VPN

Virtual private network (VPN) is a private, controlled network. It creates a virtual tunnel, where your data is encrypted so that no one can track or monitor your online activities. To learn more about VPN, click here.

Most common VPN features:

  • No logs policy – it means the provider doesn’t log users’ online activities. So your online activity is private, and your data is secure from third parties which intend to use it for marketing purposes.
  • IP masking – when unmasked, your IP address is accessible to third-party players. Using specialized software, they can effortlessly track your online behavior, monitor which websites you visit and when. This often happens without you ever noticing, while snoopers collect your data and use it however they wish.
  • VPN encryption – encryption prevents from ISPs, governments, hackers or any kinds of third-party snoopers potentially spying on your online activities and stealing your sensitive information (like passwords, bank account details, etc.). To learn more about VPN encryption, press here.
  • Bypassing geo-blocking – a VPN helps you bypass geo-restrictions. It is a method to restrict or limit the access of specified content based on a user’s geographic location. To learn more about geo-blocking press here.
  • Support of multiple devices – usually VPNs allow multiple simultaneous connections, on average 3 to 6 devices, while Surfshark is the only VPN to enable unlimited devices.

Proxy

Proxy is an online service which masks and changes your IP address. Proxy secures your browser and helps to protect your digital identity, but doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption.

However, since stronger online security tools were developed, proxies are not often recommended. Especially, for the less tech-savvy people because they are not very easy to configure and set up. Moreover, proxy only hides your IP address from one site at a time. To learn more about proxy, click here.

Tor

Tor (original name The Onion Router) is a free software enabling secure communications. It creates an encrypted connection between a device and the Tor network, so it is complicated to monitor or track online activity. To learn more about Tor, click here.

Tor is most famous as a browser and takes some tech knowledge to set up. Tor hides your online activity but doesn’t take extra measures to protect your data. Moreover, websites you visit while using Tor might be infected and therefore infect your computer. To learn more about Tor, click here.

VPN vs. Proxy vs. Tor

To summarize:

  • Proxy hides your IP address and secures your browser, but only from one website at a time
  • Tor reroutes your traffic via a dedicated network, therefore hides your online activity, but doesn’t protect your data
  • VPN masks your IP address encrypts your data and makes it extremely difficult for anyone to spy on what you do online, so internet privacy and security are guaranteed. Plus, VPNs are usually easy to set up for anyone