NordVPN review

The most cost-effective VPN platform on the market

Our Verdict

NordVPN gives you plenty for its price. It has a massive server network, an independently verified no-logs policy, supports torrenting and Netflix (among other services), and offers lots of privacy-oriented features. While we would like to see a 3-month or a 6-month subscription option, the annual plans are so cheap that it is worth making the commitment for such a good VPN service.

Pros

  • Verified no-logs policy
  • Affordable
  • Large number of servers
  • Unblocks Netflix

Cons

  • Performance could be slightly better
  • Lacks monthly subscription plans

The Panama-based NordVPN is one of the top VPN providers on the market, with a long list of features and robust service. It has more than 5,200 servers in over 60 countries, making it one of the largest services in terms of server coverage.

Netflix and other streaming services unavailable in some locations can now be accessed from anywhere in the world thanks to NordVPN’s SmartPlay technology that combines the best features of the VPN and Smart DNS technologies to give you safe access to these services without any special setup or configuration required.

On top of that, NordVPN has plenty of servers that support torrenting. Although this is not possible with all of them, the company offers a tutorial for selecting the right one.

NordVPN has recently added Siri integration to its iOS app, so now you can activate it simply by using your voice.

NordVPN supports up to six simultaneous connections with one account, which should be enough for a typical user. If not, the service can be installed on certain types of routers, which removes the limit on the number of simultaneously protected devices. If that is something that you want to do, we suggest you check which routers are supported before paying for the service. You can also purchase a NordVPN-equipped router, and the company has generously provided a 20% coupon code on the website.

Plans and pricing

NordVPN has plenty of subscription plans, although they are mostly annual options. The most expensive is the 1-month option with a price tag of $11.95. It is followed by the 1-year plan that is billed $6.99 monthly and the 2-year option with $3.99 a month. The price drops to measly $2.99 if you sign up for the 3-year subscription plan. All the payment plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee if NordVPN isn’t to your liking.

The company often offers price discounts for certain groups like students, journalists, and non-profit organizations, or even free emergency VPN if you encounter extreme privacy violations and/or censorship.

NordVPN also has a 7-day free trial, although you still have to sign up for a subscription to get it. It is considered free because you will not be charged and can cancel at any time during this 7-day period. Make sure you do because if you don’t, your account will be charged automatically with a presumption you want to continue with the service.

Payment options are a-plenty. They include credit cards, cryptocurrencies, and more.

Privacy and logging

This provider offers a robust security solution that consists of several elements. The AES-256-GSM encryption algorithm is accompanied by two protocols - IKEv2/IPSec and OpenVPN. In the future, we can look forward to the new WireGuard protocol joining them.

The list of NordVPN’s privacy features doesn’t end there. In addition to the regular kill switch option that blocks all internet traffic on your device in case of an unexpected VPN connection drop. It also comes with a special Double VPN technology which directs your traffic through two VPN servers, encrypting it not only once, but twice.

NordPVN takes your privacy to the next level with the help of the Onion Over VPN feature which sends your encrypted traffic through the Tor network. This powerful anonymization tool is used by very few VPN providers on the market.

CyberSec feature ensures no ads, suspicious websites, malware, or other threats from the cyber world ever reach your device. Not only that, but it also prevents your device from taking part in DDoS attacks if it has already been infected.

NordVPN is serious about its no-logs policy, which states that the company does not monitor, collect or keep your sensitive information. These claims are usually difficult to confirm and with many other VPN providers, you just have to take your chances and trust them. NordVPN, on the other hand, has been a subject of an independent public audit conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which confirmed the truthfulness of the company’s no-logging statements.

The company is also registered in Panama, a country with no legislation demanding data retention and which doesn’t to belong to any intelligence-sharing alliances like 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes, and 14 Eyes.

That said, some concerns have risen recently as a user discovered some strange app traffic and the company handled the explanation poorly.

Performance

Although there can be connection failures at times, the connection speeds are consistent and outstanding. Servers in locations farther away from your own often deliver poorer download speeds, as is the case when the Onion Over VPN feature is turned on. However, this is bound to happen as your traffic has an additional security barrier to go through.

Client setup

Downloading and installing NordVPN apps is rather straightforward and intuitive, at least for all the major platforms. Therefore you can download the client for Windows, iOS, Mac, Android, and Linux from the company’s website. For manual installation on other supported platforms and devices (including routers, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and more), just consult any of the 50+ tutorials in the website’s support section or ask the polite and knowledgeable customer support agents. NordVPN also has browsers extensions for Firefox and Chrome, with links to their respective app stores displayed on the website.

Support

The NordVPN website’s help center is a great source of information and troubleshooting for most issues encountered, but if you still cannot find an answer, then talking to the helpful customer service agents is the next logical step. They can be reached 24/7 via live chat on the website or by sending them an email. 

Final verdict

NordVPN is a well-rounded versatile service that doesn’t cost much but offers a lot. In truth, there are some performance issues, but these are rather minor and do not affect the whole experience much. Its multitude of features, like CyberSec, Double VPN, Onion Over VPN, and support for geo-limited services and P2P traffic certainly makes up for it.

Our score: 4.5/5

The Verdict

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NordVPN

NordVPN gives you plenty for its price. It has a massive server network, an independently verified no-logs policy, supports torrenting and Netflix (among other services), and offers lots of privacy-oriented features. While we would like to see a 3-month or a 6-month subscription option, the annual plans are so cheap that it is worth making the commitment for such a good VPN service.