NordVPN Review

Last Updated on 2022-06-02 Nicole
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NordVPN is one the most well-known VPN providers. You've probably seen an advertisement for NordVPN if you have watched cable TV over the last year. What number of VPN service providers have television commercials? The big guys are the only ones that have TV commercials. NordVPN is the market leader in VPN services.

However, popularity or deep pockets are not enough to suggest a VPN. This review will examine the strengths and weaknesses of NordVPN, as well as how it could fit in your daily life.

NordVPN The pros and Cons

The pros Cons
  • Rapid connection
  • Apps with strong, intuitive layouts
  • Panama's location limits government surveillance
  • Split tunneling is only possible via browser extensions
  • Fire TV and other streaming platforms are not supported

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NordVPN: What Can You Do?

NordVPN delivered exactly the same core functionality I have come to expect from VPN service. NordVPN, like its competitors makes it simple to keep your privacy private. NordVPN disguised my IP address when I connected and sent my traffic to another server. NordVPN encrypted all my traffic and made it appear that my internet use came from another part of the world.

Using NordVPN, I could choose which server I wanted to connect to — meaning that I had control over where I would appear to be. This is all standard for VPNs. What really sets VPNs apart are the bells and whistles — and NordVPN had those, too.

NordVPN Servers: Options Galore

Most VPN service providers consider servers their pride and joy. These are the statistics companies want you to see most. They'll tell you, "Check out the number of servers we have!" before going on to recite a much larger number. For the most part, their theory of the case — servers are important — isn't wrong. A VPN service should have more servers than it has users. You'll be more likely find one in your desired region and will experience better performance. You'll also be more likely to find a server that Netflix, Disney+, and other streaming giants haven't blocked — meaning you'll be able to explore a foreign country's streaming library.

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NordVPN Connecting

NordVPN has 5,518 servers in 59 countries. Although you won't be able to find one in every country, it's quite common for VPN services. You have a good chance of finding one that will do the job for you. NordVPN has a respectable server count, but it is outranked by some of its competitors like Private internet Access (see prices)..

As for my experience, I connected to a few and — despite the increased ping that comes with using far-flung servers — didn't have any other issues. The VPN allowed me to keep my connection open for as long or as necessary. I also had no problems connecting to websites I couldn't directly attribute to it.

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NordVPN Quick Connect

You don't have to choose between servers. NordVPN apps all offer a "quick connect" option that allows you to quickly get connected to a VPN.

Additional NordVPN Features

NordVPN offers split tunneling. This allows users to send certain information through the VPN and use a normal, unprotected connection to access other data. Split tunneling is useful for several reasons. The most important is the fact that not all websites and services work with VPNs. It's much easier to have your VPN disabled for Netflix and other apps than to lose protection on every website you visit so you can stream videos. NordVPN's dual-tuning option is only available through the browser extensions. Dual tunneling was not possible with my desktop app.

NordVPN's mobile app is one of its strongest assets. Both the NordVPN iOS and Android apps are very elegant and simple to use. In this review, I will talk more about each platform NordVPN supports.

Netflix and NordVPN

A VPN can be used to stream foreign content. A VPN allows you to convince Netflix you are somewhere else, and thus unlock the streaming library of another country's app. This is where the problem arises when Netflix blocks IP addresses associated with VPN servers.

NordVPN is one of my favorite streaming service options. I use it to test NordVPN. It was easy for me to locate servers that were compatible with Netflix in my tests. Netflix blocks NordVPN servers. However, if you persevere, it is possible to stream Netflix in no time.

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What it felt like to use NordVPN

NordVPN's apps were elegant and easy to use — to me, they felt pretty simple. However, they were not lacking in detail. VPN apps may simply display a list with server locations, followed by a list with the servers. NordVPN provides this list, but it also includes a complete world map with server icons that you can click.

The apps are very stable, which is a good thing. I didn't have any problems at all — no crashes or glitches or anything of the like. It's unlikely that you will spend too much time on the app. You should activate them and let the app run in the background, while you do your work. NordVPN was very stable in background. This is what I found crucial.

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NordVPN Security and Privacy

Protecting your privacy is the best reason for using a VPN. When evaluating VPNs I put my privacy first. This is where NordVPN excels.

NordVPN is a strict VPN service that does not log any information. While many VPN providers make similar promises to their users, NordVPN's privacy policies are quite clear and transparent. NordVPN submitted to an independent audit. NordVPN passed a third party audit in the summer 2020.

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NordVPN Servers

NordVPN's Panama-based headquarters is another thing that I love about it. This is a good thing, as Panama doesn't have the same data oversight laws as many other countries. Even if NordVPN were to keep logs — which, again, it doesn't — it would be unlikely to ever fork them over to the powers that be. That's not necessarily true of companies that are based in countries like the United States, which is a member of the \"Five Eyes\" alliance and has committed to sharing data with its allies — data that the government has the power to compel companies to release, at least in certain cases. This is the kind of thing privacy lovers are not happy about. NordVPN's almost unsupervised location makes it nearly as important as its no-logs policy.

NordVPN employs a number of different technologies different encryption standardsOpenVPN, IKEv2/IPsec and WireGuard are all available. These options can be changed in the settings of your service.

NordVPN Speed

NordVPN places a great deal of importance on its connections speeds. NordVPN has an entire page dedicated to speed on their website. They even go so far as telling users that they have increased computing load' of servers to make it faster. The page also offers tips on choosing the right server for you.

NordVPN didn't cause me any noticeable slowdown when I was doing routine tasks such as visiting my bank website or reading the news feed in Feedly. No matter what device NordVPN was used with, I received consistent performance and fast speeds.

For cord-cutters or streaming video lovers, speed is essential. Serious slowdowns could cause video to stop playing. My tests showed that streaming video from YouTube worked just as I expected.

This isn't to say that there wasn't some difference between NordVPN's speeds and my regular connection speeds — all VPNs slow you down at least a little bit, and NordVPN is not immune. For online gaming, I don't think I would use NordVPN. This might be a problem due to the increased ping. NordVPN attempts to minimize the slowdown. My testing revealed that this was a very good result. NordVPN is a good choice if you need to secure your traffic without sacrificing internet speed.

NordVPN Platform Support: NordVPN supports a lot of devices

In the past, internet access was limited to a laptop or desktop computer. Modern VPNs now have many more devices connected to the internet. While you might spend most of your time in front of large screens, think about the other times that you access the internet and possibly transmit sensitive data. Do you make any financial or banking transactions via your phone? Are you able to shop at Amazon from your tablet?

NordVPN is compatible with almost every type of device, so you are always protected.

NordVPN currently has applications available for Windows and Mac as well as Linux, iPhones, iPads, Android, Linux, Mac, Linux, iPhones, iPads, Android, and Android. There are even specific extension-based apps for browsers like Chrome and Firefox — just in case you want to limit your VPN usage to web browsing only.

Bad news: NordVPN doesn't have an easy way to protect streaming devices such as your Amazon Fire TV stick.

This review was done using the Windows, iPhone and iPad apps. All of the apps were easy to use. Although smaller screens may make complicated interfaces appear jumbled on mobile devices, I found NordVPN's apps for Android to be quite simple.

NordVPN Value: Discounts up to 50% for customers who are committed

The average monthly cost of a VPN service is between $10 to $13 per month. NordVPN costs $11.95 per month. NordVPN is a standalone monthly service. Maybe you won't need the service for more than a month. Maybe $12 isn't so much of a deal if that's true. As with many VPN services, long-term commitment is what will make this service truly valuable.

NordVPN is significantly cheaper if you are willing to make an upfront payment of at least one year. NordVPN is a lot cheaper if you buy it upfront. Your monthly costs drop to $4.92 if you purchase one year. You can pay up a little more and get two years of NordVPN upfront. The monthly effective cost drops to just $3.71.

These discounts are quite dramatic. I'm typically not a fan of this method of enticing customers into longer and longer commitments, but if a service is going to do it, they should at least deliver really remarkable prices — and NordVPN's pricing does.

NordVPN Review Verdict

NordVPN is able to do a lot and almost everything well. NordVPN is one of the most trusted VPN providers, and possibly the best VPN. These apps provide a very polished user experience. These apps can be used on a variety of devices. NordVPN puts in a lot to ensure that servers are always online and they run fast. NordVPN does this and is also one of the most affordable.

If you are looking for VPN services, NordVPN is a good choice. You get what you pay for, the service is reliable, and it doesn't cost a lot.

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