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Get Secure With NordVPN? Review and Discount

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by ScottiB, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. ScottiB

    OcUK Systems

    Joined: Nov 16, 2007

    Posts: 1,749

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    The guys at NordVPN recently contacted me and asked me if I'd like to test their product and write a review for our forums. Having used Nord for the past three years I agreed, safe in the knowledge that I would not be wasting my time.

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    Online security is a growing concern these days, especially with the abundance of public WiFi hot-spots and phone apps for every part of your life including banking and shopping. If you really sat down and considered how many times your personal data is transmitted through a publicly accessible network it could make even the most trusting person feel a bit paranoid.

    When I decided that I needed to start using a VPN I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t do much research. I relied on a quick Google search for the best VPN software and plumped for the one that I’d heard of.

    VPN For Dummies
    So what is a VPN?
    Put simply, it’s portal which you connect to rather than connecting directly to the WIFI or mobile network. A VPN..
    - encrypts your data before transmitting anything,
    - hides your identity so that hackers cannot access your device,
    - prevents your ISP or any other snoopers on the network from seeing what you are accessing.

    True privacy for your personal data and browsing history.

    Why Nord?
    I’d used some other VPN networks in the past and found them to be expensive, complicated, slow and unstable. Definitely not something which I’d be happy to leave running 24/7 on any of my devices. NordVPN was a pleasant surprise on all fronts.

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    User interfaces don’t get much simpler, it’s clean, simple and even the more advanced options are easy to understand. When you load up the application. You can select from a list of over 50 countries if you would like to connect to somewhere specific. Alternatively, you can set it to auto-connect to a specific server, choose to quick connect to the best server based on ping & load or use one of Nord’s special features.

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    Nord offer a double VPN feature, which will connect via two servers, for the extra-paranoid amongst us. Not only is your activity encrypted twice, but, since your IP was hidden by the first server, the second has none of your information.

    Dedicated P2P servers are available with military-grade encryption, fast download speeds and no bandwidth limits.

    A dedicated IP service is available, which gives you a dedicated static IP for your account. Ideal for access to IP-restricted networks or websites such as Gmail, eBay or PayPal, which will reject your attempt to connect when not using a verified IP.

    Finally, Nord VPN also offers an Onion over VPN service. The Onion Router (Tor) is a free, volunteer operated server network, which splits up and sends your data, in bits, to the destination via random relays around the globe so that no single node gets a full picture of your activity. It’s a secure network, but since it’s volunteer run, in theory, any government could deploy thousands of relays to monitor the user traffic and since the data at the final node is unencrypted there is still a slight risk. Using a Nord VPN, your ISP doesn’t even know what you are using the Onion network and your data is encrypted throughout the entire journey through the network.

    Enough about the features
    What impressed me most is the user experience. Not only is it easy to use but during normal use (i.e. Quick Connect) it’s fast, the impact on ping and bandwidth is miniscule, bordering on immeasurable. Obviously, in double VPN mode it will take a hit but it’s still barely noticeable.

    Most importantly for something that is meant to be a background process, it’s stable and unobtrusive. I’ve had it running on my file server for months on end without a single disconnect. How do I know that it’s not just reconnecting regularly? Thanks to a feature called killswitch, which you can set up to close specified applications if the VPN connection should fail. On a mobile platform it will block all internet access.

    Overall, I'm very happy with NordVPN and the cost is more than competitive. I'm coming to the end of my original three year subscription and have no reservations about renewing.

    For those interested in setting up a VPN service on their devices, NordVPN offer 1 month, 1, 2 or 3 year plans which cover up to six devices simultaneously and carry a 30 day money-back guarantee.

    To try NordVPN for yourself please CLICK HERE for a discounted rate
     
  2. Cromulent

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

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    Location: England

    How is it for watching American Netflix?
     
  3. InfiniteNoise

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 3, 2011

    Posts: 1,095

    Works fine, though sometimes you'll have to try different US servers before you get one that isn't blocked.
     
  4. jpaul

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 9,522

    in the same vein -

    since the economic offers seem to be on a long term contract
    Do you get any kind of bandwidth/ping service guarantee ? or, do they/yourself have historic records.
    I had a long period of acrimony with virgin media ISP keeping records to prove service was not fit for purpose
     
  5. Wrinkly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 31, 2013

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    Location: Scotland

    Perfect timing with all these Epic store exclusives ;)
     
  6. Vidar

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 18, 2008

    Posts: 4,657

    Location: Liverpool

    I currently use expressvpn, how does Nord compare?
     
  7. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004

    Posts: 27,932

    In my experience Nord would frequently drop connection regardless of which server I was using.
     
  8. XysteR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 1,301

    Location: Northumberland

    Google searches for best UK VPN results in so much bull - It's gonna be some task to weed out any truth from this dribble..

    Even this thread OP recommending NordVPN, then post above mine. "Nord would frequently drop connection regardless of which server I was using"

    xD
     
  9. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004

    Posts: 27,932

    Yeah, the vpn would apparently stay connected but no traffic would flow and I would have to reconnect. Whereas I never have that problem with ExpressVPN, both using the OpenVPN client.
     
  10. afraser2k

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,510

    Location: Glasgow

    Decent enough speeds when you find good servers and I like Cybersec. However, for some streaming I've had various buffering or dropped connection issues. Whether that's down to the source though (more likely) is another issue. Generally good app support for various devices like Android TV that some seem to miss, though I'd like to see a gui Linux app developed for it too.
     
  11. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Is OpenVPN not available for linux?
     
  12. afraser2k

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Glasgow

    It is, easier to manage the many servers on the client though and you get other features with it. They do have the command line client available.
     
  13. Energize

    Caporegime

    Joined: Mar 12, 2004

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    You can just download the server configuration files and then select the server from a dropdown list in the OpenVPN GUI client.

    However running the vpn on the router is generally a better solution than having to deal with clients on every device which can not only be a pain but can also risk software issues which may cause the client to fail and expose traffic.

    Assuming you are using a decent router you can change server through the windows/linux command line if desired.
     
  14. chroniclard

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Every time I tried a VPN the bandwith was about 1/4 of what I had available so I binned them, how is this one?
     
  15. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Posts: 27,932

    This is what I get with express VPN.

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  16. chroniclard

    Capodecina

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Is that maxing your connection? Looks decent.:)
     
  17. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Yeah other than the ping being slightly higher, the throughput is maxing out.
     
  18. darael

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 10, 2010

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    There's NordVPN odd about this, right? Infosec types concerned over strange app traffic - The Register
     
  19. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Posts: 27,932

    I would always avoid using vendor specific apps. OpenVPN is a better solution.
     
  20. Disco_P

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