NordVPN: The Good
There’s plenty to recommend with NordVPN, as it’s one of the most feature-packed and powerful VPNs you can choose.
Choice of Servers
NordVPN gives you lots of flexibility over which server you wish to connect to. You can select servers that are best for specific uses, or servers that give you higher levels of anonymity, based on Nord’s recommendations.
Nord’s “killswitch” is particularly clever, giving an extra privacy safety net if the VPN connection ever drops out. It lets you choose either a “global killswitch”, that stops all connections should the VPN link drop, or one that only immediately masks specific apps only.
Either one ensures that a dropped link won’t suddenly reveal your real IP address and location, and Nord gives you flexibility about how this works.
High Speeds Maintained
NordVPN is also one of the fastest VPNs around. While connection speeds inevitably drop by a few Mbits/sec when connecting even to a relatively local server, the difference is far less pronounced that what we tested with most other VPNs.
Even at a distance with, say, a transatlantic server link, you can expect around 50% of your normal connection speed. That may not sound ideal, but it’s better than most rival VPNs for transatlantic speeds.
The PC app now bundles in features for additional Internet security, including ad-blocking and measures to block malware and phishing sites.
Finally, NordVPN takes a more permissive attitude towards Peer-to-Peer file-sharing applications than some VPNs, though it only allows them across specific servers.