NordVPN vs IPVanish

Comparison & Test Results 2018

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NordVPN will be attractive to Netflix fans, users with multiple devices and folks concerned about having the best protection from the prying eyes of outsiders.

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PureVPN provides an excellent option for users looking for a low price, but who aren’t willing to sacrifice fast connections, excellent privacy protections, reliable customer support or access to BitTorrents.

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How to Choose a VPN

In this article, I’ll be pitting two providers, NordVPN and PureVPN, against each other to determine which provider offers the most bang for the buck.

I’ll cover the 10 most important VPN features that users should look at before making a buying decision. I’ll go into the reasons why each category is an important one, tell you how well both providers perform and then declare a victor for each category. After I’ve covered all 10 factors, I’ll total the score for both of the providers and declare an overall winner.

After you finish reading this article, you should have enough information to allow you to make a knowledgeable VPN subscription-buying decision.

Connection Speed

Is there ever a time when you’re not connected to the internet? Whether you’re at work, at home or on the move, chances are good that you have a connected device somewhere within reach. This makes connection speed an important factor.

I test VPN connection speeds by first testing the speeds delivered by my ISP. I then connect to the VPN provider and test the connections speeds once again in order to compare the two. I run speed test for both VPN providers within a few minutes of each other to provide consistency in my testing. I am connected to the internet through a gigabit fiber connection, so your results will likely be different

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Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)

The “Local Connection Speeds” test strives to demonstrate the performance a user can expect when connecting to VPN servers located in their own country. (In this case, the U.S.)

Connection Speed Winner (U.S.): PureVPN


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95.7 Mbps

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93.6  Mbps

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International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)

The “International Speed Test” provides a demonstration of what users can expect when connecting to a VPN server located in a foreign land. I use U.K. servers for my testing.

Connection Speed Winner (U.S. to U.K.): PureVPN


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112.3 Mbps

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60.1 Mbps

Privacy

Is someone tracking you right now? Here’s a quick checklist.

  1. Are you currently connected to the internet?

If you answered yes - and if you didn’t, I’m a bit concerned - then someone is interested in your online activities. Whether it’s your ISP recording your browsing history to sell to advertisers or a hacker looking for your checking account information, someone is monitoring you.

When researching a VPN provider’s privacy protections, consider the following:

  • Are they located in a country that respects online privacy?
  • Do they save any logs of their users’ online activities?
  • Is Bitcoin or another type of private payment method available?

Panama-based NordVPN isn’t required to keep any logs of users’ activities by the government there, so they don’t. It’s that simple. They accept various forms of cryptocurrencies as payment.

PureVPN is based in Hong Kong and takes advantage of the local government’s lack of data retention laws. However, this could change at any time, as Hong Kong is once again a possession of the Chinese government (so keep that in mind). PureVPN accepts numerous forms of cryptocurrency.

Privacy Winner: It’s a Tie!

Pricing

The providers we’re taking a look at today both have asking prices that are certainly reasonable when compared to other providers’ pricing.

PureVPN asks a nominal $4.95-per-month (payable at $59.40 per year) fee for their annual subscriptions and $10.95 per month when a customer opts for a month-to-month deal. I should note that PureVPN runs special deals on a regular basis, so be sure to visit their website for their current pricing.

NordVPN’s annual subscription is priced at $5.75 per month (payable as $69.00 annually). Their monthly subscription plan is $11.95.

Pricing Winner: PureVPN

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Money-Back Guarantee Period

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$4.95

10.95

15 Days

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$6.99

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30 Days

Global Server Coverage

If you’re into streaming movies and music, or you’re always found battling it out on the online gaming arenas, you’ll appreciate a VPN’s ability to unlock content that might not normally be available in your region.

PureVPN has over 750 servers spread out among 140+ countries, while NordVPN has 4,401 servers stationed in only 62 countries.

Global Server Coverage Winner: PureVPN


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2,000+

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4,401

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 Multi-Platform Support

Chances are, you have multiple devices that can access the internet. That makes multi-platform support an important factor when considering which VPN provider is right for you.

NordVPN offers native app support for the Android, Windows, macOS and iOS platforms. It can also be used on Tomato and DD-WRT-flashed routers, as well as a few other brands of routers and NAS devices, Linux and Windows Phone devices, and others. Browser extensions are available for the Firefox and Chrome platforms.

PureVPN offers apps for Windows, Android, macOS, iOS, Android TV, Kodi and Amazon Fire TV devices. The provider also offers router support, with an applet for use with DD-WRT routers. It offers browser extensions for the Chrome and Firefox platforms.

Multi-Platform Support Winner: NordVPN


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Browser Extensions?

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8

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Netflix Access

It seems as if everyone has a Netflix subscription these days. While the streaming giant provides plenty of content, it doesn’t offer identical content in every region it serves. A VPN helps access all of the content.

NordVPN offers reliable access to Netflix, but only in certain regions. Servers the provider offers to unblock Netflix are located in Canada, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.

PureVPN offers Netflix access, but only for U.S. Netflix.

Netflix Access WinnerNordVPN (More Countries Supported)


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Customer Support

Our one-on-one contestants both offer excellent services and an easy-to-use app. However, there is always a chance that you’ll need assistance from time to time.

PureVPN offers 24/7 live support chat, a trouble ticket system and a searchable knowledge base.

NordVPN offers email support and a searchable support library. Unfortunately, live support chat is not available.

Customer Support Winner: PureVPN


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Customer Support Star Rating

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Encryption

VPNs apply a layer of encryption to their users’ internet connections, which acts much like a subway tunnel, keeping the users’ online travels and their personal information from being observed by outsiders.

NordVPN uses AES-256 bit encryption to protect their connections, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols.

PureVPN also provides AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, PPTP and IKEv2 protocols. They lack the IPSec and SSTP protocols provided by their competitor.

Encryption Winner: NordVPN


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Encryption Methods

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AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, IKEv2/IPsec, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP

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AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, PPTP and IKEv2

 Simultaneous Connections

If you have a large family, a small business, or you live in a commune, the number of simultaneous connections allowed by a VPN provider is worth considering.

The more connections you’re allowed at once, the fewer VPN subscriptions you’ll need to buy to keep everyone in your group protected.

NordVPN allows 6 connections at once, while PureVPN allows 5 simultaneous connections (so close!).

Simultaneous Connections Winner: NordVPN


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# of Simultaneous Connections Allowed

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6

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5

BitTorrent Support

P2P/BitTorrent file sharing is a great way to share files and information with other users.

However, since many users make use of the technology to share copyrighted files, content creators and ISPs tend to frown on such activities. Plus, you can face fines or other penalties if you’re caught sharing certain types of files.

PureVPN allows P2P file sharing on servers located in over 80 countries.

NordVPN also allows P2P file sharing, but only on servers in 42 of their countries.

BitTorrenting Winner: PureVPN


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# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access

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85+

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42

Final Score


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# of Categories Won

Ties

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Winner: PureVPN!

PureVPN squeaked out a win over NordVPN due to its superiority in the connection speed, pricing, global server coverage, customer support and BitTorrent support categories.

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NordVPN was top dog in the multi-platform support, Netflix access, encryption and simultaneous connections arenas.

The providers performed dead-even in the privacy category.

While NordVPN made a good showing and is certainly a valid option for many users, PureVPN scored the best overall, coming out on top in a close contest.