When you connect to a VPN server, you shield your internet traffic from your internet service provider (ISP) and others. They can no longer see your online activities — but the one holding your shield can. That’s why it’s crucial to know what kind of logs your VPN provider keeps.
A “no-log VPN” is one that doesn’t collect (or log) traffic that passes through its servers. This is trickier than it may seem, since many countries force services to store data for at least some time — to protect your online privacy, true no-logs VPNs operate out of jurisdictions without data retention laws, such as Panama.
A VPN provider’s log-keeping policy is its official stance on data retention. It sets the bar for what you, the customer, can expect when using its services. To protect your online privacy, it’s absolutely crucial to know what kind of logs your provider keeps — and to verify its claims.
The best no-logs VPNs have their policies audited by independent experts. NordVPN was the first major service to submit its VPN no-logs practices for review, hiring PricewaterhouseCoopers AG to conduct thorough audits in 2018 and again in 2020. They found that we are true to our word — we really do not keep logs of your online activities.
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Usage logs contain a lot of potentially sensitive personal information, but even connection logs can be used to identify you online. While you should definitely stay away from VPN providers that collect usage logs, also keep an eye out for those that keep extensive connection logs.
Worried that NordVPN logs your data? Rest easy. We offer a zero-logs VPN service. It means that we do not store your online activities. Nothing to store — nothing to see — nothing to share with anyone.
We invited one of the Big 4 auditing firms — PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Zurich, Switzerland — to perform an industry-first audit of our no-log claims in 2018. Then we invited them again in 2020. Both reports found that our policy description was fair and accurate.
NordVPN is incorporated in Panama, which has no data retention laws. We don’t collect your personal data. Your business is strictly your business — enjoy surfing the web, watching streams, playing games, or working in complete privacy.
NordVPN supports numerous payment methods, including cryptocurrencies. In fact, a crypto wallet lets you sign up and pay for NordVPN anonymously. You’ll be protected by our 30-day money-back guarantee even if you make your purchase private — after all, we offer a risk-free VPN purchase.
If you handle exceptionally sensitive information, you could benefit from an extra layer of security — and that’s where NordVPN’s specialty servers come in. We offer powerful privacy-focused solutions like Double VPN or Onion Over VPN. Simply select the type of server you want in the app, connect, and enjoy the added security immediately.