NordVPN vs Opera VPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
The case of NordVPN vs. Opera VPN has many plot twists. While NordVPN’s remarkable privacy protocols provide a firm no logging policy and ensure that users can enjoy total anonymity and secure browsing, there is a dispute over whether Opera is an actual VPN or just a proxy since it only redirects the traffic through the company’s servers. On the other side, NordVPN offers various forms of payment, but Opera VPN competes with an anonymous payment method. One of the most important features that make Opera VPN competitive on the market is the fact that this VPN is free of charge. Speed measurements shows that NordVPN leads, but Opera VPN doesn't fall far behind. However, US Netflix streaming can be done with NordVPN, while Opera VPN fails to provide this service since Netflix has found a way to detect Opera’s VPN, and thus blocks it.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 3.7
Pricing
  • 4.8
  • 5.0
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 3.5
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.9

NordVPN is surely the most popular VPN provider, but does this mean it is also the best one? What I saw is that they do not have one “killer feature,” but rather a combination of supreme security, careful attention to privacy, and a handy support that’s one click away. For this review, I tried to tackle NordVPN and find flaws in their product, but I’m not sure I succeeded. Sure, I found a few t

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Latest positive user review
Dren
  • 5.0
Very satisfied so far I had been carefully exploring VPN subscriptions from different providers and came to the last two. ExpressVPN and Nord. Had trials on both. Nord is a winner. Stable so far, quick too. And with the 3 year deal, it became my next shield for the future 3 years.
Latest negative user review
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
Review by our expert

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.0

If you think Opera is like any other VPN, you’d be wrong. Opera is a free web-browser that has a built-in VPN. It’s not as advanced as ExpressVPN or NordVPN, but for a free VPN, it’s pretty reliable. The web browser has an easy-to-install app for Android and iOS, so you can use

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Latest positive user review
Martin
  • 5.0
Opera a good thing Nothing is 100% save. Opera is a pretty good choice. It is free and it gets you where you wanna go. The weakest point is not the software its the man behind it. To open something you will always need a key. No one steals a car without its key. Question is who has the key or where the bad guys get it. You can secure your house, if people wanna get in they will, you can secure your car, if people wanna get it, they get it. Never be stupid and let the key in the log. I believe, every security software is safe, you have to beware of the people selling the keys, Opera is the best choice ever. There is always the same security level no better no worse. 5 locations, pretty quick, has encryption, easy use and FREE.
Latest negative user review
JC
  • 1.0
Recent Opera VPN changes were a mistake Due to the recent Opera VPN changes - IE, not being able to select a country, language issues and questionable security, I have deleted Opera from my PC. It was a bad decision for Opera and I suggest they correct the issues, particularly security and return to a version similar to the previous version.
Latest positive user review
Dren
  • 5.0
Very satisfied so far I had been carefully exploring VPN subscriptions from different providers and came to the last two. ExpressVPN and Nord. Had trials on both. Nord is a winner. Stable so far, quick too. And with the 3 year deal, it became my next shield for the future 3 years.
Martin
  • 5.0
Opera a good thing Nothing is 100% save. Opera is a pretty good choice. It is free and it gets you where you wanna go. The weakest point is not the software its the man behind it. To open something you will always need a key. No one steals a car without its key. Question is who has the key or where the bad guys get it. You can secure your house, if people wanna get in they will, you can secure your car, if people wanna get it, they get it. Never be stupid and let the key in the log. I believe, every security software is safe, you have to beware of the people selling the keys, Opera is the best choice ever. There is always the same security level no better no worse. 5 locations, pretty quick, has encryption, easy use and FREE.
Latest negative user review
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
JC
  • 1.0
Recent Opera VPN changes were a mistake Due to the recent Opera VPN changes - IE, not being able to select a country, language issues and questionable security, I have deleted Opera from my PC. It was a bad decision for Opera and I suggest they correct the issues, particularly security and return to a version similar to the previous version.
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.75/ month $0.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 0
Devices per license 6 1
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

While Opera is good for a free VPN, Nord far outmatches them. NordVPN offers tutorials on how to bring internet freedom to people in China and avoid imposed censorship using their services. Opera, on the other hand, is unable to break through the Great Firewall of China. Nord also offers far more countries to connect to than Opera, as well as allows for up to 6 simultaneous connections. We can say with confidence that Opera VPN is among the best free VPNs available, but taking into consideration how many significant benefits NordVPN gives for a reasonable price, it cannot be more recommended.  More Info