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 it's only a few dollars per month. 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
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
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

OperaVPN once had different versions; a web-browser VPN and a mobile app. The Opera mobile app, which was available for Android and iOS, is no longer active (read more about it below), but there are a few good free alternatives, such as Read all

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
Ex Opera User
  • 1.0
Opera browser VPN stopped working. Always down. I have last 32-bit Opera web browser v45 on Linux, but VPN totally stopped working. Used to be spotty, now kaput. VPN was the only reason to use Opera. They stopped supporting 32-bit. Now Slimjet is better and still supports 32-bit, but no VPN. I'm off Opera because their good ideas are quickly abandoned, leaving end users in the lurch. Guys, if you roll out a VPN feature, then commit to it and stick with it! Otherwise you create a lot of distrust and ill will.
Latest positive user review
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
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.
Ex Opera User
  • 1.0
Opera browser VPN stopped working. Always down. I have last 32-bit Opera web browser v45 on Linux, but VPN totally stopped working. Used to be spotty, now kaput. VPN was the only reason to use Opera. They stopped supporting 32-bit. Now Slimjet is better and still supports 32-bit, but no VPN. I'm off Opera because their good ideas are quickly abandoned, leaving end users in the lurch. Guys, if you roll out a VPN feature, then commit to it and stick with it! Otherwise you create a lot of distrust and ill will.
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.75/ month $0.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 0
Devices per license 6 1
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Best VPNs by category

Best VPNs Overall width="172" width="172" Opera is free, but cannot compete with Nord's outstanding specs and features.
Best VPNs for Torrents width="172" width="172" You cannot torrent with Opera's VPN. NordVPN, however, has numerous dedicated servers for torrenting.
Best VPNs for Windows width="172" width="172" For a free VPN, Opera provides a simple web browser that can also encrypt your data and hide your IP address. However, if you want a VPN that can protect all of your activity (not just what you do on a web browser) then NordVPN is the better option.
Best VPNs for Android width="172" width="172" Opera no longer has a VPN app for Android. NordVPN, on the other hand, comes with an easy-to-use, streamlined app that won't slow down your connection.
Best VPNs for MAC width="172" width="172" Mac users will appreciate NordVPN's simplistic design and top security features. Opera has a nice online browser that comes with a VPN, but it doesn't protect your activity that is not on the browser.
Best VPNs for iOS width="172" width="172" Opera no longer has a VPN app for iOS. NordVPN's iOS app comes highly recommended, with extra features, great speeds, and thousands of servers to connect to.
Best VPNs for USA width="172" width="172" NordVPN has hundreds of servers in the US that will allow you to unblock content and change your IP address. Opera does not unblock a lot of content, and it's number of servers are limited.
 

 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 outranks 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