There’s no doubt that NordVPN is one of the most used VPN services right now. But just because it’s popular doesn’t mean that it’s the best service available. NordVPN invests a lot of money in marketing, and sometimes reviewers seem a little too positive about the service. In this review, I will be covering the pros and cons of NordVPN. More importantly, I will be discussing if this service is worth your money. Let’s get into it!
Before I talk about NordVPN, I want to mention a few reasons why you may want to use a VPN. Virtual Private Network, as the name suggests, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. Some of the reasons why you may want to use a VPN are as follows:
- Protect yourself from being tracked by websites, your ISP, or the government
- Access geographically restricted websites and services
- Maintain complete anonymity over the Internet
- Prevent being identified while downloading files using torrent sites
- Protect your privacy while using public Wi-Fi/ free Wi-Fi hotspots
NordVPN provides all the features mentioned above and more. If you go for the NordVPN 3-year plan, you can get the service for as little as 2.99/month. However, if you decide to go with a one-year plan, you will have to spend $6.99/month. Finally, if you go with a 1-month plan, you will have to shell out $11.95. If you are not satisfied with the service, you can cancel the service. The company is currently offering a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The features that make NordVPN stand out from the crowd are as follows:
1) Top-Notch Privacy Features
While a fair amount of free VPN services claim to offer excellent privacy features, very few do. NordVPN is amongst the select few VPN services that genuinely offers complete privacy and security features.
The NordVPN CyberSec is a security feature that not only filters out malicious sites that may steal important credentials like credit card information but also filters advertisements and stops advertising companies from tracking you. And all of this happens in the background without interrupting your workflow or requiring you to mess around with your computer settings.
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The NordVPN kill switch is another feature that is worth mentioning. The company is offering two kinds of kill switch- Internet Kill Switch and App Kill Switch. Many people and even a few VPN service providers underestimate the importance of this essential feature. The kill switch prevents your IP and your identity from being leaked in case the VPN service drops.
The Internet Kill Switch will block all the incoming and outgoing traffic in case the VPN connection drops. The App Kill Switch is a little more specific. In the case of VPN connection drops, it will close select applications but will not block any of the traffic.
NordVPN also offers 16 double-hop VPN configurations at the time of this writing. For those unaware, using a double-hop configuration has many advantages over a single server VPN. If you are looking for high-level privacy, this feature will let you conceal data between the traffic route. You can learn more about multi-hop VPN configuration here.
2) Excellent value with a 3-year plan
There is no VPN in the market currently that offers so many features for so little price. You can get NordVPN for as low as $2.99 per month. But there is a catch. You will have to sign up for the company’s 3-year plan. If you decide to go with a 1-year plan, you will have to pay $6.99/month. You can get a 1-month plan too, but it’s too expensive and isn’t worth recommending.
I feel that getting the 3-year plan is the best bet. If you don’t like the service, the company is offering a 30-day money-back guarantee. So, there no reason for you to not try out this service.
3) Large server network coverage
NordVPN has 5,772 servers in 60 countries at the moment, and the list is continuously growing. It’s one of the largest VPN networks, and the company is very frequently upgrading its servers for optimal performance and reduced congestion.
4) Excellent Customer Support
The last thing you want from a VPN service provider is poor customer support. Fortunately, with NordVPN, you don’t have to worry about being stranded when an issue arises. The company offers excellent customer support. I was able to connect with the customer support in under a minute. And the staff was very responsive. I am, overall, pleased with the customer support.
However, NordVPN isn’t perfect. Here are a few of its shortcomings:
1) Inconsistent speeds
While I am aware that using a VPN will always be slower than a direct connection, I found that NordVPN delivers inconsistent transfer speeds. NordVPN has come a long way when it comes to speed and performance, but I feel that there is still some room for improvement. Express VPN seems to perform better in this department.
2) macOS NordVPN app lacks Internet kill switch
Remember where I talked about two different types of kill switch offered by the NordVPN? Unfortunately, the Internet Kill Switch is only available for Windows users at the moment. If you are using a Mac, you will have to do without the Internet kill switch option (only application-level kill switch is available).
Apart from these two cons, there’s not much to complain about the NordVPN. No wonder it remains one of the most popular VPN services on the web. Have you used the NordVPN before? If yes, what has your experience been like?