NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services at the moment, with over 2.5 million monthly active users. The service mainly focuses on providing security for computers and smartphones. While most VPN services do an excellent job at protecting your personal data, NordVPN takes this a step further by providing tools to help you keep your personal information private. The company also provides an excellent customer support network, 24/7 phone and chat support, and a 7-day money-back guarantee with most plans.
Setting Up NordVPN
In order to set up NordVPN, first you will need to visit their website and click the button to create an account. You will then be presented with a form where you can enter your email address and create a password. You can use the password that you make, or the company will create a random one for you. Once you have correctly entered your email and chosen a password, you will be taken to the dashboard where you can click the button to confirm your account. From here you can manage all of your account settings and change your password if you forget what it is.
Why Should You Avoid Free VPNs?
While many free VPNs are perfectly adequate for the average user, it’s always a bad idea to use a free service. Free VPNs are usually limited in terms of data allowances. Many free VPNs are also owned by large corporations that can sell your data to third parties. Finally, free VPNs typically lack the advanced tools and security features that paid services offer. If you care about your security, it’s always a better idea to pay for what you use instead of using a free service.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication is a security measure that requires you to input a code (often a security key or a temporary code) in addition to your password. The code is usually sent to your devices as a text message, email, or both. Two-factor authentication is considered to be more secure than single factor authentication because it adds an extra security layer. It also means that even if an intruder does manage to steal your password, they won’t be able to access your account without the code as well.
Using NordVPN On Android
Since Android is also a big part of the NordVPN user base, it only makes sense to cover how to use the service on this platform as well. To access your VPN account on Android, simply search for the “NordVPN” app in the Google Play Store. Once the app is launched, you can click the “Sign Up” button and follow the onscreen instructions. When you eventually get to the dashboard, you will need to input your email address and choose a password. Don’t worry, we already went through the process of creating an account on the website, so this part will be easy for you.
NordVPN On PC
NordVPN also offers a desktop version of their service that works perfectly with your computer or laptop. To get started, navigate to their website and click the button to create a free account. After you have created an account, you can download and install the NordVPN software from their website. During installation, you will be asked to choose a username and a password. Once the software is installed, you can launch it and log in with your email address and password that you used to create your account.
Managing Your NordVPN Account
Once you have successfully logged in, you can click the gear icon on the top right of the screen to access your account settings. Here you can change your password, email address, billing information, and enable two-factor authentication. Keep in mind that these settings can also be changed on the website, so make sure you’re looking at the right place.
One of NordVPN’s main selling points is how much they care about your privacy. The company was one of the first to adopt “military grade” encryption standards (OpenVPN 3.0+) and uses encryption keys as strong as 256 bits. They also use a proprietary VPN protocol that is based on OpenVPN, and provides security through partial encryption, perfect forward secrecy, and smart card authentication. These are all considered to be exceptionally strong security measures. You can learn more about NordVPN’s security protocol and standards here.