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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 125 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Easy To Use

    Posted
    Cas25
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I really do like this VPN. I have only ever used a few VPN products before and this one ranks at the top. Getting it on my phone, tablet, and computer was easy. I think you can put this product on up to 6 devices. My only issue with the product is that any time I lock my phone the VPN disconnects. And after I unlock my phone it can take a little while for the VPN to connect again. However, my phone has been acting a bit odd lately and so it may just be my phone that is the problem. On my computer I had to click on it a few times before it would connect but overall it is a good product and I recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NordVPN

    Posted
    Mistabritt
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Just received my 1-year subscription to NordVPN in the mail. Following the instructions in the packaging, I quickly downloaded the software and installed it on my Windows laptop and my iPhone X. So far so good. Will probably install it on my MacBook Air as well. Haven't run into any issues so far. Setup was very simple, unlike other VPN services I've tried out in the past. I recommend this VPN software to anyone looking for a great VPN with easy setup. Creating an account and setting up the software was simple and I was up and running in 5 minutes. It does only allow setup up on 6 devices ranging from Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Runs great, signing up is not as intuitive

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

    When I got this, I followed the card in which it told me to download the program, which I did. Then, I attempted to sign up, but didn't realize I had to go to a different website address to create an account and put in my activation code that was in the box. So I did that and then it was easier. In fact, I had downloaded from the MAC store first and inadvertently bought a monthly subscription that I cancelled right away, because I was looking for a way to enter my activation code somewhere. That issue in the rear view mirror, I've been very impressed with the performance so far. It connects each time I open the lid of my MacBook and also when I ask it to connect on my phone. You can scroll to where you want to connect to, and then connect. I picked the USA of course, but it isn't clear what area of the USA that server # 123 or 456 is located. I found it said some servers were overloaded when looking at the list, so I picked others that didn't say that. On the MAC, you can say CONNECT from the icon at the top of the screen and pick USA without figuring out which server to use. That was easy. On the iPhone, I did a quick connect and it figured out to use the USA and connected very fast. Coming over from a competitive product, I'm very impressed with the performance. I was used to endless attempts to connect when I opened up my MacBook, but now I'm very happy seeing NORDVPN connect. They say that they don't keep logs, keep your info secure, etc. That is good. You do have to register to use the product, which I understand but don't like - I'd prefer to just activate without having to create an account and at renewal time remind me and let me but it from PayPal or whatever. Performance was awesome - using speedtest.net I didn't find any slowdown from when I wasn't using the VPN - this is a big improvement over the other product I was using. I hope this works out as I expect it will, but so far I'm very impressed in particular comparing it to a competitive product. Macbook and iPhone performance are excellent - give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Network that's Virtually Private

    Posted
    FlyingC
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I decided to try this VPN service for my phone and laptop that I frequently use to connect through various public WiFi locations. I've used VPN clients on work machines before and know they can sometimes be a pain. However, installing and then enabling or disabling the NordVPN on both my Windows 10 laptop and Android phone was super easy. The Android client also shows your transmit/receive rate as well as total data which is nice. The performance hit wasn't noticeable on either the laptop or the phone. I've a wireless ISP at home where I can normally get 15-20 Mbps, though, so it's quite possible I may see a difference when travelling and connected through a higher-speed network. From what I've read on their web site, there is also no bandwidth/data transfer limit. For those worried about the prying eyes of government, Nord is legally based in Panama so they say they don't have any requirements to retain or share logs. For me, I think this is going to be well worth a few dollars a month to have a secure VPN option. I like that it's easy to use and easy to see when it's active or not. The ad blocking and malware protection is an added bonus. There are cheaper (and free) VPN services out there, but I've always been reluctant to trust them. I could always be wrong, but NordVPN looks like one of the more trust-worthy VPN services out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simplified Powerful VPN Protection

    Posted
    AcurNet
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The NordVPN client provides simplified powerful VPN protection that follows you everywhere you go. The client is easy to install, and the configuration is very simple. It only takes a few minutes to complete the entire process. Install the VPN client, activate your subscription and enable VPN. There are a few specific features that makes NordVPN exceptional. One feature is that the VPN protection can scale out very easily by making your router the connection endpoint. Using this method, all devices connected to the router are protected by encrypted traffic from the device to the destination on the public internet. The other amazing feature is the Kill Switch function. With this enabled, you device blocks network traffic to/from your device anytime the VPN connection drops. You can turn this feature on/off as desired. The Kill Switch can aid in assuring you connection is protected especially when in public places like airports, coffee shops, etc. The only limitation I experienced with the NordVPN is the bandwidth with on gigabit networks. The maximum bandwidth I could achieve was approximately 50Mbps while on the VPN. If you are on a gigabit network, that is a drastic reduction is throughput, but it is still fast enough to stream UHD movies clearly, and game online, etc. Certainly not a show stopper in my opinion, as protecting your data is more important than raw throughput, and even with a dedicated hardware appliance, it would be difficult to achieve gbps speeds at line rate on a VPN. I would definitely recommend the NordVPN. I am getting it for my parents/family and renewing my subscription after the 1 year subscription is over.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It just works!

    Posted
    jsnkc28
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have always been concerned about security on the internet and a bit paranoid about it as well. I had always wondered about VPN's and when I got the opportunity to try this out, I jumped at it! First I will start with the setup. It really could not be any easier! You literally just run the installer program, then you open the program and click the on off switch to turn it on...and that's literally it! In a matter of seconds it is connected and tells you what your new IP address is and tells you that you are protected. If you want to doublecheck you can easily go to one of the online sites that shows you your IP address to verify that it is working (which I did), and it does work! One thing I was worried about was the performance and it really slowing down my computer and internet speeds. I would say for the average user, you wont notice any slower speeds surfing around on the internet and watching videos and things like that. If you are using this to go a lot of downloading of large files, you will definitely see a bit of a slowdown, but for me, the small amount of speed I lose it worth it for people not knowing what I am downloading. To put it in perspective I have Charter spectrum internet. Using speedtest I will usually rate about 65-75 Mbps. After connecting to speedtest while connected to this VPN I was at about 45-55 Mbps. So, there is a little bit of a drop, but nothing deal-breaking. Overall, I am very happy with this product and very glad I got it. If you are looking to be private on the web, then definitely give this a try! You wont be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Doing the job as supposed to be!

    Posted
    SL7977089
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I want to start my review with this: YES IT DOES SUPPORT LINUX OS. Even though it is not mentioned clearly! This VPN does support Linux (I have Ubuntu) and it worked well with it. The application is very easy to use and straight forward. I like the map for selecting VPN server location. While it didn't work well on Win8 computer, it did just fine on Win10 and Ubuntu laptops. The connection is faster than any other VPN I used to use before even when selecting some of the far VPN servers. Switching servers was smooth and with no errors. I use different ISPs, Comcast is usually hard on accepting VPN connections (using some other services) with NordVPN, never failed to connect. It is doing what a VPN is supposed to do. It is indeed fast and secure (did some tests) but it would be better if it is shipped with a small USB drive that contains the software. I understand that having to download the software is guaranteeing having the latest version but I believe it would be better and more secure if the software/app was delivered in the box. Chrome extension is good. Running fine with all websites. Even though I prefer to secure the whole connection and not just using a proxy. I always recommend using a VPN. Not any VPN but something you can trust (not selling your data). If you need one with acceptable/good price, NORD VPN is a way to go.

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good VPN client at a premium price

    Posted
    JMan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    NordVPN is a nice lightweight VPN client with over 4,000 worldwide servers and some of the strongest encryption around. This particular version simply comes with a key card and download link. I had no problems creating an account and the app is very easy to download, install and use, even for those who consider themselves as non-tech savvy users. The interface is very user friendly and easy to navigate. The client supports protocols like P2P and works with streaming services like Netflix that can be temperamental toward VPN servers. Performance is pretty good when connected to nearby servers, with no noticeable lag while browsing or streaming. Performance varies depending on the server, particularly when connected to any not geographically close. Unlike some US and EU based VPN providers, NordVPN is based in Panama. By residing outside US and EU jurisdiction, they are not required to provide any info related to VPN usage to either government. As a result, NordVPN says it does not collect any user data for any reason, unlike some other VPN providers. NordVPN is a bit more expensive, even among the usually less expensive boxed VPN software. Whether or not the premium price is justified is purely up to the user. Some may like the ironclad no logging clause, particularly if the goal is total anonymity regardless of circumstances. Total anonymity isn't merely desired by shady individuals. There are millions of legitimate users who want to use the internet for totally legal and ethical purposes. However, they cannot do so openly due to residing inside countries that censor free speech and web access. For situations like that, NordVPN also has a feature called a kill switch which halts web traffic if the VPN connection is lost. This can prevent potentially harmful data from hitting the open web. I really like NordVPN and appreciated the chance to try it out along with all the extra security features it offers. I currently only use a VPN for public and shared Wifi, so cost is a definite factor at the moment. I may eventually switch to NordVPN in the future but right now, I subscribe to a cheaper option that's roughly half the cost of NordVPN. When my needs warrant the extra security (and price tag) of NordVPN, it'll be first on my list of potential upgrade candidates.

    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've 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'dn'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're 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

    Secure your internet use a virtual private network

    Posted
    nickcal
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    • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 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're on an unsecured network, like a public hotspot, you're 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're also playing the game of chance that the business you're 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're 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