Features of NordVPN
NordVPN is based in Panama. All customers receive the following features:
- Six simultaneous connections
- Servers in 58 countries
- Maximum anonymity on the Internet also through Multi-Hop VPN & TOR connection
- High data security for all transmissions
- TV & Video streaming beyond continental borders
- Integrated firewall protects against hackers
- Torren/Filesharing usage is actively supported by NordVPN
- Very high transmission speeds and unlimited transmission speeds
- Access to blocked content across national borders
- Use on all devices (PC, Mac, smartphones, tablets, routers, etc.)
Free features that are not common
Prices and rates
NordVPN offers only one tariff. This costs $11.95 per month for monthly payments, with discounts for long term payments. For example, if you book a whole year, the price drops to a very decent $5.75 per month.
A free three-day trial period can be used, for which no payment data is required. In addition, NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. NordVPN accepts credit/debit card and PayPal payments. Bitcoin is also accepted, which allows a potentially anonymous payment. But as always, please remember that NordVPN will still know your actual IP address. Paymentwall as payment partner of NordVPN offers additional payment methods.
Can I test NordVPN for free?
There is no free trial period at NordVPN, but you can use the 30 day money back guarantee. We have ordered an account for 1 month for $8 in the test and have terminated the contract within the first 30 days with a customer service ticket. there were no annoying queries or traps to follow. That went well. The money was returned to our PayPal account after 3 days.
The NordVPN Network
NordVPN has over the past few years created a truly remarkable network with more than 460+ active VPN servers and some special configurations that help improve anonymity and privacy. There are also “prioritized” connections to the USA, which is especially advantageous for TV streaming.
NordVPN servers are currently located in the following countries:
VPN server in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic (Czech Republic), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, HongKong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sloakei, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
There are also the following special configurations in the network:
Multi-Hop VPN “connection between Lithuania and Estonia; Taiwan and Hong Kong, between the USA and Canada and between the Netherlands and Russia. Multi-hop means that you log on to two VPN locations in succession and this cascaded connection gives you additional anonymity, because the last VPN server can only know the identity data of the previous one. The system is similar in principle to the “Multi-Hop VPN”, but you can only choose from pre-configured routes. But NordVPN is very inexpensive, despite this technical performance!
VPN servers with TOR connection are located in Japan, Sweden and Latvia. This makes it possible to connect directly to the TOR (Onion) network via these VPN servers. Here, too, the technical limitation comes into play, which the first TOR access point can only know the previous identity (IP address) and has a positive effect on anonymization. TV/Videostreaming servers are located in the USA and Canada and achieved outstanding speeds between the two continents through additional leased lines directly to Europe.
Smart DNS is a technology that enables geospoofing by resolving your DNS queries at a specified location. This makes it perfect for streaming content protected by geoblocking. According to the NordVPN, users can access over 150 streaming services via NordVPN SmartPlay. These include Hulu, Amazon Prime, ABC Go, Zattoo, Cartoon Network, Shudder, WeTV. com, Telemundo, VH1, Vevo, TNT Drama, Sundance. tv, StarTrek, Spike, PBS, Slacker, NBC Sports, FoodNetwork, DramaFever, Discovery, Crackle and many more.
Smart DNS is a rather unusual feature of NordVPN. On the one hand, an encrypted proxy connection is used. However, I’m not sure what the advantage is compared to an unencrypted connection, because Smart DNS isn’t really about security or privacy. On the other hand, it does not require any additional configuration. It runs in all NordVPN apps and, if connected to a VPN server, determines whether such a connection is required for the streaming service. If necessary, it will redirect you accordingly. In practice, this meant that I could see the American Netflix even when I was connected to a server outside the USA. However, this didn’t work for the BBC iPlayer. One disadvantage of this setup is that NordVPN’s Smart DNS cannot be configured to run on devices where no VPN client can run – such as your Smart TV, console or roku.
NordVPN provides transparent resource monitoring of servers
The VPN servers of NordVPN are constantly monitored for free resources and this information is not only displayed directly on the provider’s website, but also in their own access software, so that the user can always recognize whether he or she is able to make use of the full service himself or herself during a connection. As a rule, however, more than 80% of the resources are still available on individual servers.
NordVPN Speed Test
The speed tests consistently showed excellent results, we were particularly impressed by the connection between the USA and Europe, which showed a unique value of almost 100MBit/sec. in data transmission between NY and Frankfurt. produced. that’s almost a VPN record!
We have tested many VPN servers from NordVPN several times. The results are absolutely “excellent”, the service doesn’t have any weaknesses in locations and the VPN servers always react fast. The quality of the compounds was very stable in the test. The possibility to load videos from overseas in FullHD quality is given, with the enormous bandwidths that the service also transports across the Atlantic! TOP!
The provider also explicitly allows the P2P file sharing and supports this by allowing port forwarding. This increases the connection speed even with torrents.
The VPN access solutions from NordVPN
NordVPN offers some self-programmed software and apps, but also uses freely accessible open source software, for which there are good configuration instructions.
Anonymity and Privacy
NordVPN is considered to be a very serious and reliable service and has taken some precautions for the data security and anonymity of its own customers. No user data is collected or stored on any servers. You also have the option to share an IP address with others, which makes it technically impossible to assign the activities. Thanks to the location in Panama, no legal hurdles are imposed and data transfer cannot even be obtained through the courts. Apart from that, NordVPN has not stored any data at all that it could release.
It is also possible to connect directly to the TOR network via the VPN servers and to conceal your identity even further. And you can also encrypt each connection twice. This reduces the transmission speeds a little bit, but it is not possible to decipher them. In addition, there are useful functions that also prevent programs from automatically communicating over the Internet after a VPN connection has been disconnected. The provider also has a firewall that protects every single user against attacks and attacks from the Internet.
Data Security at NordVPN
NordVPN, like most providers, relies on OpenVPN as the most important VPN protocol. L2TP/IPSec and PPTP are also included. PPTP is not recommended to increase the possibilities of the service on devices that are difficult to configure, because it also has known gaps (login is only done via user name and password but without security certificates)
Tor via VPN
If you are interested in a complete review of the pros and cons of Tor over VPN (or “Onion over VPN”, as it is called at NordVPN), please see here. In this configuration, you connect to a NordVPN server first and then to the Tor network before accessing the Internet: Your computer -> VPN -> Tor -> Internet
NordVPN achieves this by means of an OpenVPN configuration file, which transparently directs your data from the VPN tunnel to the Tor network. This means that the benefits of Tor over VPN apply to your entire Internet connection. While this setup offers some privacy and security benefits, a similar effect can be achieved by simply using the Tor browser and connecting to the VPN. And above all, such a setup is much safer than the method offered by NordVPN.
Tor over VPN (regardless of how you implement it) will significantly reduce your internet speed, since it is affected twice as much by the use of the (very slow) Tor network and the VPN. All in all, this is a very clean and successful solution for the protection of privacy.