Connect VPN with TOR, or TOR with VPN


You -> TOR -> VPN -> Website

Pros:
  • The website doesn't know you're using TOR
  • The TOR exit node doesn't you are visiting the website
  • The VPN doesn't see your IP
  • Trust the VPN with plaintext rather than a random TOR exit node
  • Use any protocol (a VPN knows more than a SOCKS proxy)

Cons:
  • Your ISP or sysadmin will know you are using TOR
  • If TOR is blocked, this will not work
  • You need to trust that the VPN doesn't interfere with any plaintext data you send or receive

You -> VPN -> TOR -> Website

Pros:
  • The VPN doesn't see what you do
  • You get access to TOR even if it's blocked
  • Your ISP or sysadmin doesn't see you are using TOR

Cons:
  • Limited protocols toward the internet (TCP/UDP only)
  • Websites will know you are using TOR
  • Anyone can set up a TOR exit node, sometimes they are malicious and could interfere with your traffic

How TorVPN works


TorVPN

Anonymous proxy using multiple layers of encryption and several servers involved.