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Military-grade encryption with NordVPN

Protect your personal data by encrypting it.

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Why should I encrypt my online data?

Your connection to the internet is an open window – it takes little effort to look inside.

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Internet service providers

They track your internet traffic and sell your data to advertisers.

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Hackers

They exploit unsecure connections to get inside your phones and computers.

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Governments

They can demand logs of your online activity.

You need an encrypted VPN service to close that window.

Here's how your data can be exposed

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Once you’re connected to the web, every piece of your traffic goes through your internet service provider (ISP). That’s just how the internet works. To reach a website you have to send a request to the ISP, which directs you towards your destination. As a result, all that you do online is an open book for the ISP.

No technological barrier prevents the ISP from tracking and logging your online behavior, selling the data to advertisers, or handing it over to the authorities. Ethical ISPs that protect the privacy of their clients are few and far between. And even if your ISP is trustworthy, the government can compel it to give up your browsing history.

Unless you use a VPN

Virtual Private Network (VPN) routes your internet traffic through a VPN tunnel – an encrypted connection between your device and the destination on the web. Not only does a VPN tunnel encrypt your data, but it also and hides your IP address and location. Like an armored van, it takes you from point A to point B in total secret, shielding you from any dangers that lurk outside.

How does NordVPN encryption work?

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Your device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) initiates a connection to a VPN server. Once the device is authenticated, NordVPN creates an encrypted tunnel.

Any data sent over the internet needs to be split into packets. So your private data is split, encapsulated and passed through the encrypted VPN tunnel. When the data arrives at the VPN server, the outer packet is removed to access the data within through decryption.

Your encrypted data looks like gibberish to any third-party observer:

  • Neither ISPs nor hackers can read it, even if they manage to intercept it.
  • No government can get logs of your browsing history since there are none.

Connected to a VPN server, you browse the internet in the cover of it’s IP address and location. With every new connection, your online identity switches to a new IP address, hiding you under a new cloak of encryption.

You have something to hide, even if you think that you don’t

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Passwords and usernames

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Medical history

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Private conversations

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Online banking credentials

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Work emails

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The list goes on…

You may trust your government or the ISP, but it would be foolish to trust every single person on this earth. Cybercriminals exploit all kinds of vulnerabilities to get to your data. If you do nothing to protect it, you might as well hand it over to them directly.

To put it simply, if you use the internet, you need military-grade VPN encryption.

You get top-tier encryption with NordVPN

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NordVPN has built its reputation through years of hard and diligent work, striving to make your online experience as private and secure as possible.

Security and tech experts like CNET, PCMag, and BestVPN have praised NordVPN for providing military-grade encryption that is virtually uncrackable.

Unfortunately, without encryption, your traffic is not safe. Third parties can easily access it through various lawful and unlawful ways. Your data is public by default. You have to take measures to make it private. And With NordVPN, you can.

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

AES is an encryption standard used and approved worldwide by governments, cybersecurity experts, and cryptography enthusiasts. NordVPN uses AES with 256-bit keys, which is recommended by the NSA for securing classified information, including the TOP SECRET level.

How secure is AES?

  • No known practical attack can break this encryption. If you used a brute-force attack – which means checking all possible key combinations – you would need more resources than humanity currently has at its disposal.
  • The number 256 refers to the key size, so 256-bit has 2^256 possible combinations. While it is true that any key can be broken given enough resources, AES with 256-bit keys is absolute overkill. To break it, you would need to build supercomputers – which cannot yet be built – that would work on decryption for billions of years.
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Right now, there is not enough time in this Universe to crack AES 256-bit encryption.

NordVPN utilizes two different VPN protocols

NordVPN creates a tunnel to transmit your data to VPN servers securely. NordVPN uses two different security protocols to determine how that tunnel is actually formed.

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IKEv2/IPsec

Internet protocol security (IPsec) operates with the newest version of the Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2) to enhance security, stability, and speed. IKEv2/IPsec employs powerful cryptographic algorithms and keys, which are unbreakable by supercomputers.

With computing power continuously increasing, and cryptography breakthroughs always around the corner, it’s important to stay one step ahead. That’s why NordVPN uses the very adaptable Next Generation Encryption (NGE) with IKEv2/IPsec. No matter how fast the world changes, you will get state of the art encryption.

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OpenVPN

OpenVPN is an extremely versatile security protocol, which you can use both for TCP and UPD ports – for safe browsing, gaming, and live streaming. To guarantee the protection of your sensitive data, NordVPN uses AES-256-GCM encryption algorithm with a 2048-bit DH key.

The whole global cybersecurity community has a stake in OpenVPN since it has an open source code, which is freely available for review and modification. With every new bug report, with every new-found vulnerability, with every line of code, this security protocol gets stronger and better. It thrives on transparency.

NordVPN selects encryption settings that suit you best

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You don’t need to be a cryptographer to use NordVPN – just download the app, log in, and connect to one of our servers. One click encrypts your private data.

IKEv2/IPsec has been adopted as a default in NordVPN iOS and macOS apps, while OpenVPN is the default for NordVPN Windows, macOS, and Android apps. That means that macOS users have the freedom to choose between IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN.

IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN have their pros and cons, but both are dependable and highly recommended by NordVPN. Either of these protocols is a safe option if you are concerned with your online privacy and security.

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