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The popular VPN service NordVPN has rolled out an update to add native support for Apple silicon Macs.

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As of version 6.6.1, NordVPN natively supports Apple silicon Macs, such as the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and 24-inch iMac, which each sport the M1 chip.

Although the update started to roll out on August 3, a blog post by Nord has today announced that the 6.6.1 update is now fully available via the App Store and the NordVPN website, where the app is available for download.

While the VPN app previously ran on Apple silicon Macs via Rosetta 2, which translates apps made for Intel Macs so that they work on Macs with the M1 chip, the new native version of the app is able to run more efficiently without the need for Rosetta 2. The new version of the app is universal, meaning that it can run on both Intel and Apple silicon architectures.

The update comes ahead of the widely-anticipated launch of new Apple silicon Macs, such as 14 and 16-inch redesigned MacBook Pro models. NordVPN version 6.6.1 is now available via the App Store and the NordVPN website.

Article Link: NordVPN Update Adds Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs
 

unclemax

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It's very cool, but guys, please fix a way to connect from China on Windows. Connecting from countries with Internet restrictions is one of the main reasons why people subscribe for VPN, yet NordVPN has been useless on Windows for months now.
 

JackNL

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I'm using Nord and it runs reasonable well on my M1 Mac and iOS. However, I'm always looking for the most secure solution so if anyone can advise something better than Nord, please comment...
 

vseera

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LOl...nice. Who does everyone recommend? (asking for a friend)
Express VPN is the gold standard I think. I have a 3 year subscription to Nord and it works well for me, so I don't bother but if I was worried about security, Express is what I would use. It's just really expensive so I don't use it.
 

LeadingHeat

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Well except for the fact of course that their app in the Mac App Store is crippled and can’t even use a killswitch. Only the standalone download from the website can. And that version isn’t able to use the faster NordLynx technology.
 

N1noodle

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nordvpn split tunneling isnt very good in my opionen ,expressvpn is a lot better for that.

If you are looking for a vpn solution first check what you need and require and then googla or whatever search engine you use for the optimal one,

If you want privacy etc, pick a provider that enable you to pay with cryptocoin and also dont save your personal information.

There are public report on what vpn provider is best for that.
 

heroinsmoker

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Always assumed the "Nord" referred to Russia (see also: Nord Stream 2). How do you think they compromise so many Americans?
 

sudo-sandwich

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They’ve also had their server side tech be compromised at least once. They’re by far the most advertised VPN on podcasts and YouTube, but they’re probably also the worst at the service they’re offering.
Most advertised is a reason to avoid them.

Edit: Not like it matters. I'd trust any of these for watching, say, World Cup soccer on a site that's geolocked. And I'd trust none of them for doing something super illegal, which I'm not doing.
 
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sudo-sandwich

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isn't the new OS supposed to essentially have a built in VPN?
If you mean Apple's VPN, that's not out yet. But macOS already has a built-in VPN client (since early 2000s), and so does iOS since its early days, which I greatly prefer using over any of these third-party ones. There's no reason to install random junk like that when a lot of these providers, NordVPN included, support the standard protocols.
 
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ChromeAce

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I’ve tried several different VPNs. All of the iOS clients fail eventually without warning and suddenly I’m without protection. Or, they slow everything down so much that things stop working, a major pain in the ass. It also comes down to who you trust less… your ISP (if using WiFi), your wireless carrier (if using cellular data), the destination, your partner who knows your passcode, or even yourself.

If I were a journalist reporting on Saudi Arabia corruption living in Turkey, I might just want to use whispering.

Under his eye.
 

keifer.street

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Now if they can just update their iOS app so it works with iOS 15… it’s 100% broken on iOS 15 at the moment. They are aware of it and are working on Apple on it… I had just hoped this news would be accompanied by an iOS update to Nord VPN haha.
 

kesenwangs

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If you mean Apple's VPN, that's not out yet. But macOS already has a built-in VPN client (since early 2000s), and so does iOS since its early days, which I greatly prefer using over any of these third-party ones. There's no reason to install random junk like that when a lot of these providers, NordVPN included, support the standard protocols.
It’s not a VPN. Actually nothing like a VPN.
 
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apparatchik

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Now if they can just update their iOS app so it works with iOS 15… it’s 100% broken on iOS 15 at the moment. They are aware of it and are working on Apple on it… I had just hoped this news would be accompanied by an iOS update to Nord VPN haha.

Don't hold me on this but I think iOS 15 has not been released yet, beta versions are expected to break things, specially apps not updated for it (as is the case until iOS reaches gold).
 

JippaLippa

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I have used Nord VPN since 2018 as I wanted a VPN whose HQ wasn't located in the US, Europe, China or Russia, and the reason why I chose Nord VPN is because it was located in Panama.

I have also been interested in Expreas VPN as it was located in the Virgin Islands, if I'm correct.

Anyway between my ISP blatantly stealing my info and a VPN provider ALLEGEDLY doind the same, I's still choose the latter as it still alows be to have a slightly better security and the ability to change location.

I don't mind paying for a decent service, therefore I'm probably gonna try Express VPN too, provided I get a decent discount code.
 
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