • Does TorGuard allow streaming and torrenting?
  • Does TorGuard work well in China?

Starting from TorGuard’s speed, let us take you through an in-depth and unbiased review of this VPN service.

Before we provide answers to these questions, let us consider some TorGuard pros and cons:

  • Strong zero-logs policy
  • Lots of privacy features and tools
  • Speeds on same-country connections are impressive
  • Access to Netflix is inconsistent
  • Slow speeds on international connections
  • Unorganized customer support

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Speed and Reliability Test

Impressive Speeds on Same-country Connections

TorGuard’s speeds on local connections have remained impressive, though its international performance has taken a hit. TorGuard will be a good choice if you are just looking for a VPN service that would allow you surf the web and stream online, but you may want to consider other VPN services with super-fast overall speeds if you’ve got some more complex stuff to do online.

Before connecting to TorGuard:

Download Mbps
91.18
Upload Mbps
97.65

When connected to TorGuard:

Download Mbps
85.76
Upload Mbps
90.8

Our speed test results from our physical London location using a London test server.

Before connecting to TorGuard:

  • 91.18Mbps (download)
  • 97.65Mbps (upload)

When connected to TorGuard:

  • 85.76Mbps (download)
  • 90.8Mbps (upload)

We observed a download speed loss of 6% when connected to TorGuard.

TorGuard’s fast upload speeds and decent same-country ping times of 9ms make it a great choice for gamers and torrenters.

According to our tests from our location in the UK, here are the average speeds you can expect when in these locations:

DOWNLOAD AVERAGE UPLOAD AVERAGE
US 34 Mbps 35 Mbps
Australia 20 Mbps 10 Mbps
Germany 74 Mbps 63 Mbps
Singapore 31 Mbps 20 Mbps

According to our tests from our location in the UK, here are the average speeds you can expect when in these locations:

  • US: 34Mbps (download) & 35Mbps (upload)
  • Australia: 20Mbps (download) & 10Mbps (upload)
  • Germany: 74Mbps (download) & 63Mbps (upload)
  • Singapore: 31Mbps (download) & 20Mbps (upload)

Good Server Network

Over 3,000 Servers Spread Across 51 Countries

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TorGuard’s server network covers 51 countries, which means that you shouldn’t experience any trouble finding a nearby server no matter where you are in the world.

TorGuard does not state the exact number of IP addresses it maintains, but its over 3,000 servers suggest that it is unlikely that users would experience slow speeds and server congestion.

TorGuard offers city-level options in ten US cities – Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Miami. City-level choices are also available in a few other countries such as Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel, and India, with two different cities in each country. We were pretty disappointed to discover that TorGuard does not offer city-level options in the UK, though.

TorGuard also lacks significant presence in South America (only two servers in Chile and Brazil) and Africa (only two servers in South Africa and Egypt). If you are based in these areas or you plan to visit, we’d recommend a VPN provider like PureVPN due to its vast selection of VPN server locations.

Bypassing Censorship

Reliable in China

TorGuard is a good choice for users in China, despite the government’s crackdown on VPN services. TorGuard’s Stealth VPN protocol, STunnel, is effective in evading China’s Great Firewall.

STunnel can be activated by simply ticking a box in the VPN’s app. This protocol adds an extra layer of encryption to your VPN connection.

TorGuard user reports suggest that the VPN also works well if you connect to its US, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, or Hong Kong servers. Keep in mind that the TorGuard website is currently blocked in China, so you must download the VPN before your trip to the country.

TorGuard has also proven to be reliable in other countries with high censorship such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Encryption and Security: Top Level Security and Privacy Features

  •  Encryption: AES-256
  •  Protocol: OpenVPN (TCP/UDP); IKEv2/IPsec; L2TP/IPsec; PPTP; SSTP
  •  Security: VPN kill switch; IPV6 leak blocking; DNS leak blocking; Supports TCP 443; WebRTC leak blocking; First-party DNS
  •  Advanced features: SOCKS; Dedicated IP; Ad Blocker

TorGuard is an incredibly secure VPN service which uses some of the most secure features – OpenVPN, the strongest VPN protocol, and AES-256, the highest level of encryption.

TorGuard also operates its own DNS servers and has a VPN kill switch, designed to protect user information. Other TorGuard advanced settings include custom proxy servers, app kill (to terminate listed apps in the event of a connection drop), and dedicated IP addresses.

Streaming and Torrenting

Not Compatible with Netflix and BBC iPlayer but Great Choice for Torrenting

Before now, we used to be able to unblock Netflix using TorGuard, but this is no longer the case.BBC iPlayer also remains blocked on all of TorGuard’s servers, which is frustrating for streaming fans.

  •  Torrenting

TorGuard is a great choice for torrenting, as it permits P2P activity on all of its servers. A combination of fast upload speeds, a transparent zero-logs policy, and a VPN kill switch make it an excellent VPN service for torrenting.

Logging Policy

Strong No-logs Policy but Based in the US

TorGuard does not store any user logs, not even temporarily keeping log connection metadata which many VPN services use for the running of their network. this means that nothing about your online activity via TorGuard can be traced back to you.

  •  Jurisdiction

TorGuard is a US-based VPN service owned by VPNetworks LLC. Beyond its name, nothing else is known about this company, which is a plus for a VPN provider, but we’d always prefer a more transparent online presence for any VPN service.

The United States isn’t an ideal location for a VPN service, but TorGuard’s zero-logs policy means that there is nothing to worry about. TorGuard would have nothing to hand over if law enforcement agents were to request your personal information.

Ease of Use

Best for Experienced Users

TorGuard’s native apps are more suited to experienced VPN users looking to customize every aspect of the app. Asides its cluttered design, TorGuard works really well.

The TorGuard apps use the OpenVPN protocol, and users can manually select TCP or UDP if they so please. There are loads of advanced settings – well organized to enable you add improved security layers, execute custom scripts, or switch to TorGuard’s proxy servers.

TorGuard is easy to use – once you download and install the app from the website, sign up for an account, then visit the downloads section to select the device you wish to use TorGuard on.

Devices and Operating Systems

Cannot Be Installed on all Major Platforms

TorGuard has native apps for Microsoft Windows, iOS, MacOS, Linux, and Android devices. TorGuard can also be installed on your router, or you can buy a pre-configured router from the TorGuard website.

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Windows

Mac

iOS

Linux

Android

Router

Streaming Devices and Game Consoles

AppleTV

Amazon Fire TV

Chromecast

PlayStation

Nintendo

Xbox

TorGuard works well with a range of streaming devices and game consoles. All you need do is connect them to a router running on TorGuard’s software. There is also a native app for Amazon Fire TV and Stick, which you can easily download and install in your device.

Pricing

Plans and Payment Methods

TorGuard’s standard monthly plan costs $9.99, which is fair enough compared to other VPN services. But you can make bigger savings on longer plans – the six and 12-month plans save you 50% at $4.99 per month.

TorGuard offers a ‘no questions asked’ seven-day money-back guarantee, in place of a free trial. TorGuard says users will be refunded if they are “less than 100% satisfied” with the service, and refund requests will be processed within 3-4 days.

TorGuard accepts a wide range of payment options, including PayPal, a significant number of cryptocurrencies, and all major credit and debit cards. The VPN service, through its partnership with Paymentwall, also accepts Neosurf and Alipay.