If you are a Windows user with security and privacy as your main concerns, look no further. Don't read any other reviews. Don't even bother to finish this one. Get NordVPN. They take security seriously and everything else is pretty reasonable. Only problems is it's only for Windows at the moment. Sorry Apple fanboys, maybe try ExpressVPN instead? If you're a Windows kinda person then read on for our full NordVPN review now.
NordVPN know what's up. They accept Bitcoin, allow P2P filesharing and have a lot of great features in their software. Based in Panama with 80 servers across 28 countries, they know their user base and give them what they need. They allow up to six connections at once, without any restrictions on the type of device.
Their website is clean and straightforward, with all the information that you need when considering your purchase and getting setup. They keep their social networking pages up to date and offer a number of tools that you can use for free.
Random free stuff comes with NordVPN. Everyone likes random free stuff, right? They offer an encrypted chat that you can share with your friends. This allows you to talk completely anonymously. They also have Secret Notes, which is basically an encrypted message that self-destructs. Not quite as cool as James Bond, because it's just virtual self-destruction and there are no explosions (I know, it was way cooler in my mind before I figured out how it actually works). They also have a proxy plugin for Chrome, which works well but can only be used from the default server.
Plans and Pricing
Their pricing plans are in Euros and I'm not going to convert it. Reason 1 is that I'm lazy. Reason 2 is that with currency fluctuations, it won't stay accurate for too long. Anyway, as with most VPN pricing, it ranges by how long you sign up for. If you pay all at once for a year, it works out to a very reasonable €4 per month. If you only want to commit to 6 months, it'll work out to €5 per month. For month to month payments, it will cost €8. NordVPN also offer a 3 day money-back guarantee.
Are you looking for great support? NordVPN don't mess around. Their FAQ answers most questions that a user might have while the most difficult problems can be solved by their 24/7 live support. The wait times are short and their customer service representatives are extremely helpful.
Privacy and Security
NordVPN offer a sweet deal for the privacy concerned. Being based out of Panama, they are able to flout both US and EU laws. To make things even better, they don't keep usage or connection logs.
Their 256 bit AES OpenVPN protection is super secure while L2TP/IPSec and PPTP connections are also available. They have an almost indestructible double-hop encryption system and they allow users to use TOR through their systems.
Signing up is simple and they thankfully allow payment with Bitcoin for those who want to retain their anonymity. They require little information to register an account and users can also pay with Paypal or credit cards.
The windows client is clean and functional with a sleek look and intuitive design. It's easy to select the best server, with loads and pings shown on the front page. It features DNS leak protection and a kill switch for if it stops functioning correctly. The servers are categorised, which makes selection simple for whatever task you have at hand. There is also the option to alternate between TCP and UDP protocols.
We tested out the speeds and here's what we got:
|No VPN||Open VPN|
|Download Speed (Mb/s)||30.4||29.2|
|Upload Speed (Mb/s)||3||2.9|
The speeds were great, however there was some variance between servers and time of day. Regardless, it was still fine for general use. The IP tests and DNS Leak test both got an A+, however if you change the DNS servers, you will also have to restart the software.
If you're not a Windows user, you're in for a letdown. Currently, the software is only available for Windows, but other platforms are being developed. However, they do have comprehensive guides to set up OpenVPN on most platforms.
Do you wear a tinfoil hat? Is the government sending messages straight to your brain with radio waves? This is probably the VPN for you. They have next-level security and privacy measures, that their competitors really need to take note of. They accept Bitcoin, don't take logs and they are cool with torrenting. They allow a lot of simultaneous connections and the only real downsides is that the ultra-high security can slow things down a bit. If you're a Windows user who has privacy concerns, NordVPN is for you.
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