Salsa20 is a stream cipher that was designed by Daniel J. Bernstein in 2005. It is a fast and secure cipher that is widely used in a variety of applications, including secure communication, file encryption, and password hashing.

Salsa20 works by generating a stream of pseudo-random numbers that are used to encrypt or decrypt data. The encryption process involves combining the plaintext data with the pseudo-random stream using a mathematical function called an XOR (exclusive OR) operation. The resulting ciphertext can then be decrypted by reversing the process, using the same key and the pseudo-random stream to recover the original plaintext.

Salsa20 is considered to be a secure cipher, as it has undergone extensive analysis and testing by the cryptography community and has not been successfully attacked. It is also relatively fast, making it suitable for use in a variety of applications.


Salsa20 is a stream cipher that is widely used in a variety of applications and programs. Here are some examples of programs or applications that use Salsa20:

  • Secure Shell (SSH): Salsa20 is used as one of the encryption algorithms in the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, which is a widely used network protocol for securely connecting to and managing remote servers.
  • Tor anonymity network: Salsa20 is used as one of the encryption algorithms in the Tor anonymity network, which is a system of volunteer-run servers that is designed to provide anonymous communication online.
  • TrueCrypt disk encryption software: TrueCrypt was a popular disk encryption software that used Salsa20 as one of its encryption algorithms.
  • Password hashing algorithms: Some password hashing algorithms, such as Argon2, use Salsa20 to provide additional security.
  • File encryption software: Some file encryption software, such as VeraCrypt, use Salsa20 as one of their encryption algorithms.
  • Other applications: Salsa20 is also used in a variety of other applications and programs, including secure messaging apps, VPNs (virtual private networks), and cryptocurrency wallets.

In recent years, newer and more advanced encryption algorithms have been developed, such as ChaCha20, which is an improvement over Salsa20. ChaCha20 offers faster encryption speeds and improved security compared to Salsa20. Additionally, other encryption algorithms such as AES and Twofish are widely used and considered secure, although they may not necessarily be better or worse than Salsa20, but they have different design goals, trade-offs, and use cases.

Here are a few VPN providers that are known to use Salsa20 encryption:

  1. NordVPN
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. Surfshark
  4. VyprVPN
  5. Windscribe VPN