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What's up everyone, Patrick here again. And in today's video, I'll be doing another VPN
feature comparison of both Express VPN and Nord VPN and the available protocols for each. Now,
a VPN just stands for virtual private network. And it simply allows you to connect to a server
in a different location before then connecting to your destination online, effectively masking your
IP address to help you remain anonymous online and protocols for VPNs are just the different methods
for connecting to these servers.
This is handled on the back end, but you can select specific ones
using both of these services. Now, the universally used VPN protocol is called Open VPN. And both
of these services provide that but each of these services also have their own proprietary VPN
protocols, which can prioritize security and speed and are utilizing some of the newer technologies
out there. So let's jump in and take a look at both Nord VPN and express VPN and the protocols
they have to offer. Okay, so starting off with Nord VPN, we can open up the desktop app. And
we're going to be focused on opening up those protocols settings. So we'll click on the gear
icon at the very top of the window.
And this will open up our general settings. But we're going to
click on auto connect on the left hand side. Now by default, Nord VPN has an auto Connect setting
that determines not just the best region and best server within that region to connect to, but
also the best protocol. So in order to dive in and get a look at some of the available protocols
through Nord VPN, and change them for ourselves, we'll want to head over to the Choose a VPN
protocol and server automatically and turn that off. And then this will give us two different drop
down menus, where you can either auto connect to a specific server, and then the VPN protocol,
which is what we're focused on here. Now, as I mentioned, in the beginning of the video, open
VPN is one of the most widely used VPN protocols, but Nord VPN has three available to choose from.
So they've got two different versions of the open VPN, but then they've got their own proprietary
one, which I mentioned before called Nord links. Now, this one has been tailored specifically for
the Nord VPN platform.
So it works better with their hardware than open VPN might, because
open VPN is just a general protocol. Now, it works great. And it's become the standard
throughout the entire world as far as that VPN protocol goes. But because Nord knows what's
going on on their back end, and with their servers and hardware, they've developed their own
protocol that is more efficient and more secure, specifically on their platform. So all you
have to do is select the VPN protocol you prefer from here and back out, and then when
you connect next time, it will automatically use that protocol. Now opening up the Express VPN
desktop app, you can see I'm not connected yet. And same thing, we're going to head over to the
protocols. So we'll click on the three bars at the top left and go down to options. And this
will bring up a second window.
Now this window will have all of our general settings in here. But
there's also a protocol tab, which is what we'll click on. And from here, you can see it's got an
automatic, which is recommended protocol. And it's just like that quick connect on Nord VPN where
it finds the best one for the server or region you're connecting to, and uses that protocol.
Or you can go in and manually choose your own, which as you can see, there's the two different
versions the UDP and TCP versions of open VPN, the i ke v two l two TP and lightweight. Now l two TP
as you can see right here it even says the lower security and then i k e v two even says in its
description that it's fast, but it doesn't work on all networks, which is one of the downsides were
open VPN is usually a generally cast net, it can work with almost all servers, but referencing that
proprietary protocol used by Express VPN, theirs is called liteway.
So where are you had Nord
VPN? Nord links protocol, express VPN has their lightweight protocol. And clicking on any one of
these will allow you to then switch over to that protocol next time you connect by just hitting
that connect button and it will automatically use that protocol. Unless of course, that protocol
is not supported by the service you're trying to connect to in the instance of ik III, v2 and some
of the other protocols that aren't used as widely, you now have a clear understanding of what both
Nord VPN and ExpressVPN can offer as far as protocols come and what those protocols can do for
you and how to switch to them. Now again, these are both fantastic VPN services. But depending
on your location, or what works best for you, you might want to try one and then give the other
one a try because they both do offer that 30 day money back guarantee, so you never have to
worry about being stuck with a service that just isn't right for you.
And of course, I will
include a link to both Nord VPN and ExpressVPN down in the description so be sure to check out
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