TorGuard vs NordVPN

Comparison & Test Results 2018

TorGuard

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TorGuard is a valid VPN choice for users who are looking for comprehensive VPN protection at a reasonable price. BitTorrent users will appreciate the service’s attitude toward file sharing.

TorGuard

NordVPN will prove to be an alluring choice for users who love movies, want to ensure their online privacy, have a need for speed and are looking for reliable access to content from around the globe.

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How to Choose a VPN

This head-to-head battle will feature NordVPN and TorGuard.

In this article, I’ll explain the 10 most important categories to consider when you’re making a VPN-buying decision. I’ll tell you why the category is important, reveal how well both providers perform in the category and then declare a winner for each area. After I’ve provided a look at all 10 service categories, I’ll tally the total score and declare an overall champ.

By the time you reach the end of this article, you should have more than enough information on hand to make an informed VPN-buying decision.

Connection Speed

It seems as if every device I own is connected to the internet. My Amazon Echo, my iPhone, my iPad, my MacBook - all of them are connected. Connected devices require fast connections.

When I test the connection speed of a VPN provider, I first test my ISP-only connection speeds. I then connect to the VPN I’m testing and test my connection speeds while connected to the VPN. All testing is performed during the same testing session to ensure correct speed readings. I use a gigabit fiber connection to the internet, so you results will vary.

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Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)

This local connection speed test is intended to provide a general idea about how well a VPN provider will perform when you’re connected to a VPN server inside your own country. (I use a U.S.-based VPN server for this test.)

Connection Speed Winner (U.S.): NordVPN


Provider

VPN DL Speed

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99.5 Mbps

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TorGuard

60.2 Mbps

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International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)

The international connection speed test will provide an estimate of the kind of performance a user will experience when connecting to a VPN server located in another country. (I use a U.K.-based VPN server for my tests.)

Connection Speed Winner (U.S. to U.K.): NordVPN


Provider

VPN DL Speed

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55.7 Mbps

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TorGuard

46.6 Mbps

Privacy

If you’re connected to the internet, someone is interested in your online activities. Your ISP wants to track your online travels so they can sell that information to the highest bidder. Hackers are trying to monitor your connection to steal your banking and credit card information.

Always research any potential VPN provider’s privacy protection by looking at the following:

  • Is the provider based in a country that respects their citizens’ online privacy?
  • Does the provider save logs related to their customers’ online activities?
  • Does the firm accept Bitcoin or other types of private payments?

Panama respects their citizens’ online privacy and doesn’t require ISPs or VPNs to save logs containing records of their users’ online activities. NordVPN is located in Panama, and takes full advantage of that policy, keeping no logs whatsoever. Bitcoin is happily accepted.

TorGuard is based in the United States, where (at this time) there are no laws requiring VPNs to keep user logs. The VPN provider keeps no logs of any type. TorGuard accepts Bitcoin and gift card balances in return for their services.

Privacy Winner: It’s a Tie!


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Privacy Ranking

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Pricing

Both providers ask a reasonable price for their services, ranking in the middle of the providers that I have tested.

TorGuard’s going rate is $9.99 per month if you opt for a month-to-month plan, and the price of entry drops to $5.00 per month (payable at $59.99 per year) when you opt for an annual subscription.

NordVPN’s subscription fee is $5.75 per month (payable as $69.00 annually) when you pay up front for a year of service. A monthly option is available, but the price jumps to $11.95 per month.

Pricing Winner: TorGuard

Provider

Monthly Price

(Annual Subscription)

Month-to-Month Price

Money-Back Guarantee Period

Link

TorGuard

$5.00

$9.99

7 Days

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$6.99

$11.95

30 Days

Global Server Coverage

If you’re a gamer or a movie lover, then you’ll appreciate a VPN’s ability to unblock streaming and gaming content that might normally be blocked to users in your area.

NordVPN has 4,401 servers spread out among 62 countries.

TorGuard’s has placed 1,250+ servers in 43+ countries.

Global Server Coverage Winner: NordVPN


Provider

Server Count

Countries

Link

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4,401

62

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TorGuard

1,250+

43+

 Multi-Platform Support

You work on emails on your laptop, answer text messages on your Android phone and play games on your iPad. Multi-platform support is an important feature to keep in mind if I just described your average day.

NordVPN app support covers the Windows, iOS, Android and macOS platforms. The service can also be used with numerous routers and NAS devices, as well as Linux and Windows Phone devices. Firefox and Chrome extensions are available.

TorGuard’s app support is limited to Windows, iOS, Android, macOS and Linux devices, as well as many brands of routers. Browser extensions for the Firefox and Chrome platforms are also available.

Multi-Platform Support Winner: NordVPN


Provider

# Platforms Supported

Browser Extensions?

Link

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9

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TorGuard

6

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Netflix Access

If you spend time outside of your home country, you likely get a bit homesick from time to time. Being able to access the same Netflix content that you watch back home helps relieve the homesickness (just a bit). Reliable Netflix access is an important VPN consideration for you.

NordVPN provides access to Netflix in 4 countries. These are Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands and France.

TorGuard provides access to Netflix. However, without a $7.99-per-month “dedicated streaming IP” add-on, Netflix access is less than reliable. While accessing Netflix without the add-on service can prove to be successful, it’s rather hit-or-miss.

Netflix Access WinnerNordVPN (No Add-On Necessary.)


Provider

Netflix Access?

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Customer Support

No one wants to talk to their VPN provider’s customer service personnel. Sadly, most of us can’t avoid it.

TorGuard offers 24/7 live support chat, a trouble ticket system and a searchable knowledge base.

NordVPN customer support is limited to email support and a searchable support library. The provider doesn’t offer live support chat.

Customer Support Winner: TorGuard

Provider

Customer Support Star Rating

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TorGuard

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Encryption

The encryption used by VPN providers keeps their users’ online activities, and the accompanying personal and business-related information, away from interested third parties.

NordVPN’s AES-256 encryption protects their customers’ connections via OpenVPN with TCP or UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.

TorGuard also makes use of AES-256 encryption and uses OpenVPN with TCP or UDP, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and IKEv2 protocols.

Encryption Winner: It’s a Tie!

Provider

Encryption Methods

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AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP

TorGuard

AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP/IPsec and iKEV2

 Simultaneous Connections

If you’re the owner of a small business or the head of a large family, the ability for multiple users to be able to access VPN protection at once is important.

NordVPN allows 6 connections at once.

TorGuard allows 5 simultaneous users on a single login.

Simultaneous Connections Winner: NordVPN


Provider

# of Simultaneous Connections Allowed

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6

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TorGuard

5

BitTorrent Support

P2P/BitTorrent can be used to share files of all kinds. While many users make use of P2P to share business-related files with co-workers, many other users take advantage of the service to share movies, music and other copyrighted files. This has led to many ISPs blocking P2P activity on their networks.

TorGuard allows P2P activity on all of its servers (over 43 countries).

NordVPN allows P2P file sharing on servers in 42 of the countries they have servers located in.

BitTorrenting Winner: TorGuard


Provider

# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access

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TorGuard

43+ (All Countries)

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42

Final Score


Provider

# of Categories Won

Ties

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5

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TorGuard

3

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Winner: NordVPN!

NordVPN took the overall title in this head-to-head faceoff, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Panama-based VPN provider.

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NordVPN took top honors in both connection speed tests, as well as the global server coverage, multi-platform support, Netflix access and simultaneous connections categories.

TorGuard scored well in the pricing, customer support and BitTorrent categories.

The providers tied in the privacy and encryption arena.

NordVPN scored a 5-3-2 victory this time around, thanks in part to its reliable Netflix access, above-average global server coverage and comprehensive privacy protections. The provider should prove to be a great fit for users who require good multi-platform support and who need to be able to protect more than one device at a time.