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TorGuard Review

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(2 User reviews)
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Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN

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Our Verdict

7.87.8/10
How is this calculated?

Our overall rating is reached by combining several subcategories. The subcategories are weighted as follows:

  • Logging & Jurisdiction: 30%
  • Speed & Reliability: 25%
  • Security & Features: 20%
  • Streaming: 10%
  • Torrenting: 5%
  • Ease of Use: 5%
  • Support: 5%

See our full methodology in how we review VPNs.

TorGuard is a good VPN aimed at privacy-conscious users. It's very secure, with a kill switch, and it doesn't keep user logs. Nearby VPN speeds are fast, but they slow down over long distances. While the VPN doesn't work with US Netflix and other streaming services, we recommend it for anonymous torrenting.

Ranked #20 out of 68

TorGuard Category Ratings

  • 0.50.5/10
  • 9.29.2/10
  • 9.89.8/10
  • 7.87.8/10
  • 8.58.5/10
  • 7.57.5/10
  • 9.29.2/10
  • 6.86.8/10
  • 7.97.9/10
  • 6.56.5/10

TorGuard Pros & Cons

Pros

  1. Strong no logs policy
  2. Fast same-country speeds
  3. Wide range of privacy tools
  4. Ad and malware blockers
  5. Free encrypted webmail service

Cons

  1. Slow international speeds
  2. Unpolished and dated apps
  3. Inconsistent access to Netflix
  4. Customer support needs organization

TorGuard is a well-established VPN service launched 2012. It promises “complete privacy,” and in this review we put this claim to the test

Overall, we verified that TorGuard VPN is a good service. It’s a fast and very private VPN with a sufficient number of server locations around the world.

If you need a VPN for private web browsing or anonymous torrenting, then TorGuard does the job well.

However, we can’t recommend the VPN for unblocking streaming platforms. In our most recent tests, we couldn’t stream neither US Netflix nor BBC iPlayer.

Keep reading our TorGuard review to see the VPN’s highlights, but also where it falls down versus competing services.

Read our ExpressVPN review, a streaming-optimized VPN

TorGuard Key Data

Data CapUnlimited
Speed85Mbps
Logging PolicyNo Logs
Data LeaksNo
JurisdictionUS (Five-Eyes Member)
Servers3,000+
IP Addresses3,000+
Countries50
US NetflixNo
TorrentingUnlimited
Works in ChinaYes
SupportLive Chat
Cheapest Price$4.16/mo over 24 Months
Official WebsiteTorGuard.net

A trustworthy no-logs service

Logging & Jurisdiction

9.89.8/10
How is this calculated?

We dissect the logging and privacy policies of every VPN. A VPN should never log:

  • Your real IP address
  • Connection timestamps
  • DNS requests

A base of operations outside of 14-Eyes or EU jurisdiction is preferable.

Although TorGuard is based in the privacy unfriendly US, it's zero logs policy guarantees total privacy.

TorGuard claims not to keep any logs, making it a strictly zero logs VPN service.

In other words, TorGuard VPN doesn’t know when you use its service and what you do online while using the VPN.

The company only collects anonymous statistical network data to determine server loads.

Also, TorGuard followed ExpressVPN in running its whole server network on ramdisks. This means no data is recorded on server disks.

Under US Jurisdiction

TorGuard, which is based in Florida (USA), was founded in 2012 and is owned by VPNetworks LLC, although we couldn’t find much information about this company.

Usually, being based in the US isn’t ideal for a VPN service, due to the US’s invasive data laws and data-sharing agreements with other countries.

However, TorGuard’s zero-logs policy means the company wouldn’t have any user web logs to hand over to US authorities, anyway.

TorGuard’s customer support told us it would only comply with an “official court ordered ruling” and, even then, it would only be able to submit “blank hard drives.”

Fast speeds over short distances

Speed & Reliability

7.87.8/10
How is this calculated?

Speed ratings are calculated using upload speeds, download speeds, and ping (latency).

We test average speeds regularly using a dedicated 100Mbps connection in London, UK. Local download speed is considered the most important factor.

TorGuard is fast VPN on short distances, however international speeds have recently slowed down. As such, it still falls short of the fastest VPN's we've tested.

Here’s how TorGuard performed in our local speed tests from our office in London, UK.

Local Speed Test results before using TorGuard:

  • Download Speed: 91.18Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 97.65Mbps
  • Ping: 3ms

Local Speed Test results with TorGuard:

  • Download Speed: 85.76Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 90.8Mbps
  • Ping: 9ms

Download speed loss when TorGuard is running: 6%

A 6% speed loss on nearby connections is a great result. That’s better than highly-rated VPNs like IPVanish and CyberGhost.

Long-distance speed test results

Here are the average speeds you can expect from TorGuard for the popular locations below (connecting from the UK):

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

Low ping times

TorGuard’s low same-country ping time of just 9ms makes the VPN a good candidate for online gaming.

While the VPN service didn’t make the cut for our list of top gaming VPNs, it’s still a VPN worth considering, particularly for mobile gaming.

Servers in 64 cities across 50 countries

Server Locations

8.58.5/10
How is this calculated?

The global spread and coverage of the VPN server network is the most important factor here.

We also consider the number of city-level servers, plus how many IP addresses are maintained.

This rating does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Security & Features rating.

TorGuard has good server coverage for Europe, Asia and North America, including multiple city level servers across the USA. The options for South America and Africa are lacking, though.

Globe with a blue flag
50Countries
Image of a city landscape
68Cities
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3,000+IP Addresses

TorGuard operates 3,000 servers in 50 countries, covering most popular locations.

The VPN doesn’t release the exact number of IP addresses, but it’s going to be at least 3,000 – one for every server.

A choice of city-specific servers in 10 US cities isn’t the best we’ve seen from a VPN service. However, the cities TorGuard covers are well spread out across the country.

The US cities TorGuard servers are:

  • East coast: Atlanta, Miami, New Jersey, New York
  • West coast: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle
  • Midwest & South: Chicago, Dallas

There are also city-dedicated servers in a handful of other countries (two cities each), such as:

  • Canada
  • India
  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • UK

Moreover, TorGuard lacks significant VPN server options in South America (two servers in Brazil and Chile) and Africa (two servers in Egypt and South Africa).

If you’re in South America or Africa, or need to connect to those regions, read our CyberGhost VPN review , a VPN with a much wider server park.

Won't stream US Netflix or iPlayer

Streaming

0.50.5/10
How is this calculated?

Streaming is rated by the number of different services unlocked, how many regional libraries are viewable, and how consistently the VPN can access them.

Netflix, BBC iPlayer, HBO Max, DAZN, and Amazon Prime Video are all tested on a weekly basis.

TorGuard isn't a good choice for streaming. Like every VPN it will unlock geo-blocked YouTube videos, but won't work with any major commercial streaming service.

Unfortunately, TorGuard doesn’t work with many content platforms, including US Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

Dedicated streaming IP addresses

You can however pay an extra $7.99 per month for a dedicated streaming IP address, which is more likely to get round streaming geo-restrictions.

If you sign up to the Pro plan, you get a dedicated IP addresses for free with your subscription.

TorGuard dedicated streaming IPs

In short, we don’t recommend Torguard as a VPN for streaming. Instead, read our NordVPN review, a VPN well-suited for overseas streaming.

TorGuard is a good choice for torrenting

Torrenting

9.29.2/10
How is this calculated?

We calculate the average download bitrate of every VPN using a bespoke torrenting setup.

Testing also factors in the percentage of servers which permit P2P, plus useful features like port forwarding.

TorGuard is one of the best VPNs we've reviewed for torrenting. It has super fast P2P speeds, a kill switch, port-forwarding and a strong zero-logs policy.

While TorGuard isn’t good for streaming, it’s an exceptionally good VPN for torrenting.

The VPN service allows P2P traffic on all its servers, and it doesn’t log any user web activity.

In practice, we’ve found it consistently outperforms competiting VPNs for torrenting. In our P2P benchmark tests TorGuard acheived an average download speed of 9.3MiB/s, compared to 10MiB/s without a VPN.

It also features a must have VPN kill switch and a transparent no-logs policy. All necessary attributes of a torrenting VPN.

Seeders can also use port forwarding with the VPN, although this is limited to ports above 2048. It’s supported through protocols OpenVPN, WireGuard and OpenConnect.

How Does TorGuard Compare to Other Top VPNs for Torrenting?

This table shows how TorGuard compares to other VPNs for important torrenting features like P2P speed, server count and features.

Stunnel protocol should work in China

Bypassing Censorship

7.57.5/10
How is this calculated?

Our remote-access server in Shanghai, China routinely tests if a VPN can beat restrictions and access a free, open internet. Obfuscation technologies and nearby servers are also a contributing factor.

This rating does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Security & Features rating.

TorGuard uses the open-source obfsucation tool Stunnel to help it get around heavy censorship in authoritarian countries like China and Turkey.

TorGuard can sometimes work in China and bypass the country’s crackdown on VPNs. This is thanks to its proprietary Stealth VPN protocol, Stunnel.

Stunnel wraps traffic in a layer of TLS encryption to make it harder to identify as VPN traffic. You can enable Stunnel by ticking a box in the TorGuard app’s settings.

TorGuard Stealth VPN

You can connect to its Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, or US servers for better internet speeds out of China.

Just beware that TorGuard’s website is currently blocked in China, so you’ll need to download the VPN before you travel.

The Stunnel protocol also works in other highly-censored countries like Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Can be installed on all popular platforms, including routers

Device Compatibility

How is device compatibility rated?

A quality VPN should maintain functional, fully-featured applications and extensions for as many platforms and devices as possible.

This does not directly contribute to the Overall Rating, but instead makes up a portion of the Ease of Use rating.

TorGuard includes intuitive apps for PC Mac, iOS and Android, as well as router compatibility.

Apps

  1. Windows Logo
    Windows
  2. Mac Logo
    Mac
  3. iOS Logo
    iOS
  4. Android Logo
    Android
  5. Linux Logo
    Linux
  6. Router Logo
    Router

TorGuard has VPN applications for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. Very few VPN services offer a native Linux client with a graphical user interface.

You can also set up TorGuard on your home router, or you can buy a pre-configured router from TorGuard’s website. This lets all devices in your home use the VPN connection.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

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    AppleTV
  2. Amazon Fire TV Logo
    Amazon Fire TV
  3. Chromecast Logo
    Chromecast
  4. Nintendo Logo
    Nintendo
  5. PlayStation Logo
    PlayStation
  6. Roku Logo
    Roku
  7. Xbox Logo
    Xbox

There’s also a custom TorGuard VPN app for Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. While it’s not very to stream popular content platforms, it’s well-suited for watching Kodi streams anonymously.

You can also use TorGuard with a wide range of games consoles and streaming devices, by connecting them to a router that’s running the VPN software.

However, there are VPN services that have a Smart DNS tool, which TorGuard doesn’t. Smart DNS lets you change the DNS settings of devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and PlayStation, with those of a VPN server.

Using Smart DNS is a lot easier than setting up a VPN on your router. We recommend using Surfshark VPN (read our review) on devices that don’t support native VPN apps.

Browser Extensions

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    Chrome
  2. Firefox Logo
    Firefox

A TorGuard subscription also comes with proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox browsers.

TorGuard browser extension

Note that TorGuard’s addons are not true VPN extensions as they won’t encrypt your browser traffic.

For extra security, use the extensions with TorGuard’s VPN app running at the same time.

Fully secured apps

Security & Features

9.29.2/10
How is this calculated?

Top-rated VPNs offer OpenVPN or WireGuard protocols, AES-256 encryption, and a functional kill switch. We also consider additional security features and the global spread of VPN servers.

TorGuard is a very secure VPN service and it will keep you safe online. Not only does it use the highest level of encryption, AES-256, but the TorGuard Windows app also defaults on startup to OpenVPN, currently the strongest VPN protocol.

Protocols
  1. IKEv2/IPSec
  2. L2TP/IPSec
  3. OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
  4. PPTP
  5. SSTP
  6. WireGuard
Encryption
  1. AES-256
Security
  1. DNS Leak Blocking
  2. First-party DNS
  3. IPV6 Leak Blocking
  4. Supports TCP Port 443
  5. VPN Kill Switch
  6. WebRTC Leak Blocking
Advanced features
  1. Ad Blocker
  2. Dedicated IP
  3. SOCKS

Alongside OpenVPN, TorGuard also fully supports the Wireguard protocol on all platforms, and was one of the earlier VPNs to do so.

TorGuard advanced settings

TorGuard includes a VPN kill switch, and it owns its DNS servers, ensuring your personal data is protected.

And, there are plenty of advanced settings to satisfy even the most security-conscious users as well. The most notable features are:

  • App Kill (shuts down listed apps when VPN disconnects)
  • Custom proxy servers
  • Dedicated IP addresses

Screenshot of TorGuard's results in our leak tests on BrowserLeaks

What’s more, we didn’t detect any DNS or IP address leaks in our most recent VPN tests.

Apps more suited for experienced VPN users

Ease of Use

6.86.8/10
How is this calculated?

This rating mainly consists of the intuitiveness of setup and everyday use.

Device or platform compatibility and customization options are also a factor.

TorGuard’s custom VPN apps are best for those seeking to fine-tune every aspect of the app, right down to the level of handshake encryption being used.

How to Install & Set Up TorGuard

TorGuard works well and does the job with minimal fuss. The apps operate on the OpenVPN (UDP or TCP) and WireGuard protocols.

TorGuard VPN app for Microsoft Windows

There are a lot of advanced settings, but thankfully these are sensibly organized within the apps.

TorGuard's setting list on its Windows app

The TorGuard network settings give you an incredible amount of control but aren’t for the faint-hearted.

These additional settings let you add extra layers of security, switch to using TorGuard’s proxy servers, or even execute custom scripts.

Live chat and useful online resources

Customer Support

7.97.9/10
How is this calculated?

This rating is based on our assessment of each VPN’s:

  • Email support
  • Live chat support
  • Online resources

Not every VPN offers all of these, and they often vary in quality and response time.

TorGuard offers live chat, although not 24/7 like some top providers. It also has plenty of online support materials.

TorGuard has above-average customer support for a budget VPN service.

It’s good that it employs live chat, although it isn’t available 24/7 like top-tier services offer. Support agents also tend to use pre-written responses, but were generally helpful.

Torguard.net is full of useful information, but it can be difficult to navigate. There’s also no real effort by the company to explain complex concepts, or use simple English.

Alternatively, you can send a support request via email, and replies are usually quick.

Not the best value for money

Price & Value

6.56.5/10
How is this calculated?

Price & Value for Money receives a rating, but is not factored into our Overall Rating. We believe the reader should decide what is or isn’t a reasonable price.

A good rating here isn’t just based on how cheap the VPN is, but for the value it offers overall.

TorGuard offers Standard and Pro plans. The Standard subscription offers decent value, but the full featured Pro version is more expensive. Additional features like a residential streaming IP can set you back even further.

TorGuard offers two types of product plans: Standard and Pro.

The Standard plan offers 8 simultaneous device connections, while the Pro subscription allows up to 12, with a dedicated streaming IP address included.

The TorGuard Standard package costs $9.99 per month, if you sign up to the rolling monthly plan. However, subscribing to the annual Standard Plan reduces the monthly price to $4.99.

The Pro plan costs $12.99 per month on a rolling basis, or $5.83 per month on a yearly subscription.

If you apply the promo code TGLifetime50 at checkout, you’ll receive a 50% lifetime discount on your subscription.

  1. Monthly

    US$9.99/mo

    Standard plan is billed $9.99 every month
  2. Monthly

    US$12.99/mo

    Pro plan is billed $12.99 every month
  3. 12 months

    US$4.99/mo

    Standard plan is billed $59.99 every 12 months
    Save 50%
  4. 12 months

    US$5.83/mo

    Pro Plan is billed $69.99 every 12 months
    Save 42%

All plans have 7-day money-back guarantee

Payment & Refund Options

  1. American Express logo
    American Express
  2. Bitcoin logo
    Bitcoin
  3. Mastercard logo
    Mastercard
  4. PayPal logo
    PayPal
  5. Visa logo
    Visa
  6. Voucher logo
    Voucher

TorGuard offers an extensive range of payment options including all major credit and debit cards, PayPal and a long list of cryptocurrencies.

Options such as Alipay and Neosurf are also available through its partnership with Paymentwall.

Seven-day Money-back Guarantee

TorGuard offers a seven-day refund guarantee on all subscription plans.

It is a completely ‘no questions asked’ guarantee, and TorGuard will refund your payment if you are “less than 100% satisfied” with its VPN service.

You can expect your money to be refunded to your account within 3-4 days.

TorGuard is a good no-logs VPN

The Bottom Line

In summary, TorGuard is a good VPN. It doesn’t keep logs, has a good number of servers, delivers fast local download speeds, and it even works in China.

It’s not perfect, though. TorGuard’s international speeds are rather slow, and the VPN can’t stream content platforms like US Netflix or BBC iPlayer.

Torrenting with TorGuard is much better, though. The VPN is very private and has all the required features to let download files anonymously.

Overall, TorGuard is one of the better VPNs worth considering. It’s not one of our top-rated services, but it’s a good choice of VPN nonetheless.

Additional research by Liam Mullally

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About the Author


  • Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN

    Simon Migliano

    Simon is a recognized world expert in VPNs. He's tested hundreds of VPN services and his research has featured on the BBC, The New York Times, CNet and more. Read full bio


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