ExpressVPN Review: Everything you need to know
ExpressVPN is a popular VPN service that operates from the British Virgin Islands and it has been around for more than 11 years. The company started its services in 2009 and it is known for its reliable VPN Service. ExpressVPN also claims to be “High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN Service” and in this review, we will put these claims to test. Usenet.com reviews the VPN services to ensure that you find the right VPN service for you. You can find complete reviews of all major VPN services on our website. Now, let’s get to this review.
Pricing and Plans
ExpressVPN is a Premium VPN Service and it offers the 3 different plans which you can pick according to your requirements. All plans come with the following features.
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Access to multiple servers
- ExpressVPN Clients for multiple platforms
- No-log Policy
- 30-days risk-free return policy
- Access to advanced feature such as split tunneling & Kill Switch
- Best-in-class Encryption
- Unlimited Streaming
The company offers the following plans.
- 1-Month Plan – It is the basic plan by ExpressVPN and it is only available for $12.95. It also comes with a 30-days money-back guarantee which is a major plus.
- 6-Month Plan – It is the standard plan by ExpressVPN and it is only available for 6-Months. It comparatively offers better value than the 1-Month Plan.
- 12-Months Plan – It is the best plan you can get from ExpressVPN. It covers the duration of 12 months and it will only cost you $8.32 per month.
The company doesn’t offer any free trial. However, the company does offer the 30-days money-back guarantee which you can use if you are not satisfied with the service and you want your money back.
How to Pay for ExpressVPN Subscriptions?
ExpressVPN offers a very wide range of payment options which you can pick according to your convenience. The company supports the following payment options.
- American Express
- Visa Electron
- Diners Club International
- BitPay for anonymous payments
- Yandex Money
- Interac Online
- Carte Bleue
- Interac and many more.
ExpressVPN is a feature-rich VPN service and it offers tons of great features that you can use to unblock websites and protect your device. These are some of the best features of ExpressVPN.
Network Lock is a Kill Switch by ExpressVPN which can help you protect your identity if your VPN connection drops. This feature constantly monitors the connection between the server and the device. It automatically disconnects the internet when it detects the drop in the VPN Connections.
Split Tunneling is an advanced feature that you can use to split your traffic. You can use this feature to route the specific traffic through the VPN and the rest of the traffic through the regular route. You would want to use this feature if you want to access the specific site through an encrypted channel or you are streaming a movie on a geo-restricted content i.e. Netflix or Amazon Prime etc.
Advanced Encryption & Authentication
ExpressVPN uses some of the most advanced encryption & authentication standards to ensure the safety of your traffic. The company uses the AES 256-bit encryption which is by far the best Encryption out there and it is used by the US Government as well as other governments around the world to protect the state secrets and other classified communication.
Moreover, ExpressVPN also changes the encryption key every 60 minutes which makes it impossible for anyone to decrypt the key. Just to give you some perspective, If someone has all the supercomputers in the world and uses the strongest attack “Brute Force” even then he would need billions and billions of years to decrypt the key. In simple words, we can say that it is not possible to crack this encryption and your data is safe.
TrustedServer is an innovative way to secure your privacy. Most of the servers use the HDDs or SSDs to store the data but in the case of ExpressVPN, the company uses the RAMs in their servers which only hold the data for that specific time. Once the server powered off and on again, all the data get removed from the server. This practice removes any possibility of any vulnerability or any damage to your data.
The company doesn’t only offer DNS Leak protection but it also uses the private Zero-Knowledge DNS on each server which ensures that your data get not leaked. In our tests, ExpressVPN passed the tests with the flying colors.
ExpressVPN offers very comprehensive support and you can easily find the solution to your technical problems. In the first tier, you can use the Support Center, FAQ or guide section to find the solution for common issues. However, if you can’t find the issue then you can chat with the support agent using the live chat feature.
ExpressVPN offers a variety of VPN protocols that you can use to protect your online privacy.
- OpenVPN (UDP)
- OpenVPN (TCP)
Installation & Interface
ExpressVPN Client is available for all major platforms and the official website also has the setup guide for each platform which you can use if you are having any trouble in setting up the client. ExpressVPN clients are available for the following platforms.
- Chrome book
- Kindle Fire
- Mozilla Firefox
- Apple TV
- Fire TV
- Nintendo Switch
- Samsung Smart TV
- Nvidia Shield
The overall User Interfaces (UI) of these clients are good but the UI of the mobile apps is pretty basic. You can use these clients without any trouble as they are fairly easy to use. However, the company can surely work on the UI to add more features and make it more optimized.
Servers & Locations
ExpressVPN maintains more than 3000 VPN Servers in 160 VPN Servers in 94 countries around the world. The company has its servers in the United States, Canada, Uruguay, Germany, Italy, Iceland, the UK, Australia, Turkey and many other countries around the world.
Let’s analyze the ExpressVPN according to its slogan which is “High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN”. Let’s start with the Speed of the Service. We tested the ExpressVPN service from our physical locations in the UK and the US. In our UK tests, we were getting the average speed of 60 Mbps on our 75 Mbps connection which is fairly good. In our US test, we were getting the average speed of 220 Mbps on our 475 Mbps connection which is also good. Overall, in terms of speed, we can say that ExpressVPN does offer High-Speed.
When it comes to the “Secure & Anonymous” part of the slogan, ExpressVPN proves that it does offer secure & Anonymous VPN Service. In our tests, we didn’t find any discrepancy in the service and we were getting access to the websites without exposing our real IPs and other details.
When it comes to Netflix and other online streaming services, the company also offers good results. From the UK, we were able to easily access the US Netflix geo-restricted content. The company can unlock the geo-restricted content of the following services.
- BBC iPlayer
- Hulu and many more.