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NordVPN’s latest update brings Dark Web Monitor and Security Score to Windows

NordVPN has just updated its VPN app on Windows, finally bringing some handy Mac and mobile features to the desktop.

NordVPN’s Dark Web Monitor, released on iOS in November 2020, scans the dark web for the email address used to register your NordVPN account and triggers an alert if your information is detected in a data breach.

Similar features are available in the best identity theft protection services, as well as in the best antivirus suites and even in some of the best password managers.

NordVPN's New Security Score Feature Scores 57%

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Simplified security

Dark Web Monitor runs automatically, but is disabled by default. If you are interested, click on Settings, Dark Web Monitor, press the Activate button and you will receive an alert if your information appears in a data breach.

NordVPN’s new Security Score rates your current level of protection as a percentage and provides guidance on how you can increase it to improve your security.

When we first installed the update, our score was a low zero. But connecting to our nearest NordVPN server brought it up to 42%. Enabling Dark Web Monitor also brought us to 57%. And by tapping on the Security Score icon, you’ve listed the other tweaks needed to max out at 100%: turn on the kill switch, turn on “auto-connect on launch,” and set up multi-factor authentication on our NordVPN account.

Who is it for?

The feature is intended for new users, who might not realize that their current settings don’t offer the best possible security. But having the application’s security level summarized in one small icon has benefits for everyone, just by highlighting a change.

If the kill switch is disabled by someone else on your device, for example, or an issue updating the app, nothing is missing: the Safe Score immediately highlights the problem.

NordVPN’s Windows app should recommend the update within a day or two. Click on Settings, General to see your current version: the version you need is or later.

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