VPN Apps for all Devices
Even Extensions for Chrome and Firefox! Android, Windows (10, 8, 7), macOS, ios: iPhone-iPad, Android TV, Linux, Chrome, Firefox. NordVPN offers user-friendly applications for all major operating systems.
Fastest VPN on the planet
Stay safe online without slowing down. Our optimized global server network offers a seamless experience for both work and play.
Stay safe on public Wi-Fi
Use social media, shop online and check your bank account balance on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Just one click and you’re protected.
Enrich your streaming experience
Dive into the movies and TV shows you love. Do all that in full privacy and security ensured by next-generation encryption.
We’ve always been fans of NordVPN, not because of what it is but what it could be. It could easily surpass our pick for the best VPN, ExpressVPN (read our ExpressVPN review). However, as you can see in our ExpressVPN vs. NordVPN comparison, consistency makes the difference, and NordVPN struggles when it comes to that. In this NordVPN review, we’re going to talk about the pros and the few unfortunate cons. Over the course of the review, we’ll talk features, pricing, user-friendliness, speed, security, privacy, streaming, server locations and customer support. At the end, we’ll give you our verdict on whether NordVPN as a VPN service is worth it. The short answer is yes. That comes with caveats, though. Inconsistent speed across servers doesn’t only mean you’re not optimizing your connection, it also means you may not be able to connect to the internet. If you’re willing to hunt down the servers that work for you, though, NordVPN can’t be matched.
As you probably heard in the news, NordVPN was hacked early 2018. Plenty of media services, as well as competitors, have made hay on the news, as you can imagine, and it also raised a few eyebrows here at the Cloudwards.net editorial office.
However, as NordVPN points out in its reply to the news, to a certain extent these things happen, and the service moved to fix everything as soon as it find out. We have decided not to ding NordVPN’s security rating because of the hack. We did, though, lower its security rating a little because its lack of transparancy in this matter, and we hope it won’t repeat in future.
95% – Excellent
If there’s anything that sets NordVPN apart from the rest of the virtual private network market, it’s its features. While maintaining a streamlined user experience, NordVPN packs a lot of features in. There are features that make the application more functional, as well as a variety of security features to protect you in the riskiest situations.
NordVPN allows you to specify the server you want to connect to during start-up. Given its specialty servers, that’s a useful feature. Most VPNs default to the fastest location detected.
On the general security end, NordVPN includes a kill switch and CyberSec. CyberSec is a malware and ad blocking tool included for free with any NordVPN subscription. Though not a replacement for the best antivirus software, it is one of the better ad blocking tools we’ve seen from a VPN.
Though having a kill switch isn’t anything special, NordVPN’s has an unusual feature. A kill switch makes it so you’ll only be able to use the internet when a VPN is active, ensuring no personal data slips through the cracks. NordVPN’s does that, but also allows you to appear invisible to devices on your local network and specify which apps to use it with.
“App kill”, as it’s generally referred to, is uncommon among VPNs. By setting applications, NordVPN will cut the connection to those apps when the VPN fails while keeping your normal connection intact. For example, if you want to run an online backup uninterrupted while protecting your browsing, it is essential.
It’s reminiscent of split tunneling but not the same. Split tunneling allows you to send some traffic through the VPN tunnel while other traffic uses your normal connection. Though any VPN can be set up that way, few providers include a way to do it in the interface (read our PureVPN review for an example). Despite its many features, NordVPN is missing this one.
NordVPN and Netflix
I am pleasantly surprised that Netflix did not block me from streaming content while I was connected to a US-based NordVPN server when I tested it. That’s great, because Netflix blocks VPNs aggressively. Previously, I was able to stream content from Netflix while connected to NordVPN servers in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the UK. In the past, it has been the most compatible with Netflix, but that could change at any point as Netflix often manages to block services that previously worked well.