NordVPN Review

NordVPN is one of the most well-known VPN providers around with their great VPN servers and functionality to their adverts on national TV, you may have heard or seen these around compared to the other VPN providers.

NordVPN offers over 5,500+ servers to choose from and works best with apps such as Netflix or even peer to peer (P2P) downloading and more.

With most VPN reviews we undertake its always a bonus when we see a VPN provider which is truly offshore and with NordVPN this is true as they have their main offices located in Panama which is based offshore so has no data retention laws and a no log policy which keep all your privacy safe.

The performance of nordVPN is fantastic with their 5,500+ powerful servers that can be used for gaming, torrenting, Netflix, Web browsing and many more activities.

Not to mention NordVPN works on all the big platforms such as windows, android, iOS, Mac and other platforms and devices you have, so you can be sure it will work with most devices or apps you plan to run the VPN on.

We have decided to give NordVPN a 4.5 out of 5 star rating you may be asking well why the 4.5 and this is because while the VPN works perfectly has all the functionality you want and has the main privacy things we look at it does have a low score on Trustpilot which is not the end of the world but the only small issue we found was with android boxes if you use Netflix it will not work but on all other devices it’s fine.

 

Our NordVPN Rating Areas

  1. Servers – What is server performance like do they have servers in China
  2. Speed – What is the speed of their VPN
  3. Security – Does the VPN leak DNS, IP or WebRTC
  4. Jursitrcition – What county is NordVPN based in and what privacy laws do they have in place
  5. Pricing – What is the pricing plans of NordVPN
  6. Compatability – What apps and devices does the VPN work on
  7. Speed – What are the speeds of the VPN
  8. Trustworthiness – Can nordVPN be trusted
  9. Streaming – Is NordVPN good for streaming with

 

NordVPN Servers

NordVPN has over 5,500+ quality servers located around the world with over 4000 of them fully optimized for torrent downloading making them the biggest VPN provider for torrenting with the most servers for torrenting.

When it comes to VPN people like to know if they work in China due to the government blocking much access to platforms via their strict Geo-restrictions such as Facebook. Well, the good news is NoedVPN has many servers that work in china so you can get past all the blocks in place if you are ever visiting China.

When we tested the different servers they all performed excellent on speed and we did not detect any bandwidth throttling or connection problems while we were flipping through the different country servers to check for any of these potential issues.

Another bonus is NordVPN holds no data usage so you can use the VPN as much as you want in the month without worrying about any monthly allowance on the data which most VPN providers have a very high data allowance you may never reach but with NordVPN you have no ceiling so you can download 24/7 if you really needed to.

 

Security – How secure is nordVPN

 

What protocols are used

We found nordVPN to have all the well know security protocols such as OpenVPN (TCP/UDP), IKEv2/IPSec and a new one added called wireguard.

 

What is the encryption

When it comes to the encryption they have the strongest ciphers out of all VPN providers which use AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key. This means the only thing breaking your encryption is something with the power of a supercomputer so yes not likely anyone is breaking the encryption.

 

More security features

There are even more security features which other VPN providers don’t have so let’s take a look at what they are below

 

Wireguard

NordVPN wireguard is a new protocol they have added which for the moment it only works on Linux based operating systems through their app NordLynx, but do not worry Windows users and other platform-based users wireguard is fast approaching for all platforms.

 

Dedicated IP Address and Private IP

Having a dedicated IP or private IP can be beneficial as no one else is using the IP like having a shared VPN IP as sometimes VPN IP can be blocked or blacklisted for certain things online but having a dedicated/private IP address resolves this issue.

They offer a full dedicated/Private IP for just $70 a year which is a good offer and you can get dedicated IPs based in France, US, Germany, UK, and Netherlands.

Another good thing with having a dedicated IP is let’s say you need to log into a work website or workstation remotely and your company has set up firewalls you just need to have the dedicated IP whitelisted and you can log in from any device or platform no matter where you are in the world as the dedicated and private IP address will always remain the same so it’s very beneficial for this kind of activity.

 

Double VPN

This is a smart feature that NordVPN has as it allows the VPN to route its traffic, not through one hop but two hops increasing the security x2.

As it goes most VPN providers are secure anyway with their encryption strength and privacy but having a double VPN takes this to the next level of security. So your data is even more secure but you will see a slight loss in speed due to the new hop being added through a second VPN server.

 

Onion over Tor

For all you dark web explorers and journalists who want to send anonymous data using Tor Browser then NordVPN allows support over onion so you can use the Tor Browser and a VPN to have maximum security.

This is great for security and those people who want to use the Tor network and NordVPN are only one of a small number who has this feature.

 

Malware and Ad-Blocking

NordVPN has added its own malware protection it which goes by the name of CyberSec. What this does is works as a kind of virus protection within the VPN to avoid any malicious websites from running scripts on your browser while also having an ad blocker should you need to block any of them pesky adverts getting in your way of browsing the internet and relaxing.

 

Kill switch

You will find NordVPN has a kill switch made for Windows and Mac platforms but also for those who use the VPN on a smartphone so Android or iOS devices.

What a killswitch does is if it detects any failures with the actual VPN connection which is rare it cuts off your internet so your IP and location do not get leaked.

But the good thing with nordVPN is they offer 2 types of kill switches one for the internet connection we mentioned above but also one for the apps you use on your desktop so when it sees an app crash it will cut off the internet just for that app so you do not have any leaks to that app.

 

Are they any VPN leaks

After some extensive testing, we can proudly say no NordVPN does not have any IP leaks, DNS leaks, and no WebRTC leaks so you can have no worries with any leaks when using the VPN for what you need it for.

For our testing, we did the usual of going to DNS Leak site and running the test and it showed us there are no leaks on DNS, IP, and WebRTC.

 

What Jursitrcition Is NordVPN In

Well, the good news is NordVPN is headquartered in Panama so you can be sure they uphold the best in privacy whether that’s no data retention laws or no logging they will make sure your privacy is secured and your usage of their VPN.

Panama is outside of the 5 eyes sharing which many countries fall under where they monitor and share your web and internet activities. So with this, they are not mandatory obliged to share your information with other countries and authorities and they hold no logs.

 

NordVPN Pricing Plans

NordVPN offers some great pricing plans they have 4 subscriptions in total and allow a free 7 day trial.

1 month – equal to $11.95 per month (No savings Off)

1 Year – equal to $6.99 per month (Save 41% Off)

2 Years – equal to $4.99 per month (Save 58% Off)

3 Years – equal to $3.49 per month (Save 70% Off)

Also, they NordVPN offers a Lifetime Deal and many add on features you can purchase such as the static dedicated IP for just $70 a year.

If you opt to get a static IP address then be advised they only offer these countries below for your dedicated/private IP

  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • United States
  • France
  • Netherlands

NordVPN offers many ways to pay such as Visa cards, Mastercard, and also Bitcoin and altcoins.

Once you have a subscription with them the offer a 30 day money-back guarantee should you be unhappy with the service.

You can also use the same subscription at the same time on up to 6 devices which out of all the providers we have reviewed this is the highest number of devices for a VPN provider.

 

What Devices Can I Use NordVPN On

With NordVPN being one of the heavy hitters of the VPN provider world their VPN can be put on all literally all devices which range from

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • Android TV
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Android TV
  • Linux
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
  • and more

Using NordVPN On Windows

We tested the windows app which hax recently been updated and we can say it worked great with no connectivity problems or crashing and ran smoothly with a very nice design for its GUI. 

The same can be said about the macOS app of NordVPN all ran smooth no problems with connectivity or crashes.

 

Using NordVPN On iOS

We downloaded the app to an iPhone we had laying around and it ran great it was easy to use, very intuitive and presented us with no problems such as crashing, leaks and connectivity issues.

 

Using NordVPN On Android

We also ran a test using an android smartphone and it was mostly all the same with the iOS app that we experienced nothing out of the ordinary all worked fine and smooth with no issues with the VPN.

 

NordVPN Speed

When we performed our speed test NordVPN did exceptionally well. We tested it with our 28Mbps download speed broadband and we max out at 26Mbps which was nearly full speed so this ranks high in being in the top 3 of VPN speeds across our VPN provider reviews.

We also tested the UK servers with us being located in the USA and with the same 28Mbps download speed we managed to max out at 24Mbps which is still a great number. So when it comes to speed you won’t have to worry about any slow speeds from NordVPN.

 

NordVPN Reviews

As we mentioned before NordVPN is one of the biggest and well-known VPN providers out there with them even running commercial adverts on national TV stations. So when it comes to trustworthiness you can count on them to deliver. Let us dig a little deeper.

 

NordVPN Reddit Reviews

We had a good look around Reddit for reviews both good and bad here are just some below:

We have seen some comments on how good the speed and quality of NordVPN is

Here is a negative review we saw on them.

 

NordVPN Customer Service

We went onto live chat and asked a few questions testing to see if their support agents had good knowledge and all our questions were answered fine and the questions were on the technical side of using the VPN so we give them a thumbs up here.

They have live chat built on to their website making quick support good but also they have a support ticket system as well should you need to shoot them a question and look for the answer later.

 

NordVPN No Log Policy and Warrant Canary

NordVPN had gone through some security audits to prove they keep no logs and more which is always a good thing to see with VPN providers in general.

They allowed the audit company PriceWaterhouseCoopers to take up the audit and they are the most respectable audit company in the auditing game. So this shows you the level of transparency that NordVPN carries.

The audit came back as they strictly keeping no logs as they promise.

NordVPN also has a warrant canary which states they have not received any subpoenas, secret warrants, gag orders or national security letters as of 2020 which you can also see this statement the websites about page.

 

NordVPN Final Thoughts

We would highly recommend NordVPN for anyone who wants one of the best VPNs and wants the utmost level of privacy on their personal information and also data when using the VPN.

NordVPN goes above and beyond to make sure they stay one of the best VPN providers around and allow audits and continuously keep the VPN apps running their best with updates.

Not only this but they have a very smooth and fast VPN and easy to use interfaces no matter what device you are using.

Their pricing is great and also the extra functionality and adds on you can take for the VPN such as CyberSec and the onion over VPN.

 

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