One of the elements we look for when deciding on the best VPN is what clients each service offers, and how well integrated they are into the pre-existing interface of each operating system. NordVPN is one provider that gets it right, with clients for Windows and Mac, Android and iOS, and many more. You can even get a NordVPN extension and utilise its features right within the heart of your browser.
In this guide we'll explain how to install the NordVPN extension onto your browser, and the benefits of using it over the separate desktop clients available for both Windows and Mac devices.
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How to install the NordVPN extension
Installing the NordVPN extension is fairly simple. First things first, visit the NordVPN website (opens in new tab) and search for its Chrome Extension. That, or you can go to Chrome's Web Store and search for 'NordVPN' there.(opens in new tab)
Whether you go via NordVPN or go directly to the Chrome Web Store, you'll be able to click 'Add to Chrome' to install onto your Chrome browser. From there, you'll be prompted to sign into your NordVPN account.
If you haven't already, this is the time to get your NordVPN subscription, available with a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab) so you can rest assured that if it isn't the service for you, you can get a complete refund with a 30-day period.
Once you've signed in, you'll be presented with this simple interface:
Choosing 'Quick Connect' will connect you to your local server - in this instance, we were connected to a server based in the United Kingdom, with a connection confirmed to secure our traffic.
If you want to connect to a server in a specific country, you can click on 'Search for a a specific country', and it'll pull up a list of countries for you to scroll through, or you can begin typing the country to go straight to the correct server.
We tried out both its UK and US server to see if it allowed us to access geo-restricted content. For the UK, we loaded up an episode of Normal People on BBC iPlayer with ease. For the US, we loaded up the HBO Max website no problems, as well as playing an episode of Kung Fu on The CW website.
Taking a deeper dive into the NordVPN extension settings, we found toggles for the likes of NordVPN's CyberSec feature, as well as the ability to create a Bypass List, essentially offering split tunneling where you can decide what programs and websites you want and don't want to go through the VPN connection.
What advantages are there of using the NordVPN extension?
The NordVPN extension is available to download onto Google Chrome, with the main advantage being pure convenience. While you'll have to hop from one window to another to mess around with encryption, protocols, and servers, with the NordVPN extension, it's right there at your beck and call within your browser window.
Particularly for those looking for the best streaming VPN, the NordVPN extension is handy for desktop users who want to hop onto BBC iPlayer or Netflix while out of the country, and access these streaming platforms like you would at home.
Simple to navigate, click on the extension in the top right of your Google Chrome window, search countries for where you want to appear to be browsing from, and you'll be able to access streaming services and other websites otherwise locked by geo-restrictions.
It's worth noting, while NordVPN does advertise the NordVPN extension as 'free', while you'll be able to download and add it to your extensions without entering any details, you'll be prompted to sign in when you go to use it for the first time with an active subscription.
That said, NordVPN is a VPN with a free trial in a sense. While not advertised as such, subscribing comes with a 30-day all your money back guarantee (opens in new tab). That means, if the service isn't for you, you can get a full refund with those first 30 days.
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