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NordVPN for Mac

NordVPN for Mac

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NordVPN for Mac is a powerful and user-friendly VPN service that provides secure and private access to the internet. It provides comprehensive service for encrypting online activities and hiding information about user’s real location by routing all internet transfers through a secure remote server, making all its users invisible to hackers, ISPs, and governmental agencies that monitor the activities of online users.

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The app is especially useful for connecting to public WiFi networks where users can’t guarantee the safety of their internet traffic. The app is lightweight, easy to use, and it features access to a large selection of international servers that can help users not only mask their real location, but also unlock access to geo-locked content such as region-specific online newspapers, video content, and more.

The first version of this app arrived on the market in early 2012, and since then it received numerous functionality and security updates that secured its reputation as one of the most reliable and popular VPN software in the world. Today more than a decade after its initial release, this VPN platform offers users access to servers that handle not only general browsing service, but also specifically tuned servers for double encryption, P2P sharing, connection to the Tor anonymity network, and more. It now also features a built-in antivirus service, opt-in Threat Protection feature, and Meshnet feature for the creation of custom private networks.

In addition to Mac computers, this highly popular VPN service is available not only for a wide array of other OS platforms but also as extensions for specific internet browser apps. A standalone app however can encrypt the entire internet bandwidth from a user’s PC, including standalone messaging and VoIP apps, video game multiplayer sessions, file transfer tools, and more.

Features
  • Browse the web safely and without restrictions – Enjoy online content via a safe encrypted connection that covers all your web-aware apps.
  • Mask online location – Block attempts of ISPs, government agencies, and websites to locate your real location.
  • Block trackers and ads – Explore the web faster without loading trackers and ads that clog many web pages.
  • No Logs policy – Users' privacy is maintained by a strict policy of not storing any browsing habits metadata.
  • Large selection of secure international servers – Route the secure VPN connection to more than 5 thousand secure servers.
  • Optimized for all modern computing and browsing platforms – All premium users can secure up to 6 of their home and family devices.
  • Flexible pricing – Unlock access not only to safe browsing but also to a large selection of other premium tools.
Installation and Setup

To install NordVPN on any modern Mac, users simply must download the app from the Mac App Store, the official NordVPN website, or secure FileHorse servers.

Once the standalone installer is downloaded, users need to start the app and follow a few simple on-screen instructions to complete the deployment of the app on their computer. The app does not allow anonymous use, so new users need to create an account.

How to Use

After installing the app, users can open it and choose a server to connect to. The NordVPN will automatically establish a secure connection and allow secure and anonymous browsing via an internet connection that has no bandwidth or speed limits.

All in all, the app allows users to quickly connect to a server and manage their VPN settings via a one-click connection tool, server recommendations, and a map to visualize the location of all available servers.

User Interface

The app promotes an interactive globe view of the Earth that showcases all VPN server locations that are currently available. Users can browse for specific locations via a built-in search tool and a large Country List located on the left side of the app.

The Advanced Settings window allows management of notifications and other security features such as desired protocol, DNS settings, and checking for automatic updates.

FAQ

What is NordVPN for macOS?
It is a powerful VPN service that provides secure and private access to the internet. It is currently regarded as one of the most popular premium VPN clients in the world.

Is it safe?
100% yes! This app is regarded as extremely safe and reliable.

Alternatives

OpenVPN for Mac – A reliable and secure open-source client for establishing secure VPN connections.

ExpressVPN for Mac – A popular and user-friendly VPN service with a large offering of advanced features.

SurfShark VPN for Mac – A versatile VPN client for anonymous and secure browsing on all Macs.

ProtonVPN for Mac – A trusted virtual private network service, offering users secure and private internet access on the macOS.

CyberGhost VPN for Mac – A reliable virtual private network service, providing users with secure and anonymous internet access.

Pricing

This is a premium app that can be accessed via three tiers of subscriptions (monthly, yearly, and bi-yearly):
  • Standard (secure high-speed VPN, malware protection, and ad/tracker blocker)
  • Plus (cross-platform password manager, data breach scanner)
  • Complete (1TB of cloud storage, advanced file encryption)
System Requirements

This lightweight app requires at least macOS 10.15 Catalina. Older MacOS versions can only use the legacy version of the app that is available on NordVPN’s official website.

Supported Devices

Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Firestick, Chromecast, Raspberry Pi, popular home consoles, and more.

PROS
  • Robust security features.
  • Large offering of international servers.
  • Task-specific servers.
  • Fast connection speeds for all premium subscription tiers.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Wide compatibility with OS platforms and browser apps.
  • Flexible pricing options.
CONS
  • Useful services locked in more expensive subscription tiers.
  • No free tier of use.
Conclusion

NordVPN for Mac is a versatile and user-friendly VPN service that enables Mac users to access a wide range of services to enhance their online privacy and security. Its large secure server offerings, data encryption services, and a wide array of premium features make it one of the most versatile and popular VPN platforms in the world, serving the needs of both novices and seasoned users.

Note: You need to subscribe to one of the paid plans in order to use the program.

Also Available: Download NordVPN for Windows

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What's new in this version:

NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.22.0
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.21.0
- A few fixes here and there to ensure your VPN app works as expected. Update the app now to make sure you don’t miss a thing


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.20.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.20.1
- We listened and acted – the bug that sometimes blocked your VPN connection because of a static IP setup on your device is now fixed. Nothing stands between you and your secure browsing anymore.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.19.3
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.19.1
- We've refined Meshnet for an even smoother experience
- A few minor enhancements improve user friendliness


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.18.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.18.0
- We've clearly marked virtual servers in our country list. This means you know exactly what kind of connection you're getting – be it a virtual location for a challenging region or a direct line to a physical server.
- New in Meshnet: You can now personalize your Meshnet devices with custom names, making them easier to identify and remember
- A tricky bug that kept dedicated IP servers from showing up has been caught and fixed


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.17.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.16.1
- Minor tweaks and fixes under the hood to make the NordVPN app work better for you. You might not see the tricks, but you'll definitely feel the magic.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.15.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.14.6
- A sneaky bug that crept into our last release and caused VPN connection issues has been shown the door. Just update the app to ensure it works as expected.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.14.5
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.13.1
- New app icon!

Fixed:
- The app froze or started lagging after changing a VPN protocol. The bug has been fixed, and the app no longer acts stubbornly.
- The city list disappeared from auto-connect options. We’ve checked – nothing paranormal here. The cities are back.
- Out of a sudden, the connection spinner started spinning backwards. Maybe we should have called ghostbusters after all.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.12.2
- A red bubble will appear on the Dark Web Monitor icon in the sidebar if there are new or unresolved leaks. Take it from feline wisdom: always chase the red dot.
- To enjoy the fastest VPN experience, we always recommend using Quick Connect. It’s our smart solution that matches you with the best server. Don’t care about the location? Click the “Quick Connect” button. Need a specific location? Click on the country or the city, and we’ll connect you to the fastest VPN server there. We’re no longer listing servers in each location, but you can still access them through “Search” if you really need to.
- Performance and stability improvements for connections over the NordLynx protocol


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.11.2
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.11.1
- If no servers are available in a specialty category, that category won’t appear as an option to avoid confusion
- Fixed: We’ve got rid of the bug that might have prevented you from logging in to the app smoothly
- Design and VPN performance improvements for a sleeker app experience


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.10.4
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.10.3
- Faster connections between peer devices in Meshnet
- Performance and stability improvements for connections over the OpenVPN protocol
- Minor fixes and improvements


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.9.2
- We’ve updated the sidebar navigation to bring it closer to the native style
- The menu bar app has a new appearance and more handy shortcuts
- Fixed: The spinner was having a hard time spinning right ‘round while the app was searching for the fastest server for you to connect. It’s back in action again.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.8.3
- Another update, another language: from now on, you can use the NordVPN app in Polish
- We’ve also fixed some pesky bugs to make your experience smoother


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.8.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.7.1
- Fixed: Rumor has it that some users have encountered a flickering deletion button while typing a keyword into a search field. We’ve checked – nothing paranormal here. You can now delete a typed keyword with a single click again.
- Minor visual and performance fixes for a sleeker app experience


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.6.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.5.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.5.0
- The IKEv2 protocol is no longer available in our app. It’s been a good run, but we want to offer you only the best cybersecurity solutions. For both speed and security, we recommend using the NordLynx protocol.
- We’ve added a new setting that will let you keep your device invisible on the local network when connected to a VPN. While invisible, you won’t be able to access other network devices, such as computers, printers, or TVs. This setting prevents potential VPN traffic leaks caused by operating system limitations.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.4.1
- A few fixes here and there to ensure your VPN app works as expected. Update the app now to make sure you don’t miss a thing.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.3.3
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.3.2
- There’s a newbie in the left sidebar hood – the Help section. That’s where you should head if something’s not working as expected.
- We’re clearing out the map area and this means moving the Notifications up to the corner of the top bar


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.2.1
New handier map:
- Cities are now on the map
- Depending on the zoom level, you’ll see all location bubbles or clusters of them
- Animated real-time connection status


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.1.1
The meshnet upgrade:
- You can now share files of any size via Meshnet! It’s private and secure. The files you send go to the recipient directly as we don’t store them in any server or cloud. Plus, the data travels through an encrypted connection.
- The Meshnet feature is now free for everyone

App navigation:
- The new left sidebar holds handy shortcuts to VPN, Meshnet, Dark Web Monitor, Presets, Statistics, and Settings. This will let you easily navigate back and forth through the sections, no matter where in the app you are.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 8.0.0
- We’ve been laying the groundwork for improvements in performance and overall app experience
- A bunch of pesky bugs won’t be bugging you anymore


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.17.1
- 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.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.16.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.15.1
- Look for a new gear icon – it will open the Preferences section

We continue to improve Meshnet:
- When routing traffic through a linked computer, you’ll have access to its local network devices instead of yours – if the linked computer has granted this permission to you
- We updated the icons depicting device permissions and added a guide to explain what each permission does


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.14.1
- The Onion Over VPN feature is now available with the NordLynx protocol. Find the “Specialty servers” category in the left sidebar and click on “Onion Over VPN.” The app will automatically connect you to the best server available.
- Bugs can be the ultimate buzzkill. We’ve got rid of some pesky ones to keep the holiday spirit high.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.13.0
- As the holidays quickly approach, we’ve been working on our app’s naughty-or-nice score. A bunch of mischievous bugs have been dispatched with a mission of no return.
- This is the last update available for devices running macOS Sierra 10.12, macOS High Sierra 10.13, and macOS Mojave 10.14 because we’re dropping support for these versions. This doesn’t affect subscriptions in any way – you will still be able to use NordVPN on these versions. To receive further NordVPN app updates, your device must run macOS Catalina 10.15 or a later version.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.12.2
- You can now use the NordVPN app in Italian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese
- When picking a device in Meshnet to route traffic through, you’ll see only the devices that are online
- We cleaned up the app, adding general stability fixes and improvements to VPN performance
- Not using NordVPN on your iPhone yet? Find the QR code in the ‘Apps’ section, scan it, and install our mobile app. Take online protection with you wherever you go.


NordVPN - Fast & Secure VPN 7.11.2
- Each device in Meshnet now shows whether it’s online or offline, which is handy when you’re picking a device to route all your traffic through
- A few pesky bugs are nothing but a distant memory


NordVPN 7.10.2
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 7.9.2
- Fixed a bug that had slipped into the previous release and prevented the app from launching while offline


NordVPN 7.8.0
- New feature: Meshnet! From now on, you only need the NordVPN app with Meshnet enabled to connect to remote devices securely. Link up to 10 of your own devices and 50 devices of other NordVPN users. Meshnet is great for accessing and sharing files, playing multiplayer games, or getting some work done on shared projects!
- Fixed: It wasn’t your eyes deceiving you – recent server locations were duplicating when you repeatedly connected to the same location. Not anymore.
- Passwords aren’t supposed to last a lifetime. We might ask you to upgrade your password once in a while to help keep your account safe. It’s just now we’ll do so in a less persistent way.


NordVPN 7.7.3
- Good news comes in twos: From now on, our Double VPN servers work with the NordLynx and IKEv2 protocols for twice the protection
- A bunch of minor fixes and improvements for a better, smoother NordVPN app experience


NordVPN 7.7.0
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 7.5.0
- We’re elevating your online security one release at a time. This update comes with improvements and fixes for a top-notch NordVPN experience.


NordVPN 7.4.1
- This release delivers a classic pack for an even better NordVPN: fewer bugs, more small improvements, and an elevated app experience


NordVPN 7.3.0
- Fixed: Snowball, our feline intern, has caught the red dot next to the green ‘Protected’ status, so it won’t be appearing randomly to confuse you anymore


NordVPN 7.2.0
- 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.


NordVPN 7.1.3
- Hello 2022, we are shipping one more fix for random app crashes, as the recent update didn’t cover all cases as we expected. Our engineers are doing everything they can to bring back stability to our app. Should we also start manifesting? *Thinking*


NordVPN 7.1.1
- Old year - old bugs. Let’s start the new one with a new update to make sure your NordVPN app won’t be crashing at random anymore


NordVPN 7.1.0
- Fancy a new challenge? We have one for you! You won’t need to dance, prank your friends, or show who's living in your house rent-free. You’ll need to secure yourself online instead – connect to VPN every day to build your protection streak. The more consecutive days you connect to VPN, the longer your streak is. It comes with a nice side-effect: a rewarding feeling of pride for making your life more cyber-safe day by day.
- Track your protection streak in Statistics – the brand new section in the app. Here you can also check your longest VPN connection and see a weekly graph of your protection progress.
- We improved the left sidebar by adding handy shortcuts to Presets, Statistics, and Preferences. All for more convenient navigation.
- To count your protection statistics properly, we needed the Recents list to be at its top accuracy. So now it updates automatically only
- Fixed: a bug that slipped into the previous release and affected VPN performance is gone now


NordVPN 7.0.0
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 6.8.2
- We’re bringing a bunch of improvements and fixes together like pieces of a puzzle. The result – better VPN performance and overall app experience. Now it’s your turn to place the final piece – breathe in, breathe out, and update your NordVPN app. Ah, that puzzler’s joy!


NordVPN 6.8.1
- We’re starting the fall season in new colors! The app has a more vivid look, and there’s definitely more of the NordVPN blue
- A few minor tweaks under the hood for the app performance to match its uplifted look


NordVPN 6.7.0
- Konnichiwa! The NordVPN app now speaks Japanese
- A few fixes and improvements to elevate your VPN experience even higher


NordVPN 6.6.1
- We’re happy to announce that NordVPN now runs natively on M1 Macs! Flex the performance boost of Apple's powerful silicon chip while securing yourself online with the fastest VPN on the planet. Woah, now that’s one speedy combination. And just to clarify – the app continues to run at its best on Intel-based Macs. No matter the chip, we got you covered.


NordVPN 6.5.0
- New: 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.
- A bunch of minor fixes and improvements for a better, smoother NordVPN experience. Such as dialog boxes that stay where they’re supposed to be and an expanded app preview for users who don’t have a subscription yet.


NordVPN 6.4.2
- Advanced Kill Switch is now available on OpenVPN too, in addition to NordLynx. A quick reminder of what it does: it brings an additional security layer for protection against rare and very specific IP leaks.
- A bunch of minor improvements, which add up to that bigger picture of smooth NordVPN experience


NordVPN 6.3.0
- 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 completely 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.
- As we were in a mood for spring cleaning, we got rid of a few bugs – no sweeping under the rug, actually kicking them out – and made a few tweaks. All to make the NordVPN app run smoother and be a joy to use.


NordVPN 6.2.0
- Our Spanish translations were having a little siesta. So we did some fiesta to improve the experience for those of you who use NordVPN in Spanish
- When you launch the app, the map will be in the same position as you left it. Must be improved memory or less of an adventurous spirit.
- A few tweaks under the hood to smoothen things out


NordVPN 6.1.3
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 6.1.2
- The NordVPN app for macOS now has the new login flow via Nord Account – home for all your Nord services. You don’t need to do anything about it, as your current account details are automatically transferred to Nord Account. From now, we’ll simply take you to your browser to log in and then bring you back to the app. Smooth.
- There’s at least one thing to be certain about – ain’t no update without bug fixes. And this one is not an exception, regardless of the times.


NordVPN 6.0.3
- Presets were acting a little clumsy sometimes, so we added some grace to bring them back in balance
- A few tweaks under and above the hood for the NordVPN app to run smoother


NordVPN 6.0.2
- Sometimes, minor improvements are enough to make an impact. That’s the case of this release: a few tweaks and fixes to make the NordVPN app work better for you


NordVPN 6.0.1
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 6.0.0
- We’re excited to introduce Presets! Presets combine custom VPN connection settings with shortcuts to apps or websites. You’ll find them super handy if you use VPN differently for different services – news, entertainment, downloads, you name it. Choose a protocol, a server country, add website links or apps, and your Preset is ready! Basically, Presets are like secure shortcuts – you set them up once and enjoy safe one-click access from the NordVPN app anytime.


NordVPN 5.11.1
- This release includes a hand-picked selection of bug fixes to make your app experience smoother, the internet safer, and you happier with NordVPN


NordVPN 5.11.0
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 5.10.0
- Seasonal cleaning: fall edition. A selection of minor bugs was left behind while packing this release. Definitely not the hardest goodbye.


NordVPN 5.9.2
- Change log not available for this version


NordVPN 5.9.1
- Morning or night, on OpenVPN (new!) or NordLynx – you can snooze VPN anytime. Shortly pause VPN protection instead of disconnecting and return to online safety automatically when the snoozing time runs out.


NordVPN 5.8.1
- Just in time for the back-to-school vibes, our app picked up a new skill: Bonjour! Hallo! ¡Hola! Yes, it’s going multilingual. So depending on your system settings, the app will speak to you in French, German, Spanish, or English.
- Pause VPN protection for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 1 hour and get connected again automatically. It’s like hitting “snooze” – only instead of a few more moments of precious sleep, you temporarily disable your VPN connection. Only on NordLynx for now.
- A few bug fixes before we go go


NordVPN 5.7.0
- Not so long ago, we revamped our Preferences section. This time, we sent it for a grooming session to make sure all layouts are on course, sharp edges are smoothened, and no one’s hiding in details.
- A few minor bugs minimized to the level of non-existence