NordVPN has announced that users will soon be able to start using NordLynx, the proprietary version of WireGuard, on all major platforms. The revolutionary protocol that was launched for Linux users back in 2019 will be rolled out for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS users before April 24.
NordLynx – the fastest VPN protocol
According to the announcement from NordVPN, NordLynx is faster than any other protocol available to subscribers. To prove this, the company made more than 250,000 speed tests, covering all main VPN use cases. NordVPN used the Mann–Whitney U test, the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test, and other scientific methodologies to conduct this research.
“Speed is the true reason why we are really excited to launch NordLynx,” said Markuson.
Users will be able to see the speed test results on the NordVPN blog over the coming days. However, as a teaser, the company has said that NordLynx can be twice as fast as any of the currently used protocols in some cases.
The appeal and challenges of WireGuard
There’s more to NordLynx than speed. For starters, WireGuard, on which NordLynx is based, has only 4,000 lines of code. That’s at least ten times less than any other leading tunneling protocol, be it OpenVPN or IPSec.
According to Markuson, “WireGuard is a relatively simple yet extremely fast and modern open-source protocol that we are very excited to adopt. We believe that due to its promising capabilities, WireGuard might become a new standard in VPN technology.”
The economy of the WireGuard code means it’s easier to debug and deploy. Furthermore, it’s way harder to compromise. And while this cutting-edge protocol cannot yet ensure maximum security on its own, NordVPN developers have created a system to alleviate this issue.
The WireGuard protocol alone can’t ensure complete privacy. Here’s why. It can’t dynamically assign IP addresses to everyone connected to a server. Therefore, the server must contain a local static IP address table to know where internet packets are traveling from and to whom they should return. It means that the real IP address of a user must be linked to an internal IP address assigned by the VPN.
The NordLynx team has solved this by adding a double Network Address Translation (NAT) system to WireGuard. NAT helps to establish a secure connection without storing any data on the server. This way, NordVPN has paired the speed of WireGuard with the security of other protocols, creating a next-gen VPN protocol.