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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 119 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It does what it is supposed to do... But

    Posted
    Pieman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The product does what it made to do which was hide identifying information about your web browser. It does this by routing all you do through another server. Unfortunately, there is a penalty for doing this, less speed in internet browsing. The documentation claims no more than 30%. My testing showed more like 40%.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent proven VPN

    Posted
    J0A0A7
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    It's the easiest VPN set up you can have that covers a wide range of devices. Norton has made the VPN process 1 click on any device you decide to install it on. I currently have it running along AD Guard on my Android device have not had any issues. Occasionally I've had some Apps for some reason would not connect to the internet. A simple restart of the VPN does the trick. Overall it's a good value since the subscription allows up to a combination of 6 devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use VPN with some extras

    Posted
    jonnyd2885
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Security is a fine balance of protection vs ease of use, I believe NordVPN has struck a fine balance between the two with top of the line VPN security and ease of use across multiple platforms and devices. NordVPN has applications for iOS, Android, MAC, PC, Linux, and can be enabled by default on some hardware such as routers. For the devices that don't support these applications NordVPN provides instructions for manually setting up your VPN on any device to protect your internet privacy. There are also browser extensions to protect your internet traffic on your Chrome or Firefox browser if you would like to be able to game on your computer but still want to protect your browser traffic. NordVPN also includes a feature they call CyberSec that protects you from various threats to include blocking ads, malware protection, phishing and prevents your computer from being involved in DDoS attacks. Overall NordVPN offers top of the line security, good speed, ease of use, and additional features that are not normally included in a VPN service but ultimately add to your protection as a user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Okay.. For what it does

    Posted
    Rcroker
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I was expecting this to be a little more than a VPN on it's own. However for what it's, and the price is does do a great job. When I think internet security I think Full Internet Security, such as stop breaches, stop pop ups, so on and so forth. However what I can tell you, is that this does do a great job at masking your I.P. My only real problem is that due to our slow... and I mean slow. Internet, the VPN slows us down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You're protected...maybe too much?

    Posted
    JStory17
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Installed the NordVPN with no issues. Very easy to configure and maneuver. Easiest installation of any program ever. Easily able to change your IP information and country if necessary. Only a few notable issues, but not dealbreakers: 1) It does slow your internet speed. Not a lot, but you notice the difference. 2) Unable to reach certain sites with the VPN on. More of a personal choice of mine than anything else.

    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: 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 (didn't 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 didn't 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

    Secure your internet use a virtual private network

    Posted
    nickcal
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • 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