ExpressVPN

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ExpressVPN is what we consider to be the best VPN on the market. It offers a great combination of speed, server locations, security and really responsive customer support. It also still allows you to sneak into American Netflix, which is high up on many Aussies priority list these days.

In fact, it’s the VPN the editor of this site chooses to use, and one of the best-reviewed VPNs around.

But is it everything it is made out to be? Our Express VPN review will tell you all about it.

Financial Considerations

The monthly subscription for ExpressVPN starts at $12.95 a month if you pay monthly, and reduces to $8.32 per month if you pay annually. This is pricier than some of the cheaper entry level options, however, the speed and feature set makes up for the couple of bucks extra a month.

What makes it even more appealing is the fact that it accepts numerous payment options. The usual credit card, PayPal, Amazon, and Google wallet are accepted. You even have the option of Bitcoin for greater privacy. And there is also the option to pay with Paymentwall.

Features

This VPN has everything you’re looking for when it comes to a VPN. We’re talking:

  • Software for all operating systems and devices
  • 136 server locations in 87 countries worldwide
  • A speed test feature to help you choose the fastest location
  • VPN split tunneling, which allows you to send some of your traffic through the VPN (hello Netflix) and the rest of your traffic through your normal connection
  • 256 bit AES encryption. That’s military grade.
  • No logs kept for traffic data, DNS queries etc
  • IP address masking
  • OpenVPN
  • Excellent customer support

That’s just a few of the key features of this tool.

It’s well specced, right?

Security

vpn-securitySo, let’s talk about security.

This is one of the major reasons why people decide to use a VPN, and ExpressVPN is doing everything right.

For many Aussies, downloading torrents with a VPN is one of the major use cases.

With those pesky studios watching everything we do online, security is of the utmost importance

You’ll be pleased to hear ExpressVPN have it covered.

As mentioned above, they keep no logs… whatsoever.

This means there is no record of your browsing history, traffic data, DNS queries.The only stuff they do log is the date connected,

If you’re browsing the web while connected to this VPN you can be safe in the knowledge your activity is not being logged somewhere.

In addition, the company is based in the British Virgin Islands. The laws of this region are much more friendly to security and privacy, certainly more so than Europe and the USA. This means that even if Government agencies or greedy copyright holders are out there pounding down the door, your details are safe.

ExpressVPN go further with their security, though.

Your IP address is hidden at all times, and your traffic, when connected to their server, is mixed in with their other users.

This makes it extremely difficult to link your browsing back to you.

Finally, everything run through this VPN is encrypted between your computer and the server.

This means your ISP or mobile operator can’t see what you’re up to while connected.

ExpressVPN use 256 bit encryption. Sounds great, but what does that mean?256-bit keys

Well… 256-bit keys means 2256 or 1.1 x 1077 possible combinations. That’s 115, 792, 089, 237, 316, 195, 423, 570, 985, 008, 687, 907, 853, 269, 984, 665, 640, 560, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 combinations! A brute-force attack on a 256-bit keyspace is simply infeasible, even if all the world’s most powerful supercomputers ran for as long as the universe has existed so far, billions and billions of times over.

So, pretty damn handy for downloading the latest Game of Thrones episode then.

Servers

136 servers in 87 countries.

That’s more than most people will ever need.

In reality, here’s where we connect to the most:

  • Australia
  • USA
  • UK

We connect to the Australian servers when torrenting. This ensures the fastest download speeds possible while still ensuring privacy from torrent trackers.

We connect to certain servers in the USA in order to watch the US Netflix content. The server to connect to will change from time to time thanks to Netflix declaring war (unsuccessfully) on VPN services. Just hit up the chat support for the best server to connect to.

As above, we do the same thing to get into the UK Netflix content.

Now, you may be interested in sporting leagues from Europe or South America, or watching videos online that are geo-blocked.

ExpressVPN has servers everywhere you could possibly want to do that, so you’ll be in geo-dodging heaven.

Support

The support offered is first class, with live chat on the website extremely responsive every time we have had cause to use it.

In particular, if you’re having an issue with logging into US Netflix just hit up the chat and they give you pointers, and walk you through what to do.

They are also more than willing to answer questions and walk you through choosing server locations, ensuring privacy, torrenting etc

Summary

We really like this VPN.

It’s used by the couple of guys behind this site for our own web browsing thanks to its combination of speed, security and Netflix compatibility.

Check out the ExpressVPN site now for more information.

 

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