NordVPN Review 2018 *Revisited* | Why it managed to score 9.4!

NordVPN

NordVPN

Rank #2
Website NordVPN.com
4.7
SPEED
4.8
SECURITY
4.9
FEATURES
4.8
AUTHOR RATING
4.8
OVERALL RATING
 $11.95 
$2.99Per Month
NordVPN Features
  • 5000+ Servers in 62 countries
  • Offers 5 Tunneling Protocols
  • 6 Simultaneous Connection
  • 30 Days Money Back Guarantee
  • 24/7/365 Live Chat Support
  • Offers 3000+ Free Proxies

NordVPN is honestly one of the best VPNs I have reviewed so far. It’s affordable, easy to use and comes with features that actually work as advertised.

Besides that, NordVPN also has the largest server count I’ve personally ever come across.

But perhaps the thing that really amazes me the most, is the fact that NordVPN somehow manages to cram all of its features in a powerful yet lightweight multiplatform client.

Having said that:

Since you guys are here for the NordVPN review, I’m going to cover all the aspects of this amazing VPN for you guys, including it’s:

  • Features
  • Jurisdiction
  • Logging policy
  • Torrenting
  • Netflix unblocking
  • Speeds
  • Customer support
  • Overall usability
  • Support for devices
  • Pricing plans

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What did I like about NordVPN?

As I said, NordVPN has tons of good things going for it. It has a huge fan following and a reputable stature unlike any other.

To give you guys a rundown of what I liked about NordVPN, I have decided to break this review into several sections.

For the sake of making this review a heck of a lot more concise, I’ll also mention the Nord rating score in each category.

Nord’s cutting-edge privacy features

NordVPN-features-scoreOver the years, VPN services have evolved into much more than simple online privacy tools. They are far more secure and feature rich.

The phrase “leaving no stone unturned” is perhaps what best describe NordVPN. They’ve literally gone all out on features.

Some of the features that really caught my eye are listed below:

  • OpenVPN among other encryption protocols
  • CyberSec
  • DNS Leak Protection
  • Onion Over VPN
  • SmartPlay
  • Kill Switch
  • Simultaneous Connections
  • Tor Over VPN
  • MultiHop

OpenVPN and other encryption protocols

Although you can connect this VPN through a variety of protocols, I personally favor OpenVPN.

The reason for this is simple:

OpenVPN provides a perfect blend of speed and security. It is an open source technology and has a proven history of being an efficient tool against hackers.

Moreover, this tunneling protocol has the ability to enable Perfect Forward Secrecy. A feature that adds an extra layer of security on your server.

The OpenVPN protocol in Nord comes with AES 256-bit encryption and 2048-bit DH key. In addition to this, the provider has also added IKEv2/IPsec, which is inbuilt into the Windows client of NordVPN.

In case you are willing to sacrifice security for speed, you can go for PPTP.

To sum up, Nord has equipped itself with powerful protocols to safeguard users from online threats.

CyberSec

The latest and perhaps the most significant added feature of this VPN is CyberSec. It is a tool that protects your devices from dangerous websites, DDoS attacks, and unwanted ads.

This feature keeps you away from botnet control. It does that by cutting any communication your device might have with the command and control server of the botnet.

Overall, Cybersec is the cherry on top of NordVPN’s overall service. It does fail in some instances but considering it’s a new feature, I will give it time to become more efficient.

DNS Leak Protection

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Call me paranoid but I am not easily satisfied with my online security. In fact, DNS and IP leak tests are a regular part of my procedure whilst evaluating a VPN.

Therefore, I tested out this VPN on ipleak.net, dnsleaktest.net, and ipleak.com in this review.

The DNS address was the same as the IP address, in all of my tests. That’s why I can conclude that DNS and IP leaks are not an issue with this VPN.

SmartPlay

This is another hidden gem of NordVPN.

The SmartPlay feature worked flawlessly for me. No matter what I threw at it, it pretty much unblocked it without a hitch.

I haven’t had the time to use this feature extensively, however, supposedly it can give you access to over 400 awesome streaming services like Netflix, Pandora, BBC, iPlayer, and others.

Kill Switch

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The NordVPN Kill Switch feature worked flawlessly for me.

To test the kill switch feature, I simply closed one of the running NordVPN services from the task manager.

As soon as the error message showed up, I immediately noticed that my internet connection got disabled.

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Simultaneous Connections

Although not necessarily a feature, it is one option I absolutely loved about NordVPN.

Unlike ExpressVPN which only allows 3 simultaneous connections, Nord allows you to connect six devices to one subscription plan.

This makes it not only super affordable but also a hell of a lot more convenient as you don’t have to deal with managing multiple accounts.

Heck, while I was testing out Nord for this review, I and my buddies actually shared one subscription plan.

Tor Over VPN

Additionally, NordVPN also offers Tor over VPN services for users looking to experiment with less popular online security options like the Tor network.

Personally, I do not recommend Tor on its own as it is an outdated and obsolete software. However, a combination of both Tor and VPN can offer a sneaky route to avoiding cyber surveillance.

MultiHop protection

The multiHop is a neat feature. It has the ability to establish a chain of VPNs, making you hard to track.

With multiHop enabled, the second VPN server has no idea about your original ID. It also provides double encryption protecting from the most advanced hacking tools.

Of course, all this comes at a price. It is practically impossible to stream or download content with multiHop enabled.

Onion over VPN

Accessing the Dark Web is also quite possible with NordVPN, in fact, there’s a dedicated option for Onion over VPN within the client itself.

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If you use this feature, you can essentially route your traffic with VPN before sending it to the Onion Router.

Even more, privacy features!!!

As if the above-mentioned features weren’t already enough, I discovered a few more which I’m going to discuss below.

Web Proxy

Web proxies are a quick and easy solution to access geo-restricted content. This tool allows you to change your IP and bypass regional restrictions.

Note that web proxies are not a replacement for a VPN, as they do not encrypt your data traffic. But they do provide little privacy with greater online freedom.

YouTube Proxy

YouTube needs no introduction. It has long established itself as the premium resource of high-quality video content.

Unfortunately, in many regions, YouTube is restricted in one way or another. Some countries block individual videos on the site while others have banned the site altogether.

Nord VPN allows you to circumvent these restrictions with its YouTube proxy.

Massive server count

NordVPN-massive-server-count-scoreWith 5000+ servers spread out across 62 countries, Nord has the biggest server library I have ever seen.

Needless to say, it almost gives it a right to brag about it.

The extensive server network of this VPN extends to Asia Pacific, Europe, Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

NordVPN-Server-Coverage

Below are some of the most sought-after server locations of NordVPN.

USA Servers

Nord provides 1970+ servers in the United States. These servers come with Double VPN, Obfuscation and P2P compatibility.

With the USA servers of NordVPN, you can unblock the US library of Netflix. This way you can access content that would be otherwise blocked outside of the USA.

UK Servers

For users seeking to access British content, this VPN provides 540+ servers from Great Britain.

Interestingly:

The NordVPN UK servers are P2P compatible, which means they are fit for torrenting activities.

Furthermore, just like its U.S counterpart, Nord VPN UK servers also come with MultiHop and obfuscation capabilities.

Australia Servers

Ever since the Australian government introduced the mandatory data retention law in 2018, the demand for VPNs has increased in the Down Under.

Fortunately, you don’t have felt left out as NordVPN even offers 225+ servers in Australia.

Since there are so many servers, 5080 to be exact, it is impossible to list all of them in this review. Instead, you can check out the complete server list on NordVPN website.

Does this VPN use Actual or Virtual Server?

Many VPN providers use virtual server locations. These servers spoof a location while being present elsewhere. For instance, a virtual server can actually be in Moldova but it can spoof a location in Ukraine.

To detect virtual servers in the humongous NordVPN servers list, I ran some of its servers on Ping.pe.

Thankfully, I was not able to detect a single virtual server in all of my tests.

Selecting Your Servers

Using-NordVPN

Picking out your preferred servers on this VPN is a gratifying experience, especially on Windows and Mac.

The servers are scattered throughout the map and can be selected by clicking their respective markers.

Counter-intuitively, you can also choose the servers from the list in the countries section.

Data retention free jurisdiction

NordVPN-log-free-jurisdiction-scoreAlthough in my experience, I’ve reviewed many VPN services, very few were actually able to guarantee a true no logging policy.

Despite what many top VPN would claim, often times VPN providers simply don’t have a choice, they are required by law to log confidential user data.

This, of course, happens in countries where there is strong data retention laws

Despite Nord claiming to operate from Panama, I still decided to deconstruct their logging policy. To my surprise, NordVPN actually doesn’t log your data.

How…?

Well after a bit of digging around on their website, I discovered that they actually operate under the umbrella of Tefinkom & CO S.A.

If you’re confused, don’t be.

Turns out, S.A is typically used in Panama to register anonymous companies. In fact, it’s a common practice out there to avoid having to abide by any data retention regulations.

This information does sound convincing. I for one do believe my data is absolutely safe with Nord.

True No Logging Policy

NordVPN-no-logging-scoreIn conjunction with NordVPN’s jurisdiction of operation, their logging policy is pretty much spotless except for a few caveats

NordVPN legitimately doesn’t keep logs, in fact, it is clearly stated in their privacy policy.

 

 

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Although their privacy policy did sound convincing, I decided to contact customer support to cross verify their claims.

NordVPN-live-chat-support

I have to admit after a quick chat with the customer support representative, I was convinced they don’t keep any logs.

However, with a bit more snooping around, I discovered they do keep logs to some extent, Email address, Payment data and server performance data to be exact.

Don’t worry though, this type of information is pretty standard and wouldn’t actually compromise your true identity.

Having said that:

If you’re still doubtful, you can always choose an anonymous payment option like Bitcoin. This way, even if the provider does retain any sort of data, it’ll still be insufficient to track you or your online activity.

NordVPN Netflix & BBC iPlayer works flawlessly

NordVPN-BBC-iPlayer-and-netflix-scoreIn recent years, Netflix has been on a crusade against VPN services. Although the site does not explicitly mention VPNs in its ToS, it is hell-bent on blocking tools that unblock geo-restricted content.

Having said that:

I was surprised to see NordVPN easily unblocking U.S Netflix. What was even more impressive, it did it all without the presence of a dedicated streaming server.

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NordVPN servers that worked with Netflix & BBC iPlayer:

  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands
  • United States

After successfully unblocking Netflix with NordVPN, I also decided to unblock one of its arch competitors.

Again, despite being inaccessible by most VPNs, NordVPN flawlessly unblocked BBC iPlayer for me.

This is really impressive, as I was seriously not expecting it to work with both Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

Nord-VPN-unblocks-BBC-iPlayer

NordVPN P2P review, Torrenting without a fear

NordVPN-P2P-Torrenting-scoreIn my experience reviewing VPN services for a living, I’ve often encountered services that don’t usually support P2P.

For instance, just at the top of my head, TunnelBear doesn’t support P2P at all. In fact, they use to have an entire landing page explaining why.

While it’s understandable why VPN providers don’t want to deal with intricate copyright issues, you’ve got to admit a VPN isn’t complete without P2P support.

Thankfully this isn’t the case with NordVPN. On the contrary, you’ll be glad to see there’s a dedicated option just for P2P in the NordVPN client.

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downloading-torrents-with-NordVPN

Near perfect speeds

NordVPN-speed-scoreNow for the part that matters the most.

The part that truly haunts VPN users, the dreaded speed drop.

It’s no surprise, VPNs often take a pretty marginal chunk out of your bandwidth and Nord isn’t an exception.

Having said that:

Despite seeing a couple of bad reviews about Nord’s speeds, I personally didn’t encounter any. In fact, I still can’t understand what all the fuss was about.

To precisely test the speeds of NordVPN, I tested it on several different servers.

Before connecting to the VPN, I ran Speedtest.net on my 25Mbps connection and recorded the following variables:

NordVPN-Before-Speed-Test

After that, I first connected to the U.S server and the results were the following:

NordVPN-US-Speed

Naturally, I tested the UK servers next and the figures were once again impressive.

NordVPN-UK-Speed

From there, I hopped Down Under and got the following variables for the Australian server.

Australia-Speed-Test-1

Lastly, I tried out the Canadian servers and received the following speeds.

Canada-Speed-Test

Despite seeing a pretty decent drop in upload speeds on some servers, downloading speeds remained solid.

In fact, if you just consider downloading, Nord is amongst the fastest VPN I’ve tested so far, almost giving ExpressVPN a run for its money.

Expert customer support

NordVPN-Expert-customer-support-scoreOne of the biggest gripes I have with most VPN providers is with their customer support. Not only are they often time technically uneducated but also painstakingly slow.

Fortunately, I didn’t encounter any such issues with Nord.

NordVPN support can be contacted two ways, either through direct 24/7 NordVPN Chat or Email ticketing system.

NordVPN-Email-Ticketing-System

Either way, the support staff of the VPN is proficient and has firsthand knowledge of the brand.

Moreover, the NordVPN chat support is actually 24/7. I tested in different instances of day and it was available every time.

Best of all:

Even if you ask a relatively technical question you’ll still get a human response as opposed to copy pasted answers.

NordVPN-customer-support

Overall I was extremely impressed by their customer support.

NordVPN help center

NordVPN-help-center-scoreAlthough NordVPN is very easy to operate, it’s still nice to see the inclusion of helpful troubleshooting manuals and quick start guides.

 

 

 

Help-Section-of-NordVPN

Speaking of which, the help section of NordVPN has four sections Getting Started, Billing, Connectivity and General Info.

Although the articles, guides, and FAQs on the support section are short and extremely helpful, they’re not organized efficiently.

For instance:

The first question in the Getting Started section is about setting up the VPN on Smart TV.

Wouldn’t it be much more helpful to have a quick start guide for Windows instead?

Other than that, I found everything quite helpful, especially the troubleshooting guides.

Extremely Frugal price plans

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Discounted plans:

NordVPN is extremely affordable, in fact, if you compare it to ExpressVPN, it’s without a doubt a lot cheaper (in a good way).

The plans are pretty straightforward and there is no flashy premium, elite or platinum kind of pricing plans. Instead, it just offers a simple 3 year, 2 years, 1 year and a regular 1-month plan.

Best of all:

All of the above-mentioned plans expect the regular monthly plan comes with pretty hefty discounts.

How much exactly.

Well, take a look at their plans below.

NordVPN-pricing-plans-and-discounts

Now granted, you’ll find cheaper options on the internet. However, rest assured, none of them can offer so many features and servers at such frugal price point.

Personally, I’d go with the 3-year plan since its much cheaper, plus I wouldn’t have to worry about my subscription expiring anytime soon.

Overall, I believe NordVPN pricing plans leave little to be desired.

Business plans:

In addition to its conventional pricing plans, Nord also offers bespoke packages for small and medium-size businesses.

Availing this service is also super simple. You just need to inform the provider regarding the number of accounts you require. After doing so, you will receive a quote within 2 days.

Even though I have not used this service myself, I’m glad they’re at least offering one.

7-day NordVPN trial:

Before I started my review NordVPN, I actually got myself a 7-day NordVPN free trial just to get familiar with their service.

I was also quite impressed by the fact that they actually include all the premium features as well in the trial version.

Easy & secure payment options:

Nord also offers some of the most flexible payment options I’ve ever seen.

Instead of just offering payment gate for a visa, MasterCard and PayPal, NordVPN goes to some great lengths at offering a wide range of diverse payment options, even including support for anonymous cryptocurrencies.

  • Bitcoin
  • PaySera/WebMoney
  • Credit Card (via PayPal)
  • PayPal (See the best VPN services for PayPal here)
  • Sofort Banking
  • iDeal
  • ALIPAY
  • GiroPay
  • Ethereum
  • Ripple
  • Cash (For US residents)

Super intuitive and easy to use

NordVPN-usability-scoreI’ve got to admit, the moment I downloaded NordVPN client, I expected it to be overwhelming to use.

However, I was totally wrong. As I soon as I gave it a go, I was blown away by how intuitive and immersive the overall experience was.

Launching the NordVPN app after signing in, you’ll be presented with an extensive map to choose the server location you want to connect to.

NordVPN-Interface

Counter-intuitively you can also use the countries option to scroll through the list of available countries and their servers.

Countries-List-of-NordVPN

Besides that, enabling security features such as CyberSec, Auto Connect, Kill Switch, and others can easily be done with a simple toggle switch.

Setting-section-of-NordVPN

Overall, the client is very well equipped and its simplicity makes it super easy to use regardless of your experience with VPNs.

Exceptional support for a wide range of device

NordVPN-awesome-device-support-scoreAnother thing I really loved about NordVPN is its extensive support for diverse devices.

Not only does Nord offer apps for desktops but also offers exclusive apps for Android and iOS devices.

These apps are available on Google Play Store and iTunes respectively. This way no matter what device you have you can always secure it in a matter of minutes.

But perhaps what’s even impressive is the fact you can set it up on your router.

Overall, very satisfied with their device coverage.

What I don’t like about NordVPN?

I rarely demand perfection from a VPN service. But since NordVPN has set superior standards for itself, I would like it to maintain that benchmark.

Following are some aspects of this VPN that I found during my review which need further improvement.

Little Information about the Owners

The only gripe I have with NordVPN so far is that they are very secretive.

I mean I get anonymity but at least give us something. All I was able to dig up about them is that they operate under a parent company by the name of Tefinkom & CO S.A.

That’s it!

While most providers are secretive about their operations, some VPNs do take their information public. VyprVPN and ProtonVPN are two prominent examples of public VPN services.

Personally, I respect these services as they have included transparency in their service.

The relationship between a VPN user and the provider requires a certain level of trust. And in my opinion, blind trust is never a good thing.

All in all, this is one area where Nord can definitely improve upon.

Slow Refund Procedure

Another constant issue you’ll hear about NordVPN is with their refund policy.

While conducting this review, I browsed through several social media forums. One constant complaint I saw was that it takes a month for the VPN to provide a refund.

Meanwhile, other VPN services are able to give the refund within a few days.

Regardless, this isn’t something that would make me turn away from this brilliant VPN. But I would suggest the providers improve upon this aspect of their service.

NordVPN Review Reddit

As you guys might have already guessed, I’m totally vouching for Nord. However, it’s not just me who’s totally sold over NordVPN, I’ve found many people over Reddit rooting for this VPN.

My two cents!

NordVPN-overall-scoreNow you’re probably wondering do I recommend NordVPN…

Well yes, absolutely 100% yes.

It truly blew me away with its simplicity, speed and its arsenal full of a top-notch privacy feature that actually works as advertised.

Besides, Nord is also competitively way cheaper than other VPNs in its class (ehm ehm….ExpressVPN).

With that said:

There are a few things I mentioned in this review on NordVPN that needs to be improved upon, but otherwise highly recommend you go for this VPN.

I hope you found my NordVPN review helpful. Let’s see what new and exciting features they offer in the future.

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52 Responses to NordVPN Review 2018 *Revisited* | Why it managed to score 9.4!

  1. Frede says:

    I like NordVPN app. Using it 3 years, they improved a lot of things here, add thousands of new servers all around the world, more useful features as cyber sec, smart play and created apps for streaming services.

  2. Nick M. says:

    The profile(?) page has abbreviations and esoteric terms, I am sure, are meaningless to the average user. The support page has a loop, so that if the question is not answered, loops back ad infinitum. Tried support; it has no intelligible way to add an ISP other than the few preferred. Much frustration trying to utilize the program, or, get help. The 24/7 support does not have chat, Email access, or, a phone number. How pray tell, does one use the VPN? My desktop has the NordVPN icon, but clicking on it does nothing. The tutorial, as they say in the vernacular, Sucks! There is no tutorial. If I can not use NordVPN, kindly refund my money, or, I will challenge the charge if it appears in my charge account. Nick M.

    • Abdul Rehman says:

      Hey Nick,
      Extremely sorry you had to face such issues. I have escalated your query to the concern department of NordVPN, they should get back to you soon.

  3. Hoffman says:

    Is it true that NordVPN unblocks Netflix USA? I am currently using PIA and its pretty bad with Netflix. I am thinking about switching over.

  4. Ryan says:

    When I connected to NordVPN UK server, it was showing me Malaysian server instead? How this possible?

    • Ghulman says:

      Hi Ryan,
      There must be a glitch in NordVPN’s tunneling system for this to happen. You should contact the support staff of NordVPN to sort this out.

      Cheers

  5. Arend says:

    Long time NordVPN user. My biggest problem with NordVPN is the lack of a good Linux client. Of course, setting up OpenVPN is not a big deal, but you will not benefit from dynamic server selection that picks a server that is not overloaded. It doesn’t look anything like that is on the roadmap so I am probably going to try ExpressVPN when my subscription expires. They seem to have solid Linux support.

    • Ghulman says:

      Hi Arend,
      Thanks for your valuable feedback. We agree with you. NordVPN being a top VPN provider should definitely have a Linux client.

  6. Ronald Kelly says:

    Pros:
    -Netflix
    -price (if you buy on deal)
    -BBC iplayer
    -fast torrenting
    -lots servers
    -cyber-sec feature
    -browser extensions

    Cons:
    -doesn’t show location of servers (cities)
    -onion over vpn very slow

    Basically it is a VPN for everyday users, good for streaming. Not recommended if you want to do something fishy…

  7. Paul Adler says:

    Wow, the comments here are really merciless. My experience however has been positive, so either these people here are shills or extremely unlucky. Furthermore webRTC leaks most likely mean you have some malware downloaded and has nothing to do with quality of service… IF you are already compromised before connecting to a server how in the world you could become secure after connecting?

    • Ghulman says:

      Hello Paul,
      Everyone has their preferences when it comes to VPNs. We are glad to know you had a positive experience with the service.

  8. Mario says:

    NordVPN’s connection used to break quite often (now it’s getting better), and this does not depend on the “PC-ability” of the user. I’ve also experienced blackouts lasting even days. And c’mon, their Windows client Sucks, looks like the work of a child. Their linux “client” is nothing else than openvpn, that you must install, configure and run by yourself. But this, being the work of someone else, at least works!!

  9. Bridgewo says:

    Friendly customer care department and big advantage they have live chat available 24/7 because some main players have just tickets system and you have to wait for hours for a reply and then, again and again, tons of time for each reply. Speeds are just perfect near ISP. Of course it depends on how far away the nearest server but from over 1100 you could find the best for you. And it’s quite the only one which still works with US Netflix

  10. Tony says:

    Between March and May this service was very good. June rolled around and something changed, the servers would just kill the data stream while remaining connected. sometimes it would take hours, other times minutes. some days the service is unusable as the loss of data stream would be so frequent nothing was usable. I have a ticket with Nord over 120 entries long, all I get is continuous change of techs who do not read the thread and request what has already been done. the replies from tech are now averaging over a week. between friends and family whom I recommended Nord to, 9 in all, we are all experiencing the same problem. this ranges from Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Ontario, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, and West Virginia, and all but one have open tickets, Nord says I’m the only one with this problem.

    Really?? even when I send them the ticket numbers of the others they insist I’m the only one. I got a 3 day trial with HMA 2 weeks ago and did not have a single loss of the data stream. same with IPVanish last week, so the problem is with Nord AFAIC. Nord does not the will, or expertise to fix this and last week refused to refund the unused part of the 2 years I paid for. they have no phone number and refuse to call, so you are stuck with chats which lead to a waste of time, and their ticket system which they reply to when someone else in their tech team decides to reply (11 to date).

    I have access to 3 different isp services and public wifi, the data stream dies on all, and on all my devices, pc, ipad, iphone, android phone, android box, and xbox.

    I have been with 7 different VPN providers over the years, this one has to be the worst so far. I chose nord because they are away from the 14 eyes, and the 1 month I took before signing up for 2 years was flawless.

    • Ghulman says:

      Dear Tony,
      I am sorry you had such an unpleasant experience with NordVPN. I hope the company has reached out to you and fixed your issues.
      Regards

  11. presicl says:

    The correct coupon for 70% discount is
    ** 70offyear **

  12. stupidcache says:

    You forgot to tell to the people that NORDVPN is not useful for watching netxflix in linux (almost you sacrifice A LOT performance using a stupid VM).

    Smart Play, not available in Linux, is secure proxy service that helps to overcome geographical restrictions put on by several websites. Smart Play re-routes the user’s requests through a server located at a place where access to such blocked websites is allowed. This makes the websites think the user is physically present in such place, thereby granting it the access.

  13. Leek says:

    I am active NordVPN user and also their beta tester.
    So I can say, that those guys know what they are doing. Nord is really safe. Also they put huge effort on Netflix. I’ve tested several VPNS when was trying to access USA Netflix. Many of them say the work with Netflix, but in reality only Nord showed good result.

  14. P.P says:

    Tor hides all your internet traffic by wrapping your connection into 3 different layers. It’s like an onion where these layers are stripped as they pass through each node. The only node where your browser activity is known is at the exit node. By adding a VPN to the framework and using Tor, you can hide your traffic from being read by anyone. With a Tor + VPN, you hide the traffic at the exit node as well, making it impossible (almost) for anyone to see what you are up to.

  15. kurtC says:

    Well, if you are worried that your VPN will read your internet traffic then you should change your VPN. That’s why there is a big deal about whether the VPN keeps logs or not, the payment method it offers (Bitcoin instead of credit card) so that no records can be linked back to you.
    Running a Tor locally through your VPN is some issues. For starters, you will be running the basic SSL connection with all its disadvantages and passing of keys. In addition to that, your entry point will be known as you will be running everything through the VPN and all your internet traffic from the laptop, PC, Smartphone and whatever will be passing through a single place, the VPN server. So it really doesn’t matter if you use a Tor or a VPN, your ISP will know that you are trying to hide your IP address and internet activities.
    On the other hand, using a double VPN makes much more sense. Well, if you don’t trust your VPN or the entry point of Tor, then using a double VPN can provide you some security. But, Tor doesn’t hide your traffic beyond the basic SSL and since your internet traffic is passing through multiple VPN servers, you are just creating a lot of latency for yourself. A better way protecting your traffic from being read by your VPN is connecting to your destination with SSL through the VPN.

  16. osborn says:

    As much as I love Nord, you shouldn’t really be using their TOR VPN. It’s better to use their double VPN along with Tor, instead of just using TOR VPN. What Tor does is that it decrypts your VPN traffic and then encrypts it again before sending it over Tor network. Using a double VPN means you add more security and 2 hops before it reaches Tor.

  17. Normie says:

    I think their Tor VPN is really useful and I have been using it for a while. However, the lack of information and documentations available for servers is a bit irritating. I mean, it would be good that the pushed routes are a bit more concerned about the IP address of the destination server, instead of assuming that you want all your traffic to be pushed through 0.0.0.0/1 route and then to the outside.

  18. jjones says:

    I have been using NordVPN on Linux and I am very happy with their service. They now offer VPN clients for Android and iOS devices as well but previously they only offered it on Windows. But won’t have any problems in using NordVPN on any device by using the .ovpn configuration file. I am using their service on Linux and really like it how they offer CA and TLS certificates for download separately along with .ovpn files. This makes it easier for me to configure the service with Linux Network Manager. However, one problem that I faced was that the zip file didn’t contain some of the servers they offered. If they can fix this then NordVPN is a top notch service.
    Their customer support is also very good and the encryption levels are also decent. They offer AES 256 encryption and RSA 4096 bit for key exchange, which is pretty good considering it’s the strongest encryption out there. If I am not wrong, they only offer TCP 443 and UDP 1194 ports but it also offers LZO Compression, which is a good sign. I only wish they also provided lower encryption keys for mobile devices so that the battery doesn’t run out quickly.
    The speeds are also decent but very inconsistent at times. Not all servers are quick at all times as some are fast but others are slow. Although they offer wide selection of servers, I really don’t think their servers are top notch. Their performance can be seen during the holiday season as during Christmas, there was immense load on servers and I got very slow speeds. However, it really depends on your connection as well. If you have a fast connection then it should not matter but if your internet connection isn’t lightening fast then you can face bottlenecks.
    NordVPN is pretty big on preserving its users privacy as they claim to keep no logs of your internet activities. This is a good sign and also that the company is based in Panama, making it free any kind of foreign jurisdiction. Also, they accept Bitcoin as payment which good for privacy. You can pay for their anonymously. One important note, NordVPN offers its own Tor over VPN service. Although having a double VPN does beef up your security but I wouldn’t advice to use the Tor VPN offered by Nord. This is because your internet traffic will be decrypted before sending it over Tor, so it kinds of defeats the purpose of having double security.

    • Ghulman says:

      Hi jjones,

      Thanks for telling us about your experience with NordVPN. You have laid out the merits of this VPN service pretty well.

      Cheers

  19. fnsm says:

    NordVPN ticks all the right boxes of being the best VPN. I am very happy with their service and would recommend it to anyone who is new to using a VPN.

  20. Manwithoutfear says:

    I recently bought NordVPN a week ago and the speeds are awesome. Previously I used PIA (Private Internet Access) for more than a year but there were many problems with it, and I really didn’t like their user interface, it was ugly to say the least.
    I selected NordVPN because it’s cheaper than PIA and it offers great servers options. I can connect to any location of my choice and access different streaming services. Like if you want to watch Netflix USA, there are servers available for that and you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies in high quality.
    The security and anonymity provided by NordVPN is also pretty good. The protocols allow me to switch between high security to high performance streaming. You can check out NordVPN using their 3 day free trial by contacting their customer support. If I remember correctly, I signed up for their service but didn’t pay yet. I then wrote an email to their customer support and they activated my 3 day free trial.

  21. Yana says:

    Very bad service.
    See my conversation on customer service.

    Yana
    Hi. I want moneyback
    Brian в чате

    Brian
    Hello, may I ask what went wrong and why do you wish to cancel our service?

    Yana
    Slow program errors. IP addresses are in the blacklist. Once connected, you can identify my real ip on webrtc.
    overall I am very unhappy

    Brian
    WebRTC is a browser leak. You need to disable it on your browser: https://nordvpn.com/blog/important-notice-browser-security-hole-detected/

    May I ask what services you were unable to access?

    Yana
    I want moneyback
    I do not like your service as a whole

    Brian
    I see that you have paid via bitcoin, I am sorry, but payments via bitcoin is not refundable, please check our terms of service: https://nordvpn.com/terms-of-service/

    Yana
    wtf?
    why?!

    Brian
    This our policy, you agreed with our terms of service upon purchasing your account.

    Yana
    This is the most disgusting site vpn that I’ve ever met
    I will write reviews about you as the worst vpn provider.
    It’s outrageous!
    I will write about this in all forums and blogs!
    You stole my money!

    Brian
    We do not, our terms of service clearly states that we do not refund bitcoin.
    If you have any complaints, I would suggest to contact our sales team by email at support@nordvpn.com

    Yana
    Do you you have no right can decide to return the money or not!
    You provide a service – I pay the money.
    The service is not necessary – you return me the money!
    You illegally hold my money!
    You’ll soon see at each site where you are – a review of your service.

    Brian
    No, we don’t. Everything is legal. We provide money back guarantee for 30 days, however payments via bitcoin are not refundable. I can’t provide a refund against our ToS, however you can write a complaint to our sales team at support@nordvpn.com

    Yana
    You know yourself, what you say? You decide to return money or not for yourself! Unless it can be legally ?!
    Why do I have someone to complain and write email, to take my money! My money!

    Brian
    You paid your money for the service and agreed to the terms of service before making your payment.
    These terms are the same now as they were when you have purchased the subscription.

    Yana
    Your terms are illegal! Who gave you the right to make such rules? Do you think that strange incomprehensible rules like your site to be perceived above the law? What you are kind of nonsense? There is a law on consumer protection! And I do not care what you have there for the rules! You submit to this law!
    I do not care for your rules, when speech goes about the law. And the law requires you to give me back my money! No matter which way I paid for!

    • Ghulman says:

      Hi Yana,

      It is unfortunate that you didn’t like the service. However, most VPNs do not offer refunds for Bitcoin.

  22. Tovis says:

    I dont know how they can be most recommended logless VPN for god sick.
    – They leak your IPv6
    – No switch kill for internet connection
    — but worst of all THEY LEAK YOUR REAL IP—
    If you using Windows (7) like me you are fuck up.
    I was surfing all day and i normally do not turn off my PC but only switch it to sleep mode and even I set automatic reconnect and EVERY TIME i turn my PC into sleep mode and then woke up my PC their official application showed me that i am “CONNECTED” with green status but in real i was not connected and all of time i was surfing under MY REAL ADDRESS.

    • VPNRanks says:

      Sad to hear that!

      We recommend you to email them if you have any issues.

      Kind Regards,
      VPNRanks.com

    • theNPV says:

      As a comment below mentioned, you’re likely leaking WebRTC requests which is caused by the browser not by NordVpn.

      Signed up with a 70% discount and was super easy. The app is excellent and the speed is perfect.

      Anyone reading this, research some more yourself. Nord is solid.

  23. Charlie Marks says:

    I currently have Nordvpn installed.
    Although It is clearly stating that it is connected to Russia ISP 213.183.56.210
    It is is fact connecting to US 45.55.199.109 New York.

    Discvovered this when Amazon UK stated that it could not deliver to US.
    Checked ‘What is my ip address’, and yes it confirms New Youk.

    Very bad this, beware!

    • VPNRanks says:

      Hello Charlie,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      It is quite unfortunate that you face such issues with NordVPN.

      Why don’t you try emailing them.

      Kind Regards,
      VPNRanks.com

  24. Tech Advisor says:

    NORD is VERY unstable and slow. It is not unusual to have to reconnect 10 times a day, and has hour+ long blackout periods.

    The worst part is, to get a new connection; you often have to bounce from one location to another which is the antithesis of why we want VPN.

    They also are crooks who do not honor their word and give a refund.

    STAY AWAY, there are MUCH better service for close to the same price !!

  25. Henry says:

    NordVPN
    claim to be offering 70%. On their registration form they enter the code “70off”
    automatically. I tried to register for what appears to be a great offer. After
    clicking register it simply says “ERROR Coupon code “70off” is not valid use a
    valid coupon only”. Its their own code, they inserted! I then had to suffer
    what they claim to be “customer service” having a futile discussion with this
    imbesile with a purile attitude and contradictory
    statements:

    *** Molly joined the chat ***

    (09:44:14)

    Molly: Hello. How may I help you today?

    (09:44:19)

    Visitor 39343896: Your site isn’t working properly

    (09:45:21)

    Visitor 39343896: I’m trying to sign up and your site
    is offering 70% off, its automatically putting that into the registration
    process with the code “70off”, but when I press register is say the
    coupon is not valid.

    (09:45:42)

    Visitor 39343896: Very frustrating when its my first
    experience of your service, not a great start

    (09:45:54)

    Molly: Yes, we are aware off this. Sale most likely ended and someone forgot
    to take the banner down. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    (09:46:10)

    Visitor 39343896: It says he sale doesn’t end for 3
    days!

    (09:46:13)

    Molly: You may email us at support@nordvpn.com and we might still offer you a
    dealbreaker like 70% discount.

    (09:47:08)

    Visitor 39343896: I’m expecting more seeing as its
    still on your site, I’m notifying you off the issue, its my first experience
    with you and I spent 5 minutes writing a message before you came online

    (09:47:25)

    Visitor 39343896: I don’t expect to take up more of
    my time when I can easily go to a competitor

    (09:48:22)

    Molly: We do not force our potential clients to choose 🙂

    (09:48:35)

    Molly: Sorry for the inconvenience.

    (09:49:09)

    Visitor 39343896: OK, if thats your attitude, I’ll
    happily post my review of my experience with NordVPN and take my business
    elsewhere

    (09:50:45)

    Molly: There is no attitude sir, we just do not force our potential customers
    to choose us by compromising their own decision.

    • Joseph Kerr says:

      You sound like a real douche. NordVPN is actually really stable and very easy to setup. If you’re leaking your real IP, then take two seconds to actually read up why and how to fix it. It has nothing to do with NordVPN, your system is most likely leaking WebRTC requests which you’d know you have to fix if you’d taken two seconds to research.

    • Jersey says:

      I’ve used NordVPN for 8 months and have no issues. The problems you’ve describe all sound like you have no idea how to use a PC, they are not NordVPN issues. You should simply stop using PCs since they’re obviously too hard for you to grasp. Use a public library from now on or ask someone to teach you PC basics.

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