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NordVPN vs Shadowsocks 2023

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    Rating

    Features 9.4/10
    Pricing 9.6/10
    Ease of Use 10.0/10
    Reliability & Support 10.0/10
    Features 8.0/10
    Pricing 10.0/10
    Ease of Use 7.6/10
    Reliability & Support 7.8/10

    Reviews

    Review by our expert
    Author Image Kristina Perunicic
    Kristina Perunicic

    Managing Editor

    10.0/10

    On the surface, NordVPN looks like a really impressive service. It claims to have a huge global server network, the ability to unblock tons of streaming platforms, and iron-clad security and privacy features. Plus, you can get it all for just $3.49/month. That all sounds great, but is there a catch? To find out, I did an in-depth analysis of NordVPN. I tested its speeds and how well it performs...

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    Latest positive user review
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    John Hoy
    10.0/10
    Best documentation was easy to understand

    I came from Surfshark which never worked correctly. I had to run from the browser extension with supp... ort telling me it was my network that was causing the problem. That was rubbish. I set Nord up and had it running in a short time from the documentation. I only had to ask support about accessing more servers than just the one I saw. Great product.More

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    Dax
    6.0/10
    Average service, some nice features, rubbish support

    Basic features work really well. Basically. I liked the feature that when Nord crashes (as it seems to...  do monthly) it will shut other apps so they aren't exposed. My subscription is based in Australia. Found downloads peak at about 1-1.5Mb/s, which is ok as long as you aren't playing online games. Don't go for the frills (though hard not to when they gamify them). I canceled my subscription because I added the Kill switch and then MFA. Nek Minnit I can't even log in. No way to remove the Kill switch without logging in. Uninstalled, reinstalled no joy. Went to the help page, and it redirected me to up my subscription as the only solution. No chatbot where I am. and I don't have an email app so couldn't email help. After a couple of hours of mucking around. Gave up and went to a competitor. Note: if I hadn't played with the security settings, I would still be with Nord. But if I can't log in, it's a dead service to me.More

    Review by our expert
    Author Image Nicky Hosek
    Nicky Hosek

    Cybersecurity Researcher

    7.0/10

    Shadowsocks is a strange beast; it is part VPN and part a shadow that travels around in cyberspace unnoticed (a little like that sock that you lost in the laundry that you never found). Shadowsocks differs from a VPN in that it isn’t intended to protect your privacy nor to give you anonymity while surfing. For that, we suggest you opt for a premium vendor like ExpressVPN. As a SOCKS5 prox...

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    Latest positive user review
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    AvP
    10.0/10
    Super Alternative für China, wenn man einfach nur blockierte Seiten aufrufen möchte oder Geoblocking umgehen möchte

    Shadowsocks ist keine VPN, das sollte man wissen. Aber für das Umgehen von Blockierungen von Internets... eiten (z.B. in China) oder Geoblocking ist es super gut geeignet und funktioniert immer, auch wenn die großen VPN-Anbieter Probleme haben (dort lief um den 70. Jahrestag der Volksrepublik China nichts mehr). Ich schaue über Shadowsocks und Zattoo alle deutsche Sender in China, kann auch brav Google/WhatsApp benutzen. Ich habe meinen eigenen Shadowsocks-Server zuhause stehen, die Lösung kostet mich damit gar nichts (was man mit VPN auch machen kann, aber da wird die Verbindung immer mal wieder geblockt).More

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    Pricing

    Starting price $3.49/month
    Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 Days
    Number of devices per license 6 devices
    Starting price 0/
    Money Back Guarantee (Days) 0 Days
    Number of devices per license 1 devices

    The Bottom Line

    Author Image Kristina Perunicic
    Kristina Perunicic

    Managing Editor

    Simply put, Good Value for Money... NordVPN has plenty to offer, from fast speeds, to optimized servers and the ability to bypass geoblocks on streaming platforms like Netflix and HBO Max. It offers excellent security features like AES 256-bit encryption and a strict no-logs policy to keep you safe online. It can also work in China, provided that you install it before you get there, and it’s compatible with a wide range of devices. And when it comes to support, NordVPN is quick to respond with helpful and friendly answers. Its biggest downfalls for me were the long connection times and that it’s slightly more complicated to use for torrenting than other VPNs. It’s also unfortunate that it’s unable to unblock Amazon Prime Video and Sky Go. On top of that, I had difficulty finding the right servers for gaming. However, despite these slight downsides, NordVPN is great value for

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