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ExpressVPN Review

Feb 18, 2017
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ExpressVPN is a market leading VPN service provider, located in British Virgin Islands. It provides its customers unlimited bandwidth, access to various servers around the world and advanced encryption technology. It is a service that provides both online privacy and security. Apart from protecting your user identity, it also provides a secure connection while removed restrictions on geo-blocked streaming websites. The company has been in business for close to 10 years. It has expanded gradually, and is currently providing unlimited bandwidth usage, to clients in over 97 locations worldwide.

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Features and Pricing 

This VPN service is not for users with budget constraints. The ExpressVPN basic monthly package starts at $12.95. However, if you subscribe for the yearly plan, you will be paying at least $8.32. Therefore, longer commitments translate to discounts. To put that into context, its monthly is almost double the average market price for VPN services. 

Payments can be made through bitcoin, credit cards, PayPal and various third party payment services. By default, this service chooses the most favorable protocol for you. Users can also choose manually from the various protocols available, including openVPN over SSTP, PPTP, TDP and L2TP.

To ensure that the service is easy and straightforward, even for beginners, it has eliminate various tweaks and features that are available on their rivals. For example, it does not come with kill switch and DNS leak protection. Its app comes with an in-built speed tester tool, which allows users to check the servers with the fastest download times. 

Setup and Interface

Once you sign up, you can download the program and install the VPN client on your device. When you run it for the first time, you will be prompted to put an activation code. The activation code is different for each device. Although it is quite tedious to input the activation code to each device separately, you won’t waste time again logging in, every time you want to use the service. After this process, the app is ready to go. 

The ExpressVPN app is one of the easiest VPN software that you have ever used. You only need to select a server, and then connect. You can use the options menu to change a few basic settings like the preferred protocol. However, all that can be ignored if you don’t intend to use it. The easy plug and play interface makes this VPN straightforward to use, even for novices. It can run quietly in the background, if you don’t want to exit is GUI.

Servers and Performance 

As previously highlighted, ExpressVPN serves over 97 client locations worldwide, based in more than 78 countries. Server switches and bandwidth are unlimited. What this means is that, with ExpressVPN, you can stream a 1080p video quality, without waiting for it to buffer. You can also play fast online video games, without the usual lag. 

Connections drop occasionally, although it is not something that should raise a red flag. Speeds are very reliable. Although VPNs are associated with slower download speeds due to data encryption, the speed of ExpressVPN is closer to downloading content without a VPN server. The good news is that ExpressVPN allows you to download at high speeds while protecting your data and information from online thieves and spies. 

Security 

In terms of security, ExpressVPN is based in British Virgin Islands. This places it beyond the legal jurisdiction of various law enforcement agencies like GCHQ and NSA. If you are using this service, default encryption standards cannot be altered. This is done intentionally to give all clients a level playing field as well as sealing all loopholes where there can be data leaks.  Apart from that ExpressVPN does not retain data logs or even monitor your browsing activity. Therefore, you have the freedom to use it the way you wish. You can view connection logs on your computer and you can even save them to a local file. 

Customer Service 

Due to its ease of use, customer service demand is quite low. Despite that, the company provides live chat customer support round the clock. ExpressVPN customer service executives are knowledgeable and professional. Support staff are there to answer any queries or concerns that you may have concerning the service. You can also reach them through a contact form or even via email. 

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ExpressVPN is a service that meets all types of use, for individuals who are ready to pay a bit more for strong performance, solid security, and great design. If you are looking for a VPN that is intuitive and simple as possible, ExpressVPN is definitely worth your time and money.


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