TorGuard Review

In the face of increasing cyber threats, internet restrictions, and privacy issues escalated by enemies of Internet freedom, a VPN is becoming an exceedingly important accessory in our daily lives. If you’re looking for total web anonymity and an open internet without restriction, then TorGuard is one of the best VPNs to choose.

TorGuard is a US based VPN service primarily designed with torrent/P2P users in mind. The company does not keep logs, has excellent speed and offers military grade encryption across all its platforms. TorGuard comes with pre-configured free torrent clients which are compatible with all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu and Linux.

Features

TorGuard Anonyymous Proxy
TorGuard provides anonymous Bit Torrent proxy service for users on P2P networks. It support SOCKS5 and Proxy access to use with Bit Torrent clients for total privacy on peer-2 peer networks. The company also enables PPTP, 256-bit OpenVNP and LT2P security protocols and has pre-configured Torrent Clients for all major Operating systems.

TorGuard anonymous VPN service offers unlimited bandwidth and speeds, unlimited server switching and up to 5 simultaneous VPN connection per account. The company has VPN servers in over 42 strategic countries in addition to a strong military grade encryption across all platforms. Their VPN includes a free Viscosity software that offers you detailed statistics about your VPN connection usage.

The anonymous email service is another brilliant service from TorGuard that guarantees you total secrecy on the web. It supports PGP encryption, offers unlimited mail storage complete with an offshore storage facility and protects against man in the middle attacks. It has customized mobile features such as calendars and completely obscures your device IP address.

Servers

TorGuard ServersIt is important to consider the availability of VPN servers before deciding on a VPN Provider. Having many VPN servers in strategic location enables you to unblock many (almost all around the world) restricted sites and bypass geo-restrictions in many parts of the world. For Instance, to unlock Netflix, HBO Go or Hulu outside US you need a VPN provider with US based Servers. Providers with very few VPN server may also impact on your connection speed dues to traffic congestion on their servers.

TorGuard is one of the few companies with over 1000 VPN servers distributed in more the 42 countries including USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Romania, Switzerland and Russia to name a few. They allow you unlimited server switching to use thousands of their virtual IP addresses to conceal your identity on the Internet.

Security Protocols

When it comes to choosing a VPN, the virtual tunneling technology (known as VPN protocols) employed by a provider is key selling point. VPN providers employing sophisticated Virtual tunneling technology coupled with a strong encryption are always preferred by VPN subscribers, and rightly so – one should take this seriously, always!

Security-wise, TorGuard supports the following protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IKEV2, Cisco IPSec, SSTP and SSH tunneling protocols. These are the most sought after internet security standards worldwide. In addition, TorGuard offers its customs Socks5 and http proxies for total privacy on the web.

TorGuard also ranked high in our charts in terms of encryption employed across their platforms. The company offers different levels of encryption starting from 128bit up to 1024 bit encryption. By default TorGuard offers 256 bit encryption in all devices, unless where OpenVPN is not supported and a lower 128 bit P2PT encryption is used.

Logging and Privacy Policy

Before subscribing to a VPN, carefully go through the privacy agreement and understand the provider’s logging policy. Some VPN providers keep logs of your web activities and such information could be handed over to law enforcement agents on demand. The fact that you’re using a VPN means you want to browse the web anonymously. It makes complete sense that only cyber criminals wouldn’t want to surf themselves, you (everyone) has got something they might not want to share with any one. In this case chose a VPN provider that does not keep logs and has no history of collaboration with the authorities.

TorGuard does not keep logs or track your online activities on any of their platforms. The only personal information TorGuard keeps is your name, email address and other details you provide during sign up. This implies even a legitimate court order to hand in user’s logs is useless because the data does not exist in the place. Thing worth stating here is, the company don’t have a history of collaborating with authorities or creating back door access in their databases.

Pricing and Packages

TorGuard PricesTorGuard offers four pricing packages which include Bit Torrent Anonymous Proxy, Anonymous VPN package, A Private Email and a Smart DNS package. The Torrent Anonymous Proxy priced at $5.95 per month is their main product. The package is primarily designed for BitTorrent users and comes with unlimited bandwidth and BitTorrent optimization.

Anonymous VPN is the normal VPN service priced at $9.99 per month or $4.95/month yearly plan. It comes with a strong encryption and hundreds of VPN servers to route your internet traffic. TorGuard secure email service offers unlimited mail storage and protection against MITM (Man in The Middle) attacks at only $6.95/month.

Lastly, is the latest TorGuard SmartDNS proxy to unlock website and bypass geo-restrictions at only $ 5.95 per month. All TorGuard packages have a monthly, quarterly and a yearly plan. The VPN company has flexible payment methods which include, Credit Card, Google Checkout, PayPal, Bitcoin and OKPay.

Software interface

TorGuard offers free software for all its services. For TorGuard VPN, you get to use preconfigured Viscosity OpenVPN client that keeps you updated with detailed statistics about your connection. Viscosity is compatible with all Post XP windows OS and Mac OSX 10.5 and later versions. Alternatively, you can download the TorGuard lite App which is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux based operating systems.

TorGuard offers a preconfigured Torrent Client for Windows and Mac OS users, which comes in handy for Bit Torrent users. For Windows OS, you can chose either Deluge or UTorrent client while Mac OS and Linux users have to settle for Deluge torrent client.

TorGuard has a wide range of dialer software to use with different smartphone operating systems. For Instance the company has a pre-configured dialer software for android OS and pre-configured GuizmoVPN dialer for jailbroken iOS devices.

Compatibility

With the advancement of internet of things most devices we have in our homes and offices are internet enabled, ranging from smart TVs, IP cameras to baby monitors. It is therefore necessary to consider a VPN’s device compatibility before settling on a VPN provider. Everyone wants a VPN service that is compatible with most if not all of their devices.

Luckily, TorGuard is one stop shop in terms of device compatibility. TorGuard runs smoothly on all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X and Ubuntu. TorGuard is also compatible with all Android and iOS smart phones. The company has VPN router store with TorGuard pre-configured devices such as Android TV boxes, Apple TV, Boxee, Buffalo etc.

Customer Support

Not everyone is tech savvy and at times we may require help around computers. VPN technology could be complicated for starters and you may need assistance to set it up, resolve compatibility issues and troubleshoot network problems.

TorGuard recognizes this fact and offers a round the clock customer support thorough a Live Chat on their official website and active emailing service. The LiveChat is only active during typical working hours, but the email service is active throughout. All you need is to enter your name email address and your queries will be answered as soon as possible, we got a response within an hour if you ask our experience.

Additionally, TorGuard has the most documented step-by step guides on how to set up, configure their VPN clients and troubleshoot compatibility and network problems. The company provides detailed tutorials on manual configuration which are available for subscribers in downloadable videos and Pdf.

Pros in a nutshell:

  • Has hundreds of servers in various strategic geographical locations
  • Documented installation for all major OS and devices
  • Offers Viscosity VPN client, TorGuard lite and other dialer software all for free
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • Supports anonymous P2P sharing
  • Affordable prices in all their package.
  • Flexible payment methods including Bitcoin.

Cons in a nutshell:

  • Does not offer OpenVPN client for iOS users
  • Speed is just above average, not one of the fastest VPN providers
  • The LiveChat customer support is offline after typical US working hours, what about others?
  • Although TorGuard does not keep logs, they probably collect too much private information during sign up

Conclusion

Finally, we have come to the end of our TorGuard detailed review after carefully analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the service. In a nutshell, TorGuard scores high when it comes to strong encryption, number of available VPN servers, user friendly Torrent VPN client software, support for P2P network and high compatibility with devices and operating systems.

On the downside, TorGuard is lacking in terms of fast speed, Live Chat customer support and their pricing and packages are a bit confusing. All the same, TorGuard is brilliant VPN service that is worth trying. Their anonymous email services and compatibility with many devices makes TorGuard a one stop shop for online privacy and Security.

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6.3 Overall Rating
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Highlighted Pros
  • Has hundreds of servers in various strategic geographical locations
  • Documented installation for all major OS and devices
  • Offers Viscosity VPN client, TorGuard lite and other dialer software all for free
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • Supports anonymous P2P sharing
  • Affordable prices in all their package.
  • Flexible payment methods including Bitcoin.
Highlighted Cons
  • Does not offer OpenVPN client for iOS users
  • Speed is just above average, not one of the fastest VPN providers
  • The LiveChat customer support is offline after typical US working hours, what about others?
  • Although TorGuard does not keep logs, they probably collect too much private information during sign up
Verdicted Summary
TorGuard Smart DNS offers a reliable alternative to VPN, when your needs are summed to unblocking geographically restricted content. With truly fast speed and unlimited bandwidth, amazing compatibility and fabulous support, TorGuard DNS is a decent choice – on the downside, there is lack of encryption or any other security option and the fact that only one device can be used at a time.
Price6.5
Features4.5
Security5.5
Help & Support6.5
Trustworthiness8.5
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TorGuard Review

by Lawrence Mwangi time to read: 6 min
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