NordVPN Review for Mac


WARNING: It is highly recommended that you use a VPN (virtual private network) to hide your IP address and personal information when browsing the deep web. This is an additional security measure that can keep you safe while you navigate the unknown parts of an almost completely unregulated portion of the internet. MacInfo recommends NordVPN to stay safe - just don't forget to use our 70% discount coupon code: macinfo70. They don't retain logs of their user's activity, have great server coverage across the globe and are extremely affordable. Click here to get access to NordVPN for only $3.49 a month - a limited MacInfo offer.

Location Availablity

The first thing to notice about NordVPN is that when you open it up, instead of a list of servers you are presented with a map, the countries of which you can click on to connect to servers there. This is extremely easy and user-friendly to operate. NordVPN can be used with virtually no understanding of what a VPN is because it makes a graphical representation of moving around to different countries.

Of course, it is possible to change the view using a button the upper right-hand corner of the screen, to give you a more conventional list of servers with more information. Servers can be sorted by name, load and distance, and NordVPN will show you exactly which servers are better for which purposes. There are servers designed to be used with TOR, for P2P file-sharing, some for the fast streaming of video and others for extra privacy. This is something that is not common with other VPN providers.

In this review, we used the Mac client for NordVPN because this is a Mac website, however like most providers NordVPN also offers a client for Windows, iOS and Android. Although I must say that the Windows client's interface does not look as good as the Mac one, you just have a regular list of servers rather than the pretty map!

Server Locations

NordVPN has well over 550 servers in more than 47 countries, which covers most locations you'd want a VPN for. Africa, South/Central America and the Middle East are places where there are few NordVPN servers, however, due to the Internet infrastructure and/or political regimes in many of these areas they are locations where most people would not find a VPN particularly useful. Having said that, there are other VPN providers who do have servers in some of these places, so variety in terms of countries is not NordVPN's strongest point.

Privacy Policies And Speed

NordVPN itself is based in Panama, a country with very privacy-orientated legal provisions. This puts it at a big advantage to providers based in locations such as the UK, where the logging of VPN activity is legally mandated. NordVPN does not keep any logs, which ensures privacy from governments as well as businesses, hackers, scammers etc.

Speed using NordVPN is comparable to other providers, it isn't the fastest speed out there, but it's still good. Of course, the speed will vary a lot depending on what country you're in and which server you are trying to connect to.

Price

The price of a NordVPN subscription varies depending on the length of the subscription you purchase. On a per month basis, buying a one month plan costs the most, a one year plan costs 41% less and a two-year plan costs 58% less. You can also save a whopping 70% with a three-year plan.

At the moment this means a three-year plan would work out to just over $3 a month, which is very reasonable and is one of the lower prices out there when it comes to VPN providers.

NordVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so don't be shy about going for the three-year plan to maximise savings! If you don't end up liking NordVPN for whatever reason they are reasonable when it comes to giving out refunds.

In conclusion, I would say that NordVPN is great value for money if you want a VPN for the long term with a high level of security and you don't mind not having severs in some obscure countries.

If you have decided you would like to try NordVPN check out the plans here.

For any questions regarding NordVPN you can view their FAQ or feel free to post in the comments section below.

Mike Roberts

Hi, my name is Mike and I made this site to document all the helpful tips and tricks that I've discovered using various Apple Macs and other Apple products over the years, as well as to provide more general guides in relation to using the internet. I've been obsessed with Apple products ever since I could afford my first iPod, and am somewhat of a fanboy (you might have guessed). For me, the simply work without any fuss, issues or errors. I can rely on their products. The build quality is excellent and I even have several, several-year-old Macbooks in my wardrobe that are still humming along fine (just a bit slower). You can contact me personally using the form on this page.

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  1. I take my Macbook everywhere with me so I’m always connecting to public networks. I know a VPN is very important when using these networks and after trying quite a few, NordVPN is what I settled with. The speeds have been great and I also like the iOS app they made as well. Very happy with my purchase so far!

  2. NordVPN is on my shortlist as I browse through my choices. I want to make sure I buy the right VPN for me. Do you happen to know if there’s a feature that automatically switches server? I’d like to be able to jump between servers maybe every hour. It’ll help anonymize my traffic even more.

  3. Add me to the list of happy NordVPN customers. Sure, it’s a little more expensive than some others you can find but the amount of servers is awesome and I take such a minor hit to my browsing speeds. Also, it’s based in Panama outside of US jurisdiction and away from the “five-eyes” alliances so no government will be getting your browsing history from them!

  4. Thanks for the review. I’m deciding whether to buy a NordVPN subscription or not. Did you test if everything was okay with Netflix and Hulu? If so, how were the speeds? I wouldn’t want any buffering when watching programs. If they have dedicated locations for streaming video, I expect it would be very good.