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Find out what to expect from Norton's Secure VPN
Norton has been one of the most well-known names in computer security for decades. Their antivirus security was one of the early stars in that space, and they have only continued to expand their offerings over the years. The Norton 360 product suite is designed to cover a wide range of internet and computer security needs. One of the additions to that suite in recent years was something that piqued our interest here at CordCutting.com: a Norton VPN. What does Norton VPN have to offer, and is it everything you need in a VPN?
We’ll get into Norton’s VPN in a minute, but let’s first talk about why you need a VPN at all. The internet is a fantastic trove of media and information, but it’s also a place where security and privacy have never been treated as first-class citizens. Without a VPN, your every step on the internet can easily be tracked and sold to advertisers — or worse.
For cord cutters, VPNs have a unique appeal. In addition to their security benefits, VPNs also offer the ability to change your apparent browsing location on the web. Since streaming content is often limited by geographic region, this has the potential to open up a whole new world of media to consume. Unfortunately, content providers are always working to block this function, so you’ll only be able to unlock Netflix and other streaming services when using certain VPN services.
With that out of the way, let’s talk Norton VPN. Norton has VPN plans for one, five, or 10 simultaneous devices — all with no bandwidth limits. Some VPNs offer a lot of customizability, but Norton VPN is not one of them. Unlike more customizable VPNs, like CyberGhost, Norton VPN does not allow you to change your VPN protocol in its app. Norton VPN only offers the OpenVPN protocol on Mac, Windows, and Android, and it only offers the IPSec protocol on iOS.
Norton VPN has a feature that blocks ad trackers and keeps track of how many websites have tried to track you over time. On Windows, Norton VPN recently added support for “split tunneling,” which is a feature that lets you run some apps through the VPN while other apps use your standard internet connection. This is a feature that we’ve also recently seen introduced for select devices on some other VPNs, such as IPVanish.
Norton VPN is available only for desktop/laptop computers (except Linux) and mobile devices. They do not have apps for video game consoles (PS4, Xbox One, etc.), streaming devices (Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, etc.), routers, or smart TVs.
Here is the complete list of compatible devices:
You have the option to purchase Norton VPN as a standalone product or as part of a larger Norton Security package. As a standalone, Norton VPN’s pricing depends on how many devices you want to cover and whether you pay monthly or annually. For one device, the monthly plan is $4.99 per month and the annual plan is $49.99 per year ($4.17 per month). For five devices, the cost is $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year ($6.67 per month). For 10 devices, the price rises to $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year ($8.33 per month).
If you need other Norton applications along with your VPN, then you’ll be happy to learn that the Norton 360 “Standard,” “Deluxe,” and “Premium” packages all include Norton VPN. So do the Norton 360 with LifeLock “Select,” “Advantage,” and “Ultimate Plus” packages. These bundles start at $7.99 per month or $84.99 per year ($7.08 per month) for one device, $9.99 per month or $104.99 per year ($8.75 per month) for five devices, $24.99 per month or $249.99 ($20.83 per month) for 10 devices, and $69.99 per month or $689.99 per year ($57.50 per month) for unlimited devices.
Finally, if you already have an annual Norton package that does not have a VPN, you can add VPN coverage for $4.99 per year ($0.42 per month) for five devices or $39.99 per year ($3.33 per month) for 10 devices.
Norton often runs discounts for your first year of service. Currently, the discounted prices for their VPN standalone service are $39.99 per year ($3.33 per month) for one or five devices and $59.99 per year ($4.99 per month) for 10 devices.
The Norton 360 package annual plans also offer discounts on the first year of service, with the current deals starting at $25.99 per year ($2.17 per month) for one device, $29.99 per year ($2.50 per month) for five devices, and $251.88 per year ($20.99 per month) for unlimited devices. The higher-priced bundles also offer discounts for the first 12 months of monthly service.
Norton offers a 7-day free trial of their Norton VPN Standard, Deluxe, and Norton 360 With Lifelock Select packages, all of which include VPN service. On Norton VPN’s homepage, you’ll see a tab at the top that says “FREE TRIALS.” Click on that and then select whichever service you would like to try out.
You’ll have to enter your credit card information, and they will charge you automatically when the trial ends. To avoid being charged, you need to cancel the service before the 7-day period ends.
Along with the free trial, Norton offers a 60-day money-back guarantee on most of their products, including subscription products like the VPN.
There are no contracts with Norton VPN, but remember that you will be paying in advance for either a month or a year of service, depending on the plan you choose. If you are outside of the 60-day money-back guarantee period, you are unlikely to get a refund if you cancel before your subscription period ends.
You can cancel your Norton VPN subscription on the account page by clicking “Cancel Subscription,” selecting a reason for canceling, and hitting “Continue.” If you want to stop your service immediately or delete your Norton account, you will need to contact Norton through their live chat or by emailing email@example.com with the subject line “REQUEST TO DELETE MY ACCOUNT.”
If you are looking for more information on Norton’s VPN, we invite you to check out our hands-on Norton VPN review. If you want to see other VPN options ideal for cord cutters, our best VPNs of 2020 list has excellent suggestions. You can also find even more VPN information by typing “VPN” in the search bar at the top of this page.