NordVPN review | ITProPortal

Panama-based NordVPN is a major player in the VPN sphere that has been offering constantly superior service and steadily growing its network since its launch in 2012. For the moment, it has one of the largest web of servers in the industry, counting 5,519 units and spanning across 80 locations and 59 countries in the world, guaranteeing excellent speeds and stable connectivity.

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Clients are available for Windows, iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, as well as Android TV, and there are also manual installation guides to help you set it up on plenty of other supported devices and platforms. Once installed, the platform can be used on six different devices at the same time. NordVPN also has proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox. 

All the clients are insanely easy to install and use – just download them from the website or check out one of over 50 tutorials guiding you through the manual installation process and you’re good to go. You can connect using a map, list of servers by country and category, or simply by typing the desired location in the Search box.

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The features include all the usual – bullet-proof AES-256 encryption algorithm, OpenVPN protocol support, DNS leak protection, and a kill switch – a handy mechanism that pulls your device off the Internet if the VPN connection is terminated.

Extras that make NordVPN stand out from most of the competition include Onion over VPN, Double Data Encryption, as well as the CyberSec technology that keeps pesky ads, malware, and phishing attempts away from your device.

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Another potentially very useful feature is the ability of the platform to shut down the VPN connection, then automatically reestablishing it after several minutes. This can come in handy if you need to temporarily shut down the VPN for any reason and then you forget to turn it on again. 

Plans and pricing

NordVPN offers three subscription options, starting with the most expensive but shortest one – monthly plan at $11.95. Paying for 1-year at once drops the price to $4.92/month, while the lengthiest and most affordable is the two-year subscription that costs an equivalent of $3.71/month. At the time of writing, the two-year plan grants additional 3 months.

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If you decide to purchase the provider’s services, you’ll be able to pay in multiple ways – PayPal, various cryptocurrencies, credit cards, AmazonPay, SOFORT, UnionPay, and others.

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