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Multi Hop VPN: Useless gimmick or security feature?

Do you think Multi Hop VPN is a gimmick or useful security feature?  

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  1. 1. In your opinion, is it a gimmick or security feature?

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I am aware that Multi Hop VPN has already been discussed here and the general consensus was that it would not bring much to the table, but after experimenting with a free trial of a different VPN service (ProtonVPN) , they have a multi hop VPN which they have named the  "Secure Core" feature and I have read that it can be useful for connecting to VPN servers in countries where there is a high risk of surveillance, government intervention, etc, such as USA. For example, if a user connects to a server in the USA using their multi hop VPN, and the connection is logged/intercepted by a government/datacenter/etc , the adversary will only be able to track the connection back to the first hop of the VPN connection, which they call "Secure Core" server, instead of to the user's real IP address, and the idea behind this is that their Secure Core servers are located in countries with strong privacy laws and are not under jurisdiction of United States. Previously I had largely believed multi hop VPN to be a gimmick that did little more than slow down your internet speeds and give you some false sense of security, but after reading about this implementation I can now understand how Multi Hop VPN can be used to improve the user's security and make it harder for their connections to be traced back to them. So I think that it would be a useful feature for Air to add some sort of multi-hop feature where for example if one wishes to connect to a server in USA but is weary of surveillance on the part of the datacenter/government/etc , their VPN would make two hops: For example if they wanted to connect to the USA their connection would first be routed through one of AirVPN's existing servers in Europe in a country of the user's choice. Yes it would slow down the speeds and make things like streaming slower, but I think that it would be a useful feature to have to increase your security while using AirVPN. I'd like to hear what the community thinks about this feature and whether they think it should be implemented as it's possible that there is something I'm missing which makes it less than the ideal solution that I thought.

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21 hours ago, User Of AirVPN said:

and the idea behind this is that their Secure Core servers are located in countries with strong privacy laws and are not under jurisdiction of United States.


But it's still linked to a single provider, might create a single point of failure, like when your account is frozen and you end up with zero possible connections.

What you describe is better accomplished by mixing VPN and Tor, for example. A proxy instead of Tor does work, too, if you have one you can trust.

Four simple things:
There's a guide to AirVPN. Before you ask questions, take 30 minutes of your time to go through it.

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here. It's the fallback DNS.
Running TOR exits is discouraged. They're subject to restrictions on the internet and harm all AirVPN users.

Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. If you overdo privacy, you'll be unique among the mass again.

 

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2 hours ago, giganerd said:

But it's still linked to a single provider, might create a single point of failure, like when your account is frozen and you end up with zero possible connections.

What you describe is better accomplished by mixing VPN and Tor, for example. A proxy instead of Tor does work, too, if you have one you can trust.
Good point there, Tor/proxy would probably be better for that

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