Billed as the world's most advanced VPN, NordVPN claims to use double encryption to ensure that it is the most secure solution on the market, but how easy is it to use? Find out in our NordVPN review.
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Based in Panama, NordVPN is outside the jurisdiction of the "14-eyes" group of security information sharing countries, and as you'd expect from a reputable VPN company in a crowded marketplace, there's no logging of customer surfing habits.
There's also the usual kill switch, which will kill a list of specified apps should the VPN tunnel collapse. Unlike some other VPN clients, you select the apps to kill from a scrollable list.
You'll be pleased to hear that NordVPN is very easy to use. Installation, in line with the other Windows VPNs reviewed here, is as simple as downloading and clicking on the installation package.
Run the installed client and login using your NordVPN username or email address and password.
You'll then be asked whether you'd like to turn on CyberSec, which is a new part of NordVPN available to protect you against intrusive ads, malware, phising attempts and other threats.
Essentially this is an ad blocker with some malware protection built in. We already have antivirus and prefer not to block ads as they are part of what keeps online content available to read for free, but for some this will be a hugely appealing additional feature. You can turn CyberSec on or off at any time.
Once you've chosen whether or not you want to start using CyberSec, you'll need to flip the switch at the top of the interface to automatically connect to the most efficient server.
You can also select a country from the zoomable map, with the client itself selecting the exact server to use. On the Android version, you can press and hold a location to open its server list and view load statistics.
Different servers will suit you best for different activities (Security, Streaming, P2P, and Anonymity). The Netherlands is best for P2P file sharing, for instance, but for anonymity the UK is best.
NordVPN used to use a handy search feature to help insure you find the best server for your needs, but now the VPN does that for you. It has a SmartPlay feature to automatically reroute you through a server that will unblock the content you're looking to view, such as American Netflix from the UK.
It's important to note, though, that watching US Netflix in the UK is against the terms and conditions of the service, so you should do so at your own risk.
NordVPN is one of few VPNs that works in China and the Middle East, with the help of obfuscated servers.
Monthly fees are quite high, but the sheer number of servers should mean you get a rock solid service without connection delays, and prices drop rapidly if you're willing to commit to a longer contract. You'll also find that you can get Chrome and Firefox browser extensions for NordVPN at no extra cost.
You can currently get NordVPN for as little as £2/USD$2.75 per month if you take advantage of its three year deal, which totals just $99. Alternative options include a two year plan for £2.40/$3.29 per month, a one year plan for £4.15/$5.75 per month, or if you want to commit to just one month it's £8.60/$11.95. Nord accepts credit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin as well as Paymentwall, which is US-based.
Speaking of privacy, NordVPN can also connect to the Tor onion network directly instead of installing specialised software. Simply click the server list and select Onion over VPN. Select a server as an entry point to the Tor network and click connect.
SHOULD I BUY NORDVPN?
A simple-to-use VPN solution with a huge number of servers to choose from. Tor access makes this attractive to serious privacy nuts and Netflix lovers too.