NordVPN Review

NordVPN is one of the leaders in the consumer Privacy Industry with their VPN product which nearly guarantees your online privacy.  One the largest and best offerings, they have won the top spot on many VPN lists.

Summary

NordVPN is a full consumer level VPN provider, they are in the top 10 in this industry in almost every single category of comparison.  Their VPN comes with all the same basics as their competitors, AES256 Encryption, over 5000 servers around the world in over 60 countries, zero logging of your activities, Tor Support, P2P/Torrent, streaming & torrent support all for a reasonable price.  They also have some more advanced features that don’t serve the masses but are beneficial to some of us, such as Obfuscated Servers, some fancy geo-blocking tricks for streaming Netflix, BBC, Router Support, Kill Switch, etc.  They don’t formally support split-tunnels, but if you even know what that is you probably know you can split at the browser with some chrome/firefox extensions.  Nord runs on most platforms you have for Mobile, Desktop & my favorite is the Router.  For 90% of us, NordVPN covers everything you could ever need.

Target Market

Who really needs a VPN?  Some of us need them for work, some for recreation, some of us just want to hide our internet activities from prying eyes & intrusive governments.  You don’t need to be doing anything illegal to need a VPN.  I manage engineering teams around the globe and have found that using a VPN into the country where my engineers are to purchase products works much more seamless and some websites even have different prices based on your IP address!  When I’m visiting my engineering teams I use my VPN back to the US to do almost everything on my mobiles & laptops because I set off all sorts of alarms from foreign login sensors, sometimes I’ve even been blocked from visiting certain sites in some countries, I use it to stream Netflix & Prime in my hotel.  NordVPN gets all of that done and much much more.  Maybe you want to do some more illicit things like downloading movies from a torrent site over peer to peer or use a Tor browser, Nord still has you covered.  I also use this on my kids devices because our schools block google hangouts, which is my family’s primary communication tool, NordVPN fixes that problem without breaking a sweat.

Whats Good about NordVPN

NordVPN has some of the fastest speeds in the industry, the highest number of servers in the most number of countries.  They support streaming, gaming, P2P, concurrent connections.  They seem to do a slightly better job at streaming when geo-blocking is in place than most of their competitors.  Ad-Blocking is always something I like to see in a VPN because ads are technically a data leak because they can be used to track or identify who or where you are.

Whats Bad about NordVPN

Not much is bad, for some of us the 6 simultaneous connections is a little on the restrictive side mostly because competitors are offering more, sometimes unlimited.  iOS app is a bit clunky, feels like a different mobile team built it than it’s sister Android app.  Anything more, such as lack of split tunnels is just nit-picking.

Technical Specs/Setup/Operation/etc.

  • Requirements – Windows 7+, macOS/OSX, Linux, Android, iOS, AmazonFire, OpenVPN, Raspberry Pi, and even some old school protocols like IKEv2/IPSec.  If you have a device that’s not supported by NordVPN it’s probably time to upgrade your device.
  • Setup – Download, run installer and click next about 3-4 times.  Sign in with your username & password then you’re done!
  • Operation – Even easier than the setup, choose a country on the map or in the list of countries, then connect.  If that’s too much decision making you can just choose Quick Connect and NordVPN will pick a country for you.

Conclusion

Nord is one of the best all-around VPN’s on the market.  Their product will cover over 90% of users that need or want a VPN.  Since 2019 their price has come down to a more competitive level while still over-delivering on functionality & maintaining ease of use.  We strongly recommend NordVPN.

Where to Buy

NordVPN Routers

NordVPN is one of the leaders in the consumer Privacy Industry with their VPN product which nearly guarantees your online privacy.  One the largest and best offerings, they have won the top spot on many VPN lists.

Summary

NordVPN is a full consumer level VPN provider, they are in the top 10 in this industry in almost every single category of comparison.  Their VPN comes with all the same basics as their competitors, AES256 Encryption, over 5000 servers around the world in over 60 countries, zero logging of your activities, Tor Support, P2P/Torrent, streaming & torrent support all for a reasonable price.  They also have some more advanced features that don’t serve the masses but are beneficial to some of us, such as Obfuscated Servers, some fancy geo-blocking tricks for streaming Netflix, BBC, Router Support, Kill Switch, etc.  They don’t formally support split-tunnels, but if you even know what that is you probably know you can split at the browser with some chrome/firefox extensions.  Nord runs on most platforms you have for Mobile, Desktop & my favorite is the Router.  For 90% of us, NordVPN covers everything you could ever need.

Target Market

Who really needs a VPN?  Some of us need them for work, some for recreation, some of us just want to hide our internet activities from prying eyes & intrusive governments.  You don’t need to be doing anything illegal to need a VPN.  I manage engineering teams around the globe and have found that using a VPN into the country where my engineers are to purchase products works much more seamless and some websites even have different prices based on your IP address!  When I’m visiting my engineering teams I use my VPN back to the US to do almost everything on my mobiles & laptops because I set off all sorts of alarms from foreign login sensors, sometimes I’ve even been blocked from visiting certain sites in some countries, I use it to stream Netflix & Prime in my hotel.  NordVPN gets all of that done and much much more.  Maybe you want to do some more illicit things like downloading movies from a torrent site over peer to peer or use a Tor browser, Nord still has you covered.  I also use this on my kids devices because our schools block google hangouts, which is my family’s primary communication tool, NordVPN fixes that problem without breaking a sweat.

Whats Good about NordVPN

NordVPN has some of the fastest speeds in the industry, the highest number of servers in the most number of countries.  They support streaming, gaming, P2P, concurrent connections.  They seem to do a slightly better job at streaming when geo-blocking is in place than most of their competitors.  Ad-Blocking is always something I like to see in a VPN because ads are technically a data leak because they can be used to track or identify who or where you are.

Whats Bad about NordVPN

Not much is bad, for some of us the 6 simultaneous connections is a little on the restrictive side mostly because competitors are offering more, sometimes unlimited.  iOS app is a bit clunky, feels like a different mobile team built it than it’s sister Android app.  Anything more, such as lack of split tunnels is just nit-picking.

Technical Specs/Setup/Operation/etc.

  • Requirements – Windows 7+, macOS/OSX, Linux, Android, iOS, AmazonFire, OpenVPN, Raspberry Pi, and even some old school protocols like IKEv2/IPSec.  If you have a device that’s not supported by NordVPN it’s probably time to upgrade your device.
  • Setup – Download, run installer and click next about 3-4 times.  Sign in with your username & password then you’re done!
  • Operation – Even easier than the setup, choose a country on the map or in the list of countries, then connect.  If that’s too much decision making you can just choose Quick Connect and NordVPN will pick a country for you.

Conclusion

Nord is one of the best all-around VPN’s on the market.  Their product will cover over 90% of users that need or want a VPN.  Since 2019 their price has come down to a more competitive level while still over-delivering on functionality & maintaining ease of use.  We strongly recommend NordVPN.

Where to Buy

NordVPN Routers

*The above routers are purported to work with NordVPN and all of them have 4+ stars on Amazon, we have not tested each one.

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