Rating & Review | September 2018
The success story of NordVPN is remarkable. The company was founded in 2012 and has established itself as the market leader within a very short time. The reason for this immense success is not necessarily just good advertising.
How could NordVPN become so popular in no time?
The software has made a name for itself in the Internet community as the most reliable, simplest and most secure VPN software. Therefore, NordVPN’s success can be attributed to such a high quality product.
Furthermore, NordVPN has focused on just one business, namely anonymous surfing. Unlike other manufacturers, VPN is not just another product out of many of the company, but thire main business. That has led to NordVPN providing such a high quality product. So, the question remains, what can NordVPN software really do? We reviewed and analyzed the VPN software in-depth below.
2018 NordVPN Software Overview
- Available for Windows, Mac OS and Android
- Over 1,000 servers worldwide, more than 50 countries—more servers than most competitors
- Dedicated Server (that is, NordVPN has its own server)
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Very high encryption
NordVPN 2018 Installation and Operation
NordVPN offers a very simple installation interface for all operating systems. It is intended for users who have little technical knowledge, so there are no issues or question marks during installation. Experts can also choose the so-called expert mode and thus better control the installation process. Here it becomes clear that NordVPN knows its target group and fully understands the demands of its users.
Speed of NordVPN 2018
Overall, NordVPN has a decent speed. Some servers are extremely fast, while others may be slower due to load times. However, NordVPN has an above-average number of servers: More than 3,400 servers are available to choose from and with just a few clicks you can connect to a faster server. Just for comparison: One of the better-known VPN providers such as “Private Internet Security” has just 20 servers to choose from (2018). It becomes clear why so many people choose NordVPN. After a while, you will find your favorite server and/or can log in automatically when you start the VPN software.
NordVPN servers are in 59 different countries around the world. Unlike other VPN providers, NordVPN has servers in Asia, South America, Europe, India, the Middle East, and recently, China. It’s important to note that their servers are dedicated, which means they are physically located in these countries and not virtual. NordVPN has an impressive amount of servers, which help to “spoof” your location. As the saying goes, the more servers their are, the less people their are on a specific server which improves overall bandwidth/speed.
Reliability of NordVPN 2018
NordVPN encrypts any connection with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard). AES has a total of 3 encryption strengths, namely 128, 192 and 256 bits, from which NordVPN leaves the selection to the user. With the lowest level, 128 bits, it is almost impossible for someone else to hijack or trace the connection. So far, there is no proven way to crack the encryption method called AES, and even the US government declared such encryption as impossible to crack. Such encryption methods have long been classified as war material in the US and have become part of various arms export laws. Long story short: Whoever builds a connection with NordVPN is not only anonymous but also the connection contents are not readable. If that is not enough, you can go one step further and increase the encryption to 448-bit per configuration.
NordVPN 2018 Value for Your Money
NordVPN is the undisputed market leader. One would think that the price would be correspondingly high. Despite the high popularity of NordVPN, the company does not want to risk losing popularity by increasing the price. Therefore, users can purchase the VPN software for a very reasonable price of only $6.99.
The monthly subscription, which can be terminated immediately, is slightly more expensive at $11.95. This monthly subscription is basically aimed at extremely critical users who want to convince themselves of the software first, before they enter an annual subscription. However, most are likely convinced after a month that the software is worth it and convert to the cheaper offer of $6.99.
It is even cheaper!
Currently, NordVPN, in collaboration with Digital Welt, offers a price of $2.75 per month when signing a 2-year contract. The 30-day money back guarantee is included.
NordVPN 2018 Technical Support
NordVPN is not afraid of user requests at all. This may be because the company is 100% specialized in VPN. Any inquiries are welcome by the company. There is an extra section on the NordVPN website called the Help Desk where you can find all possible answers to questions, divided into categories such as “Getting Started”, “Getting Started and Settings”, “General Knowledge About VPN”, “NordVPN Preferences and Features”, “troubleshooting” and more. Even without being a customer, you can connect directly with technical support via chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—or just leave an email.
NordVPN Software 2018 Conclusion
You have a small disadvantage with NordVPN if you want to stream Hulu and Netflix. Due to NordVPN being a strong competitor in the VPN Software space, the two streaming services, Hulu and Netflix, have the NordVPN servers on the watch list. Netflix has a head start in the fight against VPN providers. If you are looking for a VPN service provider that Netflix is capable of, you should take a look at our Avira VPN Phantom review.
Blocks ads unlike most competitors, and over 3,000 fast, reliable servers in 59 countries. No logs policy – surprisingly some VPN providers don’t offer this. 6 simultaneous connections and kill switch process.
Torrenting on a small number of servers, not clear who actually runs the company, and refunds may take up to 30 days.
For the price, NordVPN packs features that are unmatched among other VPN providers.