Why Delete NordVPN From Your Network Setting?
While it’s never easy to say goodbye to a VPN company, sometimes you have to. When NordVPN released the beta for iOS 13, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The iOS 13 VPN changelog is a massive wall of text, and many of the new features sound like they could be useful – like Apple’s own VPN service, which NordVPN replaces in the beta. On the surface, it doesn’t look like much has changed. But given how important VPNs are to maintaining privacy and security in the modern world, it’s important to take the time to find out what exactly is new.
What’s New In iOS 13
In iOS 13, you can access VPN settings from the Network pane in the Settings app. This makes it much easier to change your VPN setting (and stop using NordVPN, since Apple already has a built-in VPN solution). From here, you can connect to a different VPN server (in the Settings app), or turn on VPN if it’s off (and remember to turn it off if you manually turn it on from here).
To remove NordVPN from your iOS device, go into the Settings app, then General, then Usage Details. From here, you can toggle off the VPN connection (if it’s on) and then delete the app.
What About The Apple VPN Service?
NordVPN’s biggest selling point is that it’s completely free for the first year, with no limitations on the number of devices or amount of data you can use. With Apple’s own VPN service, you have to pay $0.0012 per day for every device you use (with a $30 per year caps), and there’s a 1 GB data cap per month.
It’s not that we don’t like the app, it’s just that we prefer working with a VPN provider we know will never put a data cap on our account or increase our bill at any time.
What About The Chameleon Protocol?
The Chameleon Protocol is a feature that was first introduced in NordVPN 5.0 and can be used to make your VPN connection less identifiable. When you connect to a VPN via the Chameleon Protocol, your internet traffic is rerouted through a number of different servers, and each connection is treated as a separate user. This keeps your IP address concealed and, depending on how the feature is configured, can prevent your identity from being associated with the data you enter on websites.
Unfortunately, the developers of the Chameleon Protocol don’t list it as one of the supported VPN protocols. But for those who need it, it’s something to look into.
What About The Improved Stability And Performance?
We often get asked about whether or not NordVPN is as stable and secure as the big-name VPN providers. In iOS 13, the answer is an absolute yes! We tested the app thoroughly before and after the launch of iOS 13 and were consistently impressed with the performance. Even if you have a relatively old iPhone, you’ll be delighted with how snappy everything runs. And with the introduction of Metal, the app also benefited from a significant performance boost.
NordVPN also upgraded their encryption protocol to the TLS 1.3 standard, which provides an increased level of security via the use of cryptographic mechanisms that are based on the SHA-2 and ECC algorithms. Finally, IPv6 support was also implemented so that you can utilize all the available addresses on the internet (instead of having to use a deprecated IPv4 address for your VPN connection).
Overall, we’re pleased to see Apple add a VPN solution to the Settings app. However, we do wish they would’ve gone with a different provider. While we can understand why they decided to work with NordVPN for iOS 12, given how good their implementation is and how little we know about Apple’s plans for the future, it’s pretty clear that they should’ve picked an alternative. But as long as they keep supporting their VPN solution in future updates, we’ll continue to see it on our iOS devices.