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Today I’ll be looking at ExpressVPN, also known as one-of, if not the best VPN in the market. Spoiler alert – it’s still great in 2020. Let’s delve straight into ExpressVPN’s strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a quick overview:
ExpressVPN is one of our favorite providers for many reasons – it’s incredibly secure yet easy to use, it doesn’t tax your internet connection that much, and it’s awesome for unblocking streaming services like Netflix and Disney+. Oh, and did I mention that it’s great for torrenting?
Now, before you get the impression that ExpressVPN is the VPN to end all VPNs, it’s not – for a couple of reasons. First off, this is by no means a budget VPN and they don’t slash the price that much even for the long-term subscriptions. Secondly, ExpressVPN doesn’t offer as much tinkering options for power user sas do its closest competitors.
ExpressVPN Privacy & Security Features
With that said, let’s take a closer look at this VPN service. So, when choosing a VPN, there are many points to consider but I always start with the provider’s privacy and security credentials. And here, ExpressVPN does not disappoint. The company behind the provider is registered in the British Virgin Islands. This puts it outside the scope of any international surveillance alliances and allows ExpressVPN to maintain a strict no-logs policy. This means that ExpressVPN does not collect any data that could be used to identify you while you use the service. When it comes to security, ExpressVPN is one of the most secure VPN services on the market. It has a very rich set of cyber security features. These include military-grade encryption, a variety of secure tunneling protocols, and network kill switch, and leak protection, as well as a TrustedServer technology that automatically destroys all data on the ExpressVPN servers with each reboot. Does such a solid security feature package have an effect on connection speeds? It certainly does but not as much as you’d expect. In fact, ExpressVPN offers some of the best speeds on the market. I ran speed tests with servers on 4 different continents and got consistently above-average download speeds across the board, even on servers that are on opposite sides of the globe. And speed is key, especially if your main needs for a VPN includes torrenting or unblocking streaming platforms.
ExpressVPN Streaming and Torrenting
Speaking of streaming, ExpressVPN easily unblocks the Disney+ and the Netflix US library regardless of where you are located. There are plenty of servers to choose from in the US and other premium streaming locations like Japan or the Netherlands. I tried several locations, and they all worked without fail. Also, the focus on performance means your streams will look almost as good as using a regular connection. As for torrenting, peer-to-peer downloads are supported on all ExpressVPN servers and, as I’ve already mentioned, the speeds are great as well.
With the essentials cover, this brings us to ExpressVPN’s only downside. Namely, the pricing. So, as you can see, ExpressVPN is quite an expensive deal. What’s more, there’s no free version, multi-year subscription, and no free trial for the desktop apps. With that said, ExpressVPN does offer an unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee and you can use the service on 5 devices simultaneously. Yes, ExpressVPN is certainly on the expensive side, but the price is justified. If you use a VPN as often as I do, you’ll appreciate the benefits that an additional couple of dollars a month will get you.
In today’s busy market, it’s very hard to find a truly secure and transparent VPN service. In terms of quality, there’s no question that ExpressVPN is at the top. Its security and privacy are as great as its performance. Moreover, ExpressVPN is great for torrenting and is one of the best when it comes to unblocking streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+. Power users may want more advanced options to tinker with, but for most, the high price will probably be the main issue. And that concludes our review.