NordVPN is a VPN service which offers end users to browse the internet without being tracked, lets you stream videos from services which are geo-blocked and supports torrenting (P2P). What makes it secure is its larget server network which counts to 5000+, and use of OpenVPN protocol and AES 256-bit encryption. While those matches with industry standards let take a look at some unique features of NordVPN.
Starting with the basics, once you signup for the service, you can download the software and install. Post this you sign-in with your account and instantly start using it. However, the software comes with a lot of features that you should take a look at before you start using it.
The servers encrypt the data not once but twice using their Military-grade encryption CyberSecDouble VPN. You need to turn on this option manually. Once enabled, the data passes through two subsequent VPN servers before reaching the final page or application.
No logs policy:
No traces of your IP and the website you had visited make sure nobody can track back to you, ever.
This comes in very handy if you want to transfer files over torrent and stay anonymous securely.
Onion Over VPN:
This feature makes your privacy is honored and kept private. Onion Routing program is used in the backend which makes sure the identity of the initiator of a connection (the sender) is hidden from the responder of the connection or vice versa. It supports OpenVPN, IPSec, PPTP & L2TP protocols.
It makes sure that your internet gets blocked if the VPN disconnects. Its only for those who always want to browse through the VPN.
DNS Leak Protection:
This feature makes sure that your IP is not leaked. The leak usually happens when you set up the VPN manually. You can try websites like IPLeak.net or similar to find out if your IP address is being blocked or not.
It used to access geo-restricted streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other services. Using these you can access all of them using the same account which you use in your country.
Connect six devices:
The service is available on Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android. You can use the same account on multiple devices without any restriction on speed and features.
The VPN service comes with 256-AES-CBC(2048bit Diffie-Hellman key), while on iOS and MacOS client it uses IKEv2/IPsec protocol (AES-256-GCM and a 3072bit DH key). You are probably getting the best encryption of all the VPNs out there.
Invisibility on LAN:
If you enable this feature, it will make your computer invisible to others on the same local area network (LAN). However, it will also make sure that you will not be able to access such devices as printers connected to your local area network.
It will protect you from malware sites, phishing links, and other threats.
The app is available on all the devices–Android App, iOS, Android TV and even for Firefox and Chrome. It is also possible to set up your router with NordVPN. When it comes to pricing, the service is available for as low as $2.99 if you buy it for three years, else it will cost you $11.95 /month, $3.99/ month for a two-year plan, and $6.99 for a year plan.
Setting it up:
During the first start, it will find your location and suggest closes, and fastest server. Feel free if you want to select a different one if unlocking restricted geo services is your motive. When using Double VPN, you will get ratings for each server from which you can mark some of them as favorites, and also get to see the speed of server in terms of percentage.
Under advanced settings, you can configure protocol, and use custom DNS.
- Protocol – When using online streaming, you should choose UDP, so IP is not blocked, while for others select TCP. The software is set to use UDP by default.
- Custom DNS – The option is open if you want to use it.
- Obfuscated Servers – Once you enable this, it will bypass network restrictions such as network firewalls.
- Diagnostics – You can use this feature if you have any issues with the software.
NordVPN is very steady and fast enough to get the job done. It’s more about value for money than over everything. Double encryption, no logging, IP is hidden surely you stay anonymous forever. What more can you ask for!?
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