A VPN username and password combination is the key to unlocking a secure private connection, which you can get only by purchasing a subscription. However, you could easily find numerous posts in forums and listings on e-commerce sites selling VPN subscriptions of popular providers. Beware – these are often stolen accounts or fakes only there to trick you out of your money.
Feb 26, 2021 · 4 min read
VPNs are becoming more and more relevant and desireable as cybercrime rates grow. They can do more than just provide secure encrypted connections on any connected device. That's why cybercriminals steal people’s VPN credentials for themselves or to re-sell. Don’t want your account to end up for sale online? There’s one sure way to prevent that – use a strong VPN password.
Cybercriminals use different tactics to steal people’s credentials and then sell them online. Here are the most popular ones:
Phishing scams come in many forms, like someone pretending to be an official representative of a service you use and asking for your password and email to fix something in your account; or a genuine-looking password reset email warning you that someone tried to log in to your account. Some can be absurdly obvious, while others very well made. It takes a trained eye to recognize a phishing scam, so always go over such emails very carefully before clicking on anything. Better yet, open a new tab and go to the supposedly compromised account to change your password manually.
You clicked on a malicious link, downloaded questionable software, used a shady torrenting site, and now you have malware on your device. Worst of all, you might not even notice it before it’s too late. Keyloggers and spyware will collect data about you, including your credentials for various sites and services, and send it all to the attacker.
Websites with poor security are easy prey to an experienced hacker. However, large companies with sophisticated infrastructures can also mess up. In the end, the result is the same – people’s usernames and passwords end up for sale online. As most internet users don’t bother to set a different password for every account, cybercriminals try the same set of credentials for different online services. THis is called credential stuffing. Unfortunately, they often succeed and take the account over.
If you suspect that your account could be compromised or you forgot your NordVPN password, here’s how you can change it:
1. Go to nordaccount.com
2. Enter your email.
3. Tap the “Forgot your password?” link.
4. You’ll receive a link in your email for resetting your password.
If you need more help, visit our Help Center for a detailed tutorial on changing NordVPN password.
If you got a “password verification failed: ‘Auth’” error when trying to log in to NordVPN’s Windows app, there are a few things you can do:
If you’re still having problems, visit our Help Center or contact a support agent.
There are a few simple rules you can follow to create a strong password:
You put a lot of trust in your VPN provider. It’s important to know that it doesn’t track your actions online or store too much data on you – including your password. A reputable VPN company will have strict rules about how they handle their users’ information.
Choose a safe VPN provider like NordVPN and enjoy secure browsing.