NordVPN

NordVPN is a VPN, which our algorithm has awarded the most points. This is a universal service that combines high levels of privacy protection, high security of the connection, a rich package of opportunities and an attractive price. NordVPN is one of the most interesting items that can satisfy the expectations of most users.
Average rating
9,31 / 10
Price
8,06 / 10
Service
9/10
Privacy
10/10

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Table of Contents

  1. Beginning
  2. Capabilities and features
  3. Privacy and security
  4. Speed ​​test
  5. Price list
  6. Location of NordVPN servers
  7. Technical details (table)
  8. Summary
  9. reviews

Capabilities and features

Features and functions of NordVPN

NordVPN stands out from the competition in terms of the wide range of services it offers its users.

If you do not like reading a large amount of text, you can go straight to the end where you will find a table with all the service parameters .

NordVPN offers a huge range of possibilities. When you sign up for a subscription you can count on:

  • no transfer limit
  • simultaneous use of the service on 6 devices
  • 847 servers in 56 countries (this number is systematically increasing)
  • P2P (on selected servers)
  • SOCKS5 proxy access at no extra charge
  • Smart DNS (streaming) service for streaming
  • An easy to use application for connecting to a VPN or the ability to configure external applications
  • Applications available on most popular operating systems and devices
  • possibility to buy dedicated IP
  • Double VPN
  • Tor over VPN
  • OpenVPN, L2TP / IPSec, IKEv2, SSTP, PPTP protocols
  • no logs
  • Anonymous purchase of Bitcoin service and payment
  • Payment by bank transfer from free bank (if we do not care about privacy)

Privacy and security issues require a separate point and are described in greater detail in the following review.

6 devices simultaneously

With NordVPN we can enjoy unlimited transfers on 6 devices at the same time . This means that we can set up and have an active connection to the VPN server on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and other devices at any one time. The only limitation is that if you want all devices to connect to the same server, then it must be done using other protocols. So: with the same server we can connect one time via OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, L2TP and eg PPTP. The rule is simple - one device from which to log is one protocol per server.

VOD and bypass regional blocks

With NordVPN, we can access content that is not normally available in our country due to geographical locks. NordVPN uses Smart Play technology to bypass them. At the time of testing the service (April 2017) we were able to successfully launch and view the American version of Netflix . However, it may happen that some servers will be blocked - then you need to change the server through which we connect and everything should work properly. In addition, with NordVPN we can access French, Canadian and Indian Netflix offers. We will also allow access to other international VOD sites with regional restrictions such as BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Showtime, Pandora and SkyGo.

Bypass Chinese firewall

With NordVPN you can bypass the Chinese big firewall. This is done by masking the NordVPN connection with Obfsproxy . Let us remember! Let's get ready for our devices before going to China, because we may have problems downloading and configuring the service, because most of the content on this subject is blocked.

P2P

NordVPN allows the use of P2P on specially designated servers. Their current list will always be found in P2P applications.

SOCKS5 Proxy

By purchasing the service, we also have the ability to use SOCKS5 Proxy, useful when we do not want to use the VPN, and we want to hide their real IP.

Applications and devices

NordVPN has its own application, which allows us to connect to VPN servers.

Dedicated client application is available on the following systems:

  • Windows (from XP to Windows 10)
  • Mac OS X
  • Android
  • iOS

No more problems if you want to run the service on Linux, the router or other applications (such as the official OpenVPN client) than the one provided by NordVPN. You can download the appropriate OpenVPN configuration files from this page, so we can configure the service according to your needs. It is up to us to decide how we will use the service.

For Windows there is also the option of downloading PBK files with which we can configure the connection based on L2TP or SSTP.

The client application created by NordVPN uses OpenVPN protocol and is easy to use and intuitive. You can select the country and server you want to connect to, enable Kill Switch (automatically disable or disable selected applications after losing a VPN connection), select a connection protocol - TCP or UDP, enable startup service at system startup and customize a number of cosmetic settings .

The same applies to mobile applications. High simplicity and functionality without having to manually configure all settings. Of course, and in this case, we may choose to use OpenVPN Connect, another client or L2TP configuration or other protocols.

User support

In case of service problems or configuration, we can use the user support in the form of knowledge base and reporting system.

The knowledge base is well-prepared and will address the most common problems, as well as detailed instructions and step-by-step tutorials on various VPN services and topics. Even if we do not feel comfortable with technical issues, we should be able to deal with most issues with their help.

If the information contained in the knowledge base does not help us, we can contact support through the reporting system . The answer is not to wait long, it is helpful and after exchanging some information most often manages to solve the problem or get the necessary information.

NordVPN application

Screenshot of Windows application

Speed ​​test

NordVPN tested the speed of service. The link at which the test was run allows for speeds of up to 20 Mbit per second while downloading and about 10 Mbit for data transmissions.

The speed test was based on the tool http://www.speedtest.net/ and the server to which it was linked was Orange SA located in Warsaw. During the test, the speed control was tested without a VPN connection (gray bars) and then when connected to NordVPN. Each measurement on the graph is the arithmetic mean of the three test connections made at low intervals.

The speed test is very good and does not negatively affect the comfort of using the Internet when connecting to a NordVPN VPN. Slight speed drops are normal when using a VPN.

Download speed

Sending speed

Privacy and security

It is precisely the issues of privacy and security that are essentially what can convince a large number of people to choose NordVPN for their VPN provider.

The operator of NordVPN is a company registered in Panama . This means that the company is located outside of the Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States) group, which is one of the criteria that should be considered when looking for a VPN for privacy. Panama does not impose any obligation to keep logs for telecommunications operators.

NordVPN has a policy of total absence of logs . No data is logged on our network activity, transfer amount, IP address, date and time of connection. The provider does not store anything about what we do on the web - which is clearly stated in the rules of service and privacy policy.

The service can be purchased anonymously. You only need to enter your email address and password . Payments can be made with Bitcoin . No data is required to identify us.

The application is equipped with a Kill Switch that will prevent us from leaking our real IP address when disconnected from the VPN. It works by disabling the application immediately after the connection to the VPN is lost. This is not a Kill Switch based firewall.

For even greater privacy, we also have the ability to use Double VPN . NordVPN is one of the few VPN providers that offers this service . Double VPN works on the principle that instead of one server, we connect to the Internet through two VPN servers. For example: first we connect to a VPN server in France, then connect to it in a VPN server in the Netherlands and only to the specific network resource we are interested in. In the case of Double VPN, encryption is done using the AES-256-CBC algorithm. Let us remember that the choice of such a connection can quite slow down the speed of our Internet connection.

We also have the opportunity to use the Tor over VPN connection . It looks like we first connect to a VPN server and then our traffic goes through the Tor network. Or:

User's computer -> VPN server -> Network Tor -> Internet

This is not a revolutionary solution, as we can do the same thing by using the Tor browser when connecting to a VPN.

The NordVPN application is equipped with IPv4 DNS leaks protection, which leaks IP addresses while querying DNS servers. Unfortunately, for now, IPv6 is not supported and the service provider recommends disabling it in our operating system settings to thwart IPv6 DNS leaks. Introduction of IPv6 support for is planned for 2017. Read more about DNS leaks here .

Security

We can connect to NordVPN servers using the following protocols:

  • OpenVPN after UDP or TCP
  • L2TP / IPSec
  • IKEv2
  • SSTP
  • PPTP

So we have access to all commonly used protocols for VPN connections. Of course we recommend using OpenVPN as it is generally considered the safest. You can find out more about VPN protocols from our detailed comparison and description of VPN protocols .

In terms of encryption NordVPN uses the following algorithms:

  • OpenVPN: AES-256-CBC with 2048 bit DH key for perfect forward secrecy
  • IKEv2: AES-256-GCM for data encryption, SHA2-384 for consistency and 3072-bit keys for perfect forward secrecy. The IPSec tunnel uses the AES256 algorithm.
  • L2TP / IPSec: AES-256
  • PPTP: MPPE-128 encryption

The above solutions guarantee a high level of security of data transmission and in case of OpenVPN and IKEv2 they are able to ensure full security of data sent via VPN.

NordVPN price list

NordVPN price list

Current price list NordVPN

The price of NordVPN is very much dependent on the length of time we subscribe. As you might expect, the longer the subscription period, the lower the average monthly price we will pay for the service.

There are three periods to choose from:

  • 1 month for $ 11.95
  • 6 months for $ 42
  • 1 year for $ 69
  • 2 years for $ 78.96 in special offer

For a monthly subscription, where the fee will be charged monthly, we pay $ 11.95 each time. This is the least advantageous option if we plan to use NordVPN over a longer time horizon. Decide on it only if you need a VPN for a short period of time, for example a foreign departure or we just want to test the service, and we do not want to freeze a larger amount.

A six-month subscription costs $ 42, which gives you $ 7 per month for the service.

The annual fee and the two-year subscription are the most attractive . In the case of an annual subscription for the service, we will pay $ 69 which will give us $ 5.75 per month. For a two-year subscription, a special offer is currently available. This promotion can be used at this link or the promotional code 2YSpecial2017 when ordering. Then the price of one month will be $ 3.29 , and we will pay $ 78.96 for the whole.

Payments can be made in many ways. Fundamentals include credit card , PayPal and Bitcoin , but you can also pay with Paymentwall, which provides a variety of options depending on the country we are in. In your country we have the possibility to pay by means of quick bank transfers (Przelewy24 or Dotpay), MINT and Neosurf.

NordVPN offers a 30 day money back guarantee if we are unhappy with the service. Please contact customer service and if the problem is not resolved, the service will be refunded. Keep in mind that we only have 30 days. This option is not available for iTunes / App Store and Google Play Store purchases, as these platforms are subject to this policy.

NordVPN also offers a 3 day trial period during which we can test the service.

Period 1 month 6 months 12 months 24 months
Price per month $ 11.95 $ 7.00 $ 5.75
Annual cost $ 143.40 $ 84.00 USD 69.00
Frequency of payment every month every 6 months every 12 months
Savings lack -41%
59,40 USD rocznie You save $ 59.40 a year
-52%
74,40 USD rocznie You save $ 74.40 a year

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NordVPN currently has 847 servers in 55 countries, placing it at the top in terms of number of locations available. The location is also available in your country, so when using VPN we will not lose access to VOD available only from your country and while abroad we will have access to them.

In addition to the standard VPN servers, you can use P2P dedicated servers, Double VPN servers, Onion over VPN servers, DDoS servers, and dedicated IP addresses. To purchase a dedicated IP address, contact your customer service department.

NordVPN servers

Map of NordVPN servers

Technical details

Service
Number of servers: 55
Simultaneous devices: 6
Available free plan: no
Available trial period: Yes
Allowed P2P: Yes
256-bit encryption: Yes
Privacy
Headquarters: Panama
Killswitch: Yes
Multihop / Double VPN: Yes
Anonymous purchase: Yes
Outside the "5 eyes" countries: Yes
No logon traffic: Yes
Connection logon not available: Yes
Transfer logon not available: Yes
Price list
1 month $ 11.95
6 months $ 42 USD ( $ 7 per month)
12 months $ 69.00 ( $ 5.75 per month)
24 months $ 79 ( $ 3.29 per month)
payments
Payment methods:
  • credit card
  • PayPal
  • Bitcoin
  • Bank transfer
  • gift cards
Possible return of money Yes
Number of days for a refund: 30 days
protocols
OpenVPN Yes
PPTP Yes
IKEv2 Yes
L2TP / IPSec Yes
SSTP Yes
SoftEther no
SmartDNS Yes
SOCKS5 Proxy Yes
User support
24/7 support Yes
Support channels:
  • notification system
Systems and devices
Operating Systems
  • Linux
  • X-AXIS
  • Windows
Devices
  • router
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

Summary

NordVPN is currently one of the best deals on the market in terms of price / performance ratio. It will satisfy both those looking for security and privacy solutions in the network and those that need VPNs mainly to bypass geographical blocks or censorship.

This is a very good offer for VPN at a very good price, which in turn translates into 6 devices, which we can use at the same time becomes extremely low.

Reviews for NordVPN

The best VPN I have had so far, and a few have already tested. For the money I think nothing better will not find what will give this opportunity. As someone looking for VPN to privacy to take Nord

karsomir , 06/09/2017

I recommend, great vpn for the price, I bought to watch tvp over the internet from UK

Jacek , 19/09/2016

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Service

  • Location: Panama Panama
  • Available countries: 55
  • Simultaneous equipment: 6
  • Free plan:
  • Trial:
  • P2P allowed:
  • 256-bit encryption:

Privacy:

  • No logon traffic:
  • OpenVPN:
  • Anonymous purchase:
  • Killswitch:
  • Multihop / DoubleVPN:

protocols

  • PPTP
  • L2TP / IPSec
  • OpenVPN
  • IKEv2
  • SSTP
  • SmartDNS

payment

Refund: (30 days)

Payment methods:

from $ 3.29

(~ $ 5.00)

monthly
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