Four friends wandering around set up NordVPN in 2012. Why, you ask? Because in many of the visited countries they noticed an increase in Internet control and government involvement in internet tracking. The first NordVPN server was just for friends, but today NordVPN has over one million customers worldwide.
Servers, Protocols and Locations for NordVPN
Today, NordVPN has 4392 servers in 62 countries around the world:
– America: 1987 servers
– Europe: 1982 servers
– Asia, Australia and the Pacific: 333 servers
– Africa, the Middle East and India: 54 servers
Most NordVPN servers support P2P connections and a large number of NordVPN server offers, for greater data security, Double VPN, Anti DDoS, Obfuscated or Dedicated IP options.
With the help of NordVPN you can connect through most protocols: IKEv2 / IPSec, OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, Socks 5, HTTP Proxy, HTTP CyberSec Proxy, HTTP Proxy (SSL), HTTP CyberSec Proxy (SSL).
The latest special feature of NordVPN is CyberSec, added with the most recent update of the connection software. CyberSec is an add-on of the NordVPN application that offers you the following advantages:
– defence against malware: it blocks known malware domains by using a big blacklist
– blocking of intrusive advertisement: it blocks the loading of scripts from known advertisement networks
– prevention of DDoS attacks: it blocks the usage of infected devices for DDoS attacks
By enabling CyberSec for free, you will have extra protection when surfing the internet.
Another important feature is Killswitch. When enabled, you will not be able to surf the internet when the VPN connection is interrupted for any reason. So your IP address and your identity will never be displayed on the internet. To navigate again, you must reconnect to a VPN server or stop the NordVPN application.
NordVPN supports P2P and torrent programs as well. As I have written above, NordVPN offers hundreds of servers optimized for P2P activities in different locations around the world. For torrenting, it’s best to choose a server as close to your real location as possible so that the download speed is maximal.
For the customers who want maximum data security, NordVPN offers Double VPN (it encrypts your Internet traffic not once, but twice). With Double VPN, you will be connected to a VPN server that will redirect all your traffic through another VPN server. Data traffic through the Double VPN option is encrypted twice and your IP address is changed twice.
There are 3 types of subscriptions on the NordVPN page, simple and very clear:
– 1 month plan: $11.95/month ($143.4/year)
– 1 year plan: $5.75/month ($69/year)
– 2 years plan: $3.29/month ($39.48/year)
At this point, NordVPN has a special 3-year plan for $ 2.75 / month ($ 33 / year), which sets the company in the leading place for the cheapest VPN solution.
For all types of subscriptions, you have 6 simultaneous connections, no logs policy and unlimited Bandwidth.
Payment for NordVPN services can be done by a variety of methods: PayPal, Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AmEx, etc.), Crypto Currencies and other payment methods such as AliPay, GyroPay, Sofort, WebMoney, etc.
If you are not satisfied (which is pretty unlikely), they offer you the possibility to get a full refund during a 30 day window, a very long period compared to other VPNs that have 3 to 7 days money back period.
NordVPN applies the No Logs policy: “NordVPN will ensure that none of your confidential information is logged, monitored or exposed and intercepted by third parties”. They are basically saying your data and traffic are not monitored and will never reach out to third parties. They do not even keep logs containing your connected/disconnected time or the length of time you were connected to a specific IP address via VPN. Being outside US and EU jurisdictions, NordVPN is not required to keep data for a certain amount of time.
NordVPN Speed Tests
I have done several NordVPN connectivity tests for many locations around the world. The tests are based on a DSL connection from Romania with a download/upload speed of between 75 and 100 MB/s.
I first tested YouTube by viewing Full-HD videos from some locations around the world. I checked if the YouTube player reported packet losses during the test.
Then I did a lot of login tests for many locations. I connected to NordVPN, checked IP address, DNS leaks, and location, and then I made a ping/download speed and upload speed test to Ookla Speedtest from each location.
Generally, the speed is enough to navigate and stream video (download/upload around 50 MB/s), except for locations in Asia, Australia and South America. I could not connect to many locations in Asia, even after several attempts.
I have also tested downloading a large torrent file (an iso file for ubuntu). Being connected to a US location, the speed was initially low but then stabilized around 2.4-2.5 MB/s (high enough). At locations across Europe, the speed is very close to my actual torrent download speed.
Is NordVPN constant?
While performing the tests above, we had no disconnections from NordVPN. The connection was stable and with a constant response time. I have nothing to reproach NordVPN company in terms of stability of the connection.
NordVPN is user-friendly. Creating a NordVPN account is extremely simple. I can say the same about choosing a subscription plan and the payment. Do not insist on these issues.
The NordVPN application can be downloaded from the site. When installing the NordVPN software, other than setting up the installation path, you do not have to do much else, but the installation takes 2-3 minutes. You must be patient. Compared to other software, the NordVPN application is extremely simple and well organized. For logging in, you should only choose the country and you are logged in within seconds. If you want a specific location you can choose it and you will see it in the list along with how busy every location is.
NordVPN Customer Support
For any problem you have, there is an online chat on the NordVPN page. Answers come very fast, even if they are pre-written or copy-pasted. When you continue with the questions you will receive personalized answers for your problem.
NordVPN is a service that deserves to be recommended and used. You can safely choose a plan for a long time and you will not be disappointed. With its security, privacy, low price and reliability features, NordVPN ranks among the first VPNs on my list of preferences.