A selection of minor tweaks and fixes under the hood to make the NordVPN app work better for you. Because routine maintenance is just as important as a new shiny feature.
Spring is good for many things, but two main ones spring to mind: cleaning and exploring new opportunities. With this list in hand, here’s what we did to elevate your NordVPN experience before the temperature hits the summer digits:
While Threat Protection
is the new hardcore defense wall that stops anything remotely dangerous from reaching your computer, there are times where you may find you prefer the lightweight CyberSec. Not a problem! CyberSec is still available as Threat Protection Lite, blocking malicious sites and ads while connected to VPN.
We cleaned up the app, adding some general stability fixes and improvements for even better VPN performance.
A bit of fine-tuning to ensure the performance and stability of VPN connections via the NordLynx protocol.
Fixes coming in hot:
The country list went missing from the left sidebar, but we caught it soon and brought it back.
The NordVPN status in the Windows tray went full April Fools’ and started lying to you. Game’s over now.
NordVPN is more than just a VPN now! We’re introducing Threat Protection to offer you even more comprehensive security against cyber threats. Threat Protection blocks trackers and intrusive ads, steers you away from harmful websites, and scans your downloads to fend off infected files before they can do damage. Look for the shield icon in the left sidebar to get started with Threat Protection.
Our new server location – Kansas City – is now on the map.
Those of you who’d like to access your PC remotely while connected to the VPN – we hear you. We’ve added a special toggle in the Advanced settings to make things easier.
Excuse us, do you have time to talk about new year’s resolutions? Our app has one – to become the best version of itself. This release makes a classic starter pack: fewer bugs, more small improvements, and an elevated app experience.
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.
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