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How to enable / disable the NordVPN kill switch


With more than 5,000 servers in over 50 countries, it’s no wonder Panama-based NordVPN is an extremely popular VPN service.

One of the most useful features of NordVPN is its kill switch. A kill switch helps protect your sensitive data in the event of a VPN connection failure. When activated, the kill switch protects your IP address and online activity from exposure, helping to protect your anonymity and online security.

It should also be noted that different versions of kill switches are used in NordVPN applications.

The kill switch in its Windows and Mac applications terminates specific applications if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects to prevent those applications from sending unprotected traffic to the Internet. The Windows app also has an Internet kill switch that disables system-wide Internet access if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects or if a user manually disconnects from the VPN.

On mobile, NordVPN’s iOS app disables system-wide Internet access if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects while its Android app works like a system-wide killswitch on Android version 8.0 or higher. Older versions of Android, however, have a “permanent VPN” feature that prevents leaks in the event of a sudden drop in the VPN connection.

The NordVPN Linux client disables system-wide Internet access if the VPN connection suddenly disconnects or if a user manually disconnects the VPN. The Linux kill switch can be activated by typing the nordvpn has activated killswitch and can be disabled by typing the nordvpn turns off the killswitch order. To view the current kill switch statistics, users will need to type the nordvpn settings order.

This step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to activate both types of kill switches in the NordVPN Windows application. If you’re using the Mac app, don’t worry as the menus may look a little different but the process is essentially the same.

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1. Go to the NordVPN website

Open the web browser of your choice, go to the NordVPN website and click on the VPN applications link at the top in the middle of the page.

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2. Download the application

At the top of the page, click on the Download button to start downloading the NordVPN Windows application.

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3. Open the installation file

Once the download of the NordVPN installation file (NordVPNSetup.exe) is complete, go to the download file on your Windows PC and double-click on the executable to start the installation process.

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4. Install the application

A Windows prompt will appear on your screen asking if you want NordVPN to make any changes to your computer, click yes to begin the installation. Choose where you want to install the app on your device, then you have the option of having a shortcut for NordVPN created on your desktop or in your Start menu. Once the installation is complete, NordVPN will launch.

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5. Log into your account

When you open the NordVPN Windows application for the first time, the application will ask you to log into your account. Type your email and password, then click To log in start using the service.

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6. Access the settings

In the upper right corner of the NordVPN Windows application, next to the minimize button, you will find the settings button. Click on it to open the application settings.

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7. Activate the Internet Kill switch

Once you are in the NordVPN settings, on the left side of the application, you will see the Immobilizer option.

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Click on it and you can activate or deactivate the Internet Kill Switch and Kill Switch App.

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8. Confirm your choice

When you switch to NordVPN’s Internet Kill Switch, a warning appears that explains what will happen if you activate it and asks if you are sure you want to activate it. Click on Yes.

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8. Turn on the Kill App switch

Back in the kill switch settings of NordVPN under Internet Kill Switch, you will see the option to switch the Kill Switch App On or off. However, to enable this feature, you will first need to choose which apps will be closed when you disconnect from the VPN or your connection drops.

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Click on Add applications and a list of software installed on your computer will appear. If you cannot find the program you are looking for, you can also click on Find apps to manually search for it on your Windows PC. Choose the applications for which you want to activate the Kill Switch App by clicking on the “+” sign that appears when you hover over its name. Click on Add selected to confirm your selection and the apps you have selected will now appear under the App Kill Switch option. You can delete these applications at any time by clicking on the small “x” next to the application name.

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9. Connect to a server

Now that you have configured the NordVPN kill switch, you need to choose a server to connect to. If you’re in a hurry, you can click Quick connection at the bottom of the application and NordVPN will automatically connect you to a server. However, if you want to connect to a particular country, you will need to scroll down the column on the left side of the app and choose one. Alternatively, you can also find the country you want to connect to on the map in the middle of the app and click on the blue pin to connect.

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