NordVPN has a solid global network with support on every PC and mobile platform imaginable. While pricier than some options, they make up for it with dedicated servers and awesome tech support.Wesley Garrett
- Global VPN Network
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Available on Over 20 Platforms
- Above Average Pricing
NordVPN prides itself for having a global VPN network with 2426 servers in over 56 countries and every continent except Antarctica (and that’s because penguins don’t surf the web.) Their massive network gives users tons of options when looking for a solid VPN provider. Continue reading for our review of NordVPN.
Setup and Interface
Setup of NordVPN is a breeze. Signup is quick and easy and you can pay with a credit card, PayPal, or Bitcoin. Once you signup, you have the option to either download and install the VPN application or use the VPN software on your PC or device. The simplest thing will be to install the device software that is easily downloadable from the site. There are even picture tutorials there with step-by-step instructions on how to install the program.
Once you install and launch the application, getting connected is as easy as selecting your country and clicking connect. You will notice an option at the top for Country and Servers. By selecting Servers, you get a list of VPN servers with stats for uptime, latency speeds (how fast users are connecting) and their best uses. For example, one group of servers is grouped for Ultra Fast TV streaming.
There are additional settings that you can tweak depending on whether you need added security. If you aren’t sure about any of the settings, contact support.
Features and Specifications
NordVPN has a ton of features that help keep your data secure and optimize your experience. Those features include: Encrypted Chat; Connect up to 6 devices at the same time; Free proxy list with 3,000 free proxies; No logs; Supports Windows, MAC, Linux iOS and Android; Servers in 56 countries; and Double VPN to keep you incognito.
Those of you on mobile devices will enjoy access to NordVPN through the OpenVPN app. NordVPN is presently working on its own dedicated mobile app for iOS and Android and should release it in the near future.
NordVPN is ultra reliable and can be used to do anything you normally would do on the internet. Surf, stream TV, download movies, chat with friends online and you can even use it over public Wi-Fi.
Keep in mind that some activities may be slower than others depending on your server location. If you plan to do a lot of a certain activity, such as streaming live TV, you may want to select one of the dedicated servers.
NordVPN is about middle of the road compared to other VPN services in terms of speed. Depending on your location, there may be a bit more lag with this service compared to other services – at least when running speed tests. When we actually started trying to use the product, we could see very little impact on surfing speed compared to a straight internet connection.
The only exception to this may be media intensive websites. Some of those loaded a bit slower compared to others. However, we were able to stream data with little problem and normal web browsing was quick and easy.
Those of you using this for standard browsing or even for work purposes should notice no impact on performance.
NordVPN is a global network and their services works worldwide. There are some countries such as China, the UAE and others that block NordVPN’s service but according to the support person we spoke to, they have workarounds to those blocks. Therefore, wherever you are, NordVPN will work for you.
NordVPN is headquartered in Panama. There are no laws there regarding internet monitoring and as such, NordVPN doesn’t keep logs of any type. This means that you have zero tracking of your web activity.
In addition, the service takes advantage of multi-hop connections to prevent tracking and their software prevents your internet service provider from being able to track the data passing back and forth to your computer.
NordVPN has some of the best data security and encryption in the business with AES 256 bit encryption. (It’s like Fort Knox for your data.) If that isn’t enough, there are updates coming in the future that will make the system speedier and more secure.
NordVPN has three pricing levels and users can save over half by subscribing to an annual plan. The “Simple” monthly plan is $11.95 per month. This is a solid option for those not sure whether they’re ready to commit long-term.
If you’re interested in a longer commitment, your first choice is the “Standard” plan at $7 per month. You will be billed $42 up front and every six months thereafter. You save 41% with this plan.
The “Best Offer” plan is an annual plan at $5.75 a month. That’s a savings of 52%. You will be billed $69 upfront and every year at renewal time.
Finally, if you’re ready to commit for the long haul, NordVPN has a special deal where you can signup for two years of service for only $4 per month. That’s two years of service for $48, a savings of 67%. Note that if you go directly to the pricing page, the two-year plan is not offered. However, if you go to other pages such as FAQ, there will be a link to take you to this special offer.
Compared to other VPN services, NordVPN is a bit above average in price. However, they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all their plans. This gives you a chance to try them out and if tech support can’t fix you to your satisfaction, they will refund your money.
If you need support, you have several options. Like every VPN site, they have a standard page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that covers topics from billing to setup and connection issues.
Need some help installing or using NordVPN? Head over to the tutorials section for videos and step-by-step guides on installing and using the software. There are over 20 different tutorials supporting most every platform imaginable.
If you need additional help, click on the blue support bubble at the bottom. You can enter in a topic you need help on and either go to the link provided or click the “Live Chat” button to be connected to a support specialist. NordVPN tech specialists are highly trained and can answer a majority of problems experienced by users.
Finally, you can either use the contact form on the site or email support at [email protected] Responses from these options will take up to 24 hours and should be used for less urgent matters such as inquiring on future updates, etc.
While there may be services that are technically “faster” than NordVPN, few are going to have the global compatibility of this product. This is truly a global VPN product and couple that with fantastic support, NordVPN is a solid option for anyone looking for a secure way to anonymously surf the web.