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. If you’re looking for more information about why a VPN could benefit you, visit: What is a VPN?
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,
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.
You can use the Search feature to find the best server for your needs. Just search for the type of usage you have in mind and the list of servers you see will be best suited to that.
Searching for Netflix, for example, will being up a huge list of US servers you can connect to for watching US Netflix in the UK. We were able to access Netflix US from the UK using the very first server we tried.
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.
Additionally, Netflix is continuously working to block VPN servers from accessing Netflix, so there may be days when you find it more difficult to connect. NordVPN is also continuously working to get around Netflix’s blocks, though. When we first published this review, for example, Netflix had blocked all of the NordVPN servers we tried, but that issue was quickly resolved.
Monthly fees are at the high end of the VPNs reviewed here, but the sheer number of servers should mean you get a rock solid service without connection delays. Along with the basic monthly fee, there’s also a deal of $42 for 6 months ($7 per month), and a yearly fee of $69.00 ($5.75 per month). 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.