Decentralized VPNs vs. Regular VPNs: What’s the Difference?


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Nov 10, 2017
Decentralized VPNs or dVPNs rely on a network of internet-connected "node" devices rather than a collection of centralized servers like traditional VPNs. This can make dVPNs better for getting around internet censorship, and a dVPN's associated cryptocurrency and blockchain may allow for lower costs and better privacy.

You may have heard by now of decentralized VPNs or dVPNs, services that claim to provide the speed and security of VPNs with the flexibility and anonymity of Tor. But how do decentralized VPNs compare to their centralized counterparts?

This question is a little tricky to answer as each and every dVPN has its own way of doing things. It doesn’t help that, like with anything even remotely connected to cryptocurrency, there are forks of forks and different implementations everywhere as people go off and do their own thing. Still, though, there are a few general observations you can make when comparing regular VPNs to dVPNs.

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