So VPN’s in my world normally surround work related matters such as a site-to-site VPN to connect two sites or buildings together. That was however until NordVPN very kindly sent me a free trial of the software…..and I must admit I’m impressed.
So to begin with you get a huge array of download options including some Raspberry Pi and DD-WRT:
The install itself is a breeze, firstly it installs virtual NIC (which is normal practice, Dell and Cisco etc all do the same with their VPN clients):
Next…well its done:
Before I login, click the settings button and here’s the bit I like:
DNS Servers – This fixes a common problem “DNS Leak”, yes having a VPN is great unless your DNS isn’t working properly and your “leaking” meaning potentially your DNS is being hijacked (spoofed or injected with false IPs) or being snooped upon. This settings sorts this issue and so long as you trust NordVPN who have promised me they don’t keep any logs!
Below this is Process Kill List, which means if the VPN drops for any reason then the list processes you’ve added will be stopped.
Once you login you’ll be presented with a huge array of countries to connect to and two options, either TCP or UDP:
TCP is a reliable protocol like a phone call its two way,
UDP protocol is like a post card, you know if it gets to its destination or not but is faster than TCP.
So that’s pretty much it, you can test your VPN is working by opening:
https://www.dnsleaktest.com/ – if its not then close and reopen your browser.
You now have a “safe” connect to the interweb and all its content!!