Since NordVPN is one of the biggest and most secure VPNs in the world, it’s no surprise that you have a lot of payment options available to you. Not only do you have access to most of the standard payment options that you can use for almost anything else (including iTunes and Google Play), but you can also use methods that are more secure and thus more private.
Let’s go through all the payment methods available to you one by one and see how they differ. On top of that, we will also give you tips and tricks on when to use a specific payment method and acquaint you with all the other services that NordVPN offers (such as their money-back guarantee).
PayPal – no longer available!
PayPal has pretty much revolutionized the online payment landscape ever since it came on the scene. However, there are certain problems with it – the main being that you are ultimately using a platform that is controlled by a third party. This means that not only do you not have complete control over your transactions, but neither does the seller.
Due to this, a lot of companies have been moving away from PayPal. NordVPN has finally joined that list and has a page on their website that explains why.
Although this may seem like a hassle at first, the fact is that you have chosen NordVPN for the privacy that it offers. So, wouldn’t you also like to make sure that none of your payments can be traced back to you either? With PayPal, there is no way you can do that.
To compensate for this, NordVPN has a ton of other payment options which are just as easy. Let’s take a look at them.
Credit/debit cards – convenient but unsafe
This option is fairly simple and straightforward. Almost everyone has a Credit Card, and you can use that to purchase NordVPN. All you need to do is to enter your details, and the money will be transferred from your bank account to NordVPN.
The main problem with this payment method is that it is incredibly easy to trace. You can negate this effect to a certain extent by using a prepaid card, but this method will never be truly secure.
If you aren’t using NordVPN for the Privacy but rather for unblocking websites and services such as Netflix, then this payment method should be fine for you as you have nothing to hide.
Paymentwall – great if available
Paymentwall is another convenient way for you to buy NordVPN. With Paymentwall, you get access to multiple different ways of paying for the service. The easiest of these is through MINT, which is a prepaid card that you can purchase and then use to make a secure and anonymous payment.
There are many ways through which Paymentwall enables its users and sellers to accept payments. You can take a look at all of them on the Products page of their website.
Although Paymentwall works in almost every single country in the world, the payment methods are not readily available everywhere. If you do have access to a MINT card or any other way to pay through this service, then this can be a good and secure way to purchase NordVPN.
WeChat Payments and AliPay – for Chinese users
Both WeChat Payments, as well as AliPay, works with NordVPN. Since China blocks VPNs, only a select few VPNs with advanced obfuscated servers can penetrate their firewall.
NordVPN is one of those services, and it tries to make payments convenient for its Chinese users by offering two of the most readily available payment methods in the country.
While these two payment methods are very convenient, they are not entirely safe. Using an unauthorized VPN is illegal in China, so you need to be extra careful whenever you or paying for a VPN in China. With anything that is owned by a Chinese company, you can’t know just how much control the government has over these methods.
If you are currently living in China, there is only one payment method that is completely safe for you. In fact, we recommend using this method no matter where you live, and that is cryptocurrency.
Cryptocurrency – the best payment method for NordVPN
While we are not going to delve into the future or the value of cryptocurrencies as a whole, one thing that crypto can definitely be used for is making secure payments to anyone in the world.
NordVPN offers you a lot of different options when it comes to crypto. All of these are completely anonymous, and you can use the VPN without any worry of your payment being traced back to you. The cryptocurrencies that NordVPN currently accepts as payments are:
- Bitcoin (BTC)
- Litecoin (LTC)
- BitTorrent (BTT)
- Dash (DASH)
- Ethereum (ETH)
- Tronix (TRX)
- ZCash (ZEC)
Nord uses CoinPayments as the platform for receiving their payments, which is quite well-known for its security. We did not find any complaints from users against the platform during our research, and thus this is the way we recommend you pay for NordVPN.
Is cryptocurrency all good?
There are a few disadvantages of using cryptocurrency as well. For one, it takes a while to process your payment. While you can begin using NordVPN instantly if you use your credit card or Paymentwall, it can take up to 24 hours in certain cases for your coin to be accepted.
One other problem with using cryptocurrency to pay for NordVPN is that its value fluctuates quite a bit. This means that when you ask for a refund, there is a chance that the coin you receive is worth less than the value you paid with. However, remember that this works both ways and there is a chance that your coin may be worth more when you get your refund.
Cash payment in the US
If you live in the US, you can also pay in cash. This method is also almost completely secure, as there will be no record of a transaction taking place besides the website from where you bought NordVPN. If you want to purchase NordVPN with cash, you can use Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center, and Avanquest among others.
NordVPN’s money-back guarantee
One of the good things about NordVPN is that in case you are unsatisfied with the service, you will be able to request a refund within 30 days.
One important thing to remember here is that you must use a payment method through which you can actually get your money back. For example, there is no way for you to get your money back if you use a prepaid card to make the payment.
It is also for this reason that we recommend using cryptocurrency for your payments. Although you will, of course, have to deal with the risk of receiving less money, you will easily be able to get an anonymous refund in case you do not end up liking NordVPN.
You have access to a lot of payment methods when you are using NordVPN. They range from convenience to security. We recommend you use cryptocurrency if your main reason for using NordVPN is to be more secure and have a private internet experience.
Cryptocurrency is the only payment method that is completely untraceable back to you. If you live in the US, then a cash payment may also work. However, one important thing to remember is that you can only subscribe to their yearly plan if you pay with cash.