This article is an update on the newly built NordLynx launched by NordVPN.
This is a piece of good news on all Nord users especially on Linux because NordVPN is about to get a lot faster thanks to WireGuard Protocol in which the NordLynx is built upon
I have written this post in a simple way to enable you to understand what this NordLynx is all about.
At the end of this post, you must have updated your NordVPN app to enable enjoy this amazing feature.
Let’s get started!
Table of content
- Introduction to NordLynx
- What is NordLynx?
- WireGuard Protocol and other VPN protocols.
- How do WireGuard servers works?
- How can I use NordLynx in the NordVPN app for Windows?
- How do NordLynx by-pass this WireGuard issue
- How the Newly built NordLynx was tested and result
You can click on any of the subheadings above to jump to that section otherwise, scroll down to read as ordered above.
1. Introduction to NordLynx
NordVPN a Panama Based VPN has built a new technology today that is based on the WireGuard protocol which will significantly improve VPN speeds for its users without affecting privacy. This newly built Technology is called NordLynx
NordVPN Digital privacy expert, Daniel Markuson explained the work that went into implementing WireGuard across all of its apps,
“We are proud that NordVPN is the first VPN provider to implement WireGuard® on such a scale. For more than a year, we have worked to make NordLynx available for everyone, spent hundreds of hours polishing it, and solved complex obstacles when preparing the infrastructure for scaling. Now we have the fastest VPN protocol existing today. It has elegant cryptographic design and provides unprecedented speed.”
Here is a video to help you understand Nordlynx
2. What is NordLynx?
NordLynx is the technology that is built around the WireGuard® VPN protocol. It lets you experience WireGuard’s speed benefits without compromising your privacy.
WireGuard is considered to be “the future industry standard” and based on the company’s tests, NordLynx’s speed outperforms other leading VPN protocols.
The new protocol is faster than existing VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and IPSec but it is often criticized for its ability to secure users’ privacy which why NordVPN came up with its new NordLynx technology.
NordLynx is currently available on Linux since Ten months ago. Now, the highly successful VPN (virtual private network) provider is bringing NordLynx to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, so everyone can enjoy the amazing speeds and superior encryption that are fundamental to the WireGuard protocol.
You can find more information about NordLynx in this their website NordVPN.com
3. WireGuard Protocol and other VPN protocol.
NordVPN stated that the new technology WireGuard Protocol “significantly outperformed” OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec, the predominant VPN protocols used by NordVPN and most other VPN service providers.
However, OpenVPN will remain the default NordVPN protocol for the time being, so anyone who wants to use WireGuard will have to manually select NordLynx.
It should be noted that the WireGuard protocol is still under heavy development. While they are confident in their implementation, WireGuard itself may still contain some unresolved bugs, so use it with caution.
This is why NordVPN has built the NordLynx, which has help resolve these bugs surrounding WireGuard Protocol.
To switch to using NordLynx, NordVPN users must update their apps to the latest version where the NordLynx protocol can be chosen manually from the settings menu.
Not all users will get NordLynx right away, because the updates will be released gradually, but NordVPN plans for full deployment soon .
4. How do WireGuard servers works?
When you connect to Wifi, your computer is assigned a random Internet Protocol (IP) address and uses that address for the duration of the connection session.
So, the next time you connect to the same server, your computer might be assigned a completely different IP address. If so, anyone who sees it might not be able to tell it was the same computer connecting both times.
That’s the way most VPN servers work, but not WireGuard servers. Instead,
WireGuard currently demands that each device on the network get a fixed, or “static,” IP address. Each device’s encryption key is tied to that IP address.
This is to say that;
“It doesn’t dynamically assign IP addresses to everyone connected to a server, “Thus, it requires storing at least some user data on the server, compromising their privacy.”
That procedure significantly cuts down on complexity and processing time. But because it means that a returning device will likely have the same IP address next time, it makes it much easier to track a specific device. Thus, Compromising privacy.
This WireGuard static-IP issue has bothered Mullvad, another VPN service that has rolled out WireGuard to its Linux, Mac, Windows and iOS client applications. (The Android version is in beta testing.)
“Keeping a static IP for each device, even internally, is not ideal,” Mullvad said in a blog post. “That static internal IP address could leak externally”
in the case of WebRTC leaks or if information-stealing malware is present on the client device.
For now, Mullvad lets users manually regenerate their WireGuard encryption keys, and hence their static IP addresses, by pushing a button in the application settings. (It’s working on doing this automatically.)
5. How can I use NordLynx in the NordVPN app for Windows?
- Install the NordVPN app for Windows.
- Navigate to the app settings in the upper right-hand corner.
- Select Auto-connect.
- Disable Choose a VPN protocol and server automatically option.
- In the VPN protocol menu, select NordLynx.
6. How do NordLynx By-pass this WireGuard issue
NordLynx combines WireGuard’s high speeds with the NordVPN’s custom double Network Address Translation (NAT) system to help protect users’ privacy.
The company’s double NAT system allows for a secure VPN connection to be established without needing to store any identifiable data on a server.
Dynamic local IP addresses remain assigned only while the session is active and user authentication is done with the help of a secure external database.
To put that in plain English, when your computer connects to most remote servers, VPN or otherwise, the remote server assigns your computer a random Internet Protocol (IP) address and uses that address for the duration of the connection session.
That process is part of the dynamic host resolution protocol or DHCP. Your home Wi-Fi router likely uses DHCP to assign IP addresses to each device on the Wi-Fi network.
But the next time you connect to the same server, your computer might be assigned a completely different IP address. If so, anyone who sees it might not be able to tell it was the same computer connecting both times.
That’s the way most VPN servers work, but not WireGuard servers.
NordVPN is proud of their work because they were able to bypass WireGuard Protocol issues by building NordLynx upon WireGuard to offer a double NAT system since the WireGuard protocol can’t dynamically assign IP addresses to everyone connected to a server.
7. How the Newly built NordLynx was tested and result.
NordVPN tested the NordLynx implementation thoroughly, as they wanted to underline their excitement regarding this launch, and also back it with actual data and not “empty” marketing promises.
So, they went on to perform around 8,200 tests per day for a month, testing NordLynx against IKEv2 and OpenVPN 256,886 times in total.
They used 47 virtual machines on nine different providers, in 19 cities, and eight countries.
As they make clear through the following diagram, the reason for this large number of tests is that internet communications involve so many factors, and thus getting objective and reliable results requires a significant volume of test data.
As it becomes obvious from the test results, NordLynx is far superior to the older protocols and is bound to be their successor soon.
We have recently seen Private Internet Access launching a beta client to introduce support for the WireGuard protocol, Express VPN is actively working on it, and so are Mullvad, WireVPN, TorGuard, and StrongVPN.
All that said, there’s no question about the adoption of the new protocol.
The game is now played on who takes advantage of all that WireGuard has to offer, who can claim the best possible implementation, and who can prove it through tests.
NordVPN is proud of their work in this area, and they have every right to be.
WireGuard is a lightweight but cryptographically secure new VPN protocol, which is widely regarded as the future of VPN technology.
It should be noted that whatever its merits on paper, WireGuard is nowhere near as “battle-tested” as OpenVPN.
This brings us to the end. I hope this Update was comprehensive enough.
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