If you ever needed or wanted to access a private network, like an office, to securely access and share files, chances are you would use a VPN or virtual private network. A VPN works by creating a secure encrypted network tunnel between your computer or mobile device and another private server network to give you private access to a particular network resource. ExpressVPN is one such VPN provider and in their case, you connect to one of their private VPN servers to gain secure access to the internet itself. By using 3rd party VPN services like ExpressVPN, you can surf the web in privacy and security knowing that your internet traffic is private and encrypted.
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 live chat
- 100+ VPN server locations in 90+ countries
- Referral program
- No free trial
- Fewer server locations compared to other VPNs
- Keeps some logs
ExpressVPN is a solid performer offering multi-platform support for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Although Express offers user friendly apps with all the protocol options, they are pricey compared to other VPN providers who offer more server locations in more countries.
ExpressVPN offers the same service and features across three different plans, giving you discounts for choosing a longer subscription. You can pay monthly at $12.95 per month, every 6 months at $9.99 per month or once a year which works out to be $8.32 per month.
The signup process couldn’t have been easier, we just provided an email address and a payment method – this is a big win for those concerned about privacy. A few moments later, we received a confirmation email directing us to the download page for the ExpressVPN client apps. We installed the app on a Mac and the installation was quick and easy, although we had to copy and past some weird activation code from the download page into the app to get it to actually login (This seems to replace your username and password) so we could connect to a server. Connecting to a server was an easy affair, just click on the green connect button and you are off and running. One thing that annoyed us that was similar to VyprVPN’s app design is that you could not change the protocol from the actual app window, you had to go into the app’s preferences to switch protocols. This might not be a favorite among power users looking for flexible options. There is however, a link at the bottom of the app window to easily change VPN server locations.
Privacy and Security:
As far as logs go, ExpressVPN does store data transfers, connection timestamps, and server locations. While these pieces of information may not be hyper-sensitive, it’s disappointing that a provider who touts privacy protection keeps usage data.
For their encryption, ExpressVPN uses 256-bit OpenVPN. L2TP or PPTP are available as well if you’d like to see slightly faster speeds or you have an old legacy device or OS that only supports these protocols. These protocols are also supported on ExpressVPN’s mobile apps.
While our ExpressVPN review shows it can be used on almost any device with its diverse platform support and it does offer the standard protocol options, but it is rather pricey for the service value it offers, and it’s privacy practices leave a little to be desired. If you’re looking for the total package, you might want to consider another VPN provider.