Express VPN review
ExpressVPN provides high speed and security. The software leaves almost nothing to be desired in terms of support. If the relatively high monthly costs do not deter you, this is your VPN software of choice.
- Good usability
- Bitcoin accepted as anonymous payment method
- Fast operation
- BitTorrent possible
- High price
- Contains only few features of the client software
Like many other VPN providers, ExpressVPN uses the established AES-256 algorithm for encryption. The software supports four protocols. OpenVPN is a secure open source protocol. Security gaps are quickly closed by the community. SSTP is a protocol that runs only on computers with Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is a good alternative in case of firewall problems. L2TP/IPsec, the third protocol, is also secure; however, it is a bit slower than OpenVPN, and it’s being blocked by some firewalls. The fourth and most insecure protocol is PPTP. It has been around since Windows 95 and works with older devices.
The provider largely refrains from recording connection-related data. Only the date of the connection, the selected server location and the transmitted data volume are recorded anonymously. As a further measure to ensure the security of user data ExpressVPN chose the British Virgin Islands as its company location. There, the legal regulations concerning data protection are different from those applied in Europe or the USA. In addition to the standard payment methods, you can also pay with the crypto currency Bitcoin to remain absolutely anonymous.
|1 month||$12.95 per month|
|6 months||$9.99 per month|
|12 months||$8.32 per month|
The bit rate via the VPN servers is just as high as via a direct internet connection. You can download files without any performance loss. ExpressVPN allows you to use the software on three devices simultaneously. If you connect your router at home to the VPN service, you can use all your connected devices securely via the router.
ExpressVPN is compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and Linux operating systems. There are browser add-ons available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari (the installation of the software on the operating system is required). Apple TV, Fire TV and Sony’s PlayStation are also supported by the VPN service. Furthermore, file sharing via BitTorrent protocol is also possible. It is well suited for the distribution of large amounts of data, since this file sharing technology builds up a single distribution network for each file.
After the activation of the software, you are given the choice between an automatic and a manual VPN server selection. ExpressVPN has a total of 148 server locations in 94 countries available. The selection list assembling the respective servers appears rather simple and does not provide any information about their speed. However, it is possible to determine the speed of the individual servers with a separate test feature. You can save your referred servers in a favorites list.
Help & Support
You can contact the staff via the live chat or via e-mail. In the latter case, the support team guarantees a competent and satisfactory response within 24 hours. Unfortunately, there’s no hotline available.
Security and anonymity are essential to ExpressVPN: the program collects but anonymous user statistics and the company is located on the British Virgin Islands. The support options are customer-friendly, only a hotline is missing. The guides to the software and the help sections at the website are very commendable. ExpressVPN therefore justifies its comparably high price with fast connections, great usability and high security standards.