How to Update NordVPN on Linux – A Step-by-Step Guide

If you use NordVPN on a regular basis, then you will certainly want to keep your software up-to-date. The good news is that updating NordVPN on Linux is rather straightforward. All you need to do is follow our step-by-step guide and you will have updated NordVPN in just a few moments. Let’s get started.

Check For Updates

Since NordVPN is open-source software, you can always be sure that there will be at least one update released every month. This is usually a minor update that mostly focuses on fixing a few minor bugs. The problem is that sometimes these updates are several hundred megabytes, so make sure you have enough space before you start the update process. Fortunately, you can always download the previous version of NordVPN to temporarily store your data or perform the update offline, in case you want to experiment with a new feature or two. To check for available updates, simply click on the icon in the system tray (near the clock) and you will see a notification that there are updates available.

Installing Updates

With most applications, updating is as simple as clicking the update button (or icon) available in the application’s UI. However, with NordVPN, you have to actually start the update process manually. The first step is to click on the link in the notification to open the update page in a web browser. At this point, you will often be asked to ‘confirm’ the update by returning to the page. Alternatively, you can click on the ‘update now’ button to start the update process. Either way, after a few moments (usually less than five) the update will be installed and you can continue using the application normally. Sometimes the update process can take a while, so be patient.

Removing Old Versions

Since NordVPN is a popular application and there a lot of users out there, it is highly likely that you already have older versions of the software on your system. The good news is that you can easily remove these older versions and install the latest one by following our guide. To remove the older versions of NordVPN, simply click on the application’s icon in the system tray and you will see a menu with two options:

  • Reload
  • Remove

If you chose to remove the older versions, you will be prompted to remove the application’s data and config files. Make sure you have a backup before removing any data or config files, as this will make your system unbootable. Once removed, you can update to the latest version without any problems. If you choose to remove old versions of the application, you should also remove the related configuration files, as these can be easily restored should you experience any problems.

Renaming The Application

Another thing that you may want to do is rename the application. Since we already established that NordVPN is open source software, anyone can easily download the application and start using it for free. However, if you decide to give it a new name, it will be a little more difficult to start using it, as you will need to adjust your interfaces and bookmarks accordingly. To rename the application, right-click on the icon in the system tray and choose “Properties” from the drop-down menu. In the resulting menu, you will find the option to “Rename,” which will allow you to change the application’s name. Give it a new name that is easier to remember and that reflects the nature of the software.

Enabling Automatic Updates

Enabling automatic updates is another step that you can take to make using NordVPN even easier. This will ensure that your system will automatically update to the latest available version, without any intervention on your part. To enable automatic updates, navigate to the application’s configuration page (by clicking on the gear icon in the system tray), then click on the “Automatic Updates” tab. At this point, you can add a new update URL for the software, so that it can check for available updates automatically. If you want to enable automatic updates, but are wary of potential issues, then you can also add an additional step to this process. That is, you can add a new URL for the update, then remove the old one, which will start the update process automatically.

Restarting The Application

Since NordVPN is a software application that is closely linked to the system it runs on (i.e., the Linux kernel), it is necessary that you restart the application after updating. This is particularly important if you follow our guide, as we have updated the system first, before starting the application. Closing the application and then reopening it will automatically update your system and any installed applications to the latest version. Restarting the application is also important if you change any configuration files manually, as restarting the application will ensure that these changes take effect.

What About The Licensing And Privacy Concerns?

One of the things that you will need to do if you decide to update NordVPN is to accept the licensing terms, which is rather standard for any open-source software licensed under the GPL (General Public License). That is, you will need to check the box that indicates that you agree to the licensing terms when installing the update. If you decide not to accept the terms, then you can either continue using the older version or uninstall it and reinstall the new one.

As for the privacy concerns, NordVPN is configured to take some protective measures to ensure that your personal data is not compromised. This includes using strong encryption and a VPN protocol (Virtual Private Network) that is based on military standards. As long as you continue using NordVPN as you originally intended, then these measures should not be an issue. Otherwise, you may not want to update the software, since this is rather difficult to do and it entails some potential data loss, should anything happen.

In summary, updating NordVPN on Linux is rather straight-forward. Just follow our step-by-step guide and you will be updating your software within a few minutes. While this process is rather simple, it is still rather important, so be sure to back up your data and do this update regularly, as it includes important information that you will need later, if anything goes wrong.

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