NordVPN Review: Unreal Speed and Security
NordVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) provider, started in 2012. NordVPN routes traffic through more than 5,000 servers in 59 countries. Like Howchoo, NordVPN is the result of a few friends coming together to make something unique and awesome.
If you use NordVPN when browsing the internet, it's nearly impossible for a hacker or anyone to see your internet activity and data.
What is a VPN?
A VPN or virtual private network allows a user to connect securely through a VPN server to access the internet. A VPN changes your IP address and virtual location. Essentially, you could access a VPN server in Great Britain, masking the fact that you're really in the US.
What's known as a VPN tunnel is created and acts as a kind of encrypted shield, rerouting the encrypted data through one of the VPN servers. So, for example, if you use NordVPN when browsing the internet, it's nearly impossible for a hacker or anyone to see your internet activity and data. Even your ISP (internet service provider) will not be able to track your downloads or sell your browsing data.
Your IP address will become masked and with a service like NordVPN, you'll be given a dedicated IP address so you don't get bogged down by Captcha authentication.
To learn even more about VPNs, see our answers to some VPN FAQs.
Who should use a VPN?
Everyone. We're not joking. Even if you don't do anything for which you'd want privacy, your ISP still tracks your activity and sometimes puts limits on your download speed if it sees that you've been downloading many big files. Even Apple keeps track of everything you're up to on a Mac computer (but you can disable that).
Those who definitely want to use this:
- Remote companies
- People using public WiFi
- People looking to access a streaming service in another country
- People trying to bypass censorship in their country
- Online shoppers looking for the best prices
- Anyone who prizes data security
But honestly, you should probably use a VPN all the time to protect your data and increase your security.
Is it illegal?
In most places—no. There are some countries with authoritarian regimes where VPNs are illegal, such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. To see a full list of the banned countries, check out NordVPNs article on this.
What should you look for from a VPN provider?
It depends, of course, on what your needs are for the VPN. However, there are some things you should be looking for, no matter what those needs may be. We'll call them The Three S's of VPN providers.
- Speed (Does it slow down your connection noticeably?)
- Security (What security measures are in place?)
- Servers (How many and where are they located?)
In our NordVPN review, we'll be sure to cover those key topics, as well as a whole lot more, so you can make an informed decision when considering NordVPN as your next VPN provider.
And, yes, we'll let you know how well it works to stream videos in another country!