NordVPN

Rating:
4.7
(4.7)

NordVPN is a VPN service that lets users mask their IP address and geo-location to prevent any third parties from gaining access to sensitive information. NordVPN’s desktop app is available for all major operating systems, and the app provides a simple interface. The company uses double data encryption, automatic kill switch, DNS leak protection, and Onion over VPN functionality to keep users safe from malicious cybercriminals. NordVPN has a large number of servers located in Europe & the United States. There’s also a server list feature that enables users to connect to the fastest and most secure servers based on their location.

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NordVPN
Price
Subscription
Version
7.1.3
Category
Developer
Nordvpn S.A.
Source
Windows, macOS, iOS, Android
Rating
4.7
(4.7)

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How to download NordVPN

Downloading NordVPN is a simple process, and users can download the company’s desktop app for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. The app is available directly from the company’s website, and users can sign up for a free trial on the company’s website. NordVPN’s desktop app is available for all major operating systems, and the app provides a simple interface. The company uses double data encryption, automatic kill switch, DNS leak protection, and Onion over VPN functionality to keep users safe from malicious cybercriminals.

How to use NordVPN

After installing NordVPN on the PC, users can run the app and connect to a server of their choice. Once connected, users can open Netflix, Hulu, and other geo-locked streaming services and access a wide array of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. To connect, simply click on the “connect” button located in the upper right corner of the app and select a server. NordVPN will automatically connect to the fastest server that is located near the user’s actual location.

Features

NordVPN is available on major operating systems: Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. The company also offers manual setup instructions for other platforms like Linux or routers that are not supported by its custom apps (which does include some popular options). Note that if you want to use NordVPN with Netflix, you’ll need to be running the Windows app.

The company also offers a SmartPlay feature, which is perfect for streaming fans who don’t live in the US or UK and want to watch content from their home countries – without any hassle. Just enable this option on one of NordVPN’s servers that has been optimised for an application like Netflix, and you’ll be ready to stream content right away.

NordVPN also offers a great deal of security options, including DNS leak protection that users can enable by pressing the ‘kill switch button” on their app if they want extra assurance when using public Wi-Fi or connecting through an unsecure connection.

One of the great things about NordVPN is that it has a huge list of features and options, which allows you to tweak your VPN experience exactly how you want. The company offers “specialty servers” for unique tasks like downloading torrents anonymously or streaming Netflix content in HD quality. There are also anti-DDoS servers, which provide an extra layer of protection since they can help bypass sophisticated attacks designed to overload your network.

Review

With the VPN market being so saturated these days, consumers are spoiled for choice more than ever. It can be difficult to decide which VPN service is right for your needs. NordVPN has rapidly risen as a favorite among users, thanks in part to its excellent customer support and commitment towards security. NordVPN is one of the few VPN services that have been around for years.

Users can test NordVPN’s free service, but they should be aware that it comes with a lot of restrictions on server locations and bandwidth usage. The company offers three different pricing plans: $11 per month, $7 per month, and $3.29 per month for a three-year plan (billed annually). The three-year plan works out to $2.75 per month, which is an incredible price for a great VPN service.

For these lower prices you’ll sacrifice some of the advanced features (like double encryption), but they become available if you pay more and commit longer. The company also offers payment plans, which is a great option for those who can’t afford to pay the full price up front.

NordVPN has over 1,700 servers spread across 57 countries and offers excellent speeds in North America as well as Europe and Asia Pacific – but not so much when it comes to streaming Netflix content. Customers will also be happy to know that NordVPN fully supports torrenting, and P2P is available on any server.

With such an extensive network of servers, NordVPN users can access a lot more than just the standard Netflix catalog. Dedicated IPs are available for those who want to stream region-locked content on their favorite streaming services without any hassle.

Some VPN providers do not offer dedicated IP addresses and you have to connect to the server closest to your location, but NordVPN allows users to connect from any of its servers. Also keep in mind that not all Netflix regions have the same content available for streaming and you might be able to access more titles if you change locations with a dedicated IP address.

NordVPN also offers double VPN servers that encrypt your traffic twice and make it even harder to identify you. This means a lot more security for users who are concerned with anonymity, but they also come at an additional cost. Double VPN is available as part of the company’s Plus service ($5 per month), which can be added on top of NordVPN’s existing plans.

Users can pay anonymously with Bitcoin and various other cryptocurrencies, which is great for those who want to keep their payments away from the prying eyes of a third party like an ISP or government agency. The company doesn’t log any user data (like IP addresses) on its servers, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement agencies to identify a NordVPN user in case of an investigation.

NordVPN is based out of Panama and remains free from government interference – although they are not completely immune (more on this later). The company’s policy states that customers must be given the option to choose a VPN server in the country of their choosing, but this is not always possible. If you want complete control over your IP address and location, then NordVPN isn’t for you because it does hold some data on users – although very little.

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