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NordVPN vs Viscosity 2022

Table of Contents

    Rating

    Features 9.9/10
    Pricing 9.6/10
    Ease of Use 10.0/10
    Reliability & Support 10.0/10
    Features 8.1/10
    Pricing 6.0/10
    Ease of Use 8.6/10
    Reliability & Support 8.4/10

    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 $3.29/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

    Latest negative user review
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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 Guy Fawkes
    Guy Fawkes

    Anonymous Cybersecurity Experts

    8.4/10

    Viscosity is an OpenVPN client that provides a rich Cocoa user interface for creating, editing, and controlling, and managing VPN connections. Just as displayed on their homepage, Viscosity is a first-class OpenVPN client that lets you secure your network with ease and style on both Mac and Windows OS. Developed by Sparklabs, a software development company founded in early 2008 with its headqu...

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    Latest positive user review
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    RedNectar Chris Welsh
    10.0/10
    It just works. All the time!

    My requirement is to have a VPN connection to my development lab, pretty much constantly. I had spent...  hours trying to get another (free) Open VPN client working on macOS. Some days it would work, often DNS didn't work and the VPN DNS would take over, or the VPN DNS would not get used when it was needed. I found myself connecting only when I really needed to, and disconnecting as soon as I could. Then I decided I could afford the modest fee for Viscosity - and I have not regretted it for a second. Easy to install, easy to set up (yes, you do need to read the instructions) and when our VPN server had a problem, I had the logs to help figure out what was going on. Initially I set up a TAP (L2 bridged) connection, and my macOS did give me a warning about "legacy system extensions" (See support.apple.com/en-us/HT210999) but once I allowed it, it worked just fine. We later moved the whole setup to a L3 routed (TUN) connection which did not require any legacy system extensions, and it still works perfectly - irrespective of screen savers or any other software. RedNectar 2020.06.09More

    Latest negative user review
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    Janara
    2.0/10
    It just stopped working after January crash

    Worst VPN I have ever seen. I have to get download my connection file every other day, such a lame pro... duct, I can't tolerate the message "connect to VPN" when the connection says it's connected, why it is just this stupid...More

    Pricing

    Starting price $3.29/month
    Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 Days
    Number of devices per license 6 devices
    Starting price $14/month
    Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 Days
    Number of devices per license 3 devices

    The Bottom Line

    Author Image Kristina Perunicic
    Kristina Perunicic

    Managing Editor

    Final Verdict 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. If you’re concerned about these issues, I’d recommend ExpressVPN because it offers top speeds

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    Time to decide which one is best for you