There are so many VPN service providers, it can be difficult to find the one that is the best for you. This nVPN review will help you to distinguish the good from the bad. nVPN offers quality security features and performance at a relatively low price. Customer support is average and is missing a live chat option. Unlike some other VPNs, nVPN works pretty reliably in China. The VPN can reliably be used for torrenting and overcoming Netflix restrictions. Our review takes a deeper look.
Is nVPN safe to use?
Encryption: nVPN uses 256 Bit AES-CBC as its encryption, which is an incredibly strong encryption and one of the industry’s standards. You won’t have to worry about brute force attacks and other similar security threats.
Security Protocols: nVPN uses the OpenVPN security protocol. The majority of VPN services use this protocol because it is reliable and safe. You can also use L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, Squid, and the SOCKS5 Proxy. Of these, OpenVPN is the most secure, but you might have trouble using OpenVPN when using Apple devices or using the VPN in restricted regions like China.
Leaks: nVPN offers both IP leak protection and DNS leak protection. Most VPNs have built-in leak protection, so when a VPN doesn’t have this, it is a big red flag. Luckily, nVPN has leak protection built in.
Other features: nVPN has a kill switch. A kill switch is important because it stops traffic when and if your VPN connection. It is a useful backup feature.
nVPN says they do not log IPs, session duration, visited websites, and consumed traffic amounts. But they do keep a record of emails addresses and payment transaction IDs. This is a pretty standard policy.
Speed is hard to assess accurately. There are speed tests, but the results depend on your location, the location of the servers, the time of day, etc. We did some speed tests for this nVPN review and compared them to other popular VPNs – we found the speeds offered by nVPN quite decent and reliable.
nVPN is only $6.00 a month if you’re fine with using shared IPs. That’s a below average price. For an annual subscription, it is about $3.33 a month. A dedicated IP subscription costs $8.00 a month or $5.00 a month billed annually.
Price is quite relative, though. Some VPNs cost more because they have more features. With nVPN, you can only connect one device at a time. If you use more than one device, this is a big drawback. You can bypass device limits by going through your router. But for this to work, you need a good router, which can be expensive.
You can pay using a variety of methods, including PayPal, Bitcoin, Payza, credit cards, Skrill, Amazon gift cards, and more. This gives you variety and the option of paying anonymously.
Apps and extensions
nVPN can be used Windows, Linux, Android, PlayStation, and Xbox. It works with iOS if the device has been jailbroken. You can also use it on some routers. However, nVPN only has a dedicated client for Windows. There aren’t custom apps for the others. Thus, while you can still use the VPN on your other devices, it can be a tedious process. An Android app an iOS client are in development.
The Windows GUI needs some improvement. While the website is easy to use, it looks outdated and isn’t visually appealing.
How good is nVPN at unblocking Netflix (and other streaming platforms)
Most VPN users want to access streaming content that has been geo-blocked. nVPN had no trouble accessing the US Netfix’s library. It was also able to access blocked content on Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime, although not as reliably as some of the bigger VPN providers. nVPN is also compatible with Kodi, an entertainment platform that can allow for integrated streaming on all your devices. You need a VPN to use Kodi to bypass geo-restrictions and keep your identity anonymous in case some of the material is copyrighted.
How good is nVPN for torrenting
Torrenting remains a popular online activity, but it can get people in a lot of trouble. Moreover, torrenting traffic is blocked or throttled by many VPNs. nVPN is a good choice for torrenting because it has Squid and SOCKS5 Proxy, which you can set up on you uTorrent or other BitTorrent client. Essentially, you get a good torrenting experience without any throttling. Torrenting is generally safe and fast with nVPN.
Does it work in China and other restricted countries
Some countries like China try to block any VPN service that isn’t state approved. Usually, they’ll block IP addresses or block on the DNS level. There is also deep packet inspection (DPI) based blocking. nVPN uses anti-DPI technology to get around the Great Firewall of China. It also does well with other restricted countries like Iran, Belarus, Iraq, North Korea, and Russia. Anonymity and security are also important when using VPNs in China. nVPN has strong enough security, privacy, and anonymity to use in restricted countries.
nVPN has several passive support options like FAQs, as well as some active support options, including email and a ticketing system. It doesn’t have live chat, which is typical for smaller VPN services. It also doesn’t have many tutorials. Looking at user reviews, many users noted that nVPN responded to questions faster than the users expected. Apparently, the questions were answered with great detail and the suggestions were easy to follow.
Ease of use
This is an area where nVPN is very weak – the website is confusing, there are lots of different apps with differing features and so on. When using other devices besides your PC, you have to set the VPN up manually, which can be rather laborious. Since nVPN plans on integrating apps in the future, the usability is going to likely increase with time.
Bottom line of our nVPN review
nVPN is a decent starter VPN but there are definitely better options out there. The biggest advantages of nVPN are the high speeds, security, and functionality. You can use it to torrent, stream, and bypass geo-restrictions. The biggest disadvantages are that you can only connect one device at once and the service is confusing.