ExpressVPN is one of the most trusted services out of 51+ VPNs.
This is for a reason, as they have a fantastic record for keeping your data – No logging, no leaks, making it possibly the best possible VPN?
This review contains:
- Cons and pros
- Explanation of what makes it special
- Overview of the application
They are located offshore, in the British Virgin Islands. Founded in 2009 by ExpressVPN International Ltd.
Their location is known for being the tax haven and home for many wealthy Brits.
Even though it’s located near America, the land doesn’t belong to 14 Eyes jurisdiction – the government won’t share data with the members of 14 Eyes.
No Logging & No Leaks
Their service is secured using 256-bit SSL encryption.
We did DNS leak tests to undercover any security threats by using available web tools. While using ExpressVPN, there were no leaks found in IPv4, IPv6, WebRTC addresses.
In December 2017, ExpressVPN came into the spotlight in relation to the investigation of the incident in Turkey . Turkish investigators seized an ExpressVPN server however were unable to find any logs to aid their investigation, which the company said verified its claim that it did not store user activity or connection logs, adding;
“while it’s unfortunate that security tools like VPNs can be abused for illicit purposes, they are critical for our safety and the preservation of our right to privacy online. ExpressVPN is fundamentally opposed to any efforts to install ‘backdoors’ or attempts by governments to otherwise undermine such technologies.”
This is one example why ExpressVPN is well-respected.
Our comments included correcting spelling and grammar errors, finding clarity issues, and discussing any concerns with data privacy and consumer protection.
For sources we use case law (as it is available), secondary sources and international agreements – specifically EU the General Data Protection Regulation.
How is it?
Full version with comments: download
We use a list of necessary sections for Terms of Service agreements and Privacy Policies to determine whether all the necessary components of the policy were present.
In this case, we found everything except for a (Last Updated) section was included in ExpressVPN’s disclosures.
Section 8. Language and Translation of Content.
Section 14. Arbitration
Devices & Platforms
Works with all major devices
- Windows (10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, phone)
- Mac (10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8)
- Linux (Ubuntu, Raspberry Pi2, Fedora)
- Chrome, Firefox, Safari extensions
Phones and tablets:
- Android (8, 7, 6, 5, 4.4, 4.3, 4.0)
- iOS (11, 10, 9, 8)
- Router (Asus, ASUSTOR, Linksys, Dynolink, DD-WRT, Flash router, Sabai, Synology, Tomato, TP Link)
- Gaming (PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox)
- TV (Apple TV, Amazon, Roku)
Simple User Interface
User experience is never underestimated.
We tested their desktop and mobile applications.
Here is a quick look into the desktop version:
Great VPNs are equipped with kill-switch – a feature that automatically disconnects you from the internet.
This is necessary when due to Internet performance swings the software might accidentally turn off, resulting in data leak. ExpressVPN has kill-switch making it safer to use.
Supports Torrenting & Netflix
Some countries have restrictions, especially for torrenting. To avoid getting fined, the VPN should support torrenting.
Expressvpn works with Netflix as well.
Testing VPN speed below. There is a slight decrease when using the U.S server, however, compared to other 51 VPN services. Their results rank 3rd best place.
The United States server ping went up by 609.52%. Download decreased by -24.11% and upload by -25.33%.
The United Kingdom server ping went up by 319.05%. Download decreased by -8.16% and upload by -16%.
Tokyo server ping went up by 1647.62%. Download decreased by -5.67% and upload by -57.33%.
ExpressVPN offers Live chat and e-mail as support channels.
As per our testing, they answered within 1.5 hours through e-mail.
Stepping outside of the technical side for a moment.
Let’s have a look how people generally seem to trust ExpressVPN.
(Disclaimer: These numbers are based on their marketing capabilities and won’t necessarily give a real technical overview of their product performance)
Out of all VPNs. ExpressVPN ranks as 6th most searched VPN service.
Not just good, but popular also.
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee Available
ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a no-payment trial.
However, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee trial, it makes sense if you are unsure about the choice.
You can send them an e-mail saying you would like to unsubscribe from the service and they will do it. No questions asked.
Slightly Premium Pricing
The main drawback is the price.
It is higher than the average, which could make it unattractive to many potential users.
Wide Range of Payments Methods
There are numerous types of supported ones including the main –
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Maestro.
However, you can use your Diners Club, Delta, Amazon, Union Pay, Alipay, PaymentWall, WeChat Pay, Cashu, Mint, OK Pay services or Gift Cards.
Out of all cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is also available.
ExpressVPN is the real deal.
It is the most trusted service out there. Their Policy Page and Terms of Service are honest and well-crafted. It works with almost every OS, even with routers, TVs, and gaming consoles.
Desktop and Mobile applications are clean and minimal.
One drawback is their price, it’s slightly pricey.
But if you are the best in business, we believe its fine to ask a bit more. And in the end of the day, it’s totally worth it.