I was told that using Tor and/or a VPN is always a tradeoff of privacy and anonymity. I'm wonder what combination of Tor, VPNs (paid or free), and proxies can help minimize this risk.
For example, if you use ISP -> VPN -> Tor, your ISP won't know you're using Tor, and your VPN provider won't know what your traffic is (encrypted), only that it's going into Tor network. However, the Tor exit node will see all your traffic in plain-text, depending on HTTPS use, and if that's really a secure option you should trust.
So, I'm wondering, would it be better to do ISP -> VPN -> Tor -> VPN to hide traffic from the Tor exit node? Does that gain you anything, or expose you in anyway? Basically with the first VPN you can hide your Tor usage from your ISP, with Tor you gain anonymity, and with the second VPN you hide your data from the Tor exit node.
But does this have any advantage over just using a second VPN? For example: ISP -> VPN -> VPN. It seems like your first VPN would hide your origin from the second, and the second would hide your data from the first.
- How can I hide my plain-text data from a Tor exit node?
- (Is HTTPS alone an acceptable solution?)
- Is using another VPN an acceptable solution?
- Does this have any advantage over just chain-linking multiple VPNs together?
- What kind of traffic slowdown/overhead will this cause? (anybody's personal experience)