Hello, 2022! We’re excited to bring a whole lot of newness to you:
Dark Web Monitor: It’s a Sherlocky feature that silently scouts the shady underbelly of the internet for data leaks. If it detects exposed credentials linked with your email address – ding! You get an alert. This way, you can immediately change your passwords on breached services to defend your data against cybercriminals. And flipping a switch is all it takes to power the Dark Web Monitor. Elementary.
Security score: It shows the collective power of the features you’re using. The higher the score, the more powerful your online security. Check yours – if it’s not 100% yet, we’ll help you reach the summit of NordVPN protection in no time!
Left sidebar: It holds handy shortcuts to Settings, your security score, and the main VPN screen. This will let you easily navigate back and forth through the sections, no matter where in the app you are.
More languages: You can now use NordVPN in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins might steal the spotlight during the spooky season, but cyber threats are haunting year-round! That’s a reminder to keep your connection protected with the VPN most of the time. And here’s what we did to elevate your NordVPN experience even higher:
The NordVPN icon in the system tray will turn blue when you’re connected to VPN so that you can tell your VPN status at a glance. We’ve also added a tooltip for reassurance.
When taking you to Nord Account to log in, we’ll follow along with the language of the app. Matchy-matchy.
Our diagnostics tool is now more friendly! It will be easier for you to get help in those Houston-we-have-a-problem situations.
The space-saving mission continues: from now on, update setup files will be sized down twice.
We worked on split tunneling to improve its performance.
Fixed: you might have been seeing multiple NordVPN icons in the taskbar after an update. We don’t want you to feel attacked or anything, so the bug is now fixed.
We’re bringing a bunch of improvements together like pieces of a puzzle:
If you’ve got a dedicated IP address from us, you can now set it for auto-connect.
We improved the housekeeping of our installation files to take up less space on your PC.
A tweak here and there for even better VPN performance.
Now it’s your turn to place the final piece – breathe in, breathe out, and update your NordVPN app. Ah, that puzzler’s joy!
We’re packing improvements to elevate your NordVPN experience even higher:
Konnichiwa! The app now speaks Japanese.
The VPN status box got refreshed. We’ve switched to colorful labels to highlight the current status and also added more info – your ISP and IP address even when not connected to VPN.
Prepare for a new feature – and make it double!
Multi-factor authentication (MFA): It adds only a few seconds to your day but makes a huge difference to your account’s security. Set up MFA and use an authenticator app to verify that it’s really you logging in to your Nord Account.
Refer a friend: Know someone who’s not using NordVPN for online protection yet? Invite them to sign up with your unique referral link, and both get 1 month free. The more friends you refer, the more free months of service you get to enjoy!
New: From time to time, we have some interesting stuff to share with you. However, the app was missing a line of communication and behaving in a reserved manner (blame our silent Nordic personality, we suppose?). Now it’s time to break the ice: product updates and hand-picked security tips will reach you via in-app messages.
Better: When updating, the app will use less data.
Better: A few tweaks under and above the hood to make the app run smoother, look nicer, and be a joy to use.
While traveling is off the table or at least limited to elevator rides, you can calm that travel bug by roaming virtually with us. Connect to NordVPN servers in different countries to change your virtual location. And what if we tell you that New York or Sydney now can be a one-click destination?
New: Location markers for cities on the map. For countries with VPN servers in several cities, you will see those cities on the map when you zoom in. Click to connect to a server in New York, Berlin, Sydney… Well, it’s more exciting when you explore the city options yourself.
Better: Enough of being mysterious. When you launch the app, the NordVPN splash screen will indicate that it’s loading.
Better: We put our racer helmets on and did some work under the hood to make the app faster to start.
Fixed: A few visual improvements for the map’s accuracy.
Fixed: The vanishing server list magic. The server list no longer appears empty after updating the app and launching it with no internet connection.
Fixed: The unreliable one. Sometimes, auto-connect wouldn’t work properly after an app update or a PC restart. Well, no more – you can count on it.
What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear ‘around the world’? Daft Punk (*sob*)? In 80 days? Ferdinand Magellan? Your bucket list? Or maybe you teleport to a discotheque back in the late days of Eurodance (Gen Z – cover your ears, if you will)? For us, it’s the map – the main highlight of this release:
In this map upgrade, we reworked how we organize country markers to make the map more handy when connecting to VPN. Depending on a zoom level, you’ll either see all location markers or marker clusters by areas. So now there’s more order, nothing’s overlapping, and, hopefully, there’s more convenience for you.
The other highlights:
The app will use less memory.
Keeping security on point with the update to OpenVPN 2.4.10.
Obfuscated servers are temporarily unavailable with OpenVPN UDP. If you were using this combo, your protocol will be changed to OpenVPN TCP automatically.
Fixed: The login grinch. Logging in via Nord Account will be smoother now, as we got rid of a few bugs ruining the joy of jumping into the app.
Fixed: Double-click the adventurous. No more unexpected transitions when you double-click on the map.
We took up a challenge of telling you what’s new in 40 seconds. Go!
New: From now on, you’ll be logging in with your Nord Account – we’ll take you to your browser to log in and then take you back to the app. If you ever decide to expand your protection beyond VPN, your Nord Account will work like magic when getting on board with other Nord Security products.
Better: In addition to Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, split tunneling is now available on Windows 7 too.
Fixed: Anti-splitter. This bug no longer gets in your way when using split tunneling.
Fixed: The internet thief. Sometimes, it would stealthily do the mischievous work under the hood to leave you without an internet connection. Well, no more.
Fixed: Fencer. This bug no longer prevents apps from accessing the IP address 127.0.0.1 with VPN disabled through split tunneling.
Fixed: Anti-proxy. Logging in to the NordVPN app will work smoothly even if you’re using a browser proxy extension. We can all get along.
40 seconds. Nailed it.
Since everyone’s working on their ‘naughty-or-nice’ scores… We heard that this is the recipe for a perfect release: something new, something better, and a dash of fixed bugs. Here’s our attempt:
New: Split tunneling. That’s a super handy feature if you don’t want some of your apps to run through a VPN connection. With split tunneling, you have the power to make VPN protection work best for you. Available in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Better: If you use Kill Switch for your apps, now you can also enable it for web apps and apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Oh, and the same goes for split tunneling!
Fixed: Pretentious bouncer. This mischievous bug will no longer log users out from the app after restarting their PC or if the internet connection dropped for a moment.
Fixed: Taskbar hogger. The app will no longer persistently stay in the taskbar if you set it to launch minimized.
Fixed: Buzzkill. This bug will no longer prevent split tunneling from working smoothly.
Just in time for the back-to-school vibes, our app picked up a new skill: Bonjour! Hallo! ¡Hola! Yes, it’s going multilingual. Look for a Language switch in Settings to change to French, German, or Spanish.
From now on, updating the app doesn’t have to stop you from what you’re doing. We’ll let you know when a new version is ready, and it will be installed in the background while NordVPN is running. Restart the app and enjoy!
You’ll see a new icon in the header bar that looks like a bell. That’s home for notifications, which will inform you about important stuff – for example, if there’s an update ready.
We implemented some cool stuff under the hood to improve the app stability and overall performance. Also, a few design updates above the hood to give the app a fresher look.
A few bugs causing connection issues were minimized to the level of non-existence.
Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the update from running smoothly.
Fixed a bug that sometimes logged users out after completing the update.
A security patch is in place.
Spotted a bug? Report it to us by using a form within the app, and we’ll bring our bug spray.
Seamless protection with auto-connect: if you enable it on unsecured Wi-Fi networks, NordVPN will connect automatically when you join one and stay connected as long as you’re on it – unless you disable auto-connect or trust this Wi-Fi network.
Bye Favorites: As servers in Favorites and Recents often overlap, we’re eliminating the Favorites section from the app but doubling the items shown in Recents to 10 instead. Your current favorite servers will now move to Recents. If you’d like to save a list of your current favorite servers, we added an easy way to do it.
A few tweaks to make your NordVPN experience better, including the one that adds extra precision to Quick Connect when picking the best server for you.
6.30 might be something you’re not happy to see on your phone’s screen when the alarm goes on Monday morning. Our version of 6.30 is a totally different thing. Here’s what’s new and exciting about it:
Enable auto-connect on all Wi-Fi networks to enjoy effortless security. You can trust specific Wi-Fi networks if you don’t need VPN protection on them.
Showing more detailed ‘Recents’: if you were connected to a specialty server, we’ll display both its category and country.
Improved stability and performance.
Smoother app experience after getting rid of bugs of various species. Those include the mysterious one with disappearing ‘Recents’ after a VPN protocol change or connection pause, the rare one where NordVPN and drivers of certain headphones just couldn’t go along, and a few others.
A few performance fixes, as we did some tinkering under the hood to make the app run smoother.
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