NordVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) service, provider. It has desktop applications for Windows, macOS, and Linux, mobile apps for Android and iOS, and Android TV. Manual setup is available for wireless routers, NAS devices and other platforms.
NordVPN is based in Panama, as the country has no mandatory data retention laws and does not participate in the Five Eyes or Fourteen Eyes alliances.
Advantages of NordVPN
1. Top Notch Privacy And Security
NordVPN is headquartered in Panama, which is significant for VPN services, although not usually important for most service providers. Panama has no data retention laws, and its government does not (as far as we know) carry out Internet surveillance. This means that legally, NordVPN does not need to retain logs of its users’ activities – great for your privacy!
In addition to their great location for privacy, NordVPN also uses superior encryption standards. Like all top-tier VPN service providers around, they use 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
Wait – there’s more – To further protect your privacy, NordVPN uses PGP keys in customer contact and protects your account details. You can use PGP keys to encrypt communications between you and NordVPN and are practically unbreakable.
Kill-switch: They have two different kinds of kill-switches: a user can now choose whether to close a particular app or completely terminate the Internet connection in case of unexpected dropout (system-wide kill-switch).
2. Kill Switch Prevents Privacy Compromise
If you’re wondering what might happen if your connection to a NordVPN server goes down, then the Kill Switch is your answer. If a NordVPN server drops your connection, this feature brings all your Internet communications to a screeching halt.
There are two versions of NordVPN, depending on your platform. The Windows or Mac version allows you to choose what apps stop communicating if something happens, while the mobile app version stops everything.
All of this serves to prevent data leakage.
3. Double The Protection With Double VPN
By now, you’ll be familiar with the basic concepts of VPNs, so let’s talk about something additional the NordVPN comes with, and that’s Double VPN. By linking together two VPN servers, you’re essentially getting an additional layer of protection.
Your computer/device first connects to one VPN server, connecting to a second VPN server before finally getting to your desired destination. This way, your destination IP goes through two changes and your data gets encrypted twice as well. Like I said, double the protection!
4. NordVPN has More Than 5,000 Servers In 59 Countries
With over 5,000 servers in 59 countries, there’s no doubt that NordVPN is one of the larger VPN service providers out there today. With any network as massive as this, there are bound to be some underperform locations compare to others.
However, as you can see in our earlier speed tests, most of the core areas in strategic global locations were fine. If you connect to a server that doesn’t perform as you feel it should, I am certain there is a better alternative nearby. Just see which one works best for you.
Almost a full half of NordVPN’s servers are from the US. Still, for geo-locked content, that’s where most of the good stuff is, plus with that many servers, Asia still does well.
5. NordVPN Connect 6 Devices On Many Platform Types
For most of us, we can expect to be using a VPN on a few devices at a time. At the very least on one computer and a mobile device. Some are device-crazy and have a computer, laptop, two smartphones, two tablets, and goodness knows what else.
NordVPN caters for all, and it supports up to six simultaneous connections at a time per account. This means you can secure all your devices individually and throw them on your router for good measure.
A good number of platform types are supported, so whatever you have, it’s likely to be fine. The only exception is when it comes to routers, as those are more finicky.
6. NordVPN is Fast & Stable Speeds All Around
I tried out five different geographic locations. While I noticed the usual increasing ping time the further away I got from my physical locations, overall speeds were very impressive. My tests were conducted on a 500 Mbps line, from which I regularly get above 450 Mbps throughput.
NordVPN has so far always surpassed our expectations in terms of speed performance. In the five core regions that I tested them for, speeds were generally high, and there was little to no additional latency while using NordVPN.
YouTube streaming for 2k and 4k HD was fine as well; the was also smooth and painless. I was able to stream 4k videos without any problems at all. However, do note that there are some areas with weak speeds.
7. Cryptocurrencies And CASH Accepted As Payment
I’m not interested in VPN’s if they accept payment by cheque, credit card or bank draft even, but I am impressed that aside from cryptocurrency, NordVPN accepts cash payments in some locations. If you’re living in the US, you can pay by cash at Fry’s Electronics or Micro Center.
For cryptocurrencies, the company accepts three kinds – Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple.
These two methods of payment are important because they are untraceable. After all, your privacy is why you’re looking for a VPN provider, right?
8. Netflix Support Is Kept Updated
The thing about Netflix is that it seems to hate users who use VPNs to try and get around regional content restrictions. The company tries to block VPN users, and NordVPN realises this and constantly works to help its users access Netflix content.
In fact, it maintains an entire page that has instructions on how you can access regional content. The instructions change from time to time, so if you find that you’re having Netflix issues while using NordVPN, remember to check that page!