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ExpressVPN Review – How Does ExpressVPN Rate On Security And Privacy Parameters?



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ExpressVPN is a well known service provider than offers premium privacy solutions to its customers. The US based company launched its VPN service in the year 2009 and since then it has expanded its operations to many countries. In this informative article, we will rate various features that come with an ExpressVPN subscription so that you can make an informed decision regarding subscribing to the service.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

ExpressVPN offers a great choice of server locations from Americas, Europe and Asia. The company has deployed servers in 55+ cities across 40 countries. Here are some important details regarding ExpressVPN’s server network and the accessibility options that become available with the service:

1) Server Locations – ExpressVPN has VPN servers in the following countries:

United States, Germany, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Panama, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Egypt.

In United States, the company has servers in multiple cities including locations like New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Miami.

2) Every ExpressVPN subscription comes with an unlimited server switching option so you are free to switch servers as many times as you wish.

3) The ExpressVPN service allows you to unlock location blocked premium services like Pandora, Netflix, NHL, CBS, Hulu, FOX, HBO Go, CWTV, NBC, MLB, TNT, MTV, Amazon Prime, USA Network, BBC iPlayer, 4OD, iTV, Sky Go, Lovefilm, Demand 5, STV, UK TV, Global TV, CBC, Spacecast, E!, CTV, Deezer, Rara, Zattoo, AT5, Canal+, Spotify, TV Lab, RTL, Das Erste, Vox, RTS, Sat.1, Eurosport, Direct 8, ProSieben, TF1, Wilmaa, Arte, Mio TV, MyTV, TV Tokyo, TVB and TV Japan regardless of your current location.

Speed and Bandwidth Options
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

ExpressVPN is meant for those people who do not want to compromise on speed or bandwidth. The service delivers unlimited speeds and bandwidth with every subscription so you can download and stream content at very high speeds. Additionally, the ExpressVPN software recommends fastest servers near your location so you can enjoy a high speed service from virtually anywhere. The company has invested a lot in upgrading its network infrastructure so it is able to deliver almost 99.9% uptime.

Privacy And Security Features
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

ExpressVPN takes the security and privacy of its customers seriously. Here is a list of security features that are available with every subscription:

1) Protocols & Encryption – ExpressVPN delivers its service through PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols. The service offers 256 bit encryption to its OpenVPN customers which is significantly higher than the standard 128 bit encryption available from most VPN providers.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – It is a well known fact that the Wi-Fi hotspots available at public places like malls, airports and coffee shops carry considerable security risk. The hackers and cyber criminals exploit these security problems to the hilt to steal financial information and other sensitive data from unsuspecting users. ExpressVPN allows you to connect to these networks in a secure way so that you can continue doing your work without risking any security breaches.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – Apart from securing your presence at public places, the service makes it easy to circumvent censorship and firewalls deployed by governments, ISPs and corporations. Once you get connected to ExpressVPN servers, you can easily access Facebook and YouTube from China and even unlock Skype from UAE and other Middle Eastern countries.

4) Logging Policy – ExpressVPN logs certain connection details but it does not monitor browsing activities of its customers. The company logs IP address, number of bytes transferred per day and timestamp details for few days. Although the company does not share user information with third parties, it will co-operate with authorities if it is served with a court order.

5) Data and Application Security – A VPN is also your best bet if you wish to secure multiple applications with a single privacy solution. The ExpressVPN shields all online activities (browsing, VOIP, FTP, emailing, messaging etc.) with a single click without the need to configure individual applications. The service even protects your vital data from theft, eavesdropping and misuse while you are connected to your favorite social networks or shopping portals.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

The company provides its own VPN software for Windows, Mac, iPads, iPhones and Android. ExpressVPN is even compatible with Linux and a range of routers including DD-WRT, Sabai and Tomato routers but you would need to setup the service manually on such systems. Setup guides are available for all operating systems so you won’t face any problem in setting up the service on a device of your choice. The service permits up to 2 simultaneous connections (one computer, one mobile device) so you don’t need to purchase multiple plans to secure your devices.

ExpressVPN’s VPN software makes it easy to use the service, switch servers and protocols, run speed tests and even auto-connect to fastest servers near your vicinity. The software uses OpenVPN by default for Mac, Windows and Android (L2TP for iPads and iPhones) but if the default protocol doesn’t work out for you, you have the option of using a different protocol. You can even capture logs through the software and send them to ExpressVPN team if you face recurring connection issues. However, there is no provision of automatic reconnection or shutdown of applications if the service goes down for any reason so there is a risk of IP leaks in the event of service disruptions.

Pricing
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

ExpressVPN’s plans are slightly expensive when compared to VPN plans from other Tier-1 VPN service providers. The monthly plans are available from $12.95 per month whereas long term plans are available for $59.95 for 6 months and $99.95 for a year. The company does not offer free trials since they are prone to abuse. However, each VPN plan carries a 30 day money back guarantee so you can subscribe to the service with total peace of mind.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

The company offers 24X7 support through live chat, email and support tickets. Unlike many other VPN providers, ExpressVPN has listed a phone number on its website so it is also possible to contact the company via phone. In addition, you can refer to troubleshooting information posted in the FAQ section of the website to resolve common technical problems or connection issues.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4.5 Out of 5)

Overall, we were quite happy with ExpressVPN’s service. The service is definitely pricey but it offers excellent speeds and bandwidth that justifies a higher subscription cost. So if you are looking for a fast, stable and secure VPN service, don’t forget to check the subscription plans from ExpressVPN.

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