What We Liked
- Good app performance
- Strong connection reliability
- Large number of encryption methods offered
- Very P2P/torrent friendly
What We Didn’t
- Middling speed test results (especially considering the 10Gbit upgrade plan)
- Desktop UI might be a bit minimal for some users
Verdict: TorGuard is a good VPN for any users who are looking for P2P-friendly services that allow torrents on all their global servers, but the unintuitive UI and lower speeds in certain regions might be a turn off for some.
Ease of Use Review
Installation and Signup
Like many of the apps we consider for our “top tier” reviews (several of which only share that title because of their status in the industry rather than the quality of their service), getting TorGuard up and running on Windows and iOS was a breeze.
The setup process took less than three minutes, and being one of the snappier apps we’ve tested we only had to wait around 10 seconds each time we wanted to connect/reconnect to a new server.
User Interface and Design
There’s not a whole lot of extra frills to be found on the desktop or mobile versions of the TorGuard app, which could be a turnoff for some users who prefer user friendliness in their VPN applications.
Much of the TorGuard application could be controlled and managed through the taskbar for any users who prefer the quick and efficient method of getting hooked up to the network.
TorGuard is supported on all versions of Windows dating back to XP, though we don’t recommend any users who are concerned about their privacy try to do anything on that platform since Microsoft ceased support for it back in 2014.
Unfortunately only macOSX users on versions 10.7.5 and above will be able to install TorGuard on their machines, though with two alternative options for both Chrome and Firefox extensions available there are ways of getting browser protection on older builds if you really need it.
Security and Privacy Review
TorGuard is a mixed bag on the privacy side of things. While the company does claim that none of its data is open to 3rd-party advertisers (always a plus in our book), there were some accusations back in 2015 from a competing VPN provider VPN.ac which claimed TorGuard had ripped the code for their Chrome extension off directly from the other company.
They also have very vague language in some key parts of their Terms of Service, including how they terminate accounts if they deem them “heavy users”, though no indication is made about exactly what the company considers a “heavy” amount of bandwidth.
On the basis of extra features alone it would be easy to give TorGuard high marks, because of all the services we’ve tested they’re the only one thus far to give users the option to protect their IP from DDOS attacks (for an extra fee, of course).
Add to this a plentiful number of encryption protocols to switch to across all platforms and the option to use the company’s StealthProxy service (which allows for connections to avoid detection in countries like China, for example), and at least on this front you’ve got a winning combination.
TorGuard leads the industry on the support side of things, with three primary options available to get a hold of their staff. These include: 24/7 live chat, a toll-free phone number to call (10AM - 6PM EST), as well as a robust ticketing system that current users can access through their personal account page.
As a company TorGuard offers one of the largest number of plans, extra features, and different pricing tiers that we’ve seen from a VPN service to date. This is partly due to the fact that TorGuard doesn’t simply offer just a VPN. On the list of services available include a VPN, an anonymous proxy service (starting at $5.95 per month), and an anonymous email service for $6.95 a month.
On the personal VPN side of things the price for a standard plan starts at $9.99 monthly, which includes advertising and malware blocking services alongside their StealthProxy service. If users want a discount per 30 days with multiple services included (proxy, email, and VPN) they can go up to the quarterly bundle for $20.97 for three months of service, or $64.00 even per annum.
These prices don’t include the additional options of adding simultaneous use IP addresses (5 per account at $1 extra each), as well as the 10Gbit Premium Network upgrade ($19.99 per month), as well as the option to add a DDOS Protected IP to your account for an additional $11.99 monthly. All told this could mean with every extra feature activated you could pay upwards of $46.99 per month for your VPN, though some true security fans might argue the additional bonuses are worth the increased cost of entry.
For business users there are a large array of available plans that cover a wide range of applications, from pre-built plans for small business owners up to custom options for large enterprise outfits. Head on over to this page to get the full array of pricing options alongside the option to request a quote directly from TorGuard to see if their enterprise network is the right choice for you and your company.
TorGuard supports payment through Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Paymentwall, Gift card, Bitcoin, and Litecoin. To encourage ultimate user anonymity and privacy, TorGuard even offers a special 10% discount to anyone who pays through Litecoin specifically.
TorGuard VPN Review: By the Numbers
- 12 Mo Price
- 14 Eyes Jurisdiction
- 1 Mo Price
- 3 Mo Price
- 6 Mo Price
- Access to Website - China
- Ad Track Blocker
- Alexa Website Rank
- Android Devices
- Oreo - 8Nougat - 7Marshmallow - 6Lollipop - 5KitKat - 4.4Jelly Bean - 4.3Ice Cream Sandwich - 4.0
- Automatic Multihop or Double Encryption
- Browser Extensions
- Business VPN
- Claims "100% No Logs"
- Claims to Work - China
- Claims to Work - Netflix
- DNS Leak Protection
- Easy to Find Owners?
- Enemy of the Internet Jurisdiction
- Facebook Likes
- Founding Year
- Free Trial
- Free Version
- Headquarters Location - Country
- United States
- iOS Devices
- iOS 11iOS 10iOS 9iOS 8
- IPv6 Leak Protection
- Kill Switch
- Linux Devices
- Bandwidth UsedConnection TimestampsIP AddressTraffic Activity
- Max # of Connections
- No of Total Locations
- # of Countries
- # of Languages
- # of Platforms Supported
- # of Protocols Offered
- # of Servers
- # of Setup Documents on Website
- # of Troubleshooting Documents on Website
- Other Devices
- Payment Methods
- PaypalAliPayMintCashuAmazon PayPaymentWallGift CardsDiners ClubVisaJCBDiscoverUnion PayAmerican ExpressMastercard
- Payment Methods - Cryptocurrency
- Private DNS
- IKEv2L2TP/IPsecOpenVPNOpenVPN TCPOpenVPN UDPSSLP2P TorrentsSSTPSSHSOCKS
- Refund Period Days
- Router Devices
- Support Offered
- 24/7Live ChatPhone
- TrustPilot Rating
- 7 / 10
- TV Devices
- Twitter Followers
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Upgrades Available
- Dedicated IPAdditional DevicesOther Upgrades
- Visit Home Page
- VPN Service
- WebRTC Leak Protection
- Website QualSys SSL Rating
- Windows Devices
- Windows 10Windows 8.1Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP