Tinc (protocol) - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Glossary

This is a protocol dealing with VPN networks and was first created in 1998. The protocol is based on mesh networking, is open-source and is used to compress and encrypt data over Virtual Private Networks.

The software is free and is licensed under the GNU Public License. Tinc uses a combination of tunneling and encryption to establish a secure VPN network between participant over the internet.

Benefits of Tinc include strong authentication, compression and encryption using tools like LibreSSL and LZO, direct traffic routing with no diversions through intermediary hops, easy to expand and supported by many operating systems including Linux, Windows, NetBSD and Solaris.