One only has to think of the PRISM fiasco to realise the importance of VPNs. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Think of it as a mask that your connection to the internet wears – it hides your activity like a real private network would without actually connecting to one. It keeps your internet activity safe from the websites you visit, the government, hackers, your ISP – prying eyes of all sorts, that is.
In this review we will look at ExpressVPN, a top-of-the-line paid VPN service.
- Available for Windows, Mac and Linux
- Also available for iOS and Android
- You can install ExpressVPN on as many devices as you want to
ExpressVPN has two basic functions –
- It encrypts your activity on the internet and makes it private from websites, your ISP, the government or hackers
- It unblocks blocked content in your country by giving you an anonymous IP address – for example, you can view content on Netflix and Hulu even if they are not present in your country
But ExpressVPN takes it a step further by offering unlimited bandwidth, fast speeds and growing VPN locations across the globe. It offers 99% uptime and unlimited server switches. What this means is that your identity online is always protected, no matter what.
- Easy to use – protecting your identity is as easy as clicking the “connect” button
- Tough security – 256-bit encryption and SSL security
- Top speeds, unlimited bandwidth
- Runs quietly in the background
- Reliable – choose from among 47 VPN locations around the world
- 24-hour customer support
- 30-day money back guarantee and an awesome referral programme
- Simultaneous connection on one computer and one handheld device
- Standard connection via OpenVPN, but you can switch to other protocols (L2TP, SSTP, PPTP)
- Clean design, simple interface
- They do keep some logs, but not about user activity
- Different login codes on each device
- Speeds can drop if you connect to a faraway server
ExpressVPN is fast, secure and reliable, with almost universally positive reviews. It is well worth the money you pay for it – if the $12.95 a month is too pricey, you can go for a monthly ($8.32 per month) or yearly ($9.99 per month) plan, which can bring down the cost as much as 35%.