NordVPN: download for PC, Mac, Chrome, Android (APK)

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NordVPN is kind of a reference when you think about VPN providers, and there are many reasons why. Indeed, it provides a fast and secure connection, protects you while you browse the internet, and features a crazy amount of additional functionalities to ensure your activities stay private and secure. Of course, this is a powerful ally in case you need to access websites blocked in your country.

What is NordVPN?

NordVPN is a VPN service provided by Nord Security and incorporated in Panama to take advantage of the absence of data retention laws. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, wireless routers, NAS devices, and more.

It provides tons of features to make your connection both easy and secure. As NordVPN owns over 5600 servers over the world, it ensures blazing-fast connection and helps circumvent censorship in restricted countries. From hiding your IP, protecting you online from threats, monitoring the dark web to cover your back, or providing dedicated IP, NordVPN is your backer.

What are the key features of NordVPN?

  • Encrypted and anonymous: This is the primary purpose of all VPNs, keeping your data encrypted, hiding your IP address, and ensuring no DNS leaks. Hence, you are secure and anonymous while browsing the internet.
  • Fast global VPN: NordVPN provides maximal connection speed as it has deployed many servers and maintained a robust infrastructure to offer low-distance servers, bypass ISP throttling, and efficient encryption protocol. It is available in 60 countries, and it owns over 5600 servers. 
  • Consult the content you want: You can make it seem like you are connected anywhere NordVPN owns servers. So connecting to another country and accessing country-limited content on your favorite streaming platform is super easy.
  • Circumvent censorship: Some countries can restrict access to the global internet and prevent you from accessing some websites. Luckily, NordVPN can connect you to another location in the world and help you circumvent censorship.
  • Kill switch: It prevents you from making unprotected connections by continuously monitoring your connection to the VPN server. In case the connection accidentally drops, your device connection is blocked. Consequently, you will never connect to the internet while not being protected.
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  • Split tunneling: It offers you more flexibility by letting you choose if some apps can access the internet directly while all others connect through NordVPN. That is why it is called split tunneling, as your traffic goes through different tunnels. Sometimes it may be useful to access local services and enjoy faster access.
  • Dark Web monitor: The dark web comprises all the encrypted anonymous websites not indexed by search engines. It is populated by a lot of illegal marketplaces where your personal pieces of information can be sold if they are leaked. Hence, NordVPN continuously scans the dark websites for your credentials and alerts you to each discovery so you can act properly and remain safe.
  • Meshnet: It connects devices directly and creates a secure local area network (LAN) with high speed and low latency connection. This is very handy for all kinds of activities, like file sharing, work collaboration, multiplayer gaming, and more. From up to 10 devices you own and up to 50 external devices, simply create your mesh net and enjoy a secure and fast virtual local network.
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  • Threat protection: It is able to defend you from everyday cyber threats, such as trackers, malware, malicious websites, or intrusive ads, and also scans files you download, identifies threats, and blocks them before your device is harmed. It is even able to work regardless of if you are connected to NordVPN or not.
  • Dedicated IP: You can get your dedicated static IP address. Using a VPN implies sharing an IP with other users for more anonymity. But sometimes, keeping your data encrypted while owning your own IP is very handy, such as for website owners to access their sites with an IP instead of using their own domain name (which can be expensive).
  • Cross-devices: A single subscription can protect your whole household. Using your router can protect unlimited devices, and the app can protect up to 6 devices at once. Simplicity without compromising security is key.
  • No user tracking: NordVPN does not keep your internet logs which can be used to track you or your activities, such as private everyday browsing (incoming and outgoing IP address, connection date and duration, amount of data transferred, VPN servers used), or usage logs (websites visited, files downloaded, software used). As it is incorporated in Panama (outside the EU and US jurisdictions), it does not have to comply with any data retention laws.

How to use NordVPN?

  1. Once downloaded, installed, and launched, you can create an account or log in using an existing one. You may need to select a plan and a payment method and fill in your details.
  2. Go to Preferences or Settings, depending on your device. Activate the Auto-Connect and choose your default settings (like your preferred location).
  3. Turn on the Kill Switch, and activate Split Tunneling. Split tunneling can be only enabled for specific apps.
  4. Now it is time to connect. Go back to the app's main panel, select the country you want, or search for your preferred one from the search bar. Alternatively, click the Quick Connect button to let NordVPN connect automatically.

In case you need more general information, you can consult our dedicated guide or the dedicated NordVPN article about how to use a VPN.

Is NordVPN free?

NordVPN is not free, but we offer you the demo version you can use for a limited amount of time. Then, you can purchase one of the available plans on their official website.

Is NordVPN safe?

NordVPN is considered a safe VPN as it is incorporated in Panama and doesn't have to comply with data retention laws, so it can legally apply a no-logs policy. Besides, it features Kill Switch, so you know when your connection is no longer secure. For more information about how NordVPN manages your data, consult their privacy policy.

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