How to Configure NordVPN With Synology

Over time, NordVPN has gained great notoriety in the VPN market. Thanks to this service, users can browse the Internet freely and securely. This provider makes it possible to maintain the anonymity of Internet users’ identities and to circumvent certain geographic restrictions. This article will look at how to configure NordVPN with Synology?

Why is it necessary to connect NordVPN with Synology?

By using NordVPN for Synology, you enhance security and privacy. While the files on your Synology SAS are protected, you are exposed to danger when transferring your files to and from your device. Your security will be compromised when you or another user attempts to access Synology using an unsecured network. The risk is higher, for example, when you use a public Wi-Fi hotspot. 

By pairing NordVPN with your Synology NAS, all of your incoming and outgoing traffic will be automatically encrypted. Even if an attacker tries to intercept your traffic, they won’t be able to access your sensitive information. It’s a good way : 

  • To prevent hackers from seeing the IP address of your home or professional network
  • To protect yourself against any targeted cyber attack

How to choose a Synology NAS capable of natively supporting a VPN

More and more VPN providers are touting the speed and security of their encryption systems. However, there are some details to consider before choosing a VPN to pair with the NAS.

  • Find out about the VPN’s no-log policy 

Sensitive data will pass to and from your network. ISPs and VPN services may record some of this information. If these logs end up in the wrong hands, you risk revealing some vital information. Opt for a VPN provider that has a strict zero-logging policy. This way, you can be sure that no malicious person will access your sensitive data. 

  • Find out about speed, bandwidth, and traffic 

You should know that the encryption system tends to slow down VPNs by up to 20%. This is due to the data encryption overhead. To overcome this problem, the most sophisticated VPN services have implemented workarounds. This allows customers to benefit from faster speeds without compromising on data privacy. 

There are VPNs that limit download speeds. To achieve this, these providers tend to cap bandwidth usage and block torren*ts and P2P networks. The best providers offer unlimited, unmonitored traffic. Users will be able to browse and download different content freely.

  • Learn about protocol and software support 

Some VPN providers can only offer users basic security protocols and poorly compatible applications. Power users and people who want to use a VPN from non-standard devices must ensure that the VPN is well-suited to their needs. 

Why choose NordVPN?

Within the VPN community, NordVPN is one of the most reputable providers. This provider has many years of experience under their belt. It has strong privacy policies for all users around the world. By choosing NordVPN, you will benefit from: 

  • A truly substantial network. This provider has more than 5,000 servers in 60 different countries. 
  • A truly fast connection, regardless of the country you are connecting to.
  • Unlimited bandwidth, no traffic monitoring, and no P2P networks or blocked torrents. 
  • From a completely private connection; 
  • Reliable access in regions where censorship is strong, etc. 

How to configure NordVPN with Synology?

  • First,  go to the Control Panel
  • Select Network, then the Network Interface tab
  • Click on Create, then the “Create a VPN profile” button
  • Select OpenVPN (via importing an.ovpn file), then click “next.”

Now it’s time to manually choose the server you want to connect to. Go to the NordVPN website and choose: 

  • A country; 
  • The type of server you are interested in (Standard VPN, P2P, Onion Over VPN, Double VPN, etc.)
  • Press the Download config buttons.

You will be back on the NAS, where you should provide the NordVPN username and password. This information is visible on the NordVPN dashboard. You just have to copy and paste.

You will be able to import the .opvn configuration file that was downloaded. Click the following button and complete the configuration by indicating the desired options (automatic reconnection, default gateway, etc.). To complete the configuration, press the “Apply” button. 

Is it legal to use NordVPN and Synology?

Using NordVPN and Synology is legal as long as your country has no restrictions on the use of a VPN. In some countries, such as China, Russia, and Belarus, the use of this service is quite restricted. If you must travel to these destinations, consider downloading and installing NordVPN before leaving. To avoid any violations, do not hesitate to inform yourself about the legal guidelines of your country and Synology.

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