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NORDVPN REVIEW: Test results (April 2020)

Last updated: July 8 2020 By Dean Chester

Diskless servers, rewards for the vulnerabilities and bugs being found, 5600+ servers in 61 countries, secure jurisdiction. Currently, it’s the #2 VPN service according to the in-depth testing by VPN-Review.com.


How well does NordVPN meet modern demand for VPN? Can it be used just as likely for privacy protection and unrestricted access to the entertaining Netflix content?

My test results with the use of the VPN spiral method will shed light on the advantages and drawbacks of the provider’s work on any platform.

Dean Chester
Best ‘’Equipped’’ VPN
I consider NordVPN to be a standard in the domain of VPN. The other VPN services can be assessed according to the ‘’How it is worse than NordVPN’’ principle. I am absolutely satisfied with it and use at work and at home for two years.

Why can you trust me?

Most of the reviews enlist general features, register speed and check if an IP address is leaking. When doing the research, I analyze the apps’ work in the context of unstable internet connection, find a difference in the work of services on various platforms.

Also, I use NordVPN for personal gain daily and know all its peculiarities. At the same time, I use the usual plan.

I have been using NordVPN since 2017

What makes NordVPN one of the best?

  • Access to a huge number of servers
  • Proven high level of safety and reliability
  • All platforms support
  • Stable support of Netflix, Hulu, and other video services
  • Special lists of servers with dedicated IP, double VPN, and servers for torrenting
  • Obfuscation of a VPN protocol to work in countries with censorship
  • Guaranteed No Logs policy on diskless servers

These are just the basic options and capabilities of the provider. Next, I will analyze all the listed points in detail and talk about other useful features of NordVPN.

What flaws could have been fixed?

  • I would like to see Kill Switch on the app for Android 6 and earlier versions.
  • They could have had faster connections on Windows.

On the eve of 2020, NordVPN launched a reward program for finding bugs and vulnerabilities in the service. This fact raises the already good provider security to a new level.

Read on or use the quick navigation to access the necessary chapters of the article:


NordVPN: features and opportunities

Pros:
  • High Speed
  • 5400+ servers in 59 countries
  • High speed
  • Netflix (all regions)
  • Support of all platforms
  • 1000+ servers in 61 country
  • Expanded Kill Switch
  • Affordable Price
  • Torrenting
  • Modern functionality
Cons:
  • A card to get a free trial is required
  • The connection can be established longer than usual

NordVPN allows you to solve almost any problem related to anonymity or the masking of an IP address from any part of the world, including China. Not many VPN providers can make such a boast.

The service has pro-level apps for all OSs. For Mac, it has two applications at once. The one, simplified, supports the standard protocol for iOS, available from the Apple App Store. The second, fully functional, is on par with the app for Windows, available from the installation file, which can be downloaded from the official NordVPN website.

Looking ahead, I can say that the NordVPN software reliably protects traffic, the addresses of visited sites, and the users’ locations. I also tested its mobile apps for resistance to unexpected Internet connection fault. NordVPN, unlike most VPNs, performed this task flawlessly.

Streaming support (circumventing the video-content geo-restrictions of streaming services), the safety of torrents and other services, which offer free content through P2P (Peer-To-Peer) technology deserve special praise. NordVPN does an excellent job with these tasks.

What do we get when installing NordVPN?

+ 256-bit traffic encryption
+ Kill Switch
+ App Kill Switch (for some applications)
+OpenVPN (UPD and TCP), IPsec tunnelling protocols
+ 59 available countries (with the ability to choose locations within them)
+ Servers with P2P enabled (torrents)
+Servers with fixed IP addresses (dedicated IP)
+ Obfuscated servers (for use in China and other countries with VPN blocking)
+ All applications provide a convenient visualization of VPN locations
+ Custom DNS
+ Split Tunneling (for Android)

But at the same time:

- On Windows, it connects longer than usual.
- A bank card is a must to get a free trial.

I want emphasize on the fact that for Android and iOS, NordVPN provides a 7-day free trial with unlimited functionality. Read more about how to use it in the next chapter.

Overall, NordVPN has significantly more pros than cons. Besides, its disadvantages are of little importance in practical use and are related mainly to mobile applications.


NordVPN free trial

NordVPN is available for free for 7 days on Android and iOS. Other platforms are available only for a fee.

What can free NordVPN do?

It provides the same features as the paid version does. There are no restrictions with the trial period.

What features of the trial version do you need to know?

  1. The trial period is available only with an annual subscription.

    The NordVPN trial period is available only with an annual subscription

    A bank card will be needed for this.

  2. The NordVPN annual subscription is not the most profitable ($ 6.99 per month or $ 83.88 per year). The lowest price provides their three-year plan ($ 3.49 per month with a 70% discount or $ 125.64 per 3 years) but it is not available with the trial period.
  3. To issue a more profitable subscription or simply withdraw from NordVPN, you must cancel the annual subscription before the free trial period ends.
  4. The trial period is available only once.
  5. To use a trial period, you need to download and install the NordVPN app. After launching, the trial menu will appear:

Start NordVPN free trial

I compared the performance of the trial and paid versions and did not find any differences. The only drawback of the trial version is that you need a card to use it.


NordVPN pros

I want to emphasize two important advantages of NordVPN:

  1. Reliable protection of data, addresses of visited sites, and locations with default settings. Unfortunately, not all VPNs pay enough attention to this issue.
  2. Strong Netflix support for almost any regions, including US, UK, CA, AU, DE, JP.

Let us examine all the advantages of the provider in detail.

1. The highest security level

Absolute traffic protection

NordVPN Security: No data leak on Windows
Windows

Making allowance for a high position of NordVPN in our ranking of the best VPNs, I took particular care over testing its security on 3 platforms - Windows, Mac, and Linux Ubuntu.

To do this, I analyzed the traffic of computers running these OS with NordVPN enabled.

The results just delighted me!

There were no leaks of insecure data not on any of the platforms, unlike many other VPNs that I’ve tested before.

As you can see at the screenshots, the network receives information only through the VPN tunnel (highlighted in green). The remaining identified connections with IP addresses either are not related to traffic or these connections are the local addresses of my Wi-Fi network.

In other words, it is proven fact that NordVPN does not leak unprotected traffic or the users’ current location data on all tested platforms.

NordVPN Security: No data leak on macOS
Mac

NordVPN Security: No data leak on Linux
Ubuntu

Traffic inspection is the best proof of NordVPN's reliability.

This test seems to be insignificant. However, most of the VPNs I’ve tested allow the leak of some unencrypted data. Moreover, some of the VPNs allow the leak of the addresses of visited sites. This is especially true for VPNs without Kill Switch.

Unencrypted data is easy-to-reach for the user’s ISP (Internet Service Provider), or government monitoring systems.

It has been proven that NordVPN reliably bypasses these systems.

Perfect protection for visited addresses

Apart from the fact that NordVPN doesn’t allow sending DNS queries out of an encrypted VPN channel (DNS queries process domain names), it uses its own DNS servers, which are located in the same places as the VPN server.

I will explain.

The DNS server is combined with the VPN server
The image was taken from the ipleak.net service

The screenshot shows the IP address of the VPN server and the IP of the DNS server. They are almost identical (in this case, both IP addresses belong to the same physical server and this was proved by the previous test). Thanks to this fact, DNS queries do not leave the computer-server bundles, as well as they aren’t sent to separate DNS servers. Therefore, a DNS query does not appear in an unencrypted form anywhere in the world. This is the highest possible level of protection for the domains of visited sites.

Thus, NordVPN is one of the most secure VPNs from a technical point of view. Moreover, it remains as it is with the Out-Of-Box settings.

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  • I cannot help but note that in last December, NordVPN announced the launch of their security upgrade program.  The provider promises a reward to anyone who finds a flaw or vulnerability in their performance.
  • Besides, they are working on the replacement of conventional servers with diskless ones, which physically provide no place to store the users’ activity data.

2. NordVPN reliably supports Netflix

NordVPN supports Netflix

Do you want to unlock Netflix for a region other than yours? There is no problem with NordVPN!

I tested its Netflix support, as well as other geo-restricted video services for more than 6 months and now I can say it safely: NordVPN is the best VPN for Netflix.

And this is not an exaggeration. Each time, 10 out of 10 servers in different countries, which I connected to via an interactive map in their applications, allowed me to watch Netflix content for this country.

Besides, I measured the speed. NordVPN capabilities are enough to watch videos online in HD quality at all locations:

Country Speed, Mbps
US (United States) 10-40
CA (Canada) 5-30
JP (Japan) 4-10
UK (United Kingdom) 20-60
DE (Germany) 25-70
AU (Australia) 4-10
IN (India) 6-20

Also, I tested Hulu support with American servers. And the result was great:

Netflix supports Hulu
Netflix supports Hulu

Today, there are not so many VPNs that cope with the restrictions of streaming services. NordVPN does it stably for all popular and many more rarely used regions. Moreover, this is its price at a current discount of 80% - $ 3.49 per month (for a 3-year subscription).

3. A huge number of servers with the opportunity to select each of them

There are only two VPN providers with more than 5000 servers. These are CyberGhost VPN and NordVPN.

And this is not a marketing ploy but a real number. 5400+ NordVPN servers are distributed between 59 countries:

  • 685 in the Asia Pacific
  • 2086 in the Americas
  • 2550 in Europe
  • 118 in the rest of the world

Each of them can be accessed from the application menu or by downloading the configuration for third-party VPN clients.

Over the entire testing period, I connected to more than 100 servers in different countries, and there was not a single case that the connection was unsuccessful or its speed was lower than comfortable.

I also would like to note the convenient opportunity to access any specific server, mark it as a favorite, and connect to it later. This is an extremely convenient feature if the sites you visit require POI or two-factor authentication when changing the subnet (range of IP addresses).

Moreover, NordVPN has a separate list of fixed IP servers - Dedicated IP:

Dedicated IP List

This means that the next time you connect, the IP address will be identical, and not just belong to the same subnet.

The Dedicated IP list has 5 countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • German
  • Netherland
  • France

I’ll also note that some servers are available for creating double VPNs. There is also a separate list for this on the application menu:

The list of double VPN locations

It works like this. A user's computer connects via a VPN to a server, for example, in Sweden. And this server connects to a server in the Netherlands. Besides, using a VPN, double protection of locations can be created. The user's ISP sees the encrypted connection with the first server, but cannot see the next level of the VPN channel.

I’ll add that the method of additional protection of IP addresses using double VPN has a dubious advantage over the conventional "single" VPN but at the same time it significantly slows down the traffic due to double encryption and its forwarding.

There are 29 countries combinations available for Double VPN. As "input countries" are available:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan

As "output countries" are available:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Hong Kong

I will also mention separate lists of torrenting servers and servers with traffic obfuscation. Read more about them in the following sections.

4. Wide range of countries

NordVPN supports 59 countries

As I said, NordVPN offers VPN locations in 59 countries worldwide. This is not the maximum number of countries that can be accessed with a VPN but NordVPN has a big advantage – their physical servers are truly located in the represented countries, and IP spoofing is not used (processing traffic packets sent through a server, replacing the real IP address with a fake one).

NordVPN is available for all major popular locations, including US, CA, UK, DE, JP, NL, BR and many others.

Recently, the provider disconnected its Russian server due to tightening of local legislation and counteraction to the work of independent VPN services.

In most countries where technical capabilities allow, NordVPN servers are distributed between different data centers in different cities.

5. Excellent speed

It is difficult to find more significant characteristics for a VPN than speed. While using NordVPN, I experienced low speed neither with a slow 3G connection nor with the speedy fiber-optic Internet.

The test showed perfect speed in 100Mbps channel*:

Country Download speed, Mbps Upload speed, Mbps
United States 20-60 15-50
Germany 30-80 20-60
Singapore 20-50 15-40

* The table shows the average speed ranges since the speed was measured repeatedly and on different servers located in different cities.

I have my subjective opinion about the speed and stability of NordVPN servers since I am a regular user of the provider:

  • The service is available 24/7, it locations are uptime, even if I do not disconnect the VPN for several days. Everything that I need for work and leisure works fine, without causing any imposition. In fact, I don’t even notice how VPN applications work on all used devices. Only occasionally, when I go beyond the range of my Wi-Fi zone and come back, I have to wait a bit until the VPN connection is restored (by itself, without my participation).

6. All platforms support (learn about all the differences)

In this section, I will briefly describe the NordVPN features on each of the OSs and some other popular platforms.

NordVPN for Windows

NordVPN for WindowsNordVPN for Windows allows you to solve all the problems that a provider can do at all.

The application is informative, contains a convenient interactive map with icons placed on it, allowing you to connect to the chosen country without using a text list.

What features and settings does NordVPN for Windows have?

+ Maximum functionality of all OSs
+ Proven security
+ Separate specialized server lists for:

  • P2P/torrenting
  • Double VPN
  • Dedicated IP
  • Obfuscation

+ 59 available countries
+ The choice of UDP or TCP (UDP by default)
+ Custom DNS setup
+ Internet Kill Switch setup (classic Kill Switch, which blocks traffic on the entire computer system when a VPN is disconnected)
+  App Kill Switch setup (the chosen apps are closed when a VPN is disconnected)
+ Ability to block LAN traffic
+ CyberSec feature (blocks malicious sites)

- Connects longer than usual
- No free trial (in comparison with mobile applications)

As for the list, the expanded Kill Switch, which really helps to maintain anonymity when the Internet is suddenly disconnected, is worth mentioning. The setting is necessary, for example, for safe torrenting.

  • Recommendation. Enable Kill Switch if you use torrents or if your Internet connection often drops.

NordVPN for Windows does not have any significant problems or shortcomings. Moreover, NordVPN is the best VPN service for Windows according to VPN-Review.com.

You can download and enter an advantageous subscription to NordVPN for Windows at a discount of 80% from the official nordvpn.com website.

NordVPN for Android

NordVPN for Android

NordVPN for Android has similar functionality with the version for Windows but there is an additional useful feature.

Split Tunneling

It allows you to select applications which require the use of a VPN or, vice versa, for which a VPN is not needed. The setting is useful in cases where you cannot use a VPN for local sites/resources (located within the user's country) or in other similar cases.

NordVPN for Android features:

+ Split Tunneling

+ The functionality mostly repeats the desktop version

- No Kill Switch (in versions older than Android 7).

The only but significant drawback of NordVPN for Android is the absence of Kill Switch for older 5 and 6 versions.

*Tip. Due to the absence of Kill Switch on older versions of the OS, the Android application is better not to be used to protect torrenting while moving or when the cellular Internet connection is unstable. If the Internet drops, insecure traffic can get into the network, and the Internet provider can identify your torrent activity.

Starting with Android 7, NordVPN uses built-in traffic protection in case of unexpected reconnections.

I tested NordVPN on the old sixth version of Android as well as on the 9th one using VPN Review Realtime IP Logger. In the first case, the traffic was vulnerable when reconnecting to the Internet:

IP address leak during reconnections on Android 6

In the second case, no leak was detected:

No IP address leak during reconnections on Android 10

Otherwise, NordVPN for Android is a reliable, convenient application for all versions of the OS. It has the same specialized server lists as the Windows version has.

I would like to add that the application is power efficient.

You can download NordVPN for Android from Google Play Market or nordvpn.com in the form of an .apk installation file, having a favorable subscription at an 80% discount.

NordVPN for Mac

NordVPN for Mac

NordVPN is the only VPN service that has two MacOS apps at once. The one is available from Apple App Store and is a simple VPN with IKEv2 protocol built into the system, and the second is a fully functional version that works with reliable OpenVPN. A fully functional version is installed using the .PKG installer. The PKG version of NordVPN is convenient for users in China, as VPN services from App Store are not available there.

What features does NordVPN for Mac have?

+ 2 apps for different protocols (IKEv2 and OpenVPN)

+ App Kill Switch

- The absence of classic Kill Switch for the entire system

NordVPN for Mac can easily solve the same problems as the PC application. It also has both a basic list of locations in 59 countries and specialized server lists for specific tasks, including VPN obfuscation.

Mac security is top-notch.

So, you can download and install NordVPN for Mac from Mac App Store or directly from the nordvpn.com website, having a favorable subscription at an 80% discount.

NordVPN for iOS

NordVPN for iOS

NordVPN for iPhone and iPad is also convenient to use and functional.

It is hard to find a VPN service with truly functional applications for iOS. Most of them offer only basic features with the IKEv2 protocol.

NordVPN not only works with UDP and TCP OpenVPN on iOS but offers 4 traditional specialized server lists.

What features does NordVPN have for iOS?

+ Advanced functionality, which is not typical for most VPN services

+ OpenVPN protocol, including its obfuscation

For me personally, NordVPN is the best VPN service for iOS. I always use the provider for VoIP calls and protection in public Wi-Fi networks.

NordVPN for iOS is available on Apple App Store, but you need to sign on at nordvpn.com first.

NordVPN for Linux

NordVPN for Linux

I really liked the NordVPN console software for Linux. Its installation did not require any additional actions and the functionality exceeded all expectations.

Directly from the console, you can use all the NordVPN features, including obfuscation, double VPN and others:

Displaying capabilities of NordVPN for Ubuntu

What features does NordVPN for Linux have?

+ Console application

+ Easy installation

+ Additional features available

- The status may be shown incorrectly when unexpectedly reconnects the Internet

I did not find any serious flaws in NordVPN Linux software during testing. There was only one annoying glitch after the Wi-Fi hotspot changed. NordVPN successfully reconnected to the VPN but showed its status as disconnected. At the same time, there was no way to connect to another location or somehow disconnect from the VPN. In other words, my connection remained secure, but I could not disconnect or change the VPN server.

You can download the repository for installing NordVPN for Linux or the .rpm installer and get a favorable subscription at an 80% discount from the nordvpn.com website.

NordVPN for Chrome

NordVPN for Chrome

NordVPN is available as proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox browsers.

I want to emphasize that proxy applications protect only web browser traffic.

However, the NordVPN extension is effective for unblocking sites or viewing streaming services that work with web browsers.

The tests confirmed all the important features that a proxy should have.

  • Tip. You can use the web browser extension on top of the main VPN application. This method will allow you to achieve double protection of web browser traffic and hide the location even more safely, similar to what double VPN can do.

These settings are available:

  • The choice of countries
  • WebRTC leak protection (enabled by default)
  • Cyber ​​Sec (protection against malicious sites, disabled by default)

NordVPN for Chrome and Firefox is available after subscribing on the nordvpn.com website.

NordVPN for TV platforms and other devices

NordVPN for TV platforms and routers

NordVPN also supports other modern platforms:

  • routers
  • TV and addons
  • game consoles

For almost any device that supports VPN technology, NordVPN has a configuration and setup instructions.

The cross-functional way to use a VPN for any device with the ability to access the Internet is to configure a VPN on a router.

If you need NordVPN on Android TV, then just install the appropriate application from Google Play or Amazon Appstore. An .apk installer is also available.

NordVPN has done everything for the easiest and most convenient use of VPN on any platform. Sign up and get an 80% discount for access to all NordVPN features and applications

7. Effective torrenting protection

NordVPN is effective for torrenting

5 reasons why NordVPN is the best VPN for torrenting:

  1. It has proven security and traffic protection
  2. Has the Kill Switch feature
  3. Offers a dedicated server list for secure P2P
  4. High speed
  5. The prices start at $ 3.49 per month

All these characteristics are combined with a wide range of servers and high-quality applications for all OS.

Read more about NordVPN for P2P in our specialized ranking review of top ten VPNs for torrenting.

8. Safe jurisdiction

NordVPN is based in Panama.

Further in the article, I will dwell on the fact that NordVPN is actually launched by the specialists of the Lithuanian company Tesonet. In any case, this fact is indicated by obvious links. But whoever launched the provider, they did it carefully, making the Panamanian company Tefincom S.A the actual owner. 

The law of Panama is extremely loyal to the companies registered within their jurisdiction. In fact, it means that it is almost impossible to have any legal impacts on such an organization from abroad. It means that NordVPN is enough protected against possible pressure. Including pressing in order to obtain information about registered users.

9. It works in China

There are no more than 7-10 VPN services in the whole world that successfully bypass the Great Firewall of China.

NordVPN is one of them. I’ve been monitoring its work in China for about a year, and so far it has not managed to bypass the firewall only once – during national holidays when the authorities fiercely blocked all the possibilities to circumvent censorship.

But this does not mean that you can come to China, go to nordvpn.com and sign up for a VPN service. The site will likely be unavailable (blocked). You must sign up for NordVPN in advance, before visiting China.

  • Tip. Get a subscription before visiting China. VPN services that are able to circumvent censorship are blocked in the country.

Do not forget to enable obfuscation on the application settings for Windows or chose obfuscated servers on a special list of servers in applications for other platforms.

10. Advanced functionality (learn about each opportunity)

In this section, I will share my thoughts regarding the performance of the advanced functionality of NordVPN. Some of the features are more marketing tricks than useful functions but some of them are very useful and have usage nuances.

Kill Switch

This is an extremely useful feature.

It blocks traffic in case of unexpected disconnection with the VPN server. The feature prevents leakage of insecure data and IP addresses.

NordVPN also has App Kill Switch, which does not block traffic but crashes selected applications. It can be used in conjunction with the main Kill Switch on Windows. For example, I have Internet Kill Switch enabled, and qBittorrent is added to the App Kill Switch.

Obfuscated Servers

Obfuscation is the only way out when VPN protocols are blocked.

This function modifies (obfuscates) the OpenVPN protocol so that its use is invisible to firewalls that control the network in the user's region or private corporate networks.

There are quite a few VPN services with obfuscation. And there are even fewer services with efficient obfuscation (when used VPN servers are not blocked).

This makes NordVPN a unique VPN provider. I know no more than 7 VPNs that are really effective today.

CyberSec

A function with doubtful necessity.

NordVPN says CyberSec is designed to block access to phishing and malware-spreading sites.

However, is there a need for this if this feature is available with all modern web browsers and is built into the OS?

It is for you to decide. In any case, its use does not take a toll on any VPN settings.

Split Tunneling

A useful feature, but it is only on Android.

Split Tunneling allows you to select the applications for which the VPN will be deactivated. In other words, when using the selected applications, their traffic will get to the network with an actual IP address and without encryption.

The function is especially useful with the sites that cannot be opened with a foreign IP address. 

  • Tip. In order to visit some sites with a VPN, and some without it, use two different web browsers. Add one of them to the Split Tunneling list.

Custom DNS

A rarely used feature.

It is unlikely, but by default, the used DNS servers may not contain information about the sites you are visiting (they will not open, throwing a message that the site was not found).

In this case, Custom DNS allows you to insert other DNS servers.

Select UDP or TCP

A useful but rarely used setting.

In some networks, VPNs will not start out with OpenVPN UDP, which is enabled by default in most NordVPN applications.

The connection will simply not be established.

In such cases, switching to TCP can help. This is the same secure connection, but it works a bit slower.


NordVPN cons

There are no VPN providers without disadvantages. NordVPN simply has fewer cons than other ones.

1. The absence of Kill Switch on the older Android versions (6 and older)

No Kill Switch on NordVPN for Android

Unfortunately, NordVPN has not yet introduced this useful feature on its Android application.

Is this bad?

Yes, in some cases.

In the real-world operating conditions of mobile devices, a short-term leak of unencrypted data and location is possible if a VPN channel is unexpectedly disconnected.

This can happen when using technologies that continuously transmit traffic. Torrenting, for example.

When can a leak occur?

The leak will occur if three factors coincide at once:

  1. First, the connection to the Internet or the VPN server is dropped.
  2. The connection is restored.
  3. At this moment, important data is being transmitted or the user goes to a site.

In other words, if the VPN channel breaks, then the data will get to the network without protection.

How to avoid unexpected data leak with NordVPN?

This is pretty easy:

  • Avoid using torrents during the poor signal of the cellular Internet and with unfamiliar Wi-Fi networks.
  • Don’t try to visit the site you need, despite the fact that there are visible signs of connectivity problems.
  • Monitor the VPN activity indicator when visiting "dangerous" sites:

Active VPN Indicator

  • Upgrade the system to version 7 or higher.

These simple tips will allow you to use safely not only NordVPN on Android devices but also other VPN services that do not have Kill Switch on this platform.

2. Connects longer than usual (my subjective opinion)

Previously, when I used Windows 7 and sometimes now, on Windows 10, NordVPN connects to selected VPN locations longer than usual.

Subjectively, it was about 50% longer than 80% VPNs.

In general, any VPN on Windows connects longer in comparison with on other platforms. Nord VPN can do this for a few more seconds longer.

If the Internet is very slow, it may take several attempts to connect to the VPN.


How to find a NordVPN coupon?

No way. They don’t exist.

More precisely, there are coupon codes, but you will not find an honest coupon anywhere that would give you a more discount than the current NordVPN sales promotion can bring.

In fact, this is just a marketing ploy, attracting users to the current shares of VPN providers.

You can check it out yourself with 100% accuracy!

Here are 5 easy steps to check NordVPN coupons:

1. Go to the NordVPN website using our link, remember the prices but do not log in.

2. Go to any sites offering coupons for NordVPN. For example, RetailMeNot or SlickDeals.

3. Choose any coupon there, but beware of “student discounts” and “cash back”. To receive such a “coupon”, you may be asked to install software that may not be secure or will be asked to insert your email, which can be used to send newsletters. Choose only those coupons which don’t require any additional actions or inserting personal data.

4. Go to nordvpn.com and enter your coupon number.

5. Verify that prices have not changed.

Thus, you will be convinced that coupons for NordVPN or other providers subscriptions are just a marketing trick.

I do not exclude that there are special coupons for the company employees or other important persons but I do not know about them, leastwise, they are not publicly available. 


Interesting facts about NordVPN

The false hype around botnets

Speaking about NordVPN, it is impossible not to mention a curious situation that could discredit NordVPN, how they managed to find the way out of this situation, and how they were able to combine their favorable jurisdiction in Panama with the experience of being a huge tech company.

Actually, each hidden information that fell out into the hands of competitors may turn out into a scandal in a big business.

That is what happened to NordVPN in 2018. Now it is difficult to say who was an initiator of a scandal. However, the simple truth is that NordVPN was blamed for using customers’ bandwidth for implicit goals. It was also identified as a botnet.

That’s how it was.

Last summer, the “disclosing” information about NordVPN connection with Tesonet appeared in several resources. The photos of documents which prove that Tesonet Darius Bereika, the CEO of a Lithuanian company, is also a director of CloudVPN were revealed. CloudVPN owns a part of NordVPN infrastructure. It is also a company in the USA through which payment for NordVPN is transmitted.

Tesonet was proofless presented as a company that reveals and resells users’ data:

“Yes, no one should use a VPN or security service that is tied to Tesonet. As we’ve discussed already, since Tesonet is a data mining company (despite them claiming they aren’t)”,- said on scam.com.

For a reader, any connection with Tesonet will seem something evil.

I looked deeper and puzzled out what lies beyond Tesonet's accusation and if there is any connection with NordVPN.

I have found really interesting facts about NordVPN. However, they are rather pluses than minuses.

What are these facts? Why did NordVPN was indirectly blamed for creating a botnet based on users' computers, and why has the end of this hype only added trust to NordVPN? Keep reading to find out the answers.

So, I'll start with Tesonet. This is a Lithuanian tech company that specializes in network technologies in several areas at once. It has a large team of 700+ professionals, and its infrastructure has more than 12,000 servers in 70 countries.

Why did foes (competitors, haters or others) come down on Tesonet?

The deal is in July 2018 Luminati company (a parent company of a scandalous proxy service Hola) sues Tesonet for copyright infringement.

They laid emphasis on the connection with NordVPN and even ProtonVPN.

At that time, it was easy to provide fake information about the fact that Tesonet developed a botnet based on NordVPN. However, nobody talked about what exact Luminati patent was in question and how it is connected with NordVPN.

The hype continued lasted for six months until NordVPN conducted an independent audit of its “No Logs” policy in order to deny involvement in the hidden collection of information.

What have I learned? NordVPN does not save logs for sure. Moreover, they are connected with a large and experienced company in the sphere of network technology. Besides, they managed to defend their reputation.

I read users’ opinions about the reason for the scandal on Reddit. There is an opinion that it was for benefit of a competitor, Private Internet Access.

NordVPN incident with advertising

In January 2019, NordVPN broadcast ads in the United Kingdom. The ads exaggerated the dangers of public Wi-Fi hotspots, urging concerned people to use NordVPN.

Nine complainants called in question the NordVPN statement and addressed a complaint to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority).

In May 2019, the ASA agreed with the complainants and gave an opinion that advertising should not appear in this form. During the analysis, they tested the NordVPN software and recognized that it really uses VPN technology and traffic encryption, protects traffic while using public Wi-Fi, and hides the user's location.


Plans and pricing

NordVPN tariff plans
NordVPN Special Holiday Offer

NordVPN has a reasonable price, even when competitors assumed that $10 per month is a standard. In 2017, NordVPN had a two-year plan that cost $3.29 per month. The price was considered reasonable.

Today it costs $3.49 for a 3-year subscription.

NordVPN has the following plans:

$3.49 per month for 3 years ($125.64 every 3 years);

$4.99 per month for 2 years  ($119.76 every 2 years);

$6.99 per month for 12 months ($83.88 every year);

$11.95 for a month.

This holiday season, NordVPN provides an additional deal to its new customers. This limited-time offer contains:

  • a 3-year plan of NordVPN for $3.49 per month;
  • 3 extra months of using it for free;
  • NordPass password manager for free.

I should mention a few things about NordPass. It is a tool that allows you to store all of your passwords and logins in one place. It protects them with powerful encryption and the best thing about it is that you only need to remember one master password to access any of them at any time.

According to the deal information, this password manager would usually cost you $194.61 but now, it’s given away for free. What can we say, a great gift!

The price for Europe may be shown in euros.

NordVPN supports the following payment methods:

  • bank cards;
  • Amazon Pay;
  • AliPay
  • Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dash, Ethereum (ETH), Monero (XMR), Zec, Ripple (XRP).

Payment will be automatically made only after 7 days. You can unsubscribe from the service during this time.

2. Pay for the service and then return the money within 30 days from the date of subscription. I will explain how to do this in the next section.

NordVPN is the number one in our ranking of the best cheap VPNs.


How to cancel NordVPN

No matter how ideal the service is, there are cases when you have to unsubscribe from it. It may be connected with the desire to try another VPN service, lack of money, technical or other reasons.

Simple steps to cancel NordVPN

  1. If you use NordVPN for the first time and what to get your money back less then 30-day usage:
  • Contact customer support with the request to cancel your subscription and get your money back;
  • Follow all instructions;
  • Use Google Play Market or Apple App Store in case you have subscribed for a VPN through a mobile app.
  1. If you use a VPN for more than 30 days:
  • Visit your NordVPN account;
  • Cancel subscription;
  • Use Google Play Market or Apple App Store in case you have subscribed for a VPN through a mobile app.

Information about the company owner

building where NordVPN is registered

A Google Street View image of the building where NordVPN is registered

In the section “Interesting facts about NordVPN”, I have already told you about possible interrelationships of NordVPN with Tesonet.

Once again, it doesn’t influence a lot on NordVPN’s legal independence.

On the one hand, it is proven that NordVPN has relevance to a certain CloudVPN company, which is an official developer of NordVPN and interacts with NordVPN infrastructure.

NordVPN stated that they collaborate with CloudVPN because of the convenience of accepting payments, in other circumstances, there might be difficulties in transactions with a Panamanian company.

On the other hand, there is the Lithuanian Tesonet, whose director and CEO CloudVPN is Darius Bereika.

It means that nominally NordVPN and Tesonet are related to each other, though NordVPN does not belong to either Lithuanian Tesonet or the American CloudVPN. NordVPN is officially owned by the Panamanian company Tefincom S.A.

It means the jurisdiction of these companies does influence NordVPN. I think that all claims about “false jurisdiction” are fanciful.

I provided this information to fully cover the activity of NordVPN only. It doesn’t influence the quality of their services.

Address Tefincom S.A.:
50th Street, Global Plaza Tower,
19th Floor, Suite H,

Panama City, Republic of Panama

website: nordvpn.com


Conclusion

So, is it worth using NordVPN?

Of course, yes!

This VPN has everything you need for any purpose. It is good for cross-functional use, as well as for specific tasks, such as streaming and torrenting. The provider is also good for sensitive tasks requiring 100% security and confidentiality.

I hope the NordVPN review was useful and you will appreciate the power of the global VPN market leader as much as I do.

Leave your comments and questions about NordVPN. I or one of my colleagues will answer you.

VPN-Review - Chief Editor
Dean Chester
Cybersecurity and online privacy expert and researcher. He's been published on OpenVPN, EC-Council Blog, DevSecOps, AT-T Business, SAP Community, etc. Dean has been testing VPNs for 8 years.

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I asked NordVPN: The update was released on November 6th. As of November 12, the website still has an older version :) NordVPN 6.25 (latest) NordVPN 6.24 https://nordvpn.com/blog/nordvpn-windows-release-notes/ NordVPN's answer: Thank you for your letter. The recent update version 6.25 seems to have some functionality issues for some of our users, that is why we are currently working on a fix pack for this update, which should be available relatively soon. This is the reason we do not update our website with the most recent version of our application and are offering version 6.24. Let us know if you have any other questions. Best Regards, Customer Success Team

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Hey Dean. After reading this review, I was about to subscribe to Nord. However, there’s some point that still needs clarification. As you mention, NordVPN can be used on multiple devices (namely 6). What was the maximum number of devices you’ve used at a time when being connected to NordVPN? Have you tried using 6 gadgets simultaneously? If yes, what was the speed? Was it reduced significantly?

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Dewey, I haven’t used 6

Dewey, I haven’t used 6 devices simultaneously but know for sure what to expect. First of all, the speed will be restricted by your Internet provider. Bandwidth will be split among all devices. But as for NordVPN, its bandwidth is not dependent on your connections, none of the accounts set a speed limit. At least you can connect to different servers.

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Hi) I wanna say a piece about NordVPN. I’ve been using their app for about 2 years and it seems ok. I like the speed their servers work, lots of locations, and the price is not expensive. Actually, I have never had problems with Nordvpn, except one… though…it is rather an inconvenience than trouble. Sometimes, when trying to connect a server, I get an error message ">PASSWORD:Verification Failed:'Auth”. After I re-login into the app, the bug goes missing but I need to repeat the process from time to time. It is not like I’m too bothered about that but I would be glad if you tell me how to fix it.

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Rick, try sharing WiFi from

Rick, try sharing WiFi from your smartphone and see if the bug recurs. Let me know about the result if you do so. By the way, if you have a Mac, then try installing another NordVPN application (one is available from the App Store, and the second is only from their website).

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Hi there, I recently got myself another year of NordVPN and after browsing it's settings for a bit it seems to me I’ve found a way to improve my anonymity even more xD So you can use 6 devices at once, right? So what if I was to share my account of NordVPN with 5 more guys? I think it would make it even harder for anyone to say who’s doing what in that case. Well, I’m not really an expert, so I’d like to hear what you think about: 1. Would my plan work? 2. Does Nord allow sharing account? I know multiple devices are allowed but can I share it with other people specifically?

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Jack, this provider does

Jack, this provider does indeed allow using up to 6 devices at the same time. There are no mentions that you have to use all these devices personally.

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The only thing I dislike about NordVPN is device limit… could of been bigger… other than that, great service!

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Dean, good job! Very detailed review!

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I have never used any VPN services before. NordVPN is the first VPN for me and I am completely satisfied with it! Before using it, I read lots of VPN reviews on the Internet and found out that NordVPN is the best. I use it for both operating systems, Windows 10 and my Android. The customer service is wonderful! I don’t face any problems with speed. I even use it for gaming and unblocking streaming services when traveling.
The only problem was a few disconnects with some servers, but it was not too much trouble. I recommend this service for all who want to hide IP and get past geo-restrictions!

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NordVPN is the third provider I tried and probably the best one from top vpn services. It has never gone back on me whatever the circumstances. I do not understand why people r discussing other vpns if nord has every feature they have and its price for a 3-year subscription is ridiculous. Thanks for your work, guys. Love your site, BTW

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Just to let you know both the Windows and Android app have not been working since October 2018. After a while NordVPN did provide an alternative with OpenVPN GUI but since 2nd week of January 2020 this also no longer works. NordVPN has admitted all their servers are now blocked. So if you are planning to get NordVPN to bypass GFW look for another alternative.

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