A question to all the security experts out here. Is there any profit in using both VPN and Tor from the positions of anonymity?
I personally thought there is, for a couple reasons: 1) By using the VPN -> Tor junction you are hiding the fact of using Tor from your ISP, hence looking somewhat less suspicious. 2) You're harder to get traced back, so in case some bad guys happen to control both the entry node and the exit node in your Tor route, and they manage to find a correlation between the incoming and the outgoing traffic, all they can trace me back to is the VPN server address instead of my own.
Lately, i've been presented another opinion coming from the developers of Tails, another Linux distribution which aim is to provide some extra anonymity compared to the "other systems".
Briefly, their position
is something like "Tor -> VPN junction might have some use cases, but is hard to implement, while VPN -> Tor is totally useless". That's why Tails doesn't allow users to set up VPN connections.
In Linux VPN connections are allowed, but now i'm wondering if there is any reason to set up a VPN connection anyway.
So, it would be great to hear some educated opinions on this topic. Thanks!