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NordVPN Review - UPDATED May. 2017

OUR RATING
9.8/10
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NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN service provider that has been in the VPN business since 2012. They have a solid server network and, thanks to their reliable services, their customer base is ever-growing. NordVPN has a strict no logs policy and some quite attractive features, such as double encryption and P2P servers.

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Interface

The NordVPN client for Windows is probably one of the best in the industry. It’s hard to say what its strongest suit is – whether it’s the ease of use or the elegance and visual appeal. Before connecting, you choose a server and you connect with just one click. This client has a useful feature that shows you the stats for each server (speed, capacity, etc) so you can actually make an informed decision.

The bespoke Android app is equally attractive and easy to use, which is not something we see a lot. VPN service providers usually focus all their efforts on the Windows client and often tend to neglect the mobile device apps.

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Performance and Reliability

NordVPN did well on speed tests, but not as well as some other providers. You can never expect to have the exact same speeds with a VPN as you would have without it, especially when connecting to a distant server, due to latency. However, while the tests did show some significant slowdown, we have to say it was almost unnoticeable when it came to actual browsing and streaming – and that’s what matters the most. Many people use VPNs to watch movies or shows and listen to radio stations that are not available to them for some reasons, which is why having decent speeds is so important.

In addition, this VPN service puts hardly any strain on your computer’s performance. NordVPN promises no DNS or IP leaks whatsoever and from what we saw, they actually deliver on that promise. Still, it’s always advised to run leak tests from time to time in order to be sure.

Multi-Platform

In addition to Windows, NordVPN is compatible with all the other major platforms and operating systems, including iOS, Mac OS X, Android, and Linux. Moreover, you can use it on your router (DD-WRT, Asus, and Tomato).

You can connect up to six devices at the same time, meaning you can actually use VPN on your personal computer, your tablet, and your smartphone.

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Features

The company runs servers in 52 countries of the world and the number of locations keeps growing month after month. The servers are actually divided into groups according to their type and specialization. You have servers for Tor, servers for ultra fast TV, double VPN, anti-DDoS, dedicated IP servers, standard VPN servers, Netflix USA servers and servers for P2P sharing or torrenting. This makes things incredibly easy for users. After you decide what you want to use the VPN for, you simply find a server group that specializes in that particular service and choose the location nearest to you or the one that allows you to bypass geo-restrictions.

The Tor-over-VPN allows you to send your traffic to one of the NordVPN servers where it gets encrypted and sent along to the Tor network. It is a handy solution that provides higher security, which many users will definitely appreciate.

NordVPN is very serious about security and therefore offers the full security suite with protocols ranging from PPTP and L2TP to OpenVPN with strong SSL-based 2048-bit encryption. There is also a free proxy list with up to 3000 free proxies, both shared (static/dynamic) and dedicated IPs, secret notes, double VPN for increased anonymity, as well as firewall pass-through.

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NordVPN also has an automatic kill switch option. If you want to use it, all you have to do is check the little box next to it. An automatic kill switch is useful because it protects you in case you get disconnected from your VPN connection. When this happens, the kill switch simply shuts down traffic, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally exposing your sensitive data and personal information.

Those interested in downloading torrents will be pleased to hear that NordVPN not only allows P2P but also has dedicated P2P servers.

Security and Privacy

NordVPN offers a unique security feature called double encryption. Logically, if your connection is encrypted twice, you will be twice as secure. This is something that really sets NordVPN apart from other VPN providers.

As for the protocols, NordVPN offers all of the most widely used protocols, including those considered the best. So, you have OpenVPN, which is considered the most secure, PPTP, L2TP and IPSec protocols.

Encrypted chat and secret notes are additional security features and, again, something we don’t get to see often in other VPN service providers and the same goes for Tor-over-VPN and multi-hop connections.

As for privacy, Panama does not have any data retention laws, meaning the company is not required to hand over any of your personal info to the authorities. But even if there were such laws, the company wouldn’t have anything to give to the authorities since they do not keep any logs at all.

Support

NordVPN’s support page has a quite impressive FAQ section that covers pretty much every question you might have prior to signing up for the service, as well as those questions and issues you might experience once you start using a VPN.

There are also plenty of useful tutorials, as well as a lively online community, with a message board and profiles on all the most popular social media websites.

Support staff is available 24/7 via e-mail, live chat, and Facebook. Response times are decent and the staff is friendly and efficient.

Pricing Options

NordVPN offers three plans – Simple, Standard and Best Offer. The Simple plan lasts one month and costs $11.95. The Standard plan is good for six months and costs $7 per month while the Best Offer, which gives you a year of VPN, costs $5.75 per month, billed annually.

The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee and accepts all the traditional payment methods, including some less conventional ones, such as Bitcoin.

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Pros
  • No logs
  • Strong encryption
  • Tor-over-VPN and ultra-fast TV
  • Excellent support

Cons

  • Not the cheapest VPN provider

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User Reviews

  • Submitted By Claire Ferguson, on 05/25/2017

    The most secure VPN I’ve ever used, definitely. And fast as well. My recommendations.

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  • Submitted By Pablo Gomez, on 01/25/2017

    So fast, man, so fast! I’ve tried different VPNs, but none of them was so fast. You don’t even notice it’s working. Downloads, uploads, everything goes smoothly. My gf is on Netflix all day long, just can’t stop watching and thanks to Nord she can do it all the time, streaming is just perfect.

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  • Submitted By Jackie69 on 09/09/2016
    This is an okay service, although sometimes the connection slows down but then I switch to a different server. It helps, but it’s a drag. Other stuff is good.
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  • Submitted By Louis Varredo on 08/28/2016
    I use NordVPN to watch Hulu and some football games when I travel, which is pretty often. It’s a great service that makes me feel like I’m right back home. Depending on where I travel, the speed goes from terrific to “meh”. Overall, I am satisfied and would definitely recommend this service.
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  • Submitted By MamacitaJones on 07/27/2016
    At first I only used one server, which was a huge mistake. People, you need to pick a server that is designated for what you want to do. Don’t connect to a Japanese server if you want to watch Netflix!!
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  • Submitted By Michael Dimich on 06/06/2016
    I’ve always had a pleasant experience with Nord VPN, especially support. I had to tweak the Android app for my Samsung smart phone and they walked me through it in no time.
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  • Submitted By Jesse K. on 05/20/2016
    I wonder whether we should continue using this provider after Panama leaks. They promise they won’t give out any of our info but these days I don’t know what to believe anymore.
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Want to find out even more about NordVPN?

If you have any additional questions about this first-class VPN service provider, our resources can help you find the answers you’re looking for. From the types of protocols and encryption it uses to server locations, we cover all areas of interest. Read our comprehensive blog posts to learn more about:

  • NordVPN Servers, discovering where they are located, how to pick those that are best for you, and why NordVPN servers are different from the servers provided by other VPNs;
  • NordVPN Android App, containing detailed information about the app, its design, ease of use, additional features, and reliability.
NordVPN Review
Updated : 05.24.2017.
Rating : 9.8/10