No matter how secure and well-protected a VPN is, the user's experience depends in large-part on one factor; speed. That’s why NordVPN has worked tirelessly to make your data move faster. The new protocols and global infrastructure we’ve developed are paying off.
Jul 10, 2020 · 3 min read
Browsing on an unencrypted, high-speed connection is effortless – pages load instantly, videos stream in high quality, and large downloads are complete in seconds. When it all slows down – for whatever reason – we notice.
Using a VPN means inevitably adding some extra steps in the data transfer process. A poorly configured VPN can be one of the many causes of a slowdown, and if it is, people will be less likely to use it.
At NordVPN, we believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between privacy and speed. Why not have both?
In 2020, leading tech reviewers have put NordVPN’s enhanced speeds to the test, time and time again. The results? We consistently rank among the fastest VPNs on the market, according to sites like Comparitech, VPN Mentor, ProPrivacy, and Restore Privacy.
The swathe of improvements we've implemented this year has really cemented our position as a leader in the VPN space. As long-established security experts, it’s great to now see our speed and stability getting the recognition they deserve.
NordVPN is faster than ever because our engineers and tech-heads never stop raising the bar. One of our major speed breakthroughs in 2020 was the development of NordVPN’s newest protocol: NordLynx.
This major update began with the skeleton of the WireGuard protocol. Wireguard offers unprecedented speeds and is widely seen as a game-changer in the VPN space.
Its surprisingly lean coding infrastructure makes it easy to implement and maintain, but it's not perfect. This protocol is still in development, and on its own it fails to meet the high standards of security and privacy NordVPN users expect. That’s where NordLynx comes in.
We combined WireGuard with our own double NAT (Network Address Translation) system. This allows us to establish a secure VPN connection without storing any identifiable user data, a core principle for NordVPN. This groundbreaking combination became NordLynx; a protocol that offers speed without compromising security.
On almost all fronts, NordLynx outmatches both OpenVPN and IPSec, the previous market-leading protocols. We carried out more than 250,000 speed tests, but NordLynx stands alone as the fastest protocol we’ve ever implemented. After a trial period on Linux, we’ve now rolled it out across Android, Windows, iOS, and macOS.
NordLynx is just one of NordVPN’s protocols, of course. We're continuously working to improve all aspects of our service. Here are just a few of the updates we've rolled out in recent months:
Borderless browsing, robust security, control over your own data: these are rights we believe every internet user should enjoy.
Fast, private, secure browsing is just a click away.