In this guide, I will explain to you how to create a chain VPN servers. I will also tell you how you can leverage these chain VPN servers and what could be the possible downsides of developing a Chain of VPN servers.
Before starting this blog, let me quickly show you how a chain of VPN servers help you.
First, keep in mind that you can create your own VPN servers chain regardless of your location. It means the process can be done in any country.
For example, if you’re living in the UK, then you can select your preferred VPN servers in UK and form a chain of servers.
The chain of servers will serve you with an added layer of protection and your internet connection will be much secure than using a single VPN.
Now, let’s hop on to know how to develop a chain of VPN servers.
How to Setup/ Develop Chain of VPN Servers
Here’s how to set up a chain of VPN servers:
- Install VirtualBox then download virtualization software. ( You can go to the official VirtualBox website for installing these programs)
- Download any Operating System in the VirtualBox
- Subscribe to the two or more VPN services
- Connect the first VPN to the device which you’re using currently
- Connect the other VPN in the Virtual Machine using your installed operating system.
How to verify that your VPNs are chained
If you have followed all the mentioned steps and want to verify that your VPNs chain connection has been formed or not then you can check the IP addresses of your device and virtual machine.
If your host device shows a different IP address than your virtual machine, it means your VPNs chain has formed.
As of now, I have shown you how to develop your VPN servers’ chain and how to verify that if it’s working or not. Now, it’s time to explore how you can leverage the VPNs servers’ chain or what benefits you can expect from using it.
Benefits of Multi-hop VPN Connections
The VPN chaining is an advanced technique that is used to strengthen the security of your internet connection.
When you apply this technique then you’re not only protected by one VPN connection, but you eventually protected by as many VPNs as you have added in your system.
The ultimate arrangement of your connection path works like Your PC > 1st VPN > 2nd VPN > Internet, which is quite secure with an added shield of online protection.
Moreover, your IP is much more secure even your second VPN cannot access it because it only reads the IP assigned by your first VPN provider.
Your data and online traffic receive the strongest encryption since, both data and online traffic get encrypted two times or more, depending on your number of chains.
Downsides of the VPN Chaining Techniques
If you’re using the VPN chaining technique, then you should make your mind for some downsides too.
The first and the most obvious downside of this technique is the slow internet speed that you should definitely expect.
Processing speed gets slower because it involves double encryption of the data. Plus, your connection passes through more than one VPN server.
In simple words, encryption, decryption and re-encryption take place at the same time which ultimately lowers the connection speed.
There are some more downsides associated with the multi-hop VPN connection mentioned below:
- Complex configuration
- Expensive process
- Chances of tracks are still there
- Higher network latency.
Alternative Method to Chaining VPN Servers
- Subscribe to a Double VPN
If installing the virtual machine looks complicated to you, then I also have an easy alternative for you.
You can also subscribe to a double VPN. A double VPN is a special feature offered by a VPN service.
As soon as you get connected to a double VPN, your traffic automatically shifts to another server and after that, your request gets processed over the web.
- Multihop VPN connections with Self-Configuration Ability
Such connections refer to the VPN cascading, you can, however, configure your connection inside the VPN client. You can select servers that you want to add in the VPN cascade. In addition, Multihop VPNs are way more expensive than ordinary VPNs.
- Onion Over VPN/Tor
Tor is an anonymous network that can be used with a VPN to provide you with multiple layers of encryption.
If you want to use your existing VPN service then you can be a part of the Tor network in order to securely move your data packets over the web.
But, this method will only secure your web browsing, your entire system will not be covered by the VPN protection by using this method.
Developing chain VPN servers is a good method for privacy concerned individuals. It gives you the extra rounds of encryption but, it has some downsides too.
Forming VPNs chain will increase your latency rate and still there are chances of being tracked. Therefore, I will recommend you to rely on a single but high-quality VPN to make sure that your connection is safe and secure without involving complicated setup.
However, if you want to try the multihop VPN connection then this guide has everything that you were looking for.