NordVPN Review [Updated April 2017]

NordVPN ReviewPeople who are new to the world of VPNs generally look for three things: simplicity, affordability, and high-level security. @NordVPN is an option that claims to cover all of these bases, but in a field of heavy competition, is it truly the best option for you? We signed up to learn more. 

Features

NordVPN has a network of 705 servers in 57 different countries. The service uses double VPN technology which encrypts all data you send and receive twice. Users can connect up to six different devices on one account without having to worry about bandwidth limits. NordVPN also offers multiple-device support.

The service can be installed on routers, game consoles, computers and phones with support for iOS, Android, and even Blackberry.

Using the Service

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NordVPN is easy to install and the user interface makes it equally simple to use. A power slider enables you to activate the product in a single click and a straightforward layout allows you to select from a list of servers and features.

There is also a simple mapping feature that uses pins to show you exactly where NordVPN’s servers lie. It’s an interesting feature that ultimately serves little purpose other than to make a more interesting experience. We appreciated the feature.

Privacy

NordVPN is based in Panama, a country that has no data protection laws. This alleviates any worry about logging of your activity by local authorities. The company has a strict no-log policy as well.

NordVPN claims to only collect data relevant to maintaining and improving the service. Data collected on their website is deleted after six months unless you request to delete it sooner.

The company accepts cryptocurrency as an added layer of privacy.

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NordVPN doesn’t skimp on security. Data is encrypted with an AES 256 bit cipher and authenticated using SHA-2. If you are really serious about your online security, you will be relieved to hear that NordVPN offers a kill switch feature that automatically cuts your connection to the server if the data is broken at any time. NordVPN also changes your DNS point to the VPN server to protect against DNS leaks. 

The service supports a range of protocols including OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP. If you want to share P2P files you can do this through the Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Dutch servers. If you want to download larger files quickly, you can use one of the dedicated streaming servers.

With all of this security in place, you can rest assured that hackers won’t be able to steal any of your data.

If you want an extra layer of protection, you can run Tor over VPN.

Speed and Performance

This kind of extra security usually comes at a cost which is paid for by a decrease in speed. But in our experience, the lag is hardly noticeable and you can easily find a faster server to use if you are streaming a movie or simply surfing the web.

If you are using NordVPN to protect sensitive data, then security will always trump speed. There may be faster VPNs available, but they are unlikely to offer you as much security as NordVPN does.

Support

If you do need help with anything, the agents at NordVPN knowledgeable and eager to assist. Before you engage in a live chat with one of the support team at NordVPN, you might want to browse their comprehensive FAQ section. They also offer some really handy set up guides which are easy enough to understand to help even novices find their way around. 

Pricing Plans

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NordVPN offers a free three-day trial, and if you enjoy the software you can upgrade to a premium plan. As with many VPN providers, NordVPN offers three different pricing plans with discounts based on the length of time you commit to.

The Simple plan, which is billed monthly, costs $11.95 per month. The Standard plan is billed in six-month increments and costs $7.00 per month. The Best Offer plan, which is clearly quite transparently named, will cost you $5.75 per month, or more accurately, $69.00 for one year of the service.

NordVPN’s pricing compares favorably to other providers when you take into account all the security and flexibility they offer. Although you can try it out for free, they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee after committing to purchase the service. 

Summary

Nord is the ideal VPN for users who are most concerned with privacy. That’s not to say that it’s slow or difficult to use. On the contrary, it is easy to download, install, and navigate so even inexperienced users will not be put off from giving it a try. The emphasis on security does slow it down slightly, but that’s the price you pay for superior encryption.

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