Choosing the best VPN for your needs can be tough, especially when the market is flooded with vendors offering lots of promises. Let’s showcase the strengths and weaknesses of two well-known VPN pioneers, ibVPN and NordVPN. NordVPN hits the ground running with a colossal network of 5,000+ servers in 60+ countries, about 35 times bigger than ibVPN’s network of 150+ servers in 40+ countries. Both ibVPN and NordVPN have a healthy focus on user anonymity, thanks to privacy-friendly locations in Romania and Panamá, respectively. Both also offer high-end security, including military-grade encryption, a kill switch, IPv6 leak protection, double VPN protocols, and Tor over VPN. NordVPN guarantees hassle-free access to almost any restricted web content from anywhere in the world. It delivers consistently high speeds and works almost flawlessly in China. Although ibVPN is also skilled at overcoming geo-restrictions, its speeds are just above average. Connecting with ibVPN also sometimes requires manual setup, especially in tough locations such as China. NordVPN also offers some sweet extras, such as the anti-malware CyberSec suite and a SmartPlay (Dynamic DNS) mode for fast streaming. On the opposite side, ibVPN competes with a SmartDNS service and more tunneling protocols, including SoftEther, Shadowsocks, SSTP, and Stealth VPN. The two VPNs offer browser extensions and have dedicated apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Both ibVPN and NordVPN are also compatible with Linux systems and routers. In terms of value for your money, NordVPN stands out by offering six simultaneous connections per account, a 3-day or 7-day free trial, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meanwhile, ibVPN supports five simultaneous connections only with its Ultimate plan, but does offer a 24-hour free trial and a 15-day money-back guarantee. Both services provide excellent 24/7 live chat support and a variety of payment options, including Bitcoin. We’ll find our winner by diving into a category-by-category comparison.