At TorGuard we are always committed to improving VPN security for our users, and have recently taken steps to harden network privacy with new VPN encryption options. TorGuard software is powered by OpenVPN, an open source VPN protocol that offers many encryption choices. We have now added new encryption cipher selections to all VPN servers, allowing users the power to pick their own VPN encryption settings.
Cipher (Data Encryption)
This new option represents the symmetric cipher algorithm used by the VPN tunnel to encrypt and decrypt all of the data flowing through. TorGuard VPN servers now provide the following VPN encryption options:
- AES-128 — Advanced Encryption Standard (128bit) CBC mode
- AES-256 — Advanced Encryption Standard (256bit) CBC mode
- Blowfish — Blowfish (128bit) CBC mode
- None — No encryption.
Visit the VPN download page to find the latest copy of TorGuard’s VPN app for Windows, OSX, and Linux! Or, simply click the “update” banner directly on the app to obtain the newest version.
Recommended Encryption Settings
AES-256: The TorGuard VPN app defaults to AES-256 which we suggest using for the highest levels of security. While this encryption option offers the best data privacy, it may cause a slight speed loss for some users.
AES-128: This is the fastest option available for most users and should be the first choice if download speed and data privacy is a top priority.
Blowfish: TorGuard will continue to offer Blowfish on all servers, although for faster speeds and improved security we recommend using AES-128 whenever possible.
None: This option acts more like a proxy as NO data is encrypted. User login details are still encrypted and your IP address will still be hidden. You should only choose “none” when performance and speed is the only requirement while hiding your IP address. For full VPN encryption and privacy benefits you must enable AES-256, AES-128, or Blowfish.