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NordVPN’s Answer to Russia’s Surveillance Law: Additional Security Measures

Christina Craig

Christina Craig

Jul 14, 2016 · 2 min read

NordVPN’s Answer to Russia’s Surveillance Law: Additional Security Measures
The Russian Government has just passed a new law that makes Internet and Telecom user data storage mandatory countrywide. All calls, texts, chats and web browsing activity will be monitored and stored by the country’s Internet and Telecom providers. Gathered Information can be accessed by authorities and several Government agencies without a warrant. NordVPN will continue to provide its services to Russian citizens and will be introducing additional security measures to ensure no Internet users are left behind, and Internet freedom can be provided to everyone. NordVPN wants to ensure Internet users in Russia that they can do so privately and securely with NordVPN.

New measures and precautions

As we are unable to keep physical servers in Russia anymore, we urge those who require a VPN to look for the closest server in the countries surrounding you. The choice to remove Russian based servers was to protect Russian Internet users’ data. Unfortunately, you will not be able to access Russian content while using our service anymore.
  • NordVPN servers do not store any logs ( not in Russia – not anywhere)
  • New Double VPN servers will be introduced. They will ensure the traffic is encrypted twice and securely tunneled between the two servers (Detailed Service update to follow re: new Double VPN servers)
  • We encourage our customers to use NordVPN apps, which use toughest security protocols by default (including OpenVPN or IKEv2):
    • (OpenVPN – cryptographic algorithm AES256 – using 2048-bit Diffie Hellmann encryption keys, and IKEv2/IPsec – AES-256-GCM  with SHA2-384 to ensure integrity, combined with PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy) using 3072-bit Diffie Hellmann keys.)
    • Using NordVPN apps also ensures access to up-to-date updates and access to the latest servers
We will continue to share tips and encourage our customers to exercise best security practices that go over and above VPN service. Here at NordVPN we want to ensure that all Internet users have access to the most privacy and security oriented solution online.  Please note: journalists, activists and those that are in serious need for emergency encryption, can request a free emergency VPN account.