Complete privacy with NordVPN double VPN

What is Double VPN & how does it work?

Double VPN, also known as a process of chaining VPN servers, is a technology solution that allows hiding your online activity behind several servers via a VPN tunnel. As a matter of fact, the working principle is rather simple: you connect to the first VPN server, which in turn redirects all the traffic to another server, from which the online traffic reaches the final destination.

This way, the connection goes through two separate servers in different locations: the external IP address is changed and the traffic is encrypted once, and then it gets re-encrypted in the second server in another location.

The benefits of Double VPN

In general, double encryption may not be necessary if you only want a secure access to censored content, streaming websites or specific media platforms.

However, the advanced VPN encryption feature can be extremely useful and even necessary when a high level of online security and privacy is required. That is especially relevant to all the journalists, political activists and bloggers working and living in countries with authoritarian governments along with a high level of Internet censorship and surveillance.

Luckily, by using Double VPN, you can create an extra layer of privacy, which follows from these premises:

  • the online traffic is encrypted not once but twice;
  • the second VPN server will not be aware of your real IP address since it was changed by the first server;
  • the final destination on the web will remain unknown, even though your ISP will recognize that you are using a VPN service;
  • the connections are mixed between UDP and TCP, which also increases the security level when you are browsing the web;
  • an extra layer of additional security is created.

Encrypt your Internet traffic twice with NordVPN

Despite the many advantages and benefits double encryption provides in the context of Internet security and privacy, there are only a few service providers that support the Double VPN technology. Meanwhile, NordVPN offers it for all our clients at no extra charge.

To make it possible, we apply advanced encryption by using remote servers to create a VPN chain and increase your online privacy and anonymity. Currently, you can choose from several Double VPN combinations, including Canada-US, Netherlands-Russia, Sweden-Netherlands, UK-France, UK-Netherlands, and Taiwan-Hong Kong. If you wish to see the full selection, check our server list.

However, it is important to mention that advanced security features such as Double VPN may slow down your Internet speed due to the multiple layers of encryption. In some cases, the link between the two VPN servers is highly optimized – this way the time lost due to decryption/encryption can be simply compensated.

Nonetheless, it is important to mention that advanced VPN encryption is advisable and even required when a high level of security and online privacy is necessary due to censorship and strict Internet regulations.