NordVPNAre you looking for a decent VPN to set up on all internet-enabled devices?

Great! This NordVPN review is for you!

Today you will learn:

  • Why NordVPN is the 2nd biggest VPN provider in the world.
  • What you can use NordVPN for.
  • What real users think of NordVPN.

Take use of the navigation below to access the chapters of this NordVPN review:

NordVPN pros NordVPN cons
Torrent-friendly servers Some servers are a bit slow
Works with Netflix75% Off only for 3 years
100%-guaranteed 30-day money refund
Rich server network
CyberSec to avoid malicious sites
No logs are kept
OpenVPN is used
Two types of kill switch and no IP leaks
Responsive online customer support

I recommend NordVPN! It passed ALL my tests and proved all claims promised on the provider’s website. NordVPN is a great service that REALLY works with Netflix and has stable connections. It can hide your IP, and what’s more important, the provider keeps no logs of your activities.


NordVPN: Unique Benefits and Features

NordVPN is considered to be the 2nd biggest VPN provider, while some reviewers rank it to be even the best VPN 2019.

According to our best VPN list, it takes the 2nd position after another giant in the VPN market – ExpressVPN. Why?

Without any doubt, NordVPN is a decent VPN service that helped me to perform a lot of different tasks, and I managed to access Netflix with only a few clicks.

I’m really impressed with a wide server network in 58 countries (still, ExpressVPN has a wider network in 94 countries). Though I find NordVPN download speeds quite variable, I can say that overall speeds while I was connected to NordVPN were stable.

I really like that the provider has thought about users’ online security and privacy and added such features as CybersSec, DoubleVPN, Onion over VPN, and Kill switch for additional protection. By the way, CyberSec is a unique NordVPN’s feature only!


Pros and Cons of NordVPN

Now I’ll explain you why I defined its pros and cons to be like those in the table above.


NordVPN works with Netflix

After a few simple tests done for Netflix, I can definitely confirm it DOES work with Netflix. NordVPN is one of the few providers whose servers aren’t blocked by Netflix. Actually, the company is quite strict to users who try to overcome geo-restrictions. There is an advanced system to identify users who access the service via proxy or VPN.

Though, the speed tests showed that internet connections through US servers were a bit slower due to the distance between Europe and USA. For example, the internet speed of my ISP was about 75 mbps, when I connected to one of the NordVPN’s US servers (United States #3175), NordVPN download speed decreased up to 21.04 mbps (see the screenshot below):

NordVPN’s US server speed

Thus, you’d better choose the best server manually in order to find the fastest speeds for your region.

In my Best VPN for Netflix article I mentioned 5 top VPN services that unblock Netflix. Without any doubt, NordVPN is among the leaders in this category.


NordVPN allows torrenting

That’s true. You are allowed to download torrents via its P2P servers located in different countries around the world. The full list of the countries with P2P servers is available on NordVPN website.

What I really liked about the idea of torrenting with NordVPN is that the provider keeps no logs on its servers. It’s very important to keep privacy while torrenting (NordVPN is ranked #1 in our ‘’Best VPN for torrenting’’ list).

Be sure you turn the Internet Kill Switch before you start torrenting. It is helpful when you are disconnected from the Internet. I’ll tell you more about this NordVPN feature further in this review.

Read how I tested NordVPN’s P2P servers.


NordVPN refund: after 30 days of use

Though NordVPN doesn’t provide a free version without paying for the subscription, NordVPN has a 30-day money refund that allows you to test the service for the first 30 days. Taking into account that fact that lots of VPN providers aren’t so generous (for example, CyberGhost offers a 1-day free trial without paying), it’s a good bonus.

Still, you should be ready to answer why you aren’t satisfied with the service.

Refund Policy of NordVPN

When I tested ExpressVPN, I found out that they refund money without any questions asked. So, I decided to contact the customer support of NordVPN and ask for more details about the refund as after reading the terms I supposed it was not 100% guaranteed. By the way, I received a reply just in a few seconds!

Here is the brief of our chat conversation:

What I understood after chatting with Harper from NordVPN is that a user will have to go through a process that requires your explanations why you aren’t satisfied. Then they will try to troubleshoot the issue. But you may disagree to troubleshoot.

Finally, a 30-day money refund is guaranteed by NordVPN!

NordVPN’s support reply about the refund policy


NordVPN servers: rich network and stable speeds

NordVPN is not new in the market. Since 2012, the provider has been constantly extending the network of servers. Now 5000+ servers are located in 58 countries around the world. That’s a big advantage as due to the rich network, its servers aren’t overloaded.

Number of NordVPN servers

In fact, NordVPN’s servers are very advanced and can be used for various tasks such as torrenting or streaming that require fast speeds.

As it’s seen from the screenshot of the NordVPN app, there are four types of specialty servers offered by the NordVPN provider:

Types of NordVPN servers

What can I say about the performance of the servers?

Actually, I did several tests for its servers: speed tests and security tests. I found out that overall speeds are quite fast if you choose the servers located not far from your real geo-location (I tested several servers located in Europe). Still, US servers are a bit slower for me as I’m located too far from them.

Here are my findings on the other server types:

P2P servers Fast and stable. They work perfectly and unblock torrent sites. Be sure you connect to the NordVPN server that allows P2P. Not all of them allow accessing torrent trackers.
Double VPN serversThey provide with advanced protection, but because of the additional encryption, they are too slow for torrenting or streaming.
Onion over VPN serversUnfortunately, I had several unsuccessful attempts to access the Internet them. They didn’t work for me.

Obfuscated servers hide all VPN traffic

If you plan to use VPN in countries with strict censorship to overcome network firewalls there, NordVPN recommends connecting to obfuscated servers. They encrypt all traffic to look as if it is ordinary HTTPs traffic.

The servers are available for OpenVPN software on Windows, Android, Linux and OpenVPN for Mac.


NordVPN offers dedicated IP addresses

Another goodie from NordVPN is a dedicated IP address. It is available for additional price – 70 dollars per year for a dedicated IP in one of the countries below:

Another goodie from NordVPN is a dedicated IP address. It is available for additional price – 70 dollars per year for a dedicated IP in one of the countries below:

  • USA;
  • Germany;
  • UK;
  • Netherlands.

Why and when to use a dedicated IP? It’s one of the frequently asked questions. Let me explain when you may need a dedicated IP:

As you know shared IPs are used by many VPN users, while a dedicated IP is unique. It will be different from your real one, but it differs from other users’.

Dedicated IPs are quite necessary for:

  • Streaming services (shared IPs are often blocked by them);
  • Online video games (for safety reasons);
  • Online banking (shared IPs are sometimes blocked for safety reasons).

NordVPN CyberSec

It’s an excellent feature to avoid websites with malicious advertising and obtrusive ads. I tested the feature and found out that it DOES work.

When NordVPN CyberSec is off, you will see lots of ads.

NordVPN CyberSec is off

But when NordVPN CyberSec is on, I didn’t see any ads. Here’s the screenshot with no ads when I visited the same site.

NordVPN CyberSec is on


Does NordVPN keep logs?

No, it doesn’t. The provider neither collects nor stores any data. And that’s good news for those of you who care about privacy.

How did I find out that?

I found the answer to that question on this page on the NordVPN site. The provider explains in details that no logs about users are collected.

What’s more, NordVPN no-logs policy was examined and approved by a third company. It means that there’s nothing to conceal, and the provider is honest in its claims.

It’s great!

NordVPN is approved by independent auditors

By the way, NordVPN is based in Panama which is away from the USA and EU. This fact is also a big plus for online privacy.

Here is the list of what NordVPN provider knows about the users:

  • Email address
  • Payment data
  • Time of the last connection
  • Customer service data
  • How you use the NordVPN.com

NordVPN uses OpenVPN

Along with a 256-bit encryption, NordVPN uses one of the most secure protocols- OpenVPN.

For Mac and iOS, IKEv2/IPSec is applied which is also quite reliable.


NordVPN kill switch prevents data leaks

NordVPN app has two types of kill switch: Internet kill switch and App kill switch. The former won’t allow any outgoing traffic. The latter will protect the apps included in the list.

I tested both features and found out them working excellent. I was disconnected each time the app was not working fine.

Still, I recommend you to always turn Internet kill switch on. It’s more advanced protection.


NordVPN customer service: responsive and professional

It’s a great advantage if a VPN provider offers online customer service. It’s very convenient to solve technical problems within the shortest possible time.

NordVPN is one of those providers offering online chatting.

I contacted its online support service several times. Each time I was waiting for the reply for just a few minutes. Their specialists answered all my questions about the features and refund before I subscribed for the service and helped me to solve the problems with Onion over VPN servers.

Well-done, guys!


NordVPN is SOMETIMES slow

I did several speed tests and found out that NordVPN servers are quite variable, and there are a few servers that slow down internet connections. Still, most of the tested servers have quite good speeds.

In particular, I found out that its US servers showed slow download speeds. Still, manual choosing will let you find the fastest VPN server with the minimal loss of internet speeds.


Nordvpn discount: only for 3 years

NordVPN has 4 plans for different periods: 1 month, 1, 2, and 3 years. The prices are different as well.

If you are going to use VPN for a long period of time, NordVPN’s 3-year plan is the best choice. Unfortunately, if you aren’t sure or need a VPN for a few months, you’ll have to pay more.

Here is the full price list of NordVPN plans:

NordVPN tariff plans


NordVPN: Benefits and Features Tests

NordVPN is compatible with different platforms and operating systems:

  • Android;
  • Mac;
  • iOS;
  • Windows;
  • Linux;
  • Android TV;
  • Chrome/Firefox;
  • and others.

VPN users often complain about difficult apps or configurations. So, I decided to examine the NordVPN software itself: how user-friendly is it?


Test 1: Is it easy to download and use NordVPN?

NordVPN Setup on PC:

  • I chose the tariff, created an account on NordVPN website, paid for the subscription. Finally, I activated the account.
  • Then I saw the guideline like this:
    Step-by-step tutorial for NordVPN
    There’s an opportunity to contact online support as well.
    Support by NordVPN
  • Then I downloaded the software (my OS was identified by the site system). Downloading took a few seconds. And I was offered to install the app.
    Support by NordVPNThe setup was successful and took a few minutes and clicks.
  • Then I had to sign in the app.
    Sign in NordVPN app

The next window told me about CyberSec. I turned the feature on as I hate obtrusive advertising.

NordVPN CyberSec

I find the interface of NordVPN app for Windows 7 to be quite user-friendly and intuitive.

Interface of NordVPN app

There are two categories on the menu: Servers and Settings.

Servers: you can choose the servers by categories or search on your own by location. Besides, you can find the server on the map or use the ‘’Quick connect’’ option (servers are chosen automatically).

Quick connect option of NordVPN app

Settings:

  • CyberSec on/off;
  • Auto-connect on/off (auto-connect to a particular server: dedicated, favourite, Double VPN, Onion, etc.);
  • Start VPN on startup (auto-start of VPN after you start your PC);
  • Internet Kill Switch;
  • Invisibility on LAN on/off;
  • App Kill Switch;
  • Notifications;
  • Start minimized.

Advanced settings:

NordVPN advanced settings

Conclusion: The NordVPN app for Windows 7 is user-friendly, easy to download and use.

VPNs are often used to watch Netflix or download torrenting. So, I decided to test NordVPN: whether it works with Netflix and torrent sites.


Test 2: Does NordVPN work with Netflix?

  • I connected to a Canadian server and tried to access Netflix Canada.

As you can see from the screenshot, the test is successful!

Connected to NordVPN server in Canada

NordVPN unblocked Netflix Canada

  • I connected to an American server and tried to access Netflix US.

As you can see from the screenshot, the test is successful again!

Connected to NordVPN server in United States

NordVPN unblocked Netflix US


Test 3: Does NordVPN work with torrenting?

I got connected to one of the NordVPN P2P servers (United States #2275).

Connected to NordVPN P2P server in United States

Conclusion: Torrent sites are available only via P2P servers.


NordVPN: Speed and Security Tests

As I have mentioned above, I tested all kind of NordVPN servers:

  • Servers located not far from my real geo-location (Europe);
  • Servers located far from my real geo-location (USA);
  • Double VPN;
  • Onion over VPN;
  • P2P servers.

NordVPN speed test results

First, I fixed the speed of my ISP. The download speed was 74.48 mbps and upload – 68.30 mbps.

Internet speed without VPN

Then I continued with testing NordVPN download and upload speeds. I started with the servers located in Europe, not far from me.

Here are the speed test results when I was connected to the one of the German servers:

Connected to NordVPN server in Germany

 

Internet speed via NordVPN server in Germany

Minimal speed loss! The fastest server for me!

The other European servers performed like that:

CountryDownload/Upload
Austria15.06/67.53
Belgium39.83/70.15
Denmark51.57/72.14

Download speeds are much slower!

Here are the speed test results when I was connected to the one of the US servers:

Connected to NordVPN server in United States

This server was chosen as the best for my location:

Internet speed via NordVPN US server

Very slow download speeds!

These USA servers were chosen manually on my own.

United States #3424

Internet speed via NordVPN server in the USA

Download speeds are better!

Conclusion: it’s better to choose your best server manually, when you connect to the servers located far from you. Thus, you can find the fastest servers for you.

Then I turned to DoubleVPN servers.

Here is the best server automatically chosen for me.

NordVPN’s support reply about Onion servers

Conclusion: speeds are too slow, but further IP leak tests confirmed that the servers don’t leak personal data.

Then I tested Onion over VPN servers. The best server was chosen automatically, and I got connected to the server in the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, I failed to access the Internet via Onion over VPN server. The customer service support explained why I failed to connect to those servers (see the screenshot below):

The best P2P server was chosen for me in the USA, but you can choose it manually as well.

Internet speed via NordVPN P2P server

As you can see, P2P servers are quite fast, and speed loss is not critical.


Is NordVPN safe?

Privacy and security are number #1 reasons why internet users set up this software.

I took a few tests to find out if NordVPN makes my internet connections private.

How did I do them?

I used ipleak.net to check what IP address is identified when I connected and disconnected to NordVPN servers.

Note: if you see your real IP, unfortunately, it is IP leak. In case you see the IP of your VPN provider, you are protected.

Here are the results of IP leak tests for a few NordVPN servers I tested:

Germany #358

Connected to NordVPN server in Germany

IP leak test for NordVPN server in Germany

Other servers:

Denmark #104 – No leaks

USA #2363 – No leaks

USA #2157 – No leaks

Conclusion: NordVPN doesn’t leak IPs.

Thus, NordVPN has passed all my tests that’s why it’s worth ranking in our top VPN list.


NordVPN: Frequently Asked Questions

Follow the steps below:

  • Sign in your account on the NordVPN site.
  • Click ‘’Payments’’ – ‘’Cancel Subscription’’.
  • Choose the reason why you cancel and click on the yellow button.

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NordVPN is based in Panama.

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I contacted its online support asked them this question. I found out that NordVPN is owned Tefincom, which is registered in Panama.

NordVPN support’s reply about jurisdiction

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NordVPN allows up to 6 devices per one subscription. No matter what platform they work with or based on.

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