To the casual eye, two big players like NordVPN and Private Internet Access (PIA) may seem very much the same. For instance, both providers have been leading the market for years and offer unlimited bandwidth, browser proxy extensions, DNS leak protection, a kill switch, and ad/malware protection. In addition, they both follow a strict no logging policy, though NordVPN has an advantage since – unlike the US-based PIA – it is based in Panama, which does not fall under US jurisdiction laws. Upon taking a deeper look, NordVPN and Private Internet Access are competitively different. Even though NordVPN accepts various payment methods, Private Internet Access is more diverse and offers gift cards. Moreover, NordVPN comes with flashy discounts and attractive price plans, but Private Internet Access offers steady, cheap plans. Although, PIA only offer a 7-day money-back guarantee, whereas NordVPN offers 30 days.
NordVPN’s Tor over VPN server and double encryption (Double VPN) for extra security make it a better VPN for censored countries, like China (even though PIA does allow users to connect to the Tor Network with their VPN). Both VPNs offer a lot of simultaneous connections (5 for PIA and 6 for Nord), and both have thousands of servers to connect to. Understandably, PIA has more servers (3000+) compared to NordVPN’s (2500), but since NordVPN can connect to Netflix and other streaming sites with high speed, it makes it more valuable.