How to Use NordVPN: A Quick Setup Tutorial


Anyone who’s concerned about their online security and privacy (and everyone should be) should know how to set up a VPN. Here’s a simple tutorial to help anyone learn how to use NordVPN – one of the most prominent VPN services available.

For years, people have been going out of their way to ensure their own privacy and security. But interestingly, most people tend to forget that they need to think about their online privacy and security as well. It’s never been more important than now, with a fast-growing virtual world full of exploitable data.

Luckily, premium VPN services like NordVPN have made cybersecurity super accessible to everyone.

Getting started: the NordVPN setup process

The first step to using NordVPN is setting up an account. NordVPN makes this process simple so it should only take a few minutes.

Start by going to the NordVPN website and navigate to the subscription options at the bottom of the page. There are four subscription options to choose from, ranging from a 1-month plan to a 3-year plan. The 3-year plan offers the best value for money, at a monthly payment of $2.99.

After choosing a subscription, the website will require an email address to create an account. If privacy is a huge concern to you, make sure to create a new, separate email account that isn’t used for anything else. However, the company has strong privacy policies that guarantee they won’t share that information.

Next up is the billing information. Choose a suitable payment method and fill in the details. NordVPN supports a variety of payment options, including credit card, cryptocurrencies, and other online payments like Allpay and WebMoney.

How to use NordVPN

Once the whole account creation process is done, it’s time to get on to using the VPN service.

Sign into the NordVPN account that was just created and find the page titled “VPN Apps.” At the bottom of that page, you’ll see a list of platforms that NordVPN supports. Click on the device the VPN will be installed on to start downloading the client.

There are other VPN services out there that don’t use clients, and there’s a way to manually set up NordVPN on a PC without using a client. However, it’s a complicated process and isn’t recommended for beginners or casual users. NordVPN’s client is user-friendly and offers all of the services a person would need from a VPN. This includes letting one choose a server to connect to from a list of 62 countries.

If installing NordVPN feels a little complicated, make sure to head over to their tutorials page. NordVPN offers detailed instructions on installing the VPN on all the devices that support it. And NordVPN supports a number of devices – from Windows, Mac, and Linux to Android, iOS, and even Raspberry Pi, the Amazon FireStick, and TV.

After downloading and installing the preferred software, one can finally get on with using the VPN.

Open the NordVPN app or client and log in. Once logged in, the app will show a list of servers in the various countries they are located. So simply choose a server to connect to, and the VPN will automatically connect to that server.

Then, it’s time to start browsing the internet worry-free. Just always make sure to connect to the VPN again each time you start a PC or another device. You can also choose for it to connect automatically.

A note on connection problems

It’s not uncommon for a VPN like NordVPN to have connection problems. When that happens, switch to a different server to see if it solves the issue.