NordVPN review: Price, performance, features compared
Quick verdict: A feature-packed VPN with double-encrypted data and some fancy extra tools for those who like to tinker.
- Impressive number of servers and countries
- Dedicated apps for Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS
- Unlimited bandwidth
- No servers in China or Russia
- App can be fiddly
- Download speeds aren't the best
NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN company whose core value is the belief that every user deserves privacy and security online and off. It subsequently places a lot of emphasis on encryption with more layers of protection than the typical VPN. We tested the service from an Australian location to see how well it performs.
- Servers in 59 countries
- Unlimited speed and bandwidth
- Lots of security settings
- 6 simultaneous connections
- Easy to set up
- Strong customer support
- Bandwidth could be faster
- A feature-packed VPN that performs well in most areas
NordVPN will encrypt your online activity to protect your private data from hackers or snoopy advertisers. You'll be free to enjoy global connectivity along with high-performance speed and secure access to streaming websites, censored content and social networks. Throw in an always appreciated "30 days money-back guarantee", and Nord is a top-tier choice for a VPN.
Pricing and availability
PriceFrom $3.49 per month
Where to buy
NordVPN offers three different plans. The smallest of toe dips is a one-month setup of $11.95. A yearly plan will squash your monthly payment down to $6.99. However, you need to pay for the whole contract upfront, which works out to $83.88
You can also opt for a 2- or 3-year plan, which will set you back $4.99 and $3.99 per month, respectively. Again, you need to pay the full amount in one hit, so make sure you're committed for the long haul before choosing a multiyear plan. (Worth noting: a 30-day refund policy applies to all of the above plans.)
NordVPN offers a wide variety of ways to pay. You've got the ubiquitous major credit card options, PayPal, Google Pay, Direct Debit and a few types of cryptocurrencies.
NordVPN discount codes
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Is it illegal to use NordVPN?
No, not at all. Do people sometimes use a VPN for illegal activity? Yes. But, those people aren't guaranteed complete security if the activity breaches the terms and conditions of a VPN provider.
Will NordVPN keep me safe from hackers?
Yes, that's the idea. Using a consumer VPN allows for you to browse the Internet anonymously, quelling the threat of hackers and eavesdroppers. Although they are not always completely secure, this is why it's important to research the quality of a VPN provider and the security protocols they offer.
Am I locked in with NordVPN when I sign up?
It all depends on what package you choose. If you choose the basic, you'll only be committed for the month, whereas if you go for the cheapest plan you'll be locked in for three years.
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