Express VPN offers services for 1 month, 6 months and 12 months.
As providers go, their pricing is on the high side now. However, for someone wanting a short-term VPN while on holiday or traveling for work, the 1-month plan is quite affordable.
They occasionally offer a special on the 12-month plan where users can have an additional 3 months for free. Since this isn’t an all the time offer, we won’t dwell on it for the purpose of this article.
Also, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee for those who are skeptical. The mobile application also comes with a 7-day free trial.
Speed Test and App Overview Video
- + Torrenting Allowed
- + Unblocking Netflix USA
- + Fast Download Speed
- – Limited Netflix Support
- – Limited Servers
- – Only Three Devices Can Be Connected At Any One Time
Having a no-log policy is important for users who worry that their security and data may be compromised if their VPN provider is forced to give the user logs of their customers.
ExpressVPN like many other big players has an explicit zero logs policy. They also do not use third party DNS Servers. So, everything is done in house. What this means is there are no records of your IP addresses, browsing history, traffic, metadata or DNS queries.
The provider cannot give information that no longer exists and emphasizes the fact that it does not leave any part of the process done by third parties who could leak or sell your data.
Their security makes ExpressVPN a perfect candidate for P2P file sharing and uploading/downloading torrents. By hiding your IP address and your metadata, you are able to download anything safe in the knowledge that it cannot be tracked back to your location.
Does It Work Well With Kodi?
Kodi provides popular software to give you a free media and entertainment hub where you are able to access the latest movies, videos and even stream live sports. By its very nature, some countries have blocked Kodi from being used as the UK.
Using a VPN provider like ExpressVPN means that you can use Kodi with ease and change your geolocation to the 94 locations it covers. A leader in the field for the sheer number of countries you can log from.
ExpressVPN passed the geolocation IP blocker test from Netflix with flying colors. Once enabled you can access Netflix in a number of countries like the US, UK, Canada, and the Netherlands. But, you won’t be able to access Netflix in all countries.
Having said that the lion’s share of the newest shows would be streamed in the US first before being viewed anywhere else.
You can access Tor and the Onion using ExpressVPN for those whose activities demand an additional layer of security. Your data can be further encrypted by logging through your chosen VPN location and then running your data through the Onion. Also handy for countries which may particularly strong censorship laws like China.
ExpressVPN is a market leader for the sheer number of locations that it offers. Most providers boast 40-60, but Express has over 90+. Of course, jumping to locations too far away will significantly slow down your traffic.
But, having the option to access a neighboring countries IP will allow you to circumvent sovereign state censorship, like the UK’s stringent restrictions on pornography as an example.
One of the coolest features that Express VPN offers is its own speed check. Once you access the application you can arrange the available locations by speed and access the fastest connection.
Speed tests carried out by TechRadar showed the average speeds in Europe to be around 60-65 Mbps which is way above most competitors.
In fact, ExpressVPN is popular with many because it offers speeds that are faster than most of its competitors at a broad range of locations across the globe. You would expect slower speeds the further away from your connection, but even logging into locations in Asia halfway across the world gave half decent speeds of 25-40 Mbps.
Express VPN uses AES 256-bit keys which is the industry standard for encryption used by security professionals and the US government.
Unlike some competitors, it also gives you the option to switch between other security protocols including:
- UDP – OpenVPN
- TCP – OpenVPN
- L2TP – IPSec
Arranged above in order of security, for those who are not encryption buffs you can also just let the application automatically choose the best method.
One thing we really liked is the “forward secrecy” system. Express VPN will automatically change your key every 60 minutes, so the maximum amount of data that can be compromised by a very resourceful hacker is 60 minutes. This is of course in addition to the fact that a new key is generated every time you connect.
ExpressVPN is relatively shady like many VPN providers. There is no number to call. But you can Live Chat with a human, and also access a wide variety of troubleshooting guides. This is the norm for the industry.
Based on the British Virgin Islands the company and its staff enjoy anonymity as well as keeping your data safe from EU and US jurisdiction.
Very little information is known about the company and its founders, which is no cause for alarm and again completely normal for an industry where trust is placed in those who can keep your data secret.
ExpressVPN works on Linux, Windows, and Mac as well as all major browsers, and has an application for Apple and Android.
Thousands of servers, thousands of IPs in 160 locations.
ExpressVPN for us is a serious competitor for two main reasons. The speed test function in the application is incredibly useful. Instead of hopping around different IP addresses trying to find the fastest speed you have a tool to measure it for you.
Also, the 60-minute key is very cool. Knowing that even if you browse or work online for long periods of time which is pretty common for coders and those living on the web, you want to know that your data remains secure irrespective of the time. Most importantly that this process is automated.
Pricewise Express VPN is the middle of the pack. But when you throw in the speed, you would be hard-pressed to find a better VPN provider combining speed, price, and security.