It is not uncommon for almost all VPN services to claim they are the best. Our TorGuard vs BTGuard review, takes a look into these claims to determine how true they are.
BTGuard is a VPN service with the word BitTorrent in its name. Therefore, we expect nothing but the best when it comes to torrenting and peer-to-peer file sharing.
TorGuard also derives its name from the word torrenting just like BTGuard. This service offers great security and privacy. They also have numerous servers spread across different parts of the globe. We’ll look to see which of these VPN providers give users the best experience overall.
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Security and privacy
TorGuard handles the security and privacy of its users quite well, with a host of premium security features. These include AES-256 encryption, OpenVPN, SSTP, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec VPN protocols, a kill switch feature and a stealth VPN feature for censorship countries such as China. The only serious problem with TorGuard’s security is the use of Gmail as its mail service.
BTGuard, however, does not do quite well in terms of security and privacy. The service lacks a kill switch feature and uses the outdated RSA-1028 handshake feature for its encryption. Users have also complained that the service stores unencrypted passwords. Therefore, when it comes to security matters, BTGuard performs quite poorly.
Speed and performance
TorGuard has a large number of servers spread globally. In numerical terms, the service boasts of around 3,000+ servers across 50+ countries. This is a good number and it means better download and performance speeds. Furthermore, their connection speed is also remarkably fast.
BTGuard has fewer servers and slower speeds which would frustrate any serious torrent users. We found the speeds not to be all that bad but comparing this service with other top VPN services, makes its performance metrics quite low. The only BTGuard users who enjoy better performance are those who are located closer to the servers in Canada and the United States.
Ease of use and support
When it comes to the ease of use, TorGuard can be difficult for beginners. The app design is not all that user friendly since they do not have any recommended server list to help users find a good server. On a positive note, TorGuard can be a good choice for advanced users because of the numerous tweak feature in its settings menus. BTGuard beats TorGuard when we compared their respective client platform design and user-friendliness.
However, BTGuard continues to perform dismally when it comes to customer support. They don’t have any direct telephone contact details or live chat feature. The existing support ticket system also does not help much because questions take longer to be answered. On the other hand, TorGuard has a fast and reliable live chat feature, something that is not that common within the VPN industry. They also take user support queries through methods such as email support tickets and a toll-free number that is only available in the US.
Torrenting and P2P
TorGuard is one of the best VPN options if you love torrenting. They offer better speeds coupled with a safe and anonymous torrenting space that is just heaven for torrent lovers. In addition to the client, users can use an “Anonymous Proxy” feature which is a cheaper option for BitTorrent and uTorrent file sharing.
BTGuard is great for torrenting but it still cannot match the standards of TorGuard. They have certainly made efforts to make torrenting great by partnering with uTorrent to form a 2-in-1 client. TorGuard wins again here hands down.
Unblocking Netflix and other entertainment platforms
We recommend neither TorGuard nor BTGuard for Netflix streaming. As for BTGuard, it does not deliver the speed and performance necessary for streaming purposes. It also does not have its servers spread out, and therefore it lacks the global reach necessary to stream geo-blocked content.
TorGuard blames its Netflix streaming woes to its servers being blocked. Therefore, for users looking to stream content, they have to dig deeper into their pockets and purchase a dedicated IP address. For Netflix streaming the TorGuard vs BTGuard verdict is a tie, in a bad way.
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How good is it for China and other restricted countries?
TorGuard users in China have all the reasons to smile. This is because this service has the Stealth VPN feature that can bypass China’s Deep Packet Inspection. Their website has instructions on how to set it up correctly. In addition to the stealth protocol feature, this service also has a huge number of servers in its Asian arsenal in locations such as Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
BTGuard does not have the capabilities to bypass censorship restrictions in China. Most of the protocols that it uses are blocked by China.
BTGuard, unfortunately, is not available on the Android and iOS platforms – a fact that has really made this VPN unfavorable considering that there are about 2.5 billion smartphone users worldwide. They also lack support for a Chrome extension.
On the other hand, TorGuard VPN has support for all the main platforms, including routers and browser extensions. It is, therefore, better for BTGuard to handle all your device protection needs.
TorGuard vs BTGuard: final outcome
BTGuard only beats TorGuard when it comes to its user-friendly app feature. We would therefore recommend TorGuard for all those who consider their online security and app compatibility a priority.