ExpressVPN is a very well rounded service, with a track record for reliability, honest policy, and comprehensive customer support. In its latest iteration VPN Express has also upped the game when it comes to technical strength, making it one of, if not the, best VPN provider in the market.
Based in the British Virgin Islands, this VPN is free of the stifling data monitoring laws in countries such as the UK and US and Australia and therefore does not keep any compromising logs of its users’ activities. While it does maintain obscure connection logs – these cannot be tied to the customer in any way, and are mainly for improving the quality of service.
Express VPN is somewhat expensive compared to the average – at AUD $15/month – however, if you go for an annual subscription, the monthly cost goes down significantly to $8.32. Unusual for a VPN service, they also offer a straightforward 30-day money back guarantee which, going by user feedback, they honor regardless of the circumstances.
No free trial is available for the desktop program, while a 1-day trial is present for the Android app and a 7-day trial is present for the iOS app. That said, the 30-day guarantee should provide you enough peace of mind when taking this VPN for a spin.
ExpressVPN has servers in 136 cities in a total of 87 countries around the globe – even relatively obscure localities such as Africa and the Middle East are catered to. Three simultaneous device connections are allowed.
All major VPN standards are supported: PPTP, SSTP, L2TP/IPSec and OpenVPN. It’s recommended that you stick with the latter two for maximum security. In particular, the OpenVPN encryption used by ExpressVPN is industry-standard.
The cipher is AES-256, with SHA-512 HMAC hash checking and a RSA-4096 handshake. For data channel encryption, the service uses ECDH key exchanges, giving the VPN Perfect Forward Secrecy status. Unique OpenVPN certificates are generated for each customer and are authenticated by means of the VPN password provided for activation.
ExpressVPN also offers a Smart DNS feature which makes it a great Netflix VPN: this feature spoofs your location by resolving DNS requests from your device at a particularly desirable location.
This Express VPN review found the bandwidth provided by the service to be consistently generous, so you can expect decent performance when loading heavy content on the internet. Express VPN torrents and filesharing are fully allowed.
The service offers intuitive and user-friendly clients for all major platforms: Mac OS, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android; these are complimented with detailed setup guides and 24/7 customer support, to make for one of the most complete VPN experiences around.
As you will have judged after going through this Express VPN review – you will be hard pushed to find a VPN service that is this complete on all fronts.