NordVPN Torrent Review (July 2018)
Our NordVPN torrent review reveals a top performing VPN for torrenting.
Our NordVPN torrent review reveals a top-notch VPN service that will appeal to even the paranoid. As near a perfect VPN for torrenting as we have seen.
Based in Panama, NordVPN offers privacy and security features that provide one of the best VPN experiences available for p2p file-sharing.
Here's what we will cover in our in-depth review:
'NordVPN Torrent Review' Contents (select to expand)
NordVPN Torrenting: High Privacy and Anonymity
First and foremost, NordVPN touts numerous privacy and anonymity features that will appeal to torrenters. These include:
- no logging whatsoever. This is essential for safe torrenting
- NordVPN is headquartered outside the USA and EU. It is based in the Central American country of Panama
- no restrictions of any kind are placed on torrent file-sharing
- NordVPN has all the features torrenters expect including Kill Switch, DNS Leak Protection and OpenVPN settings, but also some innovative features like Double VPN
- private payment methods, such as Bitcoin, are accepted
- strong encryption capabilities including up to 2048 bit SSL
The following benefits of NordVPN will appeal to all VPN customers, not just torrenters:
- NordVPN is inexpensive featuring plans as low as $3.29/month $2.75/ month for a limited time
- it has a full 30-day money-back guarantee so it's a safe bet
- 'Onion over VPN' mode to take advantage of The Onion Router anonymous network
- you can use a single NordVPN account on 6 devices at the same time
Panama is outside the US and Europe which offers certain advantages especially for privacy and avoiding the risk of overzealous government surveillance. NordVPN makes clear that it keeps absolutely no logs, neither user logs nor connection logs.
NordVPN offers OpenVPN 256-bit AES protection as well as L2TP/IPSec and PPTP along with a double-layered encryption system offering users maximum protection.
Excellent Value at Low Cost
NordVPN is one of the least expensive VPN providers. Their most inexpensive plan will cost you only $5.75 $2.75 per month for a limited time while annual and month-to-month plans are $5.75 and $11.95.
NordVPN also provides a 30-day money-back guarantee. Plenty of payment options are available, including private payments via Bitcoin.
For ultimate NordVPN torrent privacy, you could sign up with an anonymous email address and pay with Bitcoin. As its support team can provide assistance through a live chat tool, you don’t even need to share your personal email address for receiving support.
NordVPN & Torrenting Go Hand-in-Hand
NordVPN expressly allows P2P torrent file-sharing and they say so in black and white here.
Good Number of Proxy Servers & Countries
NordVPN currently has 4,489 servers in 62 countries. That’s not the most in the industry, but plenty especially if you want to take advantage of their enhanced security features such as Double VPN or Onion Router over VPN – see below.
Easy to Use
NordVPN's apps are crisp, clean and intuitive. The display clearly indicates which servers support torrents (“P2P”). It also has a 1-click torrenting setting (see first screenshot below). 🙂
Each app has a clean interface and is easy to use. The opening display shows the current status of each of its servers letting you see which is currently fastest. The app also has DNS leak protection and a kill switch which can be activated with a single click.
The installation process is as it should be: straightforward and uncomplicated. Settings are automatically configured during setup but you can also change anything you want.
The screenshots above are of NordVPN's Windows app. NordVPN's Android, Mac and iOS apps are also solid. PC Magazine rated NordVPN "outstanding" with 5 stars.
For advanced users, NordVPN provides OpenVPN guidelines for using their VPN service with any major operating system.
NordVPN imposes no bandwidth caps and no speed limits. A torrenter's dream!
Users can use NordVPN on a generous 6 devices simultaneously allowing you to be protected on computer, smart phone and tablet and 3 more devices at the same time.
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NordVPN has the advanced features you’d expect from a serious VPN provider such as a Kill Switch and DNS Leak Protection. But the following two features, seemingly unique to NordVPN, really caught our attention.
With NordVPN’s Double VPN your traffic is routed through at least two servers between you and the destination site you want to visit. That’s very strong privacy protection.
You > hop #1 > hop #2 > site you want to visit
With NordVPN’s Onion Router over VPN your traffic is first encrypted by NordVPN and then sent over the Tor network (further scrambling it) before exiting Tor to access the destination site you want to visit. When enabled, Tor over VPN also lets you access .onion websites (so-called hidden “dark net” websites). But don't use this setting for torrenting (Tor isn't built for p2p), only for browsing or accessing the dark net.
You > NordVPN > Tor Network > site you want to visit
As a bonus, NordVPN offers up a host of other goodies too including:
- Extensions: NordVPN offers encrypted proxy extensions for Chrome as well as Firefox web browsers
- Adblocker: NordVPN has a CyberSec feature that blocks dangerous websites and lets you avoid annoying ads
- Restricted countries: with the help of obfuscated servers, NordVPN works in countries like China and many in the Middle East where Internet access is restricted and strong censorship is in place
- SmartPlay: NordVPN also has a feature that unblocks over 150 streaming services by bypassing geo-restrictions. This means with NordVPN you can access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming services 🙂
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Along with providing clear instructions and a comprehensive FAQ page, they also offer excellent and quick 24/7 live support.
NordVPN’s website is detailed, well designed and user friendly. It contains easy to understand set-up instructions followed by other detailed documentation whether for security junkies or beginners. They are also quite responsive online so users can interact with them in real-time.
NordVPN Torrenting Speed Test
Our tests of NordVPN’s speed were good. Not the fastest we've seen, but still good.
That's backed up by speed tests conducted by comparitech, bestvpn and vpnmentor: NordVPN is near the top of all their "fastest VPN" tests, with only much more expensive ExpressVPN ranking consistently faster.
However, like all VPNs, keep in mind that speeds can vary for your setup, different times of day and from server-to-server. All in all, NordVPN remains a good choice even for such bandwidth intensive activities as online streaming.
DNS leak protection worked fine. After activating it, don’t forget to restart the app.
Our Wish List for NordVPN Torrenting
It’s difficult to find fault with NordVPN, but if pressed we would express a wish for the following:
- more private payment methods such as gift card payment for true anonymous payments (though Bitcoin is fine for all but the most paranoid user)
- we didn't like that the app automatically enabled "Start NordVPN at Start-up" without prompting us. It was easily disabled, but NordVPN shouldn't be enabling it by default.
- faster speeds at times (but that’s pretty picky as it’s impossible for features such as Double VPN and Onion Over VPN not to have an impact on speed. Anonymity always comes at a price and that price must either be speed or cost
NordVPN Torrent Review Summary
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