Is a triple VPN overkill if you’re super serious about protecting your online privacy? While that naturally depends on highly subjective needs and preferences, you could argue a straightforward extra layer of security can never be excessive if you’re adamant to do everything in your power in order to safeguard your online identity and browsing history from the Silicon Valley’s nosey crawlers.
With that said, the line of diminishing returns has to be drawn somewhere and triple VPN setups seem like as good of a place as any to do so.
Triple VPN setups: more trouble than they’re worth
Let’s face it: even double VPNs are a niche solution which only a tiny fraction of the pro-privacy crowd tolerate in practice. Adding yet another rerouting node to that dual-VPN setup is hence more often than not a recipe for madness. Instead of just throwing extra VPNs at your desire for online anonymity, you should instead invest energy into researching your primary option for private surfing. It’s only once you’re fully confident in your first line of defense that the concept of a double VPN starts making some sort of sense.
But tripling on that idea? Sure, using three virtual private networks simultaneously is perfectly achievable from a technical standpoint but in terms of privacy benefits… well, if you’ve reached this point, you may simply be better off by refraining from going online in the first place.
Even a sole VPN is more than capable of completely tanking your Internet speeds; subjecting yourself to three of those? That’s just pure masochism and a scenario which almost certainly won’t allow for consistent high-definition video streaming, gaming, or using the Internet in most other fun or productive ways.
You generally need an almost gigabit-class connection in order to be capable of fully enduring the hit of a triple VPN system, assuming the average performance degradation of 20% per one instance of rerouting.
At some point, you have to ask yourself what’s even the purpose of it all; if you can’t shake off the itch of adding a third lock to your door shortly after the second one, it may be time to start thinking about changing neighborhoods instead, you know?
A single VPN with a robust infrastructural network, unconditional no-logging policy, zealous dedication to privacy, and intelligently situated headquarters will almost always outperform triple, quadruple, or even quintuple virtualization layers.
At the end of the day, your IP is only one among several reliable clues to your identity, and it’s either real or it’s not. Adding extra VPNs to the mix certainly makes the task of potentially reverse-engineering your connection setup a significantly larger nightmare for any hypothetical group of hackers carrying a grudge against you.
Yet if they’re even remotely qualified to violate anyone’s privacy, they’d probably take a page out of Google’s deanonymization book and abandon any opt for a diametrically opposite approach to compromising you – that fueled by completely bonkers big data shenanigans.
“Is a triple VPN overkill?” was written by Dominik Bosnjak, a long-time VPN-user-turned-advocate who spends more time scrutinizing VPN Providers on a daily basis than he’d like to admit. When he isn’t writing VPN Guides and covering general Tech News, he’s probably spending time with his dog, video games, or both. Fun fact: the Shih Tzu in question is the only remaining creature in Dominik’s life who hasn’t told him they’re sick of him talking about Best VPN practices and government-sponsored erosion of digital privacy which made using the Internet less convenient over the years. He occasionally dabbles in video editing, Wall Street memes, and demonstrating a remarkable lack of guitar-playing ability.
If you want more tidbit-sized rants about any of those things, you can find him on Twitter @dddominikk.