ExpressVPN is a well-known VPN service provider located in the British Virgin Islands (a place with no data retention laws). It operates over 3,000 servers across 94 locations around the world, making it one of the largest and best VPN providers at the moment and one of the rare companies with servers in less popular locations like the Middle East, Africa, South America, etc. It has clients for all major platforms and devices, as well as some minor ones, in addition to software and detailed guides for installing it on other devices.
One disadvantage of using this provider is its limit on simultaneous connections, which allows only five devices to run on ExpressVPN at the same time - by no means a disaster, but not as many as some allow. However, as the company explains on its website, this limitation can be bypassed with the use of VPN-enabled routers.
Namely, if you install ExpressVPN on your router, it automatically covers all the devices connected to that router, no matter how many there are or when they are used. That said, it is important to consult the ExpressVPN support section and/or customer service in order to know which routers can be equipped with it and how.
ExpressVPN allows you to reach popular geo-blocked services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and many more, from wherever you are. Moreover, it enables safe torrenting using its high-speed servers.
Plans and pricing
ExpressVPN has three subscription plans. The least cost-effective is the 1-month option that costs $12.95. The second option is the 6-month plan that is billed $9.99 each month or $59.95 for the entire six months. The best and most popular is the 1-year subscription billed $6.67 per month. At the moment of writing, this option includes three additional months of usage for free.
It is important to mention that all plans are accompanied by a 30-day money-back guarantee which allows you to cancel within 30 days after payment for any reason. This is a generous chance for you to fully test out all the provider’s capabilities and see if it works for you, risk-free. If it doesn’t, just contact the friendly customer support and you will be issued with a refund shortly.
Payment options include credit cards, PayPal, Alipay, Yandex Money, WebMoney, even Bitcoin, among others.
Privacy and logging
ExpressVPN guarantees bullet-proof privacy while using all its apps. It employs various privacy protection methods like AES-256-CBC encryption, a 4096 SHA-512 RSA certificate, and the standard host of transfer protocols: OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), L2TP, L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP. The clients allow switching between them, along with an automatic setting option that lets the app assign the best protocol for your connection.
Regular data is protected from alteration by third parties during the transfer with the help of Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC). Furthermore, ExpressVPN has the typical kill switch feature that it calls a Network Lock. It acts as a regular kill switch, “killing” the whole internet access in an event of a sudden VPN connection interruption. This eliminates any risk of your sensitive information leaking into the outside world. The kill switch feature is currently unavailable on mobile devices, although most Android smartphones now come with an integrated kill switch that can be enabled in the device’s settings.
ExpressVPN also has DNS leak protection in addition to running its own DNS on every server. Split-tunneling is also an option you will encounter in this provider’s apps. It allows you to decide which of your apps you want to put under the VPN protection and which you have to or feel comfortable leaving on your regular internet connection.
The provider adheres to its strict no-logging policy which states that the company doesn’t store any logs that can lead to your identification, including your IP address, VPN IP address, connection times, traffic data, as well as DNS queries. The company is very open about the information it does collect, like dates (not times) when your device connected to ExpressVPN, the amount of data transferred daily, which VPN server locations were used, and which of its apps were successfully run.
Performance is ExpressVPN’s biggest strength. As one of the fastest VPN services, it provides lightning download speeds when connected to most server locations, regardless of what your requirements may be. The connection times fail to disappoint, and the best performance is expected of servers closest to your own location. The slight latencies related to connecting to servers in more exotic places do not hinder the overall impressive experience.
ExpressVPN supports a long list of platforms including, but not limited to Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, as well as offering custom firmware for certain routers. The installation guides are readily available, although we doubt you’ll need them as the installation of ExpressVPN apps on major platform is rather straightforward.
With all the major platforms covered by native apps, the company’s website also offers manual setup guides for other devices like Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, and more. Your subscription also comes with extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
ExpressVPN has a large website that is not only available in 17 languages but also boasts a huge searchable support section that gives you plenty of options to find answers to your questions. You can head over to the Troubleshooting guides section if there are any problems in use or installation of ExpressVPN’s apps, you can get instructions for setting up clients, or you can contact the company’s staff directly via the Live Chat option, send an email to them, or even file a support ticket. They are available 24/7 and will respond quickly.
ExpressVPN delivers excellent and sturdy service for all of your VPN needs. In addition to a wide range of security features, it also allows anonymous torrenting and access to popular geo-restricted services. Its large server network provides access to content in some rather unusual locations.
Our score: 5/5