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ExpressVPN vs
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After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

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Author Image Matthew Amos
Matthew Amos
Cybersecurity Researcher

Final Verdict — Super Reliable, Top Speeds, and Excellent Security Make it Worth the Price

ExpressVPN is by far the fastest and most reliable VPN I’ve ever used. Some of its long-distance servers even increased my speeds and I always had buffer-free HD streams. It’s also extremely reliable for unblocking streaming platforms. Every single one I tested loaded up almost immediately without issues.

When it comes to security, ExpressVPN is tough to beat, too. Its military-grade encryption and private DNS servers helped it pass all of my leak tests. On top of that, it has a strict no-logs policy and is headquartered in the privacy-friendly British Virgin Islands. This makes it a VPN service I trust to handle my data.

The only slight negative I found was that it doesn’t come with an ad blocker, which many other top VPNs have. However, this isn’t a big deal since there are several great ad blockers available for free.

Overall, I recommend ExpressVPN to anyone interested in using a VPN. It’s absolutely worth it for the price.

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FAQs on ExpressVPN

Can I use ExpressVPN to watch Netflix?

Yes, ExpressVPN will give you access to Netflix libraries all over the world. I used it to unblock Netflix in 20 different countries. You can also use it to access Disney+, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and just about any other streaming platform you can think of. In fact, I couldn’t find any streaming services it couldn’t unblock. I was also able to stream in HD with zero lag on all the platforms I tested it with. In addition, you’ll be able to stream Netflix on any device using ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer feature.

Which devices can I use ExpressVPN on?

You can use ExpressVPN on nearly any device that connects to the internet.

The following devices have native apps:

  • PCs running Windows 7 or newer, macOS 10.10 and up, and Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch, and Raspbian)
  • iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 and newer
  • Android smartphones and tablets running version 2 and up
  • Select routers from Asus, Linksys, and Netgear
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire Devices (Fire TV, Tablets, and Fire Stick)
  • Nvidia Shield

Connecting ExpressVPN to your router allows you to connect any WiFi-enabled device to the VPN including Chromecast, smart home systems, and any model of smart TV.

You can also use its MediaStreamer feature to connect these devices:

  • Gaming Consoles like Xbox, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
  • Smart TVs including Samsung, Vizio, Sony, LG, and more
  • Streaming devices such as Apple TV and Roku
  • Routers that don’t support ExpressVPN’s app

Can I get ExpressVPN for free?

There’s no free plan, but on some devices there is a free trial. However, I recommend using ExpressVPN’s money-back guarantee instead of using a free trial.

This free period was discontinued for desktop users, but on an iPhone or Android there is still a 7-day trial available. I don’t recommend it because it prevents you from using the 30-day money-back guarantee. You also have to cancel at least 24 hours before the end of the trial. Lastly, these free trials are handled through the Apple and Google Play stores. This means you can’t reach out to ExpressVPN’s 24/7 live chat to request a refund.

How much does ExpressVPN cost?

You can get plans for as low as $6.67/month. Short-term plans are generally more expensive than long-term ones. With a year-long subscription, you save 49% compared to monthly plans. I recommend going with the yearly plan, especially since you’ll still have 30 days to request a refund if you don’t like it.

Is it hard to cancel an ExpressVPN subscription?

No, it’s easy to cancel a subscription if it’s not for you. ExpressVPN gives you up to 30-days to try out the service. If you’re not satisfied, you simply have to request a refund to get all your money back. I tested this out to see how it really works. It only took me 12 minutes to contact support and have my cancellation approved. In 3 days, all of the money was back in my account.

Is ExpressVPN safe to use?

Yes, its military-grade encryption, advanced security features, and strict no-logs policy make ExpressVPN extremely safe. AES-256 bit encryption hides the key to your data in a number 78 digits long so that no computer can crack it. Its kill switch makes sure your IP stays hidden even if the VPN server disconnects. On top of that, ExpressVPN retains zero data about its customer’s location or online activities. This was put to the test in 2017 when the Turkish government seized ExpressVPN servers and found no data they could use inside.

ExpressVPN is also safe to use because it’s based in the British Virgin Islands. This is a country with no data retention laws that’s also outside of the 14 Eyes jurisdiction. They can’t be forced to share data on their citizens or companies by anyone else. And, even though they’re a British overseas territory, they operate entirely under their own rule.

Can you use ExpressVPN in China?

Yes, you can use ExpressVPN in China. ExpressVPN has servers in Hong Kong, which I used to access Chinese television, and it’s known as one of the best VPNs to use in China. However, ExpressVPN is banned in China and my team and I recommend that you research the rules and regulations there before using it. However, it generally fights non-approved VPNs by blocking the technology rather than tracking down the people using it. It’s also a good idea to download the VPN before entering the country if you are planning to travel there.

Will ExpressVPN slow down my connection?

Any VPN will slow your connection down a little because it takes time to encrypt and route your traffic through its servers. ExpressVPN’s local servers only dropped my download speed by 1.5%. Most VPNs drop your speed by much more, so it’s a really impressive stat. In fact, I even had a few servers (Chicago and East London) that actually increased my speeds.

If an ExpressVPN server does decrease your speeds, it’s usually a small drop that won’t make a difference in your online activities.

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