NordVPN is a popular VPN provider. The company regularly releases new features for its VPN clients, and one of the latest features it has introduced is Threat Protection.
Threat Protection is currently a beta feature. The client can notify customers of the feature, but it is disabled by default. Clicking on the Shield icon in the Nord VPN client displays the available options.
Threat Protection blocks “malicious ads, trackers, websites and files” according to NordVPN; This is a key difference from the previously supported CyberSec feature of the NordVPN client, which blocked advertisements and malicious websites using only DNS filtering.
The CyberSec preference is no longer available under General in Settings, and some customers may wonder if it’s been removed altogether in favor of Threat Protection.
It looks like NordVPN has moved the feature to the Threat Protection preferences page. There, users find two options that they can enable. The full Threat Protection feature, or a Lite version; the description of the Lite version is similar to what CyberSec offers.
Comprehensive threat protection functionality goes beyond blocking resources at the DNS level. It blocks ads and tracking on the web, but also malicious websites and files:
Block malware-infected websites – browse without fear of accidentally catching malware.
Avoid malicious ads – improve your browsing experience and enjoy a cleaner web.
Stop web tracking – experience a whole new level of privacy.
Protect your device from infected files – get rid of malicious files before they cause damage.
According to NordVPN’s description on its website, Threat Protection protects a user’s browsers even without active VPN connections. NordVPN achieves this by installing certificates in browsers. The current version supports Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox. For Firefox, it is necessary to restart the browser before you can use it after installing the certificate.
Installing certificates gives NordVPN a high level of control over supported browsers and activity.
Threat Protection will scan downloaded executable files automatically. These can be uploaded to the cloud for verification, but only if they are 20 megabytes or less in size.
Threat Protection is a beta feature at the time of writing. NordVPN needs to provide additional information on the inner workings of the feature, as both the client setup pages and the info page on NordVPN’s website lack details, for example, whether it uses its own scans for downloaded files or if it uses third parties. – party services.
The client does not explain how Threat Protection is installed, only what it does when activated. Installing certificates in browsers gives NordVPN a lot of control over data in the browser, and users should at least be aware of this before hitting the enable button on the interface.
Most NordVPN customers may want to stick with the Easy Mode feature, or keep everything disabled in the client and use other solutions, for example, content blockers such as uBlock Origin and antivirus solutions, to ensure the security of their devices.
Now you: Would you use threat protection on your devices?