NordVPN review

From $ 2.99 a month

Speed - 9/10
Usability - 9/10
Price - 8/10
Reliability - 8/10

Features NordVPN

NordVPN is a VPN provider that focuses on the privacy of its users. This is evident from the fact that they have their headquarters in Panama. In addition, it is indicated that no logs are kept of users. This is further underlined by the fact that you do not have to provide personal data when registering your NordVPN account if you do not want to.

Read the full NordVPN review below to find out if this VPN is right for you. With the help of our experience with NordVPN you get a clear picture about this VPN service.

NordVPN servers

NordVPN has more than 5100 servers available in 60 countries around the world that you can connect to as a customer. The service has expanded considerably in recent years in their server numbers and the number of locations.

Below you can also see a screenshot of the software with an overview of locations where NordVPN has a server.

All locations where NordVPN has a server

As you can see there are servers on every continent so that you can always use a VPN server in the area. This is again favorable for the speed of the connection. There are also VPN servers from NordVPN within these continents in a considerable number of countries. This means that you can see geographically blocked content from many different countries.

Dedicated IP address

With this VPN provider you have the option to attach a dedicated IP address to your VPN connection. With a dedicated IP address you can choose to always use a fixed IP address for the outside world while using a VPN. This can be interesting for example in the following cases:

  • your IP address must be whitelisted for access to the office or other applications
  • you want to limit external access to your home network to 1 IP address
  • less chance that streaming services such as Netflix will block your IP because you will bypass a geographical blockade

The price of a private IP address at NordVPN is on the high side. This will cost you $ 70 a year at the time of writing.

Use NordVPN

As indicated, good software is available for all known operating systems. Installing NordVPN on your computer or smartphone is very easy to do. The use of the software is then, if possible, still easy. Many people wonder how secure NordVPN really is. With the installation and use and use of NordVPN it is really impossible for hackers and malicious parties to intercept your data. And the software itself is easy to trust.

The NordVPN software is more extensive than most other VPN services. In addition to the standard functionality for choosing a server, many options are adjustable for the demanding user. But even without changing the settings, the VPN client works perfectly.

Select with which location you want to set up a VPN connection

Selecting a server is very clear. You can easily see how heavily each server is loaded and what the ping to that server is. For example, if you want to use an American server for your VPN connection, you know exactly which is the fastest.

The settings are also clear and extensive. There is plenty to set for those who want it. In this way you can easily switch different options on or off in the settings. For example, think of

  • Automatically starting NordVPN when you start your computer
  • Switch kill switch on and off
  • Switch Cybersec on and off
  • Set whether you want your computer to remain visible to other people in your computer network
  • Determine whether NordVPN should connect automatically when starting

Screenshot of settings menu

In addition, there are also advanced options with which you can determine yourself which DNS server you use. You can also switch between the UDP or TCP protocol. And you can also choose to use so-called obfuscated servers. These are servers that are present for locations where VPNs are attempted to be blocked. This is ideal if, for example, you want to use a VPN in China .

Mobile apps for iOS and Android

Also for Android and iPhone there are easy apps with which you can use and set up the NordVPN. They are very similar to the software that is also available for Windows and MacOS, but below you can see a screenshot of the NordVPN on an android device. The app also works on an Android TV, for example, which is of course very useful. On the iPhone it looks about the same.

NordVPN settings on Android

The Android app is of course also suitable for Android tablets. For an iPad, of course, the same applies for the iOS app. Setting up NordVPN on iPads and Android tablets is also very easy.

Below you will find another screenshot of NordVPN on Android. You get a reasonable picture of the functions that the mobile apps have. You can also see how the Smart play technology works in the app.

NordVPN on Linux

NordVPN has made software for the Linux distributions Ubuntu and Debian. The software can be downloaded as .deb and installed. After installation you can easily connect via the application to the servers available at NordVPN. A disadvantage for some might be that this application only works from the command line. Fortunately there is also another option.

There is also a clear and easy description available on the NordVPN website which explains how you can add VPN connections to Linux distribution. This in a few simple steps and then you can connect from the visual environment to a VPN server of your choice. That looks like this:

Chrome extension and Firefox addo

NordVPN also has a chrome VPN extension and Firefox addon that allows you to conduct all your surfing behavior via a VPN server. If you have a NordVPN subscription, with this extension and add-on you can easily use the more than 5100 servers that NordVPN has made available in more than 61 countries. Our experiences with the browser add on and extension are very positive.

The browser functions work ideal when, for example, you want to watch a broadcast on RTL XL on your vacation. You simply click on a English server in your browser and connect, from that moment you can simply see all broadcasts. Our experience with the NordVPN Chrome and Firefox extension and add-on is therefore very good.

NordVPN with router

NordVPN is easy to use with routers that have an OpenVPN client option. Extensive manuals for different types of routers can be found on the NordVPN website. The manual can even be followed by people who are not so technically skilled, the manual is very user-friendly. We have followed the manual for this NordVPN review and it was really great to do it that way.

In addition, there is also a comprehensive guide on how to set up NordVPN on routers with the DD-WRT firmware. This is an open source firmware that can be installed on many different routers. The same applies to Tomato firmware that can be installed on routers.

The advantage of setting up a VPN on a router is that this ensures that all equipment connects to the internet via a VPN. For example, you can use your Chromecast and Apple TV via a NordVPN connection when you set up a VPN connection on your router.

Automatic connection

The software, both for smartphones and for NordVPN PCs, has built-in user-friendliness that appeals to us a lot. Certainly because we think this is also a security option, because you can set the connection to the VPN server to be made automatically when the computer starts up.

For this the NordVPN program must start when the computer or smartphone is started, this is a setting that can be found in the settings menu. The option for automatic connection in the NordVPN software must also be checked. This way you can be sure that you have a VPN connection at all times.

Privacy and security at NordVPN

Privacy has a very high priority at NordVPN, as expressed in a number of facts. NordVPN does not keep any logs at all, they have a zero logging policy as it is called. No connection and no use of logs. What is even more good for privacy is that when subscribing to the service, you do not necessarily have to enter personal data. An email address and password is in fact sufficient. Because Bitcoin is available as a payment method, you can also pay anonymously, in combination with an anonymous payment address you can use the VPN connection anonymously.

In addition, the fact that the service has established visibility in Panama. This also indicates that they take the privacy of their customers very seriously. In this way they fall outside the jurisdiction of the United States and Europe.

In terms of technology and encryption, it is also very good at NordVPN. For example, OpenVPN is available on all servers with 2048 bit SSL encryption, OpenVPN is the standard choice of NordVPN for Windows and Android. In addition, IKEv2 / IPSec is offered, these are used as standard for MacOS and iOS. If you want the protocol other than that available in the app of your operating system, there is a clear and easy explanation on the NordVPN website to get it done.

NordVPN has since stopped offering the PPTP and L2TP / IPSec protocols. These are simply outdated and can no longer offer the security that a VPN service should offer. NordVPN therefore keeps up with the times.

In addition, NordVPN also has two options that distinguish them from other VPN providers in terms of privacy . For example, they support dual VPN connections and VPN over TOR connections. You can read what this means exactly below.

VPN over TOR

For truly maximum security, there are servers at NordVPN that combine VPN with tor. Your data comes and comes from the VPN server. The VPN server itself uses the tor network, also called onion network, for this. The combination of these 2 anonymous networks provides the greatest certainty that you will surf anonymously .

A disadvantage of this connection is that it is very slow. The onion network is a lot slower than the normal internet.

Dual VPN connection

NordVPN has the option to use a dual VPN connection. In practice, this means that your internet traffic is sent to a VPN server, then the data is sent to another server and only then to the website. Receiving is in the reverse order.

The idea is that your privacy is better protected. Moreover, the traffic between the servers and the traffic between your computer and server are mixed TCP and UDP connections. This makes it even harder to follow.

For this NordVPN review we naturally tested this double VPN. Our experiences with the dual VPN connection from NordVPN are surprisingly good. We had expected a major delay, but actually this wasn’t too bad. During surfing you don’t notice that a double VPN connection is 

Kill switch

NordVPN software and apps also have a kill switch function. This is a function that ensures that internet traffic is blocked when the VPN connection is lost. In this way, no potentially sensitive data is sent and received in an unsafe manner. A kill switch function is a requirement for any VPN service that takes itself seriously.

On Windows and Mac computers, it is possible to set a kill switch per application or an overall one. On these operating systems it is therefore possible, for example, to stop the internet traffic of your browser if the VPN connection is lost. It is also possible on MacOS and Windowsto block all internet traffic when the VPN connection is lost.

On Android and iOS it is only possible to stop all internet traffic when the internet connection is lost. In this way it is prevented that accidentally unencrypted data leaks out.

Ad and malware blocker Cybersec

NordVPN has also recently added an ad and malware blocker to the software on Windows and MacOS. With Cybersec enabled, NordVPN ensures that dangerous websites and websites that display advertisements and collect data are automatically blocked. We have tested this function and experience shows that this Cybersec function performs well.

Speed ​​and stability

In addition to being safe, a VPN service must of course always work quickly. In this review we have put the test to the sum and extensively tested the connections. We did this by connecting to a server in the neighborhood, Amsterdam in this case. Streaming HD movies was easy, the connection was fast enough. Downloading was also fast enough. The speed that we achieved during the test was 132.3 Mbps. This is a good speed for a VPN connection. With some VPN services the connections really get slower but with NordVPN the connection doesn’t seem to get slower.

We are also very pleased with stability. We have been online for 6 hours with the service and none have been disconnected. We experience a VPN connection with NordVPN as very reliable.

Torrent and Popcorn Time with NordVPN

NordVPN allows you to download with the Bittorrent protocol. Torrenting with NordVPN is therefore perfectly possible and permitted. The advantage of downloading torrents via a VPN connection is that your IP address is hidden from other parties. This is becoming increasingly important because IP addresses are already being kept of people downloading illegal content. The purpose of this is to distribute download fines .

Because Popcorn Time also uses the Bittorrent network, NordVPN is also extremely suitable for streaming movies via Popcorn Time. Also people who use Popcorn Time to stream series and films are a VPN connection the solution to prevent fines.

The service even supports the use of socks5. This is a proxy that can be used in many torrent clients. With the right settings you can download anonymous torrents with the socks5 proxy from NordVPN, so naturally IP is not visible to others. All in all, NordVPN turned out to be a great torrenting VPN during our review period.

Kodi with NordVPN

If you want to use Kodi via a VPN connection , this is easily realized with all VPN services that offer OpenVPN as a protocol. This is the case with NordVPN and can therefore be used perfectly in combination with Kodi.

To help you, NordVPN has a Kodi tutorial on the website. This manual is easy and clear to follow. In this way you easily realize that Kodi is set up in such a way that a connection is always made via a VPN connection when you want to stream content in Kodi. This means that you can stream anonymously and also view geographically blocked content via Kodi.

Netflix and NordVPN

Our tests showed that NordVPN can bypass Netflix’s VPN blockages. Watching Netflix via a VPN connection from NordVPN works fine at the time of writing. We tested this regularly for a long time and it worked all the time. With a connection to an American NordVPN server, we have been able to enjoy the American Netflix in recent weeks .

On the NordVPN website you can easily find which servers you should choose to look at the Netflix offer from a specific country. This way you can easily find which servers you have to choose to receive the American, British or Japanese version of Netflix.

The fact that you can use NordVPN to bypass Netflix’s geographical blockade will be a big plus for those who also want to use the VPN for watching series and movies.

Smartplay technology

With this you can easily select which content you want to watch. Think for example of Hulu, Netflix, HBO, NBC sports, Youtube and much more. NordVPN then provides an encrypted connection to an alternative DNS. This makes it seem as if you are logging in from the DNS server location. The Smartplay technology is in fact a SMART DNS function .

Costs for NordVPN

The price that pays for a subscription with this provider is, in our opinion, very good. There are actually 4 different subscriptions offered; a monthly subscription, annual subscription, a two-year subscription and a three-year subscription.

We have made a screenshot of the regular price table that can be found on the NordVPN website. This way you immediately get a clear picture of the prices of the different subscriptions.

Compared to the other VPN providers the price of NordVPN can be called average, but for what they offer it is a very good price. NordVPN is in 3rd place in our overview with the best VPNs. But the number 1  ExpressVPN is therefore twice as expensive. The price / quality ratio of NordVPN is, in our opinion, perhaps the best of all VPN providers. If you want to buy an affordable good VPN, NordVPN is a good choice! This only applies if you immediately take out the 2-year subscription, this is exclusively available via the links on our website.

Namely, the 1-year subscription costs $ 6.99 per month and the monthly subscription even costs $ 11.95 per month. These are again fairly high prices, we recommend that people looking for a good VPN simply choose the 2-year or 3-year subscription. The prices on the NordVPN website are now displayed in Euros.

If you are looking for a cheaper provider we can recommend Private Internet Access  or CyberGhost , this is a party that is cheaper and offers about the same quality. The only disadvantage is that they have their headquarters in the United States. This ensures less certainty regarding the respect of your privacy.

If you want to cancel NordVPN after a while, this is very easy via the website. After logging in, you can simply cancel your account settings on the website. We also tested this in our experience, canceling at NordVPN became really easy. They do not make it difficult for you, as other parties sometimes want to try when you try to stop a subscription.

Pay VAT at NordVPN

When you pay for your subscription at NordVPN you will have to choose from which country you come from. If you choose the UK you will see that the price is higher. This is because VAT is added.

It is possible to choose for America, then there will be no VAT calculated and you are therefore cheaper.

30 day money back guarantee NordVPN

With NordVPN it is possible to request a refund within 30 days if the VPN service is not satisfactory for whatever reason. It is therefore necessary to enter your payment details in advance and pay before you can test the service. We have tried whether NordVPN can easily pay back the money when you ask for it. So it turns out that NordVPN neatly meets their agreement and promises to pay back the deposit without asking further questions.

30 days we find an extensive time to test the service, this trial period from NordVPN is a plus in this review. It is more than enough time to test the VPN connections.

NordVPN service

The NordVPN website is largely also available in English. In this way they try to serve the English market well.

In addition, customer service in English is available 24/7. They are available via chat and via email. In our review period we have 1 question about setting up the VPN connection on a smart TV . After asking the question, we were adequately helped within 5 minutes by customer service representative from NordVPN. The experience with NordVPN customer service seems to be really well organized.

Conclusion after our NordVPN experiences

NordVPN is a perfect option for those who like to protect their own privacy. Registration as a customer can be virtually anonymous, just like paying. Due to the fact that no logs are kept, certain uses cannot be linked to you, the user. In addition, they offer the possibility to use TOR over VPN and they offer the possibility to use a double VPN. In terms of security and privacy, the assessment of this VPN service is really excellent.

The price can be called average. For the 4 euros that you pay per month, you have many options compared to other providers, including 6 simultaneous connections with 1 account. This came in handy during our review, we were able to test several devices at the same time.

In our experience with NordVPN, the stability of the service has become increasingly better, other people also seem to have very good experiences with NordVPN. The connections are very fast and stable. They say they are constantly expanding their server park so that the big question can be answered.