NordVPN review: the most reliable VPN for streaming Netflix

    NordVPN is one of the best choices for international TV and movie fans. We’re consistently able to watch content from US and UK Netflix, as well as iPlayer, Disney+ and a host of niche video services. Even if you don’t have any interest in watching overseas TV, its support for UK streaming services means that you’ll never have to disable the security of your VPN just so you can watch something, making NordVPN a reliable choice for installation on a router.

    NordVPN’s browser plugins are particularly useful for anyone who likes to stream from a wide range of locations, and because they can be left active to automatically reconnect every time you open your browser, you can have a specific browser profile set up to view streaming media in a particular country. Plugins are available for Firefox and Google Chrome, as well as compatible Chromium-based browsers including Opera and Edge.

    Browser proxies are useful, but only provide an encrypted route for HTTP and HTTPS traffic, while other ports continue to be routed via your normal net connection. For full privacy, you’ll want to use the full NordVPN desktop client, which is available for Windows and macOS, or the command-line client for Linux.

    Features include auto-connection on startup and an optional internet kill switch to ensure that no traffic is sent across your unencrypted internet connection if the VPN connection drops for any reason. An app kill switch closes designated applications under the same circumstances, and there’s optional CyberSec advert and malware blocking – note that this can prevent some websites from displaying correctly.

    There are also mobile apps are available for iOS and Android, including Kindle and AndroidTV devices. The Android app isn’t quite as configurable as its desktop counterparts, but it’s easy to use options such as CyberSec blocking and specialist servers are present. Kill-switch settings have to be configured via your phone’s system menus after you’ve connected to one of NordVPN’s endpoints for the first time. The iOS version automatically disables all internet access by default if it disconnects suddenly.

    Users of all operating systems can manually set up connections for their endpoint countries of choice using OpenVPN, IKEv2/IPSec and other protocols. NordVPN is one of a number of providers that’s adopted the WireGuard protocol, which it’s built on with NordLynx. This can be faster than other options under some conditions. 

    Detailed online documentation means that you’ll also find plenty of guidance on manually connecting routers, servers, and NAS devices.

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