Express VPN Review : Another VPN like TunnelBear VPN that will help you keep your identity anonymous on the Internet.
However, Since we already did a protect yourself article using TunnelBear VPN why we are doing a similar article using Express VPN and that too with Express VPN review?
Well people, TunnelBear VPN is a reliable VPN tool.
However, no matter how reliable it maybe, the tool had some eye opening negative points.
Hence for our subscribers (who subscribed using the push notification service) emailed us to write an article on an alternative.
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So because of our subscribers, we decided to turn towards the best VPN (as stated by everyone in the industry).
So here is the Express VPN review a total in-depth review.
Express VPN Review – The Setup Process
Before beginning the review for the Express VPN, we are going through the entire setup process and see the plans that Express VPN offers.
However, before you buy i advise you to take a look at the Express VPN plans.
Unlike TunnelBear VPN, Express VPN provides a 100% 30 days money-back guarantee.
So yeah, here you get assurance that even if you didn’t like the VPN tool that much you aren’t going to lose your money like you did with TunnelBear VPN.
With a 30 days money-back guarantee you can get a refund.
Now as shown in the screenshot above, Express VPN provides three plans :-
- One month plan – $12.95
- Six month plan – $9.99
- Entire year plan – $8.32
As you have seen, unlike the TunnelBear VPN it doesn’t provide you a one month free plan.
Also when you compare it with TunnelBear VPN the plans are bit costlier but not as much as you can’t afford it.
Now that you’re done with choosing the plans, you need to move forward to the payment method.
For that all you have to do is enter your email address and choose your desired payments, now Express VPN offers varieties of payment method.
Choose whichever payment method you want to choose and buy the Express VPN application and activate it.
The actual Express VPN Review 2018
Now that we actually know how to setup the Express VPN it was enough to explain that Express VPN is easy to setup.
Once done with the setup, you can directly click on the “Connect” button to start the VPN service. The Express VPN will automatically choose the location for you.
You can also choose the location manually, as the VPN has its server located in 94 countries and 148 cities also it as over 2000 IP Address.
Express VPN Review – The pros of the application
01. The speed you should know about
Express VPN is extremely fast our test has confirmed that when compared with other VPN services like TunnelBear and Nord VPN the test is far more better.
Short distance connections are no doubt extremely fast but even long distance connection are enough for HD Streaming.
However the speed varies from distance to distance but that really doesn’t affect the speed that much till you can’t tolerate.
Also you can simulate your on “Speed Test” to test how fast the connection is. Not to forgot Express VPN connection are also extremely reliable, with verify little fluctuations in the speed.
Similarly the upload speeds are also good and consistent.
Our tests have shown that the both uploads and downloads speed are consistent, when you connect to the server that you connected earlier.
As mentioned earlier Express VPN has its server located in 94 countries and 148 cities also it as over 2000 IP Address. That’s why the speed are consistent.
But what surprised us even more that Express VPN can be used on the different devices and they even provide browser extensions to keep you safe.
Also unlike TunnelBear VPN which is only operating system based, Express VPN is router based too.
That means you can directly install Express VPN on the router which adds another layer of extra security to your internet connection.
If i were to explain this in simple words – Assume that you have guests at your home, and they’re connected to your WiFi.
This ultimately brings them under the protective covering of VPN and they can browse the internet without any fear of loosing the private information.
The Express VPN is also easy to use just like TunnelBear VPN.
The following is the list of the devices on which you can install the Express VPN application.
- Windows OS
- Linux OS
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- Apple TV
And there are many other devices on which you can install the Express VPN Application.
The only downside when compared to TunnelBear VPN is that you can connect only to three simultaneous devices while TunnelBear offers you to connect to five devices.
Also, with its Mediastreamer DNS service, you can allow many more devices to work with the Express VPN application.
Their official website gives you installation guide and detail setup process for all the different devices Express VPN is capable of supporting.
The Express VPN only collect the personal information through their official website, when you register your account on their website to buy the application.
They don’t collect any personal information using their application.
The personal information they will ask for you is your Name, Email ID and payment information, all this, in order to establish an Express VPN account, and so that they can email you, collect payments from you, and respond to support queries that you initiate.
The specific information collected varies depending on the payment method you choose.
If you don’t want the Express VPN to collect all these information then they even suggest you do do the payments through Bitcoins.
Also they don’t generate logs for your data in-fact they are strictly against it.
That means they don’t collect the following information mentioned :-
- IP addresses visiting our website
- IP addresses upon service connection
- DNS Queries while connected
- Any information about the applications, services or websites our users use while connected to our Service
- Even the personal IP address and the system address is not collected
Also they ensure just like TunnelBear VPN they won’t leak the data to any other service.
04. The encryption & security which Express VPN provides
After reading all the “pros” mentioned above, you must’ve figured out that Express VPN is quite robust and market-leader.
Hence its encryption must also be top-notch and yes you’ve guest it right. The encryption Express VPN provides is AES-256 which is a top-cipher and considered to be unbreakable.
Regarding the encryption protocol.
Well you can set the app to select the best performing protocol, but we advise and recommend you to select the app to operate on OpenVPN (TCP/UDP) settings.
Express VPN also provides the Kill Switch Feature, which we discussed during How to protect yourself on Public WiFi networks?
What this feature does is, when your VPN connection stops or gets disrupted, it will automatically block the WiFi connection, so that you can reconnect the VPN safely.
So why kill switch feature is important?
If your VPN loses connection and then your network settings revert back to regular state.
Worst is that you won’t recognize this because there isn’t any alert to notify that your VPN has stopped working.
With this you continue to browse the web on the public network with unsecured connection and this opens a window for hackers to exploit your system.
Protocol & Encryption for Express VPN
- PPTP & SSTP
- OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
- Encryption – AES-256
Advance Security Features
- DNS & IPV6 Leak Blocking
- VPN Kill Switch
- WebRTC Leak Blocking
- First Party DNS & Split Tunneling
Another big point for why Express VPN is the best is because Express VPN works on its own “Zero-log DNS servers”.
That means, Express VPN ensures that your traffic won’t be routed through any third-party servers.
So you’re not only protected from IP address leaks, you are also protected from DNS and WebRTC leaks.
As a result, your overall privacy is protected.
Also split tunneling is the another cool feature that Express VPN provides also this feature which is as important as the “Kill Switch” feature.
Split tunneling is the process of allowing a VPN user to access a public network while also allowing the user to access resources on the VPN.
Practically, split tunneling allows you to access the internet while also accessing devices on a remote network, such as a network printer.
05. Torrenting & Streaming is supported by Express VPN
You can use Torrent activities and streaming activities as well as you can also use it with “TOR Browser”. As for Netflix unlike TunnelBear VPN, you can access Netflix with Express VPN.
Also, while testing we saw that Nextlix was accessible to most of its US locations but for other locations we were not able to access it.
As we mentioned in our TunnelBear VPN review that Netflix is getting better and better for blocking all VPN related activities, so its possible that by the time you buy the Express VPN you won’t be able to access Netflix even on most of its US locations like we did with our tests.
Express VPN Review – The cons of the application
Despite all the pros we mentioned above Express VPN as two major cons which might help you to make a final decision that whether you should buy this Express VPN application or not.
01. The Premium price
With this review its enough to figure out that Express VPN is sort of an industry leader when it comes to VPN services.
Hence, its safe to assume that the price is also premium. Well in-fact we did mentioned the prices above, even though those prices are still within the affordable limits majority of people still consider them as premium prices.
02. Number of simultaneous devices connected to the network is limited
TunnelBear VPN offers you to use five simultaneous devices on one VPN connection whereas on the other hand Express VPN only offers three simultaneous connection. These number of simultaneous connections for Express VPN could be increased but still they’re only limited to three devices.
Express VPN review – Should you really buy this VPN?
Well if you just want to use VPN for personal protection on public WiFi networks then TunnelBear VPN is the best choice but if you want to stay anonymous always and want to carry out your every day online activities through a VPN connection then Express VPN is the best choice.
Wrapping up the Express VPN Review
We won’t force you which VPN you should buy as we think the choice depends on what you as a customer think. Needless to say Express VPN is the one of the few VPN services which is still majorly used in China to bypass the censorship. They are dedicated and committed to carry out their services in China despite a major crackdown on VPN services.
The huge choice of server locations is also helpful when using a VPN in countries that has high-censorship, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as there will be always a nearby server on standby to provide a high performance experience.
Even though the Express VPN is costly we still think its absolutely worth the money. The choice is yours!!