NorthVPN is one of ExpressVPN’s principal competitors, with cyberghost.
This provider has over 5000 servers in more than 59 countries around the world and its infrastructure is constantly growing.
Based in Panama, NordVPN falls under its jurisdiction and it has no data retention legislation.
They have a very firm policy regarding the privacy of their customers which allows torrenting totally anonymously.
NordVPN offers all of this in a sleek interface that works seamlessly on all platforms it is offered on.
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|Conservation of data||No|
|Browser extension||Yes (Firefox & Chrome)|
|Encryption||AES-256-GCM (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 2048-bit DH keys.|
NordVPN Speed and Perfomances
We have checked a large number of servers around the world (see how we perform our tests).
In each case, we tried to confirm whether the server was up and running and how long it would take us to connect, before running ping tests to check for latency issues.
Next, we checked the geolocation to confirm that the server matched the chosen location.
Once connected, we have carried out performance tests which have shown excellent results..
The connection to the NordVPN’s servers was always fast. There was nothing wrong with the latency time and every server was in the advertised location.
We performed the speed tests using Netflix’s Fast.com, Open Speed Test and the Ookla speed test to verify performance.
The results have been impressive. NordVPN offers very high top speeds, showing above average results and apart from a few servers in Indonesia and Thailand has matched the benchmark in the field which is Expressvpn.
NordVPN: unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
The ability to unlock and access sites using a geographical blocking system such as Netflix for example, is a key advantage for any VPN service.
Netflix is usually the biggest challenge, and many VPN can’t unlock it at all. But again, NordVPN had no problems, allowing us to connect with every server we tested.
BBC iPlayer is also a real challenge, as the service tries to block some proxy and VPN servers. Here too NordVPN passed the blocking with no problem.
In all cases, streaming showed no weakness, we could watch all our programs in replay and live in hd quality without suffering from untimely slowdowns as it is too often the case with other VPN.
NordVPN with Torrent
Although Torrents are not supported on all servers, NordVPN provides hundreds of P2P compatible servers in the US, UK, and many other places around the world. Wherever you are, there should be a suitable server nearby.
VPNs that only support torrent networks on certain servers can be difficult to use. Typical example: you connect to a server, you launch your torrent client and find that it is not working or badly.
But NordVPN has thought of everything. If it detects P2P activity, it will automatically redirect your connection to a torrent-compatible server.
NordVPN doesn’t enforce a bandwidth cap, so in theory you can download as much as you want.
Besides its torrent support, NordVPN has many other features that could make it an excellent choice for network enthusiasts:
- A strict no-data retention policy.
- Several layers of DNS.
- Protection against traffic leaks (Kill Switch).
- Onion Over VPN to connect through the tor network.
It’s a complete package, although, if you’re a torrent fan, ExpressVPN is also worth considering. The key features are similar, and while ExpressVPN doesn’t offer as many extras (no Double VPN, for example), it supports P2P technology on all of its servers.
The main features of NordVPN
Your online activity behind two servers instead of one.This is called chaining VPN servers and the operating principle is quite simple:
- Your traffic reaches a remote VPN server and leaves it encrypted and secure.
- Encrypted traffic goes through a second VPN server and is encrypted once more.
- You reach your Internet destination safely and in complete confidentiality.
The basic idea of this feature is that if one of the servers you are connected to is attacked, this feature will add an extra layer of protection (like a safe within a safe). This can be particularly useful for political opponents who live and work in countries with authoritarian governments that have high levels of internet surveillance and censorship.
- NordVPN is not subject to the European Union or the United States‘s juridiction, its head office in Panama is not part of the alliance of the 14 eyes (see article) and is therefore not legally bound to collect your personal information.
- NordVPN does not keep any records of your online activities (nothing to store and therefore nothing to share).
- Accepts payments by cryptocurrency. You can pay without leaving any trace of your identity.
Ease of use
NordVPN is very easy to use and to configure, their application is very intuitive. Everything is done with a simple click.
Here is an illustrated example to choose a french server :
You select the country of your choice (here France). Then, you let Nordvpn determine the fastest server for you or you choose our server manually.
The application also offers special servers suitable for different tasks:
- P2P access
- Using Onion over VPN
- Double encryption (Double VPN)
- Dedicated IP address
You can, for example, click P2P to let the software choose the fastest P2P server, or browse all servers and choose one manually. You can also add any server to your favorites list with a single click.
Changing servers is also very easy. If you’re already signed in, you don’t have to close the connection before you can open a new one. Just click on any server and the client will automatically disconnect and reconnect to the new chosen server.
Finally, let us specify that NordVPN’s mobile applications are just as intuitive and work perfectly well, on Android as well as on iOS, android tv etc …
NordVPN Compatible Devices
NordVPN supports Android, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, Linux, Mac OS and Windows, “smart tv”, Amazon fire devices etc.
Additionally, you can also configure certain routers to connect through NordVPN which will allow you to connect all devices on your network, including smart home devices that cannot connect to a VPN on their own.
Nordvpn's technical support
Customer service is one of NordVPN’s many strengths. You will probably never have to contact their team, but if you need them, they will respond quickly.
NordVPN’s live chat is still available and remains the best way to get answers quickly. You can also contact them by email
NordVPN: Prices and Payment Methods
You can choose between 3 subscription periods, all with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The payment methods are multiple and include cryptocurrencies.
Final verdict on NordVPN
For us, Nordvpn is one of the very best VPNs on the market, hard to take for lack of it.
With fast and stable servers and great ease of use, it works with Netflix (us, uk, fr) and with all French channels.
It provides extreme anonymity options such as double vpn, the possibility of having a dedicated IP address or even connection to the Tor network with a single click.
In addition, fans of torrents will appreciate the p2p function which will guarantee them flawless anonymity and excellent download speeds.
- Multi-platforms Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, smart tv…
- Easy to use
- Automatic Kill Switch function
- Simultaneous connection to 6 devices
- No data collection
- Accepts Bitcoin payments
- Works very well with Netflix.
- Very good server performance.
- Perfectly anonymous and fast torrent.
- Based outside the 5, 9 & 14 eyes alliance jurisdictions
- The fee for a one-month subscription.