NordVPN Unveils First Mainstream WireGuard Virtual Private Network

One of the largest VPN companies, NordVPN, is rolling out NordLynx – it’s first mainstream WireGuard virtual private network for its Windows, Mac, Android and iOS client-software applications. ZDNet reports:

NordVPN’s own tests have shown NordLynx easily outperforms the other protocols, IKEv2/IPsec and OpenVPN. How much faster? According to NordVPN’s 256,886 speed tests, “When a user connects to a nearby VPN server and downloads content that’s served from a content delivery network (CDN) within a few thousand miles/kilometers, they can expect up to twice higher download and upload speed.” While speed is what customers will notice, security experts like WireGuard for its code’s simplicity. With only about 4,000 lines of code, WireGuard’s code can be comprehensively reviewed by a single individual.

Besides WireGuard, NordVPN adds in its double Network Address Translation (NAT) system to protect users’ privacy. This enables users to establish a secure VPN connection while storing no identifiable user data on a server. You’re assigned a dynamic local IP address that remains assigned only while the session is active. User authentication is done with the help of a secure external database. To switch to NordLynx, users need to update their NordVPN app to the latest version. The NordLynx protocol can be chosen manually from the Settings menu.