NordVPN Review – A Complete Product Overview and Our VPN Test Results

By: Ami Zivov
NordVPN Review

Overview

NordVPN is a Panama-based company, which means it's out of the jurisdiction of the Fourteen [prying] Eyes.

Fourteen countries are the foundation of this global network and they have agreements to collect, analyze, and share intelligence between these countries.

Another thing this company takes great pride in is its no-logging policy which includes both activity and connection logs. This is also a result of being based in Panama which doesn't place any data storage or reporting requirements on companies which operate there.

NordVPN has been active since 2012 when it was established by four friends. Today the company employs more than 50 experts in various fields who are based around the world and has more than 200,000 users.

The company maintains over 1,000 servers in more than 50 countries including servers dedicated to specific activities, such as Netflix and streaming, P2P connections, and the Tor network.

My NordVPN review covers everything that might interest the potential customer, whether basic or advanced, including hands-on tests of the most important aspects.

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Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • NordVPN massive network infrastructure
  • User-friendly client
  • Supports P2P and Netflix
  • Great usability and compatibility
  • Anonymity and Privacy levels
Cons:
  • Some loopholes in the Terms of Service
  • Servers often detected as VPN

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Network Tests

In our tests we use a dedicated computer with a clean Windows 10 installation connected to a Gigabit Ethernet port in a Cisco switch with optical hardware uplink. All monitored via a firewall gateway that is used in our lab environment to measure the outgoing and the income traffic on the Ethernet port level making sure no other network resource will influence our tests.

We configured the network firewall making sure that only one computer\IP can access the internet during the tests.

We used a home grade cable modem connection with 100 MB/s download and 2 MB/s upload to simulate real-world average network speeds.

We repeated our tests with and without VPN connection making sure we do each test several times to have acceptable statistics standard deviation.

We also repeated the tests in several routing scenarios with several network protocols.

We call these Test Routes A, B, C and D.

The importance of segmenting our tests to several geographical routing segments is important because sometimes you can experience a superior VPN network performance by simply selecting the right VPN server for your network application.

Route A – Connecting directly to the internet without any VPN server, in most cases, this will be our control test and should demonstrate the fastest connection.

Direct Connection Control Test

Direct Connection Control Test

Route B – Connecting to a VPN server near your physical location. In most cases this will be the VPN server that will be auto-selected by the VPN application.

VPN Connection User Proximity

VPN Connection User Proximity

Route C - Connecting to a VPN server near the accessed service.

VPN Connection Service Proximity

VPN Connection Service Proximity

Route D – Connecting to key global locations (US, EU, Asia Pacific and China)

VPN Connection Global Key Locations

VPN Connection Global Key Locations

Most review sites test the upload and download network speeds with known services like speedtest.net or other online services.

We don’t think this is the right approach because it is a known fact that ISPs and VPN providers can assign a higher priority and bandwidth allocation for the testing service’s network IP ranges.

So the best way to test network speeds is by using real-life random downloads of randomly generated files or even better use encrypted traffic. Without publicly disclosing the network target we use in our tests, we will focus on University networks that tend to be very fast on one hand, and not very crowded or heavily used on the other.

We will do a control test before each VPN test so we can see what is the maximum available bandwidth for each of the test routes I outlined above.

Torrent\P2P Download Test

In this test, I will download a 1440MB file (Ubuntu distribution install ISO file) without any VPN connection for baseline results. (Route A)

Control Test P2P Download Speed

Control Test P2P Download Speed

Test #

File Size

Monitor Time (Sec)

Download Speed (MB/s)

Maximum  Speed (MB/s)

1

1440 MB

120

89.50

107.20

2

1440 MB

120

89.80

108.70

3

1440 MB

120

84.70

118.60

Average

1440 MB

120

88.00

111.50

This test shows that the average network speed for the control test (route A) download is 88 MB/s and we can see that we are almost maximizing the ISP connection with this torrent P2P download.

According to our test protocol, when testing a VPN connection with a torrent P2P download we will segment our VPN tests to 3 different routes and compare them to the control test route.

NordVPN Test P2P Download Speed

NordVPN Test P2P Download Speed

Test #

File Size

Monitor Time (Sec)

Download Speed (Mb/s)

Maximum  Speed (Mb/s)

Change in Download speed

Route B

1440 MB

120

32.00

43.10

-64%

P2P Server

1440 MB

120

30.40

43.70

-65%

US

1440 MB

120

29.40

37.40

-67%

EU

1440 MB

120

26.70

36.40

-70%

Asia Pacific

1440 MB

120

5.10

7.60

-94%

China

1440 MB

120

24.20

34.50

-73%

Average

1440 MB

120

24.63

33.78

-72%

So on average, you can see a decrease to 72% in torrent download traffic when you’re connected to one of the NordVPN available servers.

The interesting part is that we don’t see any real advantage or increase in download speed when using the P2P supported VPN server and actually you will get better result using a server located near your ISP (Route B.)

We can also see that on Asia Pacific (in this case we tested Hong Kong) you get 94% decrease in of your theoretical network bandwidth, this is probably related to network loads in the remote VPN server network.

HTTP Download Test

In this test, I use the most common HTTP/S protocol to download a file.

HTTP/S traffic is the most common protocol used for internet browsing and this test is simulating file download over an HTTP/S connection.

In order to maximize the file download speed, I use a download accelerator to open several segments of the same download URL file at the same time.

I will download a 1660MB file (Ubuntu ISO file) – this is a different file size from the previous P2P test.

The first control test (Route A) will be a file download from a UK hosting located in one of the top educational institutes. I perform the test without any VPN connection.

Control Test HTTP Download Speed

Control Test HTTP Download Speed

Test #

File Size

Monitor Time (Sec)

Download Speed (Mb/s)

Maximum  Speed (Mb/s)

1

1660 MB

120

99.20

114.60

2

1660 MB

120

98.10

120.10

3

1660 MB

120

99.0

112.20

Average

1660 MB

120

98.77

115.63

Now in VPN mode, I repeat the HTTP download test in several scenarios.

NordVPN Test HTTP Download Speed

NordVPN Test HTTP Download Speed

NordVpn Test #

File Size

Monitor Time (Sec)

Download Speed (Mb/s)

Maximum  Speed (Mb/s)

Change in Download speed

Route B

1660 MB

120

25.70

35.00

-74%

Route C

1660 MB

120

27.20

33.50

-72%

US

1660 MB

120

22.20

33.00

-78%

EU

1660 MB

120

27.20

33.50

-72%

Asia Pacific

1660 MB

120

9.10

22.30

-91%

China

1660 MB

120

17.2

28.9

-83%

Average

1660 MB

120

20.28

30.54

-79%

I achieved the best performance when I connected to a VPN server near the content I downloaded. In this case the content is located in the UK and I connected to a VPN server that is located in the UK.

The usability of the network’s theoretical potential dropped by 79%, which is slower than the performance I measured when using a P2P download.

Upload Test

In this upload test, we have to take into account that our lab upload speed is only 2 Mb/s per second.

Another key factor that we should remember is that VPN servers can use file compression and you can even get speeds that are higher than your base network connection.

VPN Connection File Compression

VPN Connection File Compression

Compression is not relevant only to upload but it is easier to test it because we can control the file size and the morphology of the file and how it will be compresses.

This is one of the reasons we test VPN with relatively limited upload bandwidth so we can examine the compression influence on file upload speed.

We conduct this test with only 2 network routes the first one will be controlled (Route A) and the second one will be the best performer from the previous test (Route C).

In the case of NordVPN, we’re talking about a VPN server located in the UK, nearby the server to which I will upload a file.

Control Test HTTP Upload Speed

Control Test HTTP Upload Speed

NordVPN Test HTTP Upload Speed

NordVPN Test HTTP Upload Speed

NordVpn Test #

File Size

Monitor Time (Sec)

Upload Speed (Mb/s)

Maximum  Speed (Mb/s)

Change in Upload speed

Route A

50 MB

120

2.10

2.30

 

Route C

50 MB

120

2.60

4.50

24%

The upload speed increased by 24% when connected to a VPN server, which demonstrates the functionality of the compression mechanism.

Network Latency Test

In the following test, I measure the reachability of many hosts scattered around the globe. I will measure the round-trip time in millisecond for messages sent from the originating host to a destination servers.

We will repeat this test each time connecting to a different VPN server recommended by the NordVPN application.

Ping Latency Global Test

Ping Latency Global Test

We perform 5 tests per geolocation and every number in the table represents the best result in milliseconds of 5 consequential latency tests for each geographical location.

location

Route A

Route B

US

EU

Asia Pacific

china

US-East (Virginia)

153

160

142

160

434

757

US East (Ohio)

171

165

156

177

455

699

US-West (California)

227

223

204

232

414

550

US-West (Oregon)

217

238

212

229

423

539

Canada (Central)

163

165

161

175

470

623

Europe (Ireland)

91

86

217

97

536

735

Europe (London)

83

85

209

87

529

744

Europe (Frankfurt)

62

92

222

71

540

723

Asia Pacific (Mumbai)

179

192

336

184

499

487

Asia Pacific (Seoul)

362

136

360

363

342

475

Asia Pacific (Singapore)

309

397

400

244

410

434

Asia Pacific (Sydney)

365

396

355

358

451

481

Asia Pacific (Tokyo)

340

315

324

328

289

443

South America (São Paulo)

275

276

265

298

564

707

China (Beijing)

236

517

376

333

111

184

Average

216

229

259

222

430

570

Increase in milliseconds

 

13

43

6

214

354

Minimal increase in milliseconds

6 ms

Maximum increase in milliseconds

354 ms

Average increase in milliseconds

126 ms

% Average increase in milliseconds

58%

Network latency depends on your network infrastructure and routing tables provided by your ISP. A VPN service will probably improve your latency in some cases when the VPN’s routing is better than the one provided by your ISP.

You can see in the example above that after I connected to a US-based VPN server I saw better results in some cases.

But looking at the big picture, you can see that when connecting to a VPN server in the EU, there’s an insignificant increase of only 6 milliseconds, while the average increase across all regions is 126 milliseconds.

Web Page Load Test

In this test, I used Google Chrome’s developer tools to measure the network latency and load time of a single web page in a controlled environment (no VPN connection) and compared the load time to a connection that is routed via the Nord VPN server.

In the controlled environment, I opened the Facebook login page, making sure all data is fetched directly from the internet and no browser caching is enabled on this session.

The page (396 KB) finished loading after 1.25 Seconds:

No VPN Web Page Load Time Speed

No VPN Web Page Load Time Speed

When opening the same login page, but this time connected to the closest NordVPN server (Route B) I can see a rather anticipated 50% increase in web page load time.

This time the page was loaded after 1.88 Seconds:

NordVPN Web Page Load Time Speed

NordVPN Web Page Load Time Speed

No need to repeat this test in additional schemes because we tested it using the most suitable VPN server that NordVPN has to offer, based on the HTTP download test I discussed earlier.

Mobile Client Test

I installed the NordVPN app on an iPhone iOS environment and tested download and upload speeds.

The connection type is 4G to simulate a mobile device and a real carrier grade connection type.

VPN Connection Mobile 4G

VPN Connection Mobile 4G

I will review 2 test routes:

NordVpn Test #

Download Speed (Mb/s)

Upload Speed (Mb/s)

Average

Route A

17.4

11.8

 

Route B

7.5

5

 

Change in  network speed

-57%

-57%

-57%

Usability Test

In the usability test, I will make sure that it’s possible to connect to the selected VPN server on the first attempt, and that the IP address I’m assigned is indeed in the desired location. I test this using a commercial grade IP to Geolocation check.

Surprisingly, sometimes a misclassification of a VPN server location might occur, and the user will end up with an IP address located in a country the user didn’t select.

One major problem is related to the fact that many users use the same gateway at the same time and many services (i.e. Google) can block the VPN’s IP address.

When this happens, you will get annoying “Captcha” challenges to prove that you are not a “robot”. This happens because many users connect using the same VPN server and all the sessions to a specific service originate from the same IP.

Add to that the fact that users that use VPN tend to do more aggressive stuff like running scripts and scraping web content which makes this issue even more difficult.

When a VPN provider can allocate more servers per country to the users, it can distribute the load across all the servers thus minimizing and even eliminating this problem.

I call this problem the “Bad Neighbor Effect”

Google VPN Captcha

Google VPN Captcha

VPN server

1st attempt connection

 Google captcha free

GeoIP check

US

Yes

Yes

New Jersey, US

Canada

Yes

Yes

Brunswick, Canada

Germany

Yes

Yes

Germany

United Kingdom

Yes

Yes

London, UK

Netherlands

Yes

yes

Netherlands

Sweden

Yes

yes

Sweden

Tokyo

Yes

yes

Chiba, Tokyo

Singapore

Yes

yes

Singapore

Hong Kong

2nd attempt

yes

Hong-Kong

Russia

Yes

yes

Moscow, Russia

The table above shows that 9/10 of NordVPN servers gave us a perfect score in this test.

Even the failed 1st connection to Hong-Kong is not necessarily related to a problem on NordVPN’s side, and could even be caused by a network glitch.

General Usability Data:

Simultaneous Connections\device

6

Dedicated Client

Yes

kill switch

Yes

OpenVPN

Yes

Linux Support

Yes

bandwidth limitations

No

Port Forwarding

No

NordVPN can handle 6 parallel connections from different devices using one account. This means that you can use it simultaneously on your PC and mobile device, for example.

NordVPN doesn’t support Port Forwarding.

Most users don’t need this option but if you plan to go strong with Torrent uploads or have a special application that needs a static TCP port forwarded directly to your protected network, then you should look for a different VPN provider.

Compatibility

Supported OS and hardware:

Platform

Version

Application

Windows OS

10,8,7,vista,XP

NordVPN, OpenVPN

Mac OS

all

NordVPN, Tunnelblick

Linux

all

OVPN configuration files

Android

all

NordVPN, OpenVPN

IOS

all

NordVPN, OpenVPN

Hardware

DD-WRT, RaspberryPi, Tomato

OVPN configuration files

Browser Extension

NA

NA

NordVPN offers a proprietary app that supports Windows, Mac, Android and IOS operation system.

You can always use OpenVPN or the supported native OS secure VPN connection, but if you use the NordVPN client you have more flexibility and control over additional parameters. For example, the client allows you to choose the geolocation of the VPN server, and select a server that has less load compared to other available VPN servers.

I would expect from NordVPN to also offer a native app for Linux and also add a support for chrome extension.

There are 3 advantages to using a dedicated app instead of FreeVPN or a generic OS connection:

NordVPN app is easy to use and if you don’t want to tweak anything you can use the Connection Wizard that will automatically select the closest and less loaded VPN server.

NordVPN User Interface

The NordVPN client is easy to use but it’s way too colorful and graphically heavy on the system for no good reason.

I would prefer something slimmer without compromising on features.

From a UI point of view, I would like to see more minimalist user interface and not something so big that takes almost the entire screen.

Windows APP User Interface Home Screen

Windows APP User Interface Home Screen

Windows APP User Interface Server Screen

Windows APP User Interface Server Screen

Windows APP User Interface Setting Screen

Windows APP User Interface Setting Screen

NordVPN Network Infrastructure

I can’t feasibly test each server and make sure it’s actually working correctly, and NordVPN can probably add or remove servers on a daily basis.

Instead, I created a simple checklist that covers what a VPN provider should provide for highest usage and flexibility.

I want to ascertain that the provider has the minimal geographical coverage to allow the user to optimize his connection’s durability and speed.

VPN server

Minimum recommended

NordVPN

US

50

422

Canada

25

80

Germany

25

75

United Kingdom

25

95

Netherlands

25

52

Sweden

25

36

Tokyo

5

9

Singapore

5

11

Hong Kong

2

6

Russia

5

7

Total # of Countries

20

41

NordVPN offers great coverage and the number of servers is high, which means that the users’ load is distributed across many servers so we’re not just talking about flexibility but also about resource allocation and network optimization.

Please bear in mind that this data is correct for the time we published this review and the numbers can fluctuate over time.

Privacy Features Overview

While network speed is one side of the equation, privacy is the other one.

A good VPN makes sure that your identity is not leaked or monitored by a protocol vulnerability or by log files.

The first level is protocol vulnerability:

DNS Leak

Pass

WebRTC leak

Pass

Canvas Fingerprinting *

Fail

Font Fingerprinting *

Fail

* Canvas and font fingerprinting can expose your identity only if you visited a website or service with your real IP address and used the same browser.

My recommendation: have a separate browser for VPN related traffic.

The second level is the tools and infrastructure to secure your identity which NordVPN offers.

Offshore jurisdiction

Yes (Panama)

No Log policy

Yes

Anonymous payment

Yes

Double VPN Connection

Yes

Perfect Forward Secrecy

(PFS)

Yes

Private DNS servers

Yes

As mentioned in the beginning of this NordVPN review, the company boasts a no logging policy.

NordVPN doesn't record nor store:

The terms state:

"We do not fulfill any information request unless it comes with a court order of competent jurisdiction.

Since the company is based in Panama, it's only subject to the jurisdiction of that country.

Panama isn't a part of any data sharing agreements with other countries, so the little information that NordVPN stores about you may be disclosed only if you piqued the interest of the Panamanian authorities.

User Data Collection

According to the NordVPN Terms of Service, the company stores:

However, there's one thing that bothers me:

The company states in its Terms of Service that the terms might change without any notice and that it's the user's responsibility to occasionally check for changes.

Since they already store your email address, I think it would only be right to notify users about such changes.

A Word about the No Logging Policy

It’s important to understand that a No Logging policy can’t be tested or confirmed because this is something that the network administrator of NordVPN sets up on each individual VPN server. Since nobody can actually check if the statement is true or not so, it’s your decision if you trust this statement or not.

With that said, it’s also important to understand that keeping logs on the servers is something that a VPN company doesn’t want because of liability. A company could receive many official requests for information within a year and it’s important for these companies to have nothing to share due to their no-logs policy.

VPN companies that don’t keep logs have a very short answer to authorities, which is far better for them than wasting man-hours on analyzing logs. It’s a win-win situation.

Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS)

Without going into too many details you probably know that VPN is securing your network connection by encrypting your traffic with a mathematical “Private Key” that only you and the VPN server possess.

PFS make sure that this key will be shredded and a new one generated every session, this is important in case someone managed to brute force or steal your key.

Many VPN providers claim that they are supporting PFS but you can confirm this by examining the VPN log file and looking for the supported cipher.

NordVpn PFS SSL Handshake

NordVpn PFS SSL Handshake

We can see that NordVPN is forcing ECDHE-RSA. This is an elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange that uses PFS security.

Chain VPN Servers

NordVPN offers an additional layer of privacy protection by allowing you to connect using two VPN servers in a row.

This means that you connect to server #1 in country A which connects to server #2 in country B. Only server #2 actually accesses the web or the service you're using.

The benefit of this is that it makes it more difficult to snoop on your activities, especially if the VPN servers are located in different countries

Chain VPN Servers

Chain VPN Servers

The logic behind this chain is very simple, let’s say you use only one VPN server and the IP of that server is being flagged by authorities or other organizations.

Theoretically, they can use country or ISP level sniffing capabilities to see what local IP address was used to connect to the relevant VPN server at a given timestamp.

If you use 2 VPN servers in a chain it will be very difficult to detect the IP address of the first VPN server in the chain because the destination web server can only see one IP address - the IP that actually makes the connection.

VPN Detection Tests

If your real IP address is leaking from one of the protocol vulnerability tests we checked in the privacy tests above, your traffic is already flagged as a traffic that is channeled via a proxy/VPN server.

Service providers (Ex. Netflix, PayPal or even Amazon) are classifying traffic and giving a security risk score for each connection and one of the properties that can cause your security risk score to skyrocket is the assumption that you are hiding behind a shared VPN server, thus they can easily block or limit your connection.

Knowing your real IP address and geo-location is not always the main goal of service providers, they just look for signals that can tell them that you’re a user who’s hiding.

I tested several signals that are monitored by a service provider to determine whether I’m using a VPN. I randomly checked 10 VPN server connections across different countries.

VPN Detection Tests

VPN Detection Tests

Here’s my complete network report of 10 auto recommended NordVPN servers:

VPN server

Proxy detection

Open Ports

DNS Record

Blacklist

Organization

US

Yes

80, 1080

na

0 listed

QuadraNet

Canada

Yes


80, 1080, 8080

ca82.nordvpn.com

2 listed

GloboTech

Germany

Yes

80, 1080, 1723, 8080

de87.nordvpn.com

0 listed

Host1Plus

United Kingdom

Yes

80, 1080, 1723, 8080

uk59.nordvpn.com

1 listed

Think Systems

Netherlands

Yes

80, 1080, 8080

na

0 listed

NFOrce

Sweden

Yes

80, 1080, 8080

na

0 listed

NordVPN

Japan

Yes

80, 1080, 1723, 8080

jp6.nordvpn.com

3 listed

ARTERIA Networks

Singapore

Yes

80, 1080, 8080

na

0 listed

SoftLayer

Hong Kong

Yes

80, 1080, 1723, 8080

hk6.nordvpn.com

0 listed

Leaseweb

Russia

Yes

80, 1080, 1723, 8080

hgh2.org

2 listed

Mir Telematiki

When you use NordVPN your VPN IP will probably be flagged as a VPN or a proxy server. In most cases it shouldn’t be a problem, but if a service provider wants to block users that are connecting via a VPN service they can easily do it.

If you are considering NordVPN to hide your identity and at the same time not revealing the fact that you are using a VPN service, prepare for disappointment.

NordVPN connections are being detected as a Proxy connection and they have proxy TCP ports shouting about the nature of the servers.

On the bright side, thanks to the multitude of servers, NordVPN isn’t too popular on blacklists.

Netflix and Streaming Test

In our tests, Netflix worked without a hitch but in my opinion, Netflix network engineers can block NordVPN users very easily if they want to.

Let’s face it:

NordVPN didn’t excel in the VPN detection tests so if it’s easy to detect a NordVPN connection, the distance from that to blocking entirely is short.

This statement has the same standing with other streaming providers and they can use the same methodology to block NordVpn users.

Stealth Connection Tests

The ability to disguise VPN traffic as regular web traffic – even when subjected to deep packet inspection by a network administrator or even a state-level security team – is one of the bigger challenges VPN software providers face.

Stealth Connection Obfsproxy

Stealth Connection Obfsproxy

For example, in China, the government strives to block any service that is related to VPN to enforce their censorship policy. For example, they can block TCP port 1723 to limit the use of VPN applications. 

Even basic firewall blocking based on the TCP or UDP port used or the destination IP address is not bulletproof, more advanced firewalls use Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to distinguish between different types of encryption algorithms and VPN protocols.

If you will inspect VPN traffic patterns you can see a very common entropy and uniform distribution of byte values in the traffic pattern. This can help the deep packet inspection firewall to classify the traffic as a VPN related traffic.

To avoid DPI detection, you must hide the fact that you are using a VPN and one of the solutions is using obfuscated servers that will change the “look and feel” of the traffic and it will behave more like HTTPS session then a VPN session.

The downside of this technique is the toll it takes on network performance.

NordVPN provides several obfuscated servers to help users bypass Deep Packet Inspection.

Windows APP User Interface Obfuscated Screen

Windows APP User Interface Obfuscated Screen

Customer Support Tests

Usually, once everything is set up and works, you won’t need customer support.

Be that as it may, NordVPN provides excellent tutorials and support for almost all operating systems and hardware devices.

If you do have a problem, it’s very important to know that support is responsive and above all understand your problem and have the technical knowledge to help you.

In our test, I opened a support ticket asking a pre-sale question about PFS support and they answered me after 13 hours but unfortunately, the answer was on a different subject (port forwarding), so I assume that the so-called support professional didn’t understand my question.

Customer Support Email

Customer Support Email

Customer Support Email Reply

Customer Support Email Reply

Prices and Billing

Any subscription allows up to 6 simultaneous connections for one account.

This means you can use your account on 6 different devices at the same time.

The prices depend on the billing cycle you choose, and as always, the longest period offers the best value.

Payment Methods

You can pay using the following payment methods:

Type

Anonymity

Credit Card

No

PayPal

No

Bitcoin

Yes

WebMoney (via PaymentWall)

Yes

Yandex.Money (via PaymentWall)

Mint (via PaymentWall)

Yes

Note that the payment is recurring and renews automatically. If you wish to cancel the subscription, contact support before the period you already paid for ends.

Money-Back Guarantee

NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. You will simply need to email their support before the 30 days pass.

This guarantee doesn't apply if your account was closed by NordVPN due to using the service for illegal activities.

Free Trial

Only 3 days of completely free trial are available.

If you ask me, it's better to simply take advantage of the 30-day money back guarantee because it allows you to test this service for a longer time period.

No Free Version

There's no free version of the NordVPN client, but there's a list of free proxy servers (and dedicated YouTube proxy servers) you could use on the NordVPN website.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • NordVPN massive network infrastructure
  • User-friendly client
  • Supports P2P and Netflix
  • Great usability and compatibility
  • Anonymity and Privacy levels
Cons:
  • Some loopholes in the Terms of Service
  • Servers often detected as VPN

My Conclusion

NordVPN ranks very well thanks to its massive infrastructure and it’s definitely one of the biggest VPN providers. On top of it, it’s located in a perfect jurisdiction that can easily cover your privacy concerns.

Speed-wise it’s definitely above average and it supports the majority of protocols and platforms.

The only real downside I can find is that their servers can be easily identified as VPN servers.

If all you need is a VPN service with a high availability for mainstream VPN applications, try NordVPN.

Try Nordvpn

NordVPN is a provider based in Panama, and has a large network of VPN servers around the world. Find out how it performed in our security & anonymity tests, and discover all about its available features.

NordVPN
Date published:October 26, 2017
9.5 / 10 stars

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