Online security and privacy has become a major talking point nowadays when it comes to web usage. The reality is, our activity online is simply not secure or encrypted without the use of a VPN service. More and more of our digital lives are based online and in the cloud, we place a huge amount of trust in web browsers and ISPs. It’s no wonder people are beginning to feel vulnerable. A virtual private network allows users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their devices were directly connected to the private network.
With so many high profile data breaches these days and concerns about ISPs and potentially even tech companies tracking what you’re doing on the web, I think users are becoming more vigilant and discreet with their online behaviours.
NordVPN is available across a myriad of platforms but for the purposes of this demonstration, I’ll be showing you the Android and Mac OS X editions.
A major frustration I have nowadays is with how media giants are beginning to region-lock their video content, which flies in the face of the idea of a free and open Internet. You’ve probably encountered a website that occasionally likes to restrict access to video content to only those users from the country of that site. This really sucks. NordVPN however will enable you to unblock such filters and restrictions and view content from all over the world.
In addition, all your data is fully secure with 2048-bit SSL encryption that even a supercomputer couldn’t hack into.
NordVPN is very easy to use and what I particularly like about the interface is how simple and graphical it is. You can select secure servers from around the world on a map and grab a new IP address from any region you like.
NordVPN’s data encryption service encrypts data not once, but twice and they boast 80 fast server locations in 27 different countries. NordVPN includes a wealth of security features such a DNS resolver and access to Tor Over VPN. The App itself is lightweight on your system and runs seamlessly in the background with occasional notifications available. The Kill Switch system will terminate any app your running immediately if your VPN connection drops out. So there’s no need to worry about your sensitive personal data being exposed.
There’s also a handy Smart-Play mode, which once enabled, will deliver any video content instantly wherever you happen to be. So you don’t need to connect to the specific country that’s hosting the video content you’re looking to access, the NordVPN server with Smart-Play will do all the work for you.
A variety of protocols are supported, OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP and IPSec. NordVPN runs on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Linux and Android.
NordVPN promises and delivers a no logs policy for added peace of mind, support for P2P services, a robust global network of super-fast servers and friendly customer support. The pricing begins with an $8 for 1 month, $5 per month for 6 months or $4 per month for 1 year.