Hot Take Mullvad and Tailscale join forces in the name of online security


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Aug 17, 2017
Sweden-based Mullvad is known across the industry for its great commitment to privacy. With a strict no-logs policy (proven by a recent police raid), the provider even axed port-forwarding and recurring subscriptions in the name of security. Also known as the "VPN for developers," Tailscale claims to be an easy way to set up your very own secure peer-to-peer virtual private network. Unlike Mullvad and similar software, internet traffic doesn't pass via Tailscale-owned servers but is exclusively peer-to-peer between the devices inside the network. So, what are the advantages of mixing the two?

"Since Tailscale was founded in 2019, customers have been forced to choose between either Tailscale or Mullvad without the ability for them to co-exist," reads Mullvad's official announcement. Both Mullvad and Tailscale use the fast, secure, and open-source WireGuard protocol to encrypt data in transit. Yet, both services have their own limitations. Tailscale is great for establishing secure connections, but only between a select network of devices. Mullvad, like other secure VPN services, has the perk of making it appear as though you're browsing from almost anywhere in the world—almost instantly. However, they are bound to the providers' servers to do so.

By joining forces, the two companies want to offer the best of both worlds: "VPNs have multiple purposes, Mullvad is for privacy. Tailscale is for access to devices in different locations," Jan Jonsson, CEO at Mullvad told TechRadar. "If you use Tailscale, you cannot use another VPN, for privacy. Now you can use Mullvad from Tailscale, benefiting from both products at the same time."

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