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ExpressVPN Review

2018/10/11

ExpressVPN is a HD streaming service provider with blazing fast speed. With the help of Express VPN, you can visit the leading popular internet entertainment websites like Netflix etc. and other popular streaming services.

 

Price:

ExpressVPN’s pricing policy is as simple as it gets. You can choose to pay month-by-month, at $12.95 per month, or take on a 6- or 12-month subscription, which come in at $9.99 pm and $8.32 pm respectively. The only difference between the three options is the length of your commitment. Whichever you go for, you can always take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee if the service doesn’t live up to your expectations. This is important as ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a free trial.

 

Privacy and Security:

While all reputable VPN services offer good privacy and security protection – after all, that’s one of the main selling points – ExpressVPN is second to none in this regard.

It offers a wide range of VPN protocols, including OpenVPN UDP/TCP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and PPTP, to ensure anonymous browsing. And all traffic between your device and the ExpressVPN servers are protected by powerful 256-bit SSL encryption, which should be sufficient to hide your activities from spying governments and criminals alike.

You can count on this level of protection, whether you’re using your computer, mobile phone or tablet, and even on a public Wi-Fi network.

Beyond that, ExpressVPN guarantees that no logs are kept of your browsing history and that it will not share your private information with third parties. As a logless VPN, ExpressVPN keeps no activity logs or session data, so there’s nothing to connect you to your browsing activities. ExpressVPN also has split-tunneling available for its Mac application, to add an additional level of privacy for users.

You can even pay for your subscription by Bitcoin if you’re looking for an added layer of anonymity.

 

Number of servers:

148 VPN server locations in 94 countries all over the world with unlimited server switches. 2,000+ global VPN servers optimized for fast connections. This helps ExpressVPN maintain its consistently high standards of performance and reliability despite the constant influx of new users to this very popular service.

The choice of 27 server locations in 18 US cities providing coast-to-coast coverage is hard to beat. The four-city choice in Australia is best-in-class, while seven ultra-fast server locations spread over four UK cities is certainly close to offering the best choice in the current market.

The Asia Pacific region may lack China (although ExpressVPN works very well in that country to unblock censored sites), but it has some excellent other options not otherwise broadly available, such as Macau, Nepal, Laos and Myanmar, alongside more common locations.

You can find the complete list of ExpressVPN server locations by country and city on their website.

 

Number of simultaneous connections:

A single subscription can be used simultaneously on any three supported devices. To connect simultaneously on more than three devices, use the ExpressVPN app for routers.

 

Avg. download speed:

47.30 Mbps for an average download speed worldwide. If connecting locally provide exceptional average download speeds of up to 139Mbps but you could also expect average speeds of 77Mbps connecting to the US from the UK for example. Even distant connections, such as Sydney to Toronto reached 30Mbps on average, which is excellent and easily fast enough for HD streaming.

We also logged extremely low latency of just under 1ms for users in Toronto and 2ms in Frankfurt, Sydney and Tokyo, which makes it an excellent choice not just for privacy-conscious streamers but also gamers and users of P2P technology. Most other locations were well under 5ms ping, Vancouver being the main exception with a laggy 37ms.

 

Supported devices:

Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and One, Playstation 3 and 4, Nintendo Wii, Wii U and Switch, Windows Phone and NAS, Amazon Fire TV and many more.

 

Supported protocol:

ExpressVPN offers a variety of VPN Protocols to implement strong encryption between your computer and the VPN server location you connect to. When you use the ExpressVPN app, you can easily switch between the protocols, although it’s recommended that you stick with the default protocol (the open-source OpenVPN), or let the app automatically select the settings most optimal for your speed and security.

 

Encryption way:

ExpressVPN is a market-leader and very robust in this area. You can set the app to automatically select the best performing protocol from the full list but we recommend setting it to OpenVPN, wherever possible. Encryption is via AES-256, a top cipher and considered unbreakable.

The highly effective VPN killswitch is a must-have, shutting down your internet connection should the VPN connection be interrupted for any reason. Another big selling point is that ExpressVPN operates its own zero-log DNS servers, so you can be sure your traffic won’t be routed through any third-party servers, exposing your IP address in the process. You are protected not only from DNS leaks but also IPv6 leaks and WebRTC leaks, a big part of why ExpressVPN comes so highly-recommended for privacy.

Split tunneling is yet another powerful feature you won’t find everywhere, allowing you to protect your browsing without losing access to local network devices, such as printers or smart TVs.ExpressVPN uses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256-bit keys — also known as AES-256. It's the same encryption standard adopted by the U.S. government and used by security experts worldwide to protect classified information.

 

Free trial:

No free trial. But it does offer a very generous 30-day money-back guarantee. And unlike with some companies out there, there are no catches to watch out for. Cancel any time within 30 days and you will get your money back. No explanation is required.

 

Supporting kill switch:

Express VPN prevents internet traffic from flowing outside the VPN tunnel if your VPN connection drops unexpectedly.

 

No restriction traffic:

No. Stream or download anything, from any of our servers, anywhere on Earth, with your IP address hidden from prying eyes. ExpressVPN software never caps your bandwidth.

 

Refund period:

30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with the ExpressVPN software for any reason in the first 30 days, you can get your money back, no questions asked.

 

Browser extension supported:

ExpressVPN also stands out for offering VPN browser extensions, as opposed to the more common proxy extensions that do not encrypt traffic, for not only Chrome but also Firefox and Safari. These are full-featured and can be installed in two seconds flat if you already have the main app set up. They are a very convenient one-click way to browse securely and privately and notably also block WebRTC leaks, which is a browser issue that can expose your true IP address.

We love that the browser extensions offer the same premium experience as the main apps just in an even more lightweight and convenient form.

 

Supporting ad blocking:

Browse the web anonymously and protect your privacy with ExpressVPN.

 

Improve the security of website:

ExpressVPN step-by-step guides on topics like how to browse anonymously, delete your Google search history, and use Tor to stay private online.

 

Ease of Use:

Set up and configuration is a real area of strength for ExpressVPN. If you’ve been meaning to set up a VPN at home but keep putting it off because you’re scared it might be too complicated, then we can put your mind at ease. Setup couldn’t be simpler.

Once you’ve subscribed to a plan, you’ll receive an email with a link to the software download page. The installation process is a simple click-and-go affair, and once the software is installed and you open the client for the first time you’ll be presented with an option to immediately connect to a recommended server. ExpressVPN also offers browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, so users can control their ExpressVPN app remotely. You can only use the browser extensions with the ExpressVPN app.

Of course, you can browse the various servers on offer and save the most useful ones to you in a favorites list. Aside from that there is also the option to select a specific VPN protocol for your connection. Although if you leave this the software will automatically default to the best option for you.

There isn’t much to add when it comes to the ExpressVPN mobile app.

We tested the Android version and it offers all the same functionality as the desktop client, just optimized for touchscreens. When it’s running you’ll see an icon in your status bar and you can quickly access server and uptime information from the notification menu.

ExpressVPN really lives up to its name in the usability department. There may not be enough bells and whistles for power users, but the rest of us get a clean, intuitive interface that makes setting up VPN connections a one-click (or one-touch) process.

 

Payment method:

ExpressVPN accepts a large range of payment options, including Visa, Mastercard, American express, Discover, JCB, Delta, Diners Club, PayPal, Bitcoin, Alipay, UnionPay, WebMoney, iDeal, Sofort, GiroPay, YandexMoney, Sofort, Interac, Mint, FanaPay, Onecard.

 

Online support:

Real humans are available 24/7 via email and live chat to help you with setup and troubleshooting. But we love the live chat support. When I asked about setting up VPN on my Netgear router I received a response within 15 seconds. Not only was the reply almost instantaneous, it was accurate and helpful, and also included links to the relevant tutorials on the site. While we’re on the subject it’s only fair to draw attention to the excellent VPN tutorial section, which provides clear but comprehensive guides for setting up ExpressVPN on almost any OS or device you could imagine, including routers, games consoles and eBooks.

It’s easy to overlook support quality when considering purchasing a product but doing so can lead to major regrets if things don’t go smoothly. This is especially true of VPN services, where even tech-savvy consumers can find themselves lost when attempting a more complex set up.

 

Disadvantage:

1.Only three devices can be connected at the same time.

2.Price cut in a short term.


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