ExpressVPN Review 2021: Still One Drawback?

Introduction

Based at the British Virgin Islands (BVI), ExpressVPN is one of the best available VPN service providers available around the globe since 2009.

As this company is registered in BVI thus neither the privacy retention laws of the US nor Europe can be imposed on it.

We have used and reviewed a lot of VPN services thus we can say that ExpressVPN when compared to the top-rated VPN services, offers the best and most trusted services to its users around the globe, so we tried it and have detailed ExpressVPN review.

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The main purpose of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service provider is to keep its users anonymous and secure and enable them to browse without location-based restrictions from any place.

Users generally opt for a VPN service when they are either travelling or are in a country which has censored the internet and wants to access information outside the firewalls of the country. Another one can be when a user wants to hide its IP address and location while browsing anonymously.

There are a lot of free and paid services available which claim to be very reliable and secure. But are they really safe? This is a big question that arises when we want to choose a secure and reliable service for making our browsing experience great.

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We would recommend users to choose a paid service if they can afford it because free services do sell information of users to third-party companies in order to gain profits. If a user wants a secure browsing experience then spending some money on a good VPN service is worth it.

Talking specifically about ExpressVPN, we can say that many other VPN service providers offer features for a budget price but if we compare the quality of the service then this VPN is the best.

We have reviewed and listed the following features of this VPN below so that you can decide for yourself whether you want to give it a try or not.

ExpressVPN Review 2021

Pricing

ExpressVPN is offered in 3 plans. For many users, pricing is high as compared to other VPN services but if we look at the services and security offered we cannot deny that it is totally worth it.

If you do not want to compromise on your security and anonymity we would definitely recommend you to try ExpressVPN services and they have 30 days money-back guarantee in case you are still not satisfied with its services which make it a great deal. Let’s take a look at its plans.

  • A 1-month plan offered for $12.95 per month and billed for $12.95 per month
  • 6 months plan offered for $9.99 per month and billed for $59.95 every six months
  • 12 months plan offered for $8.32 per month and billed for $99.95 every

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All these plans are covered under 30 days full money-back guarantee. The purchase procedure is very simple.

You need to select the plan you need. Enter your email for assistance and for being mailed the billing details and then pay by choosing any platform from a wide variety of payment options such as Paypal, Visa, Mastercard etc.

You also get the option to pay by using Bitcoin which keeps your identity totally hidden as your banking details are not shared and are unavailable in any case.

How fast is ExpressVPN?

It is often seen that when we use a VPN to safeguard our traffic our internet speeds are found to slow down.

This can be due to the time that is taken to encrypt data and protect our information or the server location that we choose. But this can be frustrating when we try to download videos online.

Using a good VPN should not slow down your downloading speeds or your video streaming speeds. What is really important here is choosing a server location that offers you the best results. So, in this case, we can run a Speed Test that it offers to find out the best server location for the best download speeds.

You need to make sure that the Speed Index is high, Latency is low and Download Speed is again high and choose that server location for best results. Users can locate the Speed test in the Menu Bar in the upper left corner of the app.

When we conducted the Speed Test it took a while to load so you need to have the patience for it.

We have tested and we found it to be really fast during our download sessions online and when watching videos online.

So we would rank it the best in service related to fast speed. You can check our Speed Test results below.

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How secure is ExpressVPN for users?

VPN services are rated mainly on how strong the security they provide is. The best VPN service providers in the world use AES-256 bit encryption which is the best available.

Talking about ExpressVPN, it also uses this same level of encryption. AES-256 stands for Advanced Encryption Standard and 256 bit refers to the number of combinations required to decode the encrypted data which is 2^256. which is impossible to decode.

This is the highest level of encryption used by the best and top security services around the world. We would recommend you to check this feature when choosing a VPN service specifically because it will determine how safe your data is.

Because of your data being encrypted by VPN your ISP cannot spy on it and would have no control to limit your browsing speed.

Go to ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN offers a variety of protocols which you can choose from if you wish to. You can also totally rely on its default protocol that is OpenVPN (TCP and UDP).

Using the app users can switch between protocols according to there need. If you prefer speed over security you can choose other protocols and if security is foremost then you can choose according to that.

Some of the features of ExpressVPN using OpenVPN protocol are listed under.

  • Server Authentication
  • HMAC Authentication
  • Control Channel Encryption
  • Data Channel Encryption
  • Perfect Forward Secrecy

Let’s check out ExpressVPN Protocols

VPN protocols are used to create a secure connection between two devices through the VPN tunnel. It supports four major VPN protocols to keep users protected and safe at all times.

Using ExpressVPN you get your VPN protocol selected by default for your network when using a VPN app. But in case the user is not satisfied with the connectivity the user can choose between the four protocols according to the requirements.

The 4 protocols offered by ExpressVPN are listed below.

  • OpenVPN with UDP. OpenVPN is the latest and most secure VPN protocol available. OpenVPN paired with UDP (User Datagram Protocol) is set as a default Protocol for VPN apps.
  • OpenVPN with TCP. OpenVPN paired with TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is a bit slower as compared to other protocols but is much more reliable and secure.
  • SSTP. It stands for Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol and is available for Windows only as it is owned by Microsoft. It is also one of the most secured VPN protocols available and it has a benefit of not being open source.
  • L2TP/IPsec. Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol/Internet Protocol security used together are much more secure as compared to PPTP but at the same time, they have a drawback of giving slow connection. It has also been seen that they can be possibly blocked by most of the firewalls.
  • PPTP. It stands for the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol and it the fastest but the least secure protocol. It was the first used and then available protocol in the VPN industry. PPTP can only be recommended to those users for whom only speed is a priority and not security or privacy otherwise users can choose from the above-trusted protocols.

What are the benefits of ExpressVPN 30 Days Money Back Guarantee?

ExpressVPN offers a full 30 days money-back guarantee in case the user is not satisfied with the services and want to discontinue within 30 days of purchase.

You can discontinue without being questioned and it is very easy. But with its great features and security, we don’t think you would want to leave it. You might be thinking that why do they don’t have a free trial. The reason is very simple and straight.

When VPN service providers offer a free trial, they limit the number of devices to just one and simultaneously limit other features such as bandwidth and other services.

ExpressVPN thus offers only 30 days money-back guarantee so that you can get a complete idea of its services and what it has to offer without limiting any features.

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How good is ExpressVPN 24/7 Customer Service?

It is very convenient to have a live chat feature which ExpressVPN offers 24/7. For any queries, you get the answers and support immediately which is really convenient as compared to mailing queries and waiting for companies response.

Whether it is an issue relating to connectivity or devices you want to connect, you get immediate support and response from ExpressVPN team.

You just need to click on the live chat option and then type your query and you will get support from the team instantly which will help you out to solve your problem.

And if live chat is not your thing then you also get the option to mail your queries.

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How many server locations does ExpressVPN offer?

ExpressVPN offers 2000+ servers in 160 VPN server locations in 94 countries. It has another feature when we choose our server location. We get an option to choose from all the server locations available and a smart location which is optional for us to choose from.

This smart location is based upon the best speed and connectivity that is offered to us by this server. Currently, we are using ExpressVPN from India and we find our smart location to be India-Mumbai 1.

When we compared it to other servers that we choose we found it to be really fast as compared to other locations. So if you are using VPN for security and not for ditching the location-based restrictions then choosing a Smart Location to work with can be a great option.

Language Support Available for 17 languages

This is another cool feature which was recently added by ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN Homepage and order page are now available in 17 different languages.

This is really great for those users who do not feel comfortable in English only and would love to have an option for choosing their language for better understanding.

ExpressVPN also offers support content in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

What is the ExpressVPN Kill Switch feature/ Network Lock and how good it is?

When we are using a VPN service it is common that our connection drops and we are disconnected from our server location.

In this case, our original IP Address can be immediately visible and our activities can be noticed by our ISP without our knowledge.

In this case, it is very important that you choose a VPN service which has an Automatic Kill Switch feature or Network Lock as ExpressVPN refers it, which cuts off your entire connection altogether as soon as VPN connection drops. This saves you from unnoticed threats and from being exposed.

ExpressVPN is the best choice for this. It offers this Kill Switch technology which immediately disconnects your connection as soon as your VPN connection drops. Network Lock or Kill Switch is enabled by default for ExpressVPN users.

When I choose Smart location it is very uncommon that my VPN connection drops but in the case when I’m using another far-off server I often notice that as soon ExpressVPN connection drops I can no longer have access to the internet which means it disconnects automatically. This keeps me safe and anonymous at the same time.

So this is really a great feature and if you are choosing any other VPN provider you should make sure they have an automatic kill switch feature offered to users.

ExpressVPN also gives you the option to disable this feature under the menu bar in the options section, but we would not recommend you to do that because it is very important.

Let’s check out ExpressVPN Privacy Policy

It is very important to dive deeper into the privacy policy of the VPN service you are looking forward to using. Many VPN service providers say that they have a “No Logs” policy or a “Zero Log” Policy but when we check their privacy policy the story is quite different.

This is a way VPN providers use to market there product. So in order to find out what really the VPN provider stores we have checked the privacy policy of many VPN services and have found out that only a few come out clean in it. ExpressVPN also says that it has a zero log policy and when we checked in we found it sure does.

It stores the least information needed to get in touch with the user for there subscription and payment. ExpressVPN has also come out clean when asked for information about users and according to there policy as they don’t store any information so they cannot share what’s not available.

ExpressVPN falls in the jurisdiction of British Virgin Islands(BVI) as it has its headquarters there. BVI has no data retention laws like most of the countries such as the USA and UK.

This means that the privacy of the users is the utmost concern of the VPN service provider and they have no restriction in providing full anonymity to the users. ExpressVPN clearly states in its privacy policy that it does not sell personal information to third parties for either marketing or any other cause.

ExpressVPN does not store any information from the user so it can not provide it further to any company even if asked according to government rules and regulations. This makes ExpressVPN a very reliable company.

Below we have listed points what ExpressVPN does not collect.

  • Logs of users activity.
  • Information regarding browsing history.
  • Information regarding the traffic destination.
  • Data content.
  • Information regarding DNS Queries.
  • Original IP Address.
  • IP Address provided by the VPN service to the user.
  • Connection timestamp or session duration.

What information ExpressVPN actually collects for administering users subscription and to maintain customer support or to manage connections using one single account is listed under.

  • Email Address
  • Payment details (you can choose Bitcoin to stay anonymous at all times)

Hide your IP Address with ExpressVPN

Whenever we browse the internet without using a VPN service, our original IP Address is visible to the websites we visit and our Internet Service Provider(ISP). In this way not only they can see our IP Address but they can trace the system we use.

Our location can also be easily tracked down and they can keep logs of the activities we do online and even trace sites visited by us.

This can be seen as someone in the real world is able to keep a watch on our activities and this can be really very risky as well as not welcoming. Privacy is very important for everyone these days even if it is to ditch the irritating ads or to avoid breach into our security by cybercriminals.

Our security can be put into much more risk when we use a public or open network which makes things much worse. To avoid such threats and privacy leak users opt for a trusted VPN service which ensures that their privacy is kept at priority. When using ExpressVPN, users original IP address gets hidden behind an IP address provided by the VPN service which is shared by many others online.

Firstly it is impossible to match the VPN IP address provided by the company to the original IP Address of the user so that the user cannot be located.

Secondly, as this IP address is shared by many users using that server the activity did cannot be matched with the specific user of the IP address. This ensures the anonymity of the user and makes it near to impossible to trace the user.

Sometimes we may opt for free VPN services which promise to hide our identity but without our consent, they sell our information to third-party websites which direct irritating ads or manipulate us to use services without our knowledge.

We would suggest you avoid free services as your privacy and security is very important and you should not let anyone get a hand on it for there own profits. You can also check if there is any leak in your VPN service by conducting the following tests also offered by ExpressVPN service.

  • DNS Leak Test. Domain Name System referred to as DNS is a system that converts Domain Name into IP address. Now when you type www.google.com the DNS system sends a request to the server and it is converted into its IP address so that you can connect to that site because the domain name is easy to remember then remembering the IP address of the websites which can be very tough. Now when we are using a VPN then all our queries should go through the VPN tunnel but in a DNS Leak what happens is that the queries leak through an unsecured server. Because of this your IP Address, location, and activity can be traced by ISP or any other agency keeping a watch on your activity. When using ExpressVPN, your device only connects to secure DNS servers of ExpressVPN and saves you from any leak of your information and activity. You can check for DNS leak on the official Webpage of ExpressVPN for DNS Leak Test.
dns leak test
  • WebRTC Leak Test. WebRTC stands for Web Real-Time Communication and as the name states, it is an open project which provides real-time communication for the Application Program Interface (API) for the software application. Explaining it in simple words we can say that WebRTC Leak Test is a system by which any WebRTC leaks can be detected and fixed so that your privacy is not at risk. Finding out a WebRTC Leak is a bit complicated then DNS Leak as few know about it and we don’t generally test for a leak in it. WebRTC allows direct connection between two devices or destinations and allows fast speed but this can let any third party exploit the information of the user.

ExpressVPN ensures that you are safe against the WebRTC leaks at all times and it is ensured that your privacy and security is not at stake at any time.

ExpressVPN helps users to disable the WebRTC from setting menu which will make sure that user is not at risk of having any personal data such as IP address being leaked to any third party.

We used ExpressVPN and tested it for any WebRTC Leak and the result is shown under which states clearly that we had no leaks and ur information is safe at all times or accessing any new web pages or websites.

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Split Tunneling Feature. How good it really is?

Split Tunneling is quite simple to understand. When you are normally using  VPN service without split tunneling you cannot access local devices at the same time, nor the local networks.

But when you are using ExpressVPN Split Tunneling you can configure it to access websites accessible by the selected server or local area network or devices simultaneously.

When you are using ExpressVPN with split tunneling you can access foreign websites as well as local websites as your traffic is routed through a VPN tunnel and other directly to the local server.

It has some advantages one of which is that routing the traffic through split tunnelling can save your bandwidth from getting used up early because when all your data goes through the VPN Tunnel then it uses up your bandwidth and that can lead to slow speeds simultaneously.

You can also easily connect to your network printer while using a foreign server. But there are risks involved in it too.

When you let your internet traffic to route through unprotected VPN tunnel there is a risk that your data or personal information (such as IP address and location)  can be seen and controlled and your privacy can come into risk so it is very important to configure the settings properly to be safe and enjoy the benefits of split tunnelling along with it.

You can use Split tunnelling feature on an ExpressVPN app for routers as well as an ExpressVPN app for Mac and Windows.

Users can also turn ON and OFF the split tunneling for specific Apps. This allows you to make the best use of the services available.

But we would also like to suggest that you should use not use split tunneling for accessing security-related websites or web pages such as making a transaction or any other form of important information, for this make use of secure VPN tunnel and servers.

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Unblock popular websites such as Netflix, Hulu, Kodi etc with ExpressVPN.

With a great option of servers to choose from over 94 countries ExpressVPN makes your browsing experience anonymous and allows you to unblock most popular websites such as Netflix, Hulu, Kodi and a lot more.

It is often seen that when you are not using VPN we cannot watch popular shows not available in our gallery on the website of our country.

So in order to watch those shows, we need to use another server outside our country or the one in that particular country where these shows are streaming and then watch it from there.

But many VPN have been unsuccessful in this job. Talking about ExpressVPN we can say that it is one of the most trusted for this job.

The most popular websites such as Netflix have been blocking VPN connections to there websites but ExpressVPN has proved to be the best at playing the hide and seek game with them.

As soon as Netflix detects a VPN user using there website it immediately blocks it as it comes from shared IP address but then you need to reconnect and as soon you reconnect you get a new shred IP address to use and you can watch your favorite shows online.

This is also applicable for unblocking other popular sites such as Hotstar, ESPN, Amazon Prime and a lot more.

Unblock Netflix/ Hulu/ Kodi with ExpressVPN

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Connect only 3 with ExpressVPN. It’s the only drawback.

Using a single subscription of ExpressVPN you can safeguard up to 3 devices simultaneously. ExpressVPN lets you connect any 3 devices of your choice with one subscription on any platform. you can connect ExpressVPN for 2 of your cell phones and one laptop or 2 laptops and one tablet or any other combination according to your need.

If you want to connect more then 3 devices to ExpressVPN you need to buy an additional license. This was the only limitation we found as many other VPN providers have extended their services up to 5-6 devices with a single subscription.

But when we compare other features of ExpressVPN, we can say that it is really the best among the top services available. So if you are looking for a trusted VPN service which offers you complete privacy and anonymity with great speed and security then ExpressVPN is what you should really give it a try.

And as we have discussed earlier it’s 30 days money-back guarantee you get 30 days to check out its services on your own and decide whether to go ahead or try something else.

I hope you find this information useful and made your mind whether to go for this or not after ExpressVPN review.

According to our recommendation, ExpressVPN is at the top of our list and we recommend to our users. If you don’t like cancel the subscription anytime with 30-days money-back guarantee.

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