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NordVPN (1-Year Subscription) - Android|Mac|Windows|iOS

  • Publisher: Avanquest
  • SKU: 6214352
Shield your online activity for a full year with this NordVPN program subscription. It provides military-grade encryption to keep your information safe through a secure Virtual Private Network connection. This NordVPN program subscription includes 24/7 customer support and covers up to six different devices at the same time for comprehensive protection.
$69.99

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    • Avanquest NordVPN (1-Year Subscription)

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (59 out of 62)

    Product Details


    • Publisher: Avanquest
    • Release Date: 04/01/2018
    • Cloud Based Software: No
    • Subscription: Yes
    • Parental Controls: No

    Features


    Military-grade encryption

    Secure your Internet traffic with cutting-edge encryption technologies.

    Double VPN

    Encrypt your Internet traffic twice to create an extra layer of online privacy.

    DNS leak protection

    DNS leak technology ensures that your private data is protected at all time.

    Onion over VPN

    Combine the benefits of VPN with The Onion Router for maximum online security.

    Browser proxy extensions

    Secure your browsing on Chrome and Firefox with a lightweight privacy solution.

    Multiple devices

    Connect up to six devices simultaneously with single NordVPN account.



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 62 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Secure your internet use a virtual private network

      Posted
      nickcal
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      Not too long ago, I had to educate some loved ones about the danger of using public WiFi hotspots. As convenient as they are, they are a hotbed of potential security risks for your personal data. Public hotspots are essentially a shopping mall for hackers. When you are on an unsecured network, like a public hotspot, you are susceptible to packet sniffers, which is like wiretapping on a telephone network except that it’s a way to gain access to personal data through a computer. In addition to this type of security breach, you are also playing the game of chance that the business you are visiting is not monitoring your activity. Take a close look at the image below. This was captured when I was having some work done on my truck. The company notifies its patrons that while they are connected to the public WiFi at their location that “no communication should be considered private” and that communications are “subject to monitoring”. To me, this is a very scary prospect and so I wanted to make sure my loved ones were using a VPN. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it’s a network technology that secures a network connection over a public network. This technology is used frequently by government agencies and large companies to make sure that users are securely connected to a private network. There are many VPN providers out there and it can be hard to determine which service will work best for you. NordVPN is now my VPN of choice. I recently was a full-time user of Private Internet Access until I started having issues with the service. It wasn’t allowing me to connect to it when I was on certain public WiFi spots. I had those issues enough times that I contacted the company to only get the runaround. What good is a VPN if you can’t use it? This led me to a search for a new service — one that not only would be fast but always work. Some businesses have found ways to block certain VPN services so that when you try to connect to your VPN of choice you’re left with what I had been dealing with while using PIA. This was something that I could not afford to deal with. After signing up for my plan and downloading the software, I was connected and using a VPN within about 90 seconds. Once you install the software on your system, you simply enter your account information and click ‘connect’. You do have the option to select a specific country of origin before connecting and your VPN broadcast will be illustrated on the map in the dashboard. You even have the ability to select your favorite servers in the dashboard. When it came to testing, I primarily used my MacBook Pro and was looking to test the speed more than any other feature. I was very impressed that speed didn’t seem to be affected too drastically. I am a happy NordVPN user and I keep it running on my Mac and iPhone all the time. In this day in age, a VPN in a public setting is a must. NordVPN is a very easy to use, online security system. I can recommend it wholeheartedly and think that anyone using public hotspots should use NordVPN. NordVPN recently started making their services available through retail establishments like Best Buy. I do like that it’s more easily available for more people through retail sales. The one thing I don’t like about this is that there is a huge waste of packaging. As a retail package, NordVPN comes in a full size box that is recognizable to anyone who has searched for software before. I would much prefer that NordVPN provide their retail packaging in something more like a gift card. I just feel that it’s a bit of a waste with the packaging. NordVPN is a solid option for safeguarding your internet connections when you are in public areas. I can recommend it based off of my own experiences and success while using it when I travel.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      VPN for Everyone

      Posted
      ryanmcv
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      As advertisers and criminals deploy more tactics to track your online activity, the need for a VPN is greater than ever. Subscription VPN services have existed for years, but many of them require some degree of technical know-how and have complicated user interfaces. NordVPN has largely solved those problems, allowing anyone to have easy, affordable, and reliable VPN access. PROS: - Incredibly simple to install and use on any device. If you've ever installed a software program on a computer or downloaded an app to your phone, you shouldn't have any problems. - There are tons of remote servers to choose from -- nearly 4,000. You can pick which country you'd like to connect through and the app will sort the available servers based on server capacity and/or distance. - Fast servers for basic web browsing and video streaming. You probably won't want to use this for gaming or 4K video, but for almost everything else, it's more than adequate. I regularly clock download speeds in excess of 25mbps on speedtest.net. - The "Kill Switch" feature will automatically block applications from accessing the Internet in case you lose your connection to a NordVPN server. This will ensure that your sensitive data is always passing through a secure connection. - Dedicated servers for P2P. Some VPN services block or filter P2P traffic, so it's nice to see NordVPN provide these dedicated P2P servers. - There is a Chrome browser extension available if you don't want (or aren't able) to install the full client software on your computer. - NordVPN says that they do not keep any logs nor do they share any information with government entities. CONS: - The interface can be a bit cartoonish and might be too basic for some advanced users. There are advanced settings available, but they are burried deep in the interface. - Over the course of a week, I have been kicked off of NordVPN servers a couple of times, likely due to them reaching capacity. It hasn't been a huge issue, but I'm hoping it's not a sign of a bigger problem. OVERALL: Don't be fooled by its simplicity: NordVPN is a powerful service that almost anyone can use without issue. It might not be the fastest, and it might not be ideal for streaming huge video files, but it excels in almost every other area. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Easy to install and use

      Posted
      BobinVA
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      In today’s world, internet access is essential to everyday living. As we’ve become more and more dependent upon internet access, we’ve come to expect freely available wifi wherever we go. At one time, free wifi hotspots were a differentiator for restaurants, hotels and coffee shops, but now it’s an expected perk wherever we go. But while ubiquitous wifi has been a blessing, its unencrypted nature has also opened up yet another avenue for “the bad guys” to get to our data. What to do? As I’ve been investigating options, there weren’t many that were realistic. I’ve even resorted to staying off hotel wifi altogether, but that cripples my ability to get things done. One option that was very intriguing was called Tiny Hardware Firewall. The idea is to purchase a small, battery-powered router with VPN software that you can take with you to create a private hotspot for several devices. While I think this is a very good idea, I’m not crazy about the $99 per year VPN fees. I don’t mind paying for the up-front hardware costs, but after that, why should I have to pay such a high price for VPN software? That’s when I found NordVPN. It’s the highest-rated VPN on several review sites, and has a much more reasonable yearly cost (if you take advantage of one of their multi-year specials). So, I decided to give it a try. In short, NordVPN is effective and very easy to use. Installation is a breeze. There are clients available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and Chrome extensions. Setting up an account was quick and easy, and it was a quick download and install for each platform. By default, you can use the auto-connect feature to find a server near you. From there, you get a new IP address and you’re protected! Nord is based in Panama, which is a good thing because Panama is one of the countries that don’t share information on logging. While I’m not using a VPN to anonymize my internet activity, for those who are sensitive about privacy, this is important. One thing I was initially worried about was the impact of a vpn on my speed. Doing a before/after speed test, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the impact was negligible. After all, a big hit to my throughput speed would mean that I wouldn’t use it. NordVPN only impacted my speed by about 5%, which I think is worth the added protection. NordVPN also includes some extras, like an automatic kill switch in case you unexpectedly lose your vpn connection. A feature named CyberSec automatically blocks malicious websites, malware and unwanted ads. This is a great bonus. Setup on iOS devices was just as easy. The only additional step is that you are asked if you want to set up a VPN profile in your settings. Saying yes will allow this to be done automatically, and you’re ready to go. When Nord is protecting you, you’ll see a small “vpn” in the top left corner, next to your connection strength icon. The one thing that I’d like to see is a better solution for Chromebooks. NordVPN does have a Chrome extension that works just as easily as their other versions, but this only protects your activity within Chrome. Now that Chromebooks support Android apps, those need to be protected as well, and the Chrome extension doesn’t do that. You can get a NordVPN Android app which can protect your Android activities, but this doesn’t protect your web activities. You can manually set up a VPN connection in settings, but newer Chromebooks cannot be set to not use the IPv6 protocol, and NordVPN doesn’t support IPv6, so I couldn’t get this approach to work. ChromeOS is evolving rapidly, so I hope a comprehensive solution for ChromeOS will be forthcoming. So far, NordVPN seems to be the solution I’ve been looking for. The license allows up to 6 devices simultaneously, which is enough for me to protect devices for me and my wife. I’ll see how it goes in long-term everyday usage, but right now I think NordVPN is the way to go.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great features and easy to use.

      Posted
      nhtechie
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      This is the first time I’ve used a paid piece of VPN software to control the identity of my browsing. I’ve used the (free) tor browser before, as well as running a Tails VM off of a thumb drive to play around with the Dark Web. Tor browser was easy enough to use, but bookmarks and whatnot don’t make sense if you want to hide what you’re doing, plus there are some interesting things you can find there. Now NordVPN is a piece of software that installs without a hitch on ChromeOS and Android, as well as MacOS, Windows and other platforms using the quite simple OpenVPN software like you were connecting into the office with a Linux laptop. The nordvpn.com account portion was easy enough to do, even with an already existing login/password; just go to the URL in the paperwork inside the box & use your existing credentials to have the annual plan activated with the provided code. My first few uses of the software showed my ‘net speeds dip from 130Mb/s to ~ 260Kb/s -- which wasn’t good AND it was in the US like me. I disconnected and switched countries in the App and over to the UK I went and up to 65Mb/s - much better. Other cool features with NordVPN, is the Double VPN (Netherlands -> Russia, for example) as well as Onion Over VPN -- to get to the Hidden Wiki, for example. Onion Over VPN skirts the need to use tor browser, for example & you can use whichever insecure browser you want like ( ::cough:: Chrome ::cough:: ) or move to something a little more privacy-centric like the DuckDuckGo browser. I like the software and it doesn’t seem to bloat me up, whether or not it kills my battery, is tough to say. This is because I rarely do the same activities, use the same apps, etc, to be able to make a solid call. Do I recommend this? Sure! Will I renew after the year? Maybe, it all depends on the discounts thrown towards someone to renew.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A VPN packed full of features

      Posted
      Fordman9870
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      If you don’t like people (ISP) snooping on you, a VPN is the way to go. I downloaded the client and put in my info and within 2 minutes was up and running (sort of). With military grade encryption, Double VPN which is great. This feature is a game changer!! The first VPN knows your original IP, But with Double, when you log in the IP is changed then on to a second VPN it changes your IP again. So, with this tunneling, this adds a second layer of secrecy. And CyberSec which blocks malware and adds, is a new feature that separates itself from other VPNs. This is one of the best Optioned VPNs out there. Before I connected my average was: 70 down and 6 up. When I connected My Speeds were 8 mb down and 5 up. I was very disappointed. So (as the help section on the site suggests) I switched VPN areas from the US to Greece, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. This slowed my speed down more. So, I switched again to Demark and the speeds came back up a little. I tried a few others, the speed was down, border line unacceptable. I noticed at times that loading pages was so slow it timed out but I tried it again and again. Finally, after 30 seconds Google appeared. Then went on to other sites with no issues. I am sure that depending on the time of day there will be slow downs as more people will be signed in. As suggested I tried multiple areas and hosts that had less than 10% utilization. My speed was like being on a rollercoaster, speed up then down, then up… I hit the Nord help area again and tried what they suggest and this fixed my issues for the most part. I would advise those with issues to go here for help. After 10 minutes my speed was stable and almost matched my regular speed. I went to and tried multiple sites. I streamed, downloaded, uploaded with no issues. I guess you just have to be patient until you notice speeds are up the start your work. I was very happy with my test after a period of 15 minutes had passed since logging in. It literally changed my opinion. I logged in to my Netflix account and started a movie, I had issues with this, even on servers that only had 9% capacity, my browser kept timing out. I then got an email from Netflix saying that suspicious activity was found and they automatically changed my password. So, take note this might not play well with Netflix. With my Hulu account, I could start a good stream and had no problems at all. For best results, I would advise you to find a favorite server that gives you consistent results. For me the US, Canada servers were the best. I also tested on my Android phone, and the app worked flawlessly and was just as easy to setup as the PC side. I am giving this a 4 for the amount of options that are useful for VPN users. I would have given it a 5 had my speed been fast right off the bat and not 10 minutes after logging in. I would recommend this to friends and family.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great VPN for experts and amateurs alike

      Posted
      Batlacit
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      These days, securing your online activity against anyone who might be interested in exploiting it has become an increasingly difficult task. VPNs have long been recognized as one of the more effective ways of doing this, as when used correctly they can provide nearly completely anonymous browsing, but finding a good one is a lot harder than you might think. Some keep their own logs of user activity, which can end up being sold off to the exact same people you're trying to avoid having that data. Others can suffer from unreliable or highly congested connections thanks to not having enough servers to meet demand. And some are fine, but require too much technical knowledge for a layman to use properly. NordVPN, through use of sometimes gratuitous technical overkill and a surprisingly straightforward interface, seems very well protected against all three of these concerns. The box advertises that setting it up is as simple as creating an account and flipping a switch on an app, and they aren't lying. And yet it still provides a wealth of advanced tools for the more technically inclined to set up the precise VPN setup they need for specific applications. And it does all of this without maintaining any logs whatsoever of your activity. There are a few hurdles to overcome when using it, mostly related to the fact that it's somewhat overzealous by design when it comes to security. Any website or service which checks against the physical location of the servers making login requests as a security precaution is likely to flag your activity as suspicious when you login through the VPN, and unless you take steps to make sure that you're always using the same proxy it's likely that you'll get these repeatedly since it tends to rotate you around whatever country you happen to be in. It'll also try its best to block anything which it thinks might be trying to redirect you somewhere it shouldn't, and it does throw up a fair amount of false positives which can shutdown even major sites. And while it does its best to minimize the increased lag time inherent with any kind of proxy routing, it's really not hard to notice the loss in performance you get with the VPN turned on. I certainly wouldn't advise using it for much 4K streaming, particularly if your goal is to stream content from another country. That said, these are problems you are going to have with any VPN service worth having. And if you've already decided that you need a VPN to provide yourself with some added security, having one this overzealous is probably a feature. The only real downside I can name is that it provides so many options that it's very hard to imagine anyone making regular use of all of them, so you're probably going to be paying more for extras you don't need. But speaking for myself, if I'm going to be using a VPN for anything I want it to be one that I could use for everything. And NordVPN is by far the most impressively comprehensive consumer grade option for that I've seen thus far.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good service, very configurable

      Posted
      Bappy
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      NordVPN is a Virtual Private Network provider which offers software solutions that allow you to connect to the internet without exposing your IP address or potentially your information to you internet provider and or other organizations. However I am not going to explain the reasoning or concept behind VPN any further. As VPN providers go, NordVPN offers numerous connection servers in a plethora of countries. I have installed and used the Windows and iOS versions and both perform equally well. You have can choose to allow the software to connect to the optimal server within the country you want to use (based on your distance and utilization of the server). You also have the ability to pick and choose the server based on distance and load. In addition you have other options for servers optimized for peer to peer file sharing solutions (P2P/BitTorrent), double hop VPN (to provide a more secure, more difficult to trace connection). In addition NordVPN does not log your activity when connecting to the internet. Bet you didn’t know most internet providers do. I used Netflix from “other countries” to view content not available in the US, I did have a problem connecting to Amazon, apparently they are trying to protect the authenticity of their reviews and also prevent people from seeking alternate pricing on items (did not know their pricing varies depending on market). I did occasionally have problems with performance while using the VPN, essentially connected to a server that became busier as time went on, however generally performance was good, and you always have the option of connecting to a less busy server with the various options you have within the app. The only dislike I had was with the iOS implementation which seemed to be really aggressive with disconnecting you from the VPN during periods of inactivity. I had not run into this as much with another VPN product I had been using. The Windows version also seemed to have a problem running the VPN service on my laptop, although this problem did not seem to occur on my Desktop. Ultimately I had to change a setting on the service to allow it to interact with the desktop. They offer a myriad of tutorials , support options and forums regarding their product. I know the basics in regards to networking, however the options and knowledge is available if you really want to explore. Granted many VPN providers do not let you go “under the covers” with configuring and using their product. Pros: - Wide selection of servers and countries to connect to - A lot of options for VPN type (double hop, peer to peer) - Reasonable pricing - Advanced options to connect without using their client via OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and IKEv2/IPsec Cons: - Had an issue with the Windows installation on one machine - iOS version seems to be overly aggressive in disconnecting during inactivity. - Servers do seem to reach capacity quickly, some form of load balancing/switching to less loaded server might be nice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best VPN out there.

      Posted
      SwigglesMilam
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      If you are like me you are tired of phishing schemes, hackers, having information collected on you when you visit certain web sites, having that information sold to third parties, being invaded with preselected ads, etc., being wary of accessing public networks for fear of having all of your stored private data stolen by a hacker —in short, BASICALLY having to guard everything that you do with the use of computer technology and the internet. The best way that I know to combat this is to keep all software up to date and use a strong anti-virus/firewall software. Still, that is not enough to protect your privacy and personal information, so the next layer of security is to install a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your electronic devices. A Virtual Private Network is just that, it encrypts all data and hides IP addresses by routing your internet access through various VPN servers around the globe providing the user with security, anonymity and the freedom to connect to servers all over the world. Over the past 10-12 years I have tried at least 3 different VPN providers on my window-based computers and laptops. In each case, my productivity suffered greatly because my computers remained “locked up” and had issues with certain software programs. The VPNs that I have used in the past just didn’t seem to be seamless applications, so I removed the VPN provider and access from my electronic devices but continued to read reviews on VPN providers. In the past 2-3 years it seems that the negative aspects of computer use have escalated. Every day I receive email and friend request from hackers, and almost every day I receive phony phishing billing statements to my business, etc. I am a REALTOR and architectural designer. I handle sensitive financial information and in the past year have witnessed computer real estate transactions hijacked and property stolen. It is important to me to maintain my privacy, my personal financial information and the privacy and security of my client’s information. My research led me to two top VPN providers with NORD being one of them. NordVPN installed within minutes with no hiccups at all on my Windows 10 computer. It is very simple to use, and the dashboard consist of Maps, a list of countries with VPN servers and a few settings. I had immediate security and anonymity. It has worked well with all my software programs and electronic signatures for business transactions. It also can be installed on Android or Apple mobile devices. I installed the VPN software on my iphone 7 plus and expected some of the real estate apps not to work because they are tied into security type keys of their own and I experienced issues with this in the past with other VPN providers. All real estate apps as well as all other apps seem to work fine with NordVPN. I then installed the VPN provider software on my ipad Pro, and again everything works fine. There is even a “kill switch” for the internet if needed. I am very please with NordVPN so far and would highly recommend it to anyone who shares any of my personal aggravations with using the internet. and the crooks that prey on internet users.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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