Onion over VPN is a special category of NordVPN servers that removes the need for a separate Tor browser, as well as provides additional privacy when accessing the Onion network.
How Onion over VPN works
When you connect to an Onion over VPN server...
- Your traffic is encrypted by the NordVPN client.
- The encrypted traffic passes through a NordVPN server, where your IP is disguised.
- Private and secure, your traffic now reaches The Onion Routing which adds its own encryption layers.
- The traffic is sent through three random Onion servers before it reaches its destination on the internet.
You can find more detailed information on our dedicated feature page: Onion over VPN.
The benefits of Onion over VPN
- Additional privacy. Onion servers can be run by anyone, and this means your data is vulnerable to snoopers. Onion over VPN solves this problem by first routing your traffic through a NordVPN server, which disguises your IP address.
- No need for a special browser. Typically, you need to download and install a browser that supports The Onion Routing. With NordVPN, you only need to connect to an Onion over VPN server and then you may use any browser you would like.
To better understand the privacy concern and the general difference between Tor and VPN, check out the video below.
Using Onion over VPN
- Open the NordVPN app.
- Find the Specialty server category.
- Press on Onion over VPN. Wait until you're successfully connected.
- Open any browser, and connect to Onion websites.
I'm using Firefox and it doesn't open Onion websites.
With Firefox, you'll need to follow a few more steps: Firefox does not open .onion websites.
Browsers don't open Onion websites after I connected to Onion over VPN server.
In that case, please reach out to our customer support for help: Contact us
Tip: Your VPN connection safety depends on your account password too. Don't forget to use a strong password on your account, as it will help you to avoid credential stuffing attacks and will keep your connections safe and uninterrupted.
As generating and remembering strong and secure passwords is not an easy task, we recommend downloading our free password manager — NordPass. It generates secure passwords for you and stores them safely, letting you avoid time-wasting password resets in the future.