Apologies if this comes up a lot. It's difficult to search for topics related to both because they're such short search terms. I did try searching via the use of Google's "site:" option and went through every page without stumbling upon the topic, but maybe it's too obvious to have been discussed. Firstly, is there a point to combining the use of a VPN with the use of TOR? I realize they do different things, but it seems like if a VPN encrypts traffic, and then TOR anonymizes it, you'd avoid the problems of plaintext in the exit nodes. If you do use a VPN service, and then run TOR in a browser, how exactly do the two work together? Does the VPN service encrypt your data, then send it through the TOR nodes, which eventually emerges encrypted? In this case, does the VPN know what you're accessing via TOR, or simply that you're using TOR? Is the TOR traffic encrypted between the TOR network and the client on your PC? Is there something obvious that I'm missing because the entire subject is new to me? I am trying to learn about different security and privacy setups for a number of reasons. I am planning on traveling long-term in the future, and some of the countries I will find myself passing through have oppressive internet and privacy legislation that I'd rather not run afoul of. Another is that I use an unsecured, shared internet connection in my building. Recently I was delivered one of those notices for illegally sharing a television show (I am not sharing said show, illegally or otherwise.) Would the use of a VPN insulate me from future exposure to such things, or am I collectively liable/vulnerable because someone on the same connection is filesharing? I've also seen things like JanusVM and XB Browser mentioned, which claim to use both VPN and TOR technologies. Does this mean they use them in tandem, or do they use one or the other? As in, if you're a free user, XB Browser uses TOR, and if you pay up, it uses the VPN instead? How does the use of JanusVM differ from running a separate OS instance in Virtualbox that you create yourself? I know that's a lot of stuff. Any help is appreciated.