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What is VPN encryption and why should I encrypt my online data?

VPN encryption scrambles your online data so that third parties can’t view nor misuse it.


Internet service providers

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



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



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. Read our What is a VPN primer to learn why you absolutely need a VPN stay safe online.

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


Passwords and usernames


Medical history


Private conversations


Online banking credentials


Work emails


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 next-generation VPN encryption.

You get top-tier encryption with NordVPN

NordVPN privacy award

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 next-generation encryption that is virtually uncrackable.

Unfortunately, without VPN encryption, your traffic is simply 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.

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

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 encryption key size, so 256-bit has 2^256 possible combinations. While theoretically no encryption cipher is truly impregnable, AES with 256-bit keys is absolute overkill when it comes to security. To break it, you would need to build supercomputers – which cannot yet be built – that would work on decryption for billions of years.

Right now, there is not enough time in this Universe to crack AES 256-bit encryption.

NordVPN utilizes three different VPN protocols

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

The triple-S VPN experience — speed, security, simplicity

NordVPN on multiple devices

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.

NordLynx, our newest VPN solution that marries super speed with solid security, is available on all major platforms. In addition, iOS and macOS users can also choose between IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN protocols, while those on Windows, Android, and Linux can use OpenVPN.

Every protocol has its pros and cons, but all are dependable and highly recommended by NordVPN. If you’re worried about your privacy and security, any of them is a safe option.

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