Nord VPN review

Summary

NordVPN shines in terms of security, speed, usability and price-performance ratio. Users can install the VPN software to up to six devices simultaneously.

Pro
  • Very high security
  • Maximum anonymity
  • Connection data will not be saved
  • Very easy to use
Contra
  • No phone support
  • Comparatively high price for one-month term

Rating

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Security

The virtual network of NordVPN software protects users and their data from being spied on while browsing the internet. It encrypts user data securely (AES-256-C, 2048-bit DH key). The encryption standard used by the NordVPN apps is the very secure protocol OpenVPN. Windows users also have the option to apply the secure socket tunneling protocol (SSTP). It’s considered the most stable VPN protocol on Windows systems. Another advantage of SSTP: The user does not need to install any additional software. Moreover, users achieve even higher security by selecting the double VPN access from the server list. At this, the user is sent through two VPN tunnels, which makes his identification almost impossible.

The fact that NordVPN’s headquarters are in Panama also contributes to the security of its users' privacy. Neither European nor American authorities have access to company data there.

Users receive the VPN software in three versions, which differ only in their runtime. The longer the subscription the user chooses, the more favorable the monthly fee (temporary sales deals are not considered at this point):

Subscription 1 month 1 year 2 years
Costs per month $11.95 $5.75 $3.29
Saving 0 % 52 % 72 %

Performance

NordVPN is available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • iOS
  • Android

Very practical and user-friendly: Users can install the VPN software to up to six devices simultaneously without any traffic limits. This allows users to download large amounts of data. The use of streaming services and social media platforms via VPN software is also possible.

The network performance depends on the VPN server used. NordVPN automatically selects a server with low utilization.

Usability

The installation of NordVPN is very easy. The user-friendly installation interface is designed for users with little tech affinity. For experienced users, there is an expert mode with advanced settings.

The operation of the program is just as simple as the installation. To set up a connection, users can either select a server from a list or from a world map. Alternatively, the included wizard can suggest a server.

Help & Support

Users who need help with the operation of the program will find a detailed, thematically sorted documentation on the NordVPN website. It explains technical basics, gives instructions for router configuration and contains solutions for concrete problems. Users can contact support personally via e-mail or chat. However, NordVPN does not provide phone support.

Summary

NordVPN provides users with a particularly high degree of security and anonymity while browsing the web. The software uses state-of-the-art encryption algorithms and VPN protocols and even offers double VPN access. In addition, the VPN software is user-friendly and fast. The costs – at least for an annual subscription – are very fair.

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