NordVPN review – Advanced level of privacy

It has been a while since we have not updated our NordVPN review. I feel like it is very time to do so as we have received an email earlier about new pricing policy: “NordVPN has decided to increase their subscription price as they have expanded server coverage and improved their service quality…” 

If you happen to read our detailed reviews, VPNxD is not about claims or quotes stated on the websites. Therefore, we will put NordVPN into a harsh test to see if their service deserve the new pricing policy or it will let us down.

Biannual

3.2$/ Month
3.2$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Year

5.75$/ Month
5.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

6 Month

7$/ Month
7$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Month

11.9$/ Month
11.9$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

NordVPN country, server coverage, and performance

As of 2017, NordVPN has expanded its server coverage to almost all world.

in this image you can see the details of the nordvpn server coverage

You will be able to find more than 740+ servers in 58 different countries. Counting more…

When I was having a deep look at the server list, I had experienced some problems which will be discussed in the software menu.
When I was having a deep look at the server list, I had experienced some problems which will be discussed in the software menu.

Looking at the map, almost all America, Europe, and Asia are covered. However, server quality will be judged by our speed test, for sure.

It was 2 years ago when we did our first speed test with NordVPN. The company claims that so many things has changed: server numbers, country coverage, and server quality. In this sense, it is a must to run a new speed test to give you the most accurate results.

 Download (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)Ping (Ms)
North America
America3.651.42428
Canada4.180.6295
MexicaFailedFailedFaied
South America
Brazil2.750.31547
Arjantina2.330.28608
Costa RicaFailedFailedFailed
Europe
England1.41.23135
Germany0.921.31109
France3.090.96132
Spain5.040.97165
Netherland6.640.97128
Poland6.641.89157
Asia
Hong Kong0.890.33654
Japan2.890.29604
MalesiaFailedFailedFailed
Africa - Middle East - India
South Africa4.220.42423
India0.631.3489
Israel7.142.85252

Unfortunately, NordVPN falls behind my expectation. The USA speed results are not promising. On the other hand, I saw some improvement with the Europe servers.

Overall, NordVPN speed performance are not great. It is okay for daily usage. However, when it comes to activities requiring a high-speed connection, it might let you down.

I was so excited when I was running the speed test. Yet, result was not even close to my expectation.
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NordVPN torrenting performance

Torrenting is a big deal. You can almost download any file on the internet paying a dime. On the other hand, having more privacy while torrenting is a bigger deal you have to consider for your end. In this sense, I strongly suggest you to use a VPN service while using a torrent software. Is NordVPN one of those services?

Let’s see.

When I was checking the software, I saw ultra speed servers dedicated only to USA and England. I just wondered why ultra speed servers were not serving for the torrent purposes.

I chose Netherland server.

I always choose Netherland server for the torrenting purposes as Netherland does not have strict rules against torrenting.

nordvpn torrenting experience while downloading a popular tv show

Torrent file was around 220 MB and it took more than 10 minutes while NordVPN competitors can download such a file under 3 minutes.

The maximum speed was 900 KB/Sec… Not great, not bad. NordVPN has an average speed while torrenting. If you are patient, NordVPN can be your VPN service provider for the torrenting purposes. If you do not have such a patience and you want extreme speed, you can go for other VPN providers.

NordVPN Popcorn time Experience – Is it fast enough?

Here comes our Popcorn time test…

I do know that many of you guys are fond of watching Tv series and movies. We like it more when it is free with a full HD quality.  Popcorn time provides both quality and free watching experience for us. Moreover, it is very important to keep our IP addresses in stealth mode. It is the time when VPN services come handy.

Q: Is NordVPN one of them?

A: Yes.

I was able to watch a popular TV show without having any kind of lagging issue. Please watch the gif to get more insight about my experience.

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NordVPN online gaming experience

Coming soon…

NordVPN NetFlix and BBC iPlayer experience

NordVPN has 2 different Ultra Fast TV servers located in the United Kingdom and the USA. The main purpose of these servers is to provide you smooth streaming experience.

As you already know Netflix is going really hard on the VPN service, I wanted to run a small test with NordVPN to see if it can unblock Netflix out of USA or not.

So…

I have tried to connect to Ultra fast TV – USA server.

-The first try was not successful

-The second try was successful but I had terrible quality experience and then connection dropped.

-The third try was successful again. Here is the screenshot of the video quality.

NordVPN was only able to download the show around 50 KB/Sec. That is the very reason why I was able to see the pixels in on the show. Moreover, server load was around %90 which is a great deal of burden for a single server for streaming duty.

Netflix verdict: Unfortunately negative.

I also wanted to try iPlayer. After I disconnected from USA servers, the software crashed and I had to quit and restart it. Once I had done that, I was unable to connect any United Kingdom server.

Hoping to run this test once the connection issue is solved.

Pricing and refund policy

Similar to other VPN companies, NordVPN also has a simple pricing policy. 11$/Month, 48$/6 months, 79$/Year. Simply check the features and the price

Biannual

3.2$/ Month
3.2$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Year

5.75$/ Month
5.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

6 Month

7$/ Month
7$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Month

11.9$/ Month
11.9$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

Pss… They have a special promotion going on at the moment. Use this link and get your 1-year free subscription.

NordVPN refund policy is very simple. I was even surprised when I had a detailed look at their policy page. If you do not wish to use their service for any reason, you can ask for a refund.

Just ask within 30 days.

If your account is terminated due to terms violation, you cannot ask for a refund.

NordVPN download mobile apps and desktop software

Once you have purchased the NordVPN, you will be directed to a control panel where you can easily download any software you need. There is a recommended application in the panel however, I went for old version for an easy management.

I suggest you to download the app from the “Tools and Information” page rather than “My account” menu. The recommended app installation from the “My account, download section” was not working properly. Installation failed.

 

As I am a Windows 10 I have downloaded the necessary files and finished the installation.

The software interface has changed a lot since the previous review. NordVPN now has a modern looking, easy to use app. App gives you a deep insight of the server status.

have a look at the new nordpvn desktop software interface

The new version now has a search option. That makes it easier for you to switch between countries.

Speaking of the features of the software, I would like to point them one by one:

  • I liked the new beta desktop software as it is easier to use now.
  • You can zoom in and out on the map
  • Earlier it was really hard to find a specific server of the desired country. Now you can click the “+” button on the right side of the country and choose the less crowded server.
  • Software will show you the download and upload speed simultaneously.

The software interface has two different server selection options. Either you can choose a country or you can choose the specific server in a specific country. The server tap will let you see different usage purposes. Such as:

  • Anti DDoS for better protection
  • Ultra fast TV to watch TV shows without having any speed problems
  • Double VPN for increased privacy
  • Dedicated IP to have a unique IP address just for yourself
  • Standard VPN for normal usage.

In the settings menu, you have some other basic features which have not changed:

  • Auto update the server
  • Kill switch feature
  • Advanced features.

The software is still in beta. Therefore, we are expecting more features soon.

When there is an update, I will share a related news about that!

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Security protocols

NordVPN takes the privacy seriously. That is why you can find plenty of protocols and special security measurements like Double VPN and Onion Over VPN.

Basically NordVPN has:

  • OpenVPN by default
  • Stable SSTP and more Windows friendly protocol
  • PPTP with less encryption. It is okay for daily browsing.
  • L2TP protocol for the advanced users.
  • IKev2 is the combination of high encryption and high-speed performance.

Lastly, Double VPN and Onion Over VPN are the other options you may want to use when you need extreme privacy. These two options will encrypt the connection twice and make you disappear on the internet. The connection speed will be slower when compared to single encryption protocols.

NordVPN Android and iOS apps.

NordVPN has a super neat and easy to use mobile app both for Once you have installed the app to your smart device, you need to login with your credentials. The coverage map will welcome you.

In the menu, you can also find the country list one by one. The search option is handy and gives you an insight of the specific server.

Lastly, we had the chance to run a mobile speed test. Contrary to other harsh test, I used a test server in my own country.

First (German), and second (United Kingdom) servers failed but I was able to connect to France server.

Below you can see the result…

NordVPN mobile speed test was a big deal. It was one of the fastest experience run on a mobile device.

Is NordVPN working properly?

There are several problems we have encountered while using NordVPN:

  1. Unstable servers
  2. Low quality streaming while watching Netflix
  3. Connection issue for BBC iPlayer

Customer support

While reviewing the NordVPN, I sent an email addressing the issues I faced. In few hours, I got the reply. Moreover, NordVPN has live chat service you can connect in case of an emergency or ask pre-sale questions.

NordVPN logging policy! All you have to know

NordVPN is located in Panama -an offshore area, where there are no laws against your freedom. Moreover company itself explain their policy in these words:

“… We are 100% committed to our zero-logs policy – we never log the activities of our users. We don’t track when our users go online, to which servers they connect, which websites they visit or what files they download. No logging means no record on our end. As a result, even if someone formally requests that we provide information about our users, we’ll have nothing to give…”

There is no data retention law in Panama. Moreover, Tor over VPN and Double VPN features will help you disappear on the internet. Speaking of our privacy, there is nothing to worry about that!

When you are using Double VPN or Tor over VPN feature, you might have some slow connection speed problems. It is because your connection is being encrypted twice.

Summing up!

NordVPN is a Panama-based company along with which you can have the full freedom. No data retention, no logging policy; Double VPN, Tor over VPN; Worldwide coverage are some of the features you will enjoy while using NordVPN. On the other hand, there are some other issues you have to bear with such as server reliability, low-quality streaming experience, and software crashes.

Make sure to evaluate all of the pros and cons before buying this service.

Biannual

3.2$/ Month
3.2$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Year

5.75$/ Month
5.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

6 Month

7$/ Month
7$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Month

11.9$/ Month
11.9$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKev2
  • 58 countries
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Zero logging policyPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 6 devices
  • 30-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below
4.5 Total Score
Good!

NordVPN is a Panama-based company paying great deal of attention to your privacy. The service price is great. Customer support is fast. You might have some problem with the server stability. However, you can ask for a refund within 30 day in case you do not like the service.

7.6Editor's score
Performance
6
Software
7
Price
8.5
Customer support
9
2User's score
Performance
2
Software
2
Price
2
Customer support
2
PROS
  • Great price
  • Fast customer support
  • Advanced security
  • Bitcoin is accepted
CONS
  • Unstable servers and software
  • Low streaming quality
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  1. Reply
    Sally May 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    1
    Performance
    20
    Software
    20
    Price
    20
    Customer support
    20

    It randomly stops working on my phone, reinstalling the app doesn’t help. Works too slow on my computers. Pretty disappointing as I paid a lot for the service but not getting the service I need at all.

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