ExpressVPN Review
ExpressVPN Review

Overview

ExpressVPN are top of the line fast and reliable. Even without the option of installing Tor, with which ExpressVPN is compatible, your IP and location are changed, the company keeps zero logs and you’ll literally be surfing the waves from your very own encrypted island.

OpenVPN communications protocol and AES 256-bit are their preset data carriers, but if you know how to work the advanced configuration files then you have the option of manually setting up your VPN; otherwise, their call-center is – users’ review – well organised and nice enough to help out.

Their service has numerous upsides, like the aforementioned speed, the torrenting permissions, ease of use, it being compatible on any device (some routers come with ExpressVPN preinstalled), but their two big downside which we think need to be addressed straight off the bat are price-range and their overall incompatibility with Netflix.

ExpressVPN are top of the line fast and reliable. Even without the option of installing Tor, with which ExpressVPN is compatible, your IP and location are changed, the company keeps zero logs and you’ll literally be surfing the waves from your very own encrypted island.

OpenVPN communications protocol and AES 256-bit are their preset data carriers, but if you know how to work the advanced configuration files then you have the option of manually setting up your VPN; otherwise, their call-center is – users’ review – well organised and nice enough to help out.

Their service has numerous upsides, like the aforementioned speed, the torrenting permissions, ease of use, it being compatible on any device (some routers come with ExpressVPN preinstalled), but their two big downside which we think need to be addressed straight off the bat are price-range and their overall incompatibility with Netflix.


They’re a premium VPN, so no trial is available. Some exceptions were noted with Android and iOS devices through Google Play and Apple Store, a 7-day trial being laid on the table. These being said, because money is such a subjective state of affairs, here are their offers:
- Monthly: $12.95 per month
- 6-month plan: $9.99 per month
- 12-month plan: $8.32 per month

In a nutshell, it’s a few dollars under $100 for 12 months, and for each plan you have a 30-days money back guarantee.

Let’s explore some of the pros together:

1. High speed due to server numbers and spread

The number of servers ExpressVPN offer is outstanding. 160 places on Earth, 94 countries, 3000 servers, less than 3% of which are virtual. That means that 97% of the servers don’t merely mimic the IP addresses of a certain country, they’re actually in that country, physically, hard at work. It can’t get any better than that. The more servers, the less crammed they are with users, and of course, the closest your options when it comes to logging in. If the server is close, your connection will be speedy. It’s as easy as that. The only continent where ExpressVPN don’t have servers is, believe it or not, Antarctica. We think they’ve spread considerably, knowing that’s the only speck of land they didn’t conquer.

2. True high speeds, as proven by most speed testing websites

We’ve used fast.com, speedtest.net, speedof.me, testmy.net, and even the mobile speed testing app nPerf. Their speeds are insubduable. Encryption, protocols used, server location, how full the servers are, these are some of the things that either slow down a VPN or allow it to work at high speeds. ExpressVPN is most certainly top of the class at all these matters and that’s why it won’t ever let you down. We won’t lie, because on how these speed tests verify internet speed, it’s unsafe to call just one product the best. ExpressVPN, according to numerous sources, stays well within the top 5 VPN’s out there. Speed-wise it can be compared to PureVPN, CyberGhost, NordVPN and Surdshark.

3. Good functionality: private DNS, Network Lock kill-switch, VPN split tunnelling, educational features.

Some VPNs don’t work on their own private domain, so when contracting one company to bipass your browsing information towards their own tunnel, they appeal to another party that actually owns the tunnel. So you’re basically trusting two different entities! Having a private DNS makes it safer and more secure.

The kill-switch, on the other hand, makes it so your data stops circulating via the regular internet if the VPN system is, for whatever reason, interrupted. That means that you won’t be surfing exposed not even for a minute. Traffic doesn’t ever move outside of the safe tunnel.

I feel no good friend isn’t really what he is trying to portray if he doesn’t, at least at some point, have some quality advice for you. Giving others your opinion, some aid here, a bit of guidance there, that’s what someone who truly cares does. Beside giving us a wonderful product, ExpressVPN have a column on their website dedicated to the do’s and don’ts of internet browsing. It’s not just selling their product for them. Give their videos and vlog-esque content a shot. It will feel like one friend imparting knowledge to another, no strings attached, no expectations other than “stay safe”.

A little extra we might add, something we didn’t mention in the good functionality header, e-mail payments. You heard it right. Because they accept cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin, you can just use your e-mail to signup. Fidgety about that too? Well, use an internet cafe, an incognito browser, and you’re off the hook; your real IP will never trace back to you.

4. Intended for torrenting / works great with Tor

In both cases, security is the blue elephant in the room. Your internet provider sees everything you do. Your country’s government is giving fines up to $150,000, roughly 135.000 euros, £114.000, plus attorney fees, and that’s PER FILE DOWNLOADED. Understanding where your country sits when it comes to legal and illegal is a matter of intense study and investigation. Decisions can be made over night, regulations against torrents turning even more strict than they are now. Being on the safe side we think is easier than doing regular check-ups on the downloading law. ExpressVPN respects people’s privacy, wishes, and considers torrenting a freedom eveyone should have.

5. Wide device compatibility

One of the lay back on the couch and pull the blinds side of the story is the comfort you may experience while sharing the ExpressVPN shield with your router, your daughter’s android, your son’s Apple phone, your Smart TV, your wife’s friend’s tablet and your work-from-home PC. Browsers that support the VPN extension are Chrome and Firefox, the full list of devices – a true bouquet of platforms – are Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, Linux, Routers, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook, and let’s not forget the consoles, Playstation, Apple TV, Xbox, Amazon Fire Stick TV, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, all game consoles, and the smart TVs we mentioned in the earlier scenario. They went all hands on deck with device protection, understanding that extensive security and simplicity when it comes to installing it is something users will more than certainly require and enjoy.

We open heartedly recommend the British Virgin Islands based ExpressVPN for their common-sense, their mission, their logging policy and for all the reasons listed above. A quick reminder how many tests resulted negative when it came to connecting to Netflix. These servers worked well: Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Bahamas, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Monaco, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Algeria.

As for the United States, more than half of the servers were blocked and the same goes for the UK, where only 5 servers worked. It’s a bit of hard work, disconnecting, reconnecting, trial and error with some degree of success.

If the initial positive remarks were the ones that stuck with you until the very end, then here’s a sentence worth reiterating: we open heartedly recommend the British Virgin Islands based ExpressVPN!

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