Despite their name, NordVPN is located in Panama, not Scandinavia. There are some real advantages that come with VPN services headquartered in Latin America for those who are particularly concerned about privacy and logging. This service happily allows you to use P2P and doesn’t log. It’s a very well developed service with competitive pricing.
Pricing & Plans
This company is among the many that price according to your length of service. The pricing is as follows:
- 1 Month Plan: $11.95
- 1 Year Plan: $4.92
- $59.00 for the first year
- $143.40 on the succeeding years
- 2 Year Plan: $3.67
- $99.00 for the first 2 years
- $322.65 on the succeeding years
As part of their current summer deal, the 2-year plan comes with 69% off and you get an extra subscription of 3 months of NordVPN free.
You can pay with PayPal, credit cards and Bitcoin.
Free Trial/ Money-back Guarantee
NordVPN has a money back guarantee that’s good for thirty days after buying your service. Better yet, go with their three-day free trial. You’ll have to write to NordVPN support to get your free trial. Note that Bitcoin payments cannot be refunded.
Privacy & Anonymity
NordVPN does not log your traffic. They’re located in a jurisdiction that’s generally favored for its privacy, so this is a good choice for service providers if your main concern is security.
Provider Logging Policy
Nord guarantees a strict no-logs policy for NordVPN Services, meaning that your internet activity while using NordVPN Services is not monitored, recorded, logged, stored or passed to any third party. They do not store connection time stamps, used bandwidth, traffic logs, IP addresses or browsing data. From the moment a NordVPN user connects to one of their VPN servers, their internet data becomes encrypted. Any internet activity becomes no longer visible to ISP, third-party snoopers or cyber criminals.
Torrents are allowed on this service.
We got a chance to test NordVPN’s chat-based support due to a login issue and they were fantastic. This company is highly recommended in terms of support, at least going by our experience with them. You’ll find the usual email contact form and other support options at NordVPN’s site, as well.
NordVPN has the type of client that will make people who like a well-designed interface very happy. It only allows you to connect via OpenVPN, but the TCP/UDP switch is easy to find and you can add applications to a kill list for extra security. It takes only a single click or tap to go truly private online. Just hit the Quick Connect button, and the app will connect you to the best VPN server for you at the moment.
This provider has apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. NordVPN is also compatible for Linux, AndroidTV, Chrome and Firefox
VPN Server Locations
NordVPN has over 5000 servers in more than 50 countries.
NordVPN isn’t the fastest VPN service we’ve tested, but they’re certainly fast enough to be competitive and, in fact, a lot better than many other providers. We tested on a US server and were able to get over 25Mbps, starting from a connection that was closer to 40Mbps. Not bad at all.
IPCheck and DNSLeak Test
NordVPN successfully hid both our IP and DNS server addresses without issue.
- Strict no-logs policy
- Multiple devices – one account lets you connect up to 6 devices
- Supports multiple protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP
- Supports multiple platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux
- Including AndroidTV, Chrome, FireFox
- 30 day money back
- 24/7 customer support
- Bitcoin accepted
Additional Bonus Features
- Multi-factor authentication
- Kill Switch
- Split Tunneling Support
- Double Protection
- Onion over VPN
This company has a great policy where privacy is concerned, a large network, good speed, a great client and responsive customer service. There isn’t much not to like here.
Areas for Improvement
Adding an L2TP option right from the client would be nice.
NordVPN is popular and for good reason. They know how to handle privacy and they have a great network. Their pricing is competitive but not stellar. Their client is great, however, and they seem to be a company that’s doing things right in just about every regard we tested.