NordVPN Review

NordVPN is one of the most famous VPN providers in the world. The VPN is equipped with countless security functions, strong encryption and regularly sets records in our speed tests. With servers in over 59 countries and fair prices, NordVPN made it straight to our favorites list. An additional plus point: NordVPN works reliably with Netflix and Co.!

We can anticipate the test result. NordVPN convinced us in all test categories. We are particularly impressed with the speed of the VPN provider. With minimal compromise when the VPN is switched on, streaming in 4K, online games and video conferencing are simply fun. The complete waiver of logs and AES 256-bit encryption means that the service is also in the top league when it comes to security and privacy.

POSITIVE:
  • One of the fastest VPNs
  • High data protection & no logs
  • Very good for streaming like Netflix
  • Killswitch available
  • P2P / torrent support
  • Very good service with live chat
NEGATIVE:
  • Big discounts only with long subscriptions 

The pros and cons overview shows that there is not much negative to report about NordVPN. With successful removal of the geo-blocking of streaming providers, P2P-optimized servers, malware blocking, NordVPN ensures a comprehensive VPN package. Anyone who installs NordVPN receives an all-round carefree package. Online security and good results in all test categories.

 

NordVPN Review: Supported Devices and Operating Systems

A VPN only makes sense if it also supports the most important devices and operating systems. After all, all devices in the household should be able to access the Internet anonymously. NordVPN shines in this area and protects the IP address of up to 6 devices at the same time with its software for desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. These include:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Android TV
  • Linux

A particularly practical way of anonymizing all household data traffic is to install it on the router. Whether playing with the console, social media access with the smartphone or online banking with the laptop, the online identity of all devices is encrypted. NordVPN even offers direct browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

Help with installation is provided by support in the form of over 50 tutorials. The setup of the software on the most important platforms and device types (Chrome OS, Windows Phone, Raspberry Pi, routers, NAS devices, etc.) is explained in detail.

 

NordVPN: Security & Privacy Test

The security of a VPN provider is almost its most important characteristic. The headquarters of NordVPN in Panama offers a good basis here, as no data storage is required there. In addition, Panama is not a member of the 14 Eyes. NordVPN can therefore not be forced to give out connection logs and user data.

Encryption with military standards

NordVPN scores in the review with functions such as strong double encryption. The connection data is hidden with double encryption and thus protected against cyber threats. Access by hackers, authorities or internet providers will come to nothing. This is particularly important because sensitive data such as passwords, user data, login data for online banking, work emails and private conversations are absolutely private.

If you use NordVPN, you can count on further encryption. This includes, for example, the “Double VPN” function. Your own data traffic within the NordVPN network is encrypted and sent from one server to another. This then only transmits the request to the Internet. This further increases privacy and makes it almost impossible to trace one’s own activities.

The surfing speed is hardly affected by this function. NordVPN offers an additional function in the review that hides surfing even more. This function is called “Onion over VPN”. The data stream is first redirected in the NordVPN network, then routed over the onion network and only then to the final destination of the request. This makes it almost impossible to trace the flow of data.

Further security extras are AES with 256-bit keys (NSA standard), OpenVPN, Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2), and Wireguard protocol. In other words, NordVPN is more than secure.

 

Secure connection with a click on the server card at NordVPN

 

Kill-Switch

Another security feature of NordVPN is the kill switch. If the VPN connection in use breaks down for any reason, this kill switch prevents data leaks. The NordVPN kill switch is made up of two parts. A general Internet switch blocks all network access if there is briefly no connection to the VPN. An app kill switch also closes the selected applications in the event of a connection failure.

For the sake of completeness, it should also be mentioned that a hack on a NordVPN server became public in 2018. After that, however, NordVPN took numerous steps to restore the lost trust. Today we no longer see any signs that data protection is being compromised for customers. NordVPN is now relying on tests of their applications by a security research group called VerSprite. In addition, the VPN provider developed a bug bounty program. This program provides an incentive to detect and report security issues. 

Another security-relevant feature is the strict no-logs policy. While most VPN providers claim this feature, NordVPN goes a step further here. At the end of 2018, NordVPN commissioned a test from Price Waterhouse Cooper. The company should conduct an independent audit of the infrastructure and services. It has been tested that the description of the logging is true. A November 2018 blog post confirmed that the company had passed the test. Even if the report reveals few technical details and there are legal restrictions on the content, this NordVPN review sends a clear message.

 

Streaming: does NordVPN work with Netflix?

One of the main advantages of a VPN is bypassing geoblocking. This undermines national borders for services such as streaming providers. If you like to stream and want to access content from other countries, you will value this function. For example, the streaming provider Hulu or the Netflix program from the USA can be activated. New films and series land on the home screen on the release date. Even classics like ‘The Office’ are only available in the Netflix USA media library.

 

Netflix is not available in your country? NordVPN makes it possible.
 

The following websites and services could be used in our review without any problems:

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • BBC iPlayer

The following services can also be used without restriction: 

  • HBO Go
  • pandora
  • Disney+
  • Hulu

Homeless surfing can also be interesting for shopping freaks. Prices for certain products abroad may be significantly lower than in different countries. Airlines and tour operators also differentiate depending on the location of the user. People who live in large cities often pay more than people in rural areas.

If there are problems circumventing geoblocking , NordVPN also offers a lot of support. A support page and live chat are available to desperate users around the clock. A tip from us: If the streaming service detects the VPN connection, just try another server and it will work.

Insider tip: If you want to save on a Netflix subscription, we recommend comparing prices abroad. If you complete the service via Chile or Turkey, for example, you can secure a discount of over 50% thanks to the exchange rate.

Geoblocking in the EU: The so-called portability regulation has been in force since April 1, 2018. According to this, services such as Netflix, SkyGo, Spotify etc. must function throughout the EU at no additional cost. Prerequisite, the stay abroad is only temporary.
 

NordVPN and file sharing

If the ISP (Internet provider) detects the use of torrent software, the maximum download and upload speed is often throttled. This is not very enjoyable with very large data packets. When the data traffic is encrypted via a VPN, the provider no longer notices anything about the P2P sharing.

NordVPN supports torrenting and can be used with all common clients without any problems. There are even servers in the network that are specially optimized for file sharing. But be careful: Even if the sharing activities can no longer be traced back. The sharing of protected films, music files or pictures remains illegal.

 

Test of speed: is NordVPN fast?

The speed of a VPN is critical to the browsing experience. It is largely dependent on the distance to the respective server. Two different servers in the same city can also lead to different results. NordVPN always looks for the fastest connection in automatic mode , which saves time. Compared to the competition, NordVPN is one of the fastest VPN providers on the market. We test at regular intervals whether and to what extent the service influences the connection speeds:

Tip: If the speeds with a VPN connection differ too much from the normal Internet speed, simply change the server and test again.

To use a VPN service in conjunction with a streaming provider such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video , DAZN or Disney +, the appropriate connection speeds must be achieved. The VPN connection must be stable and fast so that nothing stands in the way of the home theater experience. Netflix makes the following recommendations:

  • 0.5 Mbit per second: minimum requirement for the service
  • 1.5 Mbit per second: Recommended speed
  • 3.0 Mbit per second: streaming in standard definition
  • 5.0 Mbit per second: Streaming in HD quality
  • 25 Mbit per second: Streaming in Ultra HD quality

In our test with a 50 Mbit line, the deviations with an active NordVPN connection were more than small. None of our tests resulted in errors or disconnections. The time it took to establish a successful VPN server connection was also very short. But let’s get to the download speeds achieved:

NordVPN download speed

For a test under real conditions, we tested the download speed in our local network several times:

  • Download speed without Nord VPN: 57.65 Mbps
  • Download speed with Nord VPN: 55.38 Mbps
  • Deviation with active VPN connection: 4%

The deviation in our test was only 4%. This is an astonishingly good result in a VPN comparison. This puts NordVPN at the forefront when it comes to download speeds , even over ExpressVPN and Surfshark. Streaming in UHD does not pose any problems for the VPN – even if several devices in the household are accessing the Internet. If you want to upload a lot of data to the Internet, you need a good value for the upload speed.

NordVPN upload speed

 


Speed Test without VPN

 


Speed Test with NordVPN activated.

In the second step of our test, we tested the upload speed in our local network with and without an active NordVPN:

  • Upload speed without Nord VPN: 10.61 Mbps
  • Upload speed with Nord VPN: 9.94 Mbps
  • Deviation with active VPN connection: 6%

The difference in the upload test was slightly more than in the download test. The approx. 6% is still a fantastic value.

What all gamers will enjoy: The latency (ping) was only minimally affected by the VPN connection. These above-average speeds could be achieved with different server locations, which speaks for the quality of the VPN service. The differences between servers in New York and Frankfurt were only minor. Users who like to watch US series and films can therefore easily access content from the USA.

 

Pricing and Subscriptions: What does NordVPN cost?

* Update: NordVPN now offers the cheapest price for a 2-year subscription. Previously, a term of at least 3 years was required to receive this offer.

NordVPN is not free, but in price comparison it is one of the cheapest VPN providers on the market. As always, the longer the term, the lower the price. The service has a clear and simple pricing structure with three uncomplicated plans.

  • The two-year package to buy currently costs only $4.99 per month, where you can save up to 58%
  • With a subscription term of one year, the 1-year package is available for $3.49 per month.
  • If you want to stay flexible, there is a monthly subscription in a 1-month package for $11.95

NordVPN isn’t the cheapest VPN service at these prices, but it does offer a very fair deal. CyberGhost , Surfshark or VyprVPN are slightly cheaper in price comparison.

In addition, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee in the NordVPN review. The trial version allows risk-free testing of all functions. If you don’t like the service afterwards, you can cancel and get your money back.

There are a variety of payment options to buy NordVPN, from credit cards to PayPal to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

 
 

NordVPN customer service experience

NordVPN initially offers a support website. This is divided into categories and enables a search using the search field. The structure of this website is a bit confusing. Tutorials and instructions are hidden behind a long list of platforms. However, once you have found this, you will find very competent and well-prepared help with troubleshooting.

If you can’t find what you are looking for on the support website , you can contact the live chat support around the clock. In the NordVPN review, you received a qualified answer within a few minutes.

In addition, questions and problems can also be asked or described via email. Experience has shown that the answers take a little longer than in live chat.

 

NordVPN review: the payment methods

NordVPN offers a variety of payment options. Among other things, the payment methods include:

  • Instant bank transfer
  • Google Pay
  • PayPal
  • Amazon Pay
  • Cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin & more)
  • Alipay
  • UnionPay

NordVPN review: conclusion

NordVPN is an all-rounder and delivers a great VPN client. Above all, the excellent speed values and the no-logs policy are convincing. State-of-the-art security technology ensures strong encryption and thus protection of privacy.

NordVPN also scores in terms of compatibility with a wide variety of operating systems and devices. With just one account, up to 6 devices are reliably protected and, above all, protected at the same time. With over 5400 servers in over 59 countries, NordVPN can also place itself at the top of the VPN universe when it comes to networks. Nord is not the cheapest provider, but the overall package is still very good value for money and is worth the money. A clear buy recommendation!

 

FAQs

Is NordVPN legitimate?
NordVPN is one of the most secure and reliable VPN providers on the market. The security standards reliably encrypt the IP address. In addition, NordVPN promises not to document or save any user data. In our review, the VPN has proven to be very trustworthy.

What does NordVPN bring?
NordVPN encrypts the IP address on the Internet and thus enables anonymous surfing. Use in public WLANs is particularly useful. A VPN also offers security and prevents tracking.

What does NordVPN cost?
NordVPN prices: 2-year package:  $4.99 per month, 1-year package:  $3.49 per month, 1-month package:  $11.95 per month.

Is NordVPN Safe?
NordVPN offers a comprehensive security concept with strong encryption. No customer data is saved (no log policy). The company headquarters is in Panama and is therefore not subject to the obligation to provide data.

Is NordVPN legal?
NordVPN is completely legal in most countries. Even if you are not tracked with active NordVPN in the event of copyright infringement through torrent downloads, for example, the activity still remains illegal, although the use of the VPN service is legal.