ExpressVPN Review

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ExpressVPN prides one of the largest and fastest VPN networks with servers in 78 countries with infrastructure that is optimised for privacy, security, HD video streaming and torrenting. Considering the provider has a zero-logs privacy policy, accepts Bitcoin and is located on the Caribbean Island, they are a great choice for privacy oriented customers who want to protect their data from surveillance, bypass censorship and access copyright material without legal repercussions. Besides, ExpressVPN partners up with the EFF and aligns itself as one of the Internet’s leading advocates for net neutrality and for a democratic and open internet.

ExpressVPN is one of a few VPN providers that can unblock US Netflix even after the service started blocking VPNs. Initially Netflix blacklisted a wide range of ExpressVPN IP addresses, but the provider quickly fixed the issue and can now bypass Netflix proxy error. Please clear your cache and cookies if you have issues accessing Netflix when connected to ExpressVPN or use a different browser since Netflix uses old data to determine proxy use.

ExpressVPN Speed Test Additionally, ExpressVPN Windows and Mac software has a Speed Test feature that allows choosing the best server based on speed index, latency (ping) and download speed. This is an especially useful feature for gamers since choosing a server with the lowest ping times guarantees uninterrupted and smooth gaming experience.

ExpressVPN Windows and Mac apps have a built-in DNS leak protection to ensure that no data is leaked while the app is running. Even though ExpressVPN is extremely reliable, Kill Switch is a new feature that ExpressVPN recently implemented in their desktop software. Kill Switch guards Internet connection to avoid data leaks when the Internet connection in unstable or frequently interrupts. Kill Switch is especially useful for BitTorrent downloaders who would like to be 100% sure their IP is never revealed when they torrent.

Additionally, ExpressVPN allows switching between TCP and UDP (faster) connection types to speed up downloads. UDP is very much preferable for HD video streaming and torrenting, assuming the network is reliable.

OpenVPN over SSL (port 443) is default OpenVPN configuration that is very effective in bypassing even the most advanced firewalls, including corporate and college networks. For this reason ExpressVPN works well in the Middle East (Iran, Syria, UAE..) and China where most VPN providers struggle to bypass local internet restrictions due to DPI. OpenVPN over SSL is also more secure than simply forwarding OpenVPN traffic to port 443. While a standard OpenVPN (port 1194) configuration is an option with native OpenVPN software, there is no noticeable performance hit with ExpressVPN OpenVPN over SSL setup.

ExpressVPN Mac Spotlight SearchExpressVPN Mac users can instantly connect to/disconnect from Favorite, Recommended or Recently Connected server locations use with OS X Spotlight Search. Simply start typing “Connect” or “Disconnect” and Spotlight Search will open ExpressVPN app & automatically perform the requested action.

Latest ExpressVPN desktop apps have additional security features to only use TLSv1.2 with strong ciphers and a minimum of AES-256-CBC encryption that can be increased to 4096-bit CA and SHA512. While adding 512-bit encryption might seem great to some VPN users, there is absolutely no practical advantage in using this level of encryption over 256-bit as key size does not always correlate directly to complexity of an algorithm. There is actually no point in even using 256-bit over 128-bit because there is no technology that can hack either one. Additionally, 512-bit encryption dramatically slows down the speed and, therefore, has a serious impact on performance. For this reason, switching to SHA512 sounds good only in theory, but it is neither recommended for security nor for performance.

And unlike most VPN providers, ExpressVPN not only provides custom software for Windows PC, Mac OS X, Android and iOS, they also allow their VPN to be installed on Linux & Chromebook. ExpressVPN Linux app offers Linux users an easy-to-use command line interface.

ExpressVPN iOS iPhone ExpressVPN is also one of the best choices for iOS users specifically because of their extremely user-friendly iOS 8 and iOS 9 app. Their dedicated software installs VPN configurations to the iPhone and then allows connecting to/disconnecting from VPN and server switching right from the app interface, something that only a few VPN providers offer. In addition, ExpressVPN supports Windows Mobile smartphones.

ExpressVPN SmartDNS service is a part of their VPN package at no additional cost. SmartDNS allows access to streaming websites like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Video without the need for encryption. Essentially, this service intercepts and swaps only location related data and tricks the target websites into believing the user is located in a specific region. So it’s a somewhat faster and more convenient option if the goal is to watch geo-restricted content. Additionally, SmartDNS service can be setup on desktop and mobile devices, streaming media consoles (Apple TV, Playstation, Xbox, Roku, Boxee Box, Roku) and routers (Asus, TP-Link, D-Link, DD-WRT, Tomato etc).

ExpressVPN ultra fast infrastructure, dedication to security, and a number of software features definitely makes ExpressVPN a top VPN provider.

 

USA: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington DC
Americas: Canada, Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Europe: United Kingdom, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Island, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
Middle East & Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, South Africa
Asia/Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Desktop OS Mac Windows Linux
Mobile OS iOS Android Windows Mobile
Routers Yes
Available apps Mac, Windows iOS, Android
OpenVPN Yes
PPTP Yes
SSTP Yes
L2TP/IPsec Yes
IPsec/IKEv2 No
IPsec Yes
Encryption: 256-512 bit
IP type: Shared Dynamic
Number of Countries 87
Number of Servers 1000+
Simultaneous Logins 3
Logs No
Torrents Allowed Yes
Legal Jurisdiction British Virgin Islands
Proxy No
Firewall No
Kill Switch Yes
Data Limits No
Free services No
24/7 support Yes
Payment Options: PayPal, Credit Card, American Express (AMEX), Bitcoin
More Payment Options: Yes
Money back 30 day guarantee

 

5 thoughts on “ExpressVPN Review”

  1. Nick Willis says:

    ExpressVPN does not support port forwarding between TCP and UDP ports.
    I spoke to them today, 05 July 2016, “I see. I’m sorry for the misinformation. We have never supported port forwarding. It seems that website does not have an accurate information of the features that we offer.”

    1. CRYPTMODE says:

      Based on their own setup guides, ExpressVPN software supports both TCP and UDP: https://www.expressvpn.com/support/vpn-setup/app-for-windows/ (scroll all the way down to “Protocols” tab).

      Port forwarding is a feature used to bypass firewalls when only the most basic ports are open (like port 443). ExpressVPN default configuration sends OpenVPN over SSL (port 443) and allows bypassing even the Great Firewall of China which essentially means that ExpressVPN took care of the port blocking issue. If you’d like to use default OpenVPN port, you can manually set it ip. Please refer to our guides on ports and their purpose for more info: http://cryptmode.com/vpn-ports-port-forwarding-tcp-udp-443-80-53-25-22-21/.

  2. Tan says:

    expressvpn is th best

  3. nona says:

    NSA has already said they’ve develeped tech to easily crack 256. 512 bit and above is recommended.

    1. nona says:

      But, I will say EVPN is the best VPN service I’ve used. It’s ridiculously fast, even set higher speeds on my speedtest than before I linked to it. I use it on 2 PCs and my phone with pretty much zero problems.

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