How to Use Onion over VPN

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Onion over VPN is a data protection solution where your Internet traffic passes through one of our servers, traverses the Onion network and only then enters the Internet.

Normally, you can only access the Onion network with The Onion Router (Tor) browser. With NordVPN you don’t need to download a special browser. Just connect to an Onion-on-VPN server and all your Internet traffic will be routed through the Onion network. No additional application is required.

Of course, you can also connect to our regular servers and use the Tor browser as usual.

3 reasons why you Need Onion Over VPN

  • Simplicity – One click and you are guided through the Onion network. You can also connect to a regular NordVPN server and use the Tor browser – your choice.
  • Government or ISP privacy – Your ISP can see that you’re using Onion, but not for what purpose. Onion protects you from third parties and does not track your online activities – so you can browse the Internet in complete privacy.
  • Encryption – NordVPN sends your traffic through an encrypted tunnel, adding an extra level of security to your surfing.

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What is a Virtual Private Network?

A VPN is an encrypted Internet connection between a device and a private network. A virtually closed system ensures that fishermen, hackers and other shady characters on the Internet cannot access the sensitive data and information you share on the network.

It may be useful to think of the virtual private network as a long tunnel that connects your navigation device, whether a personal computer, smartphone or tablet, to the private network. Because the data is encrypted, anyone trying to intercept the information in the tunnel will hear nothing but gibberish.

What is an Onion or TOR network?

Onion routing is very similar to a virtual private network in that the data is encrypted and sent with an anomaly, so you cannot trace the source of the data. This service gets its name from the fact that it encrypts every piece of information you publish in several layers, like a real onion.

Unlike a virtual private network where you or the company has to pay, the Onion network is a free service managed by a large number of volunteer servers dedicated to the system.


Using the Tor network has an impact on performance because four VPN servers are used, including your VPN provider’s server. So it’s not really suitable for everyday use. You should only use the “Onion on VPN” setting if you want to actively access hidden onion services. You will notice that browsing websites is a bit slower than it would be otherwise.

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