ExpressVPN vs ProtonVPN vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Ex-Google, International tech speaker
ProtonVPN offers formidable protection against government surveillance thanks to its privacy-friendly location in Switzerland. While this VPN only recently made its entrance into the market, it has managed to impress with some of its features including a strict no-log policy, cross-platform compatibility and support for OpenVPN, the strongest protocol in the market. Its most impressive feature is the Secure Core, which passes traffic through multiple servers to hide users’ IP or location. Although Proton accepts Bitcoin it lacks a money-back guarantee and certainly falls to its knees with frustratingly slow customer support. ExpressVPN gives Proton a run for its money with excellent customer service and a no quibbles 30-day money-back guarantee. Express supports most protocols including OpenVPN while its stealth servers are built to bypass firewalls in China. In addition to its DNS leak protection, it also comes with a kill switch feature, Bitcoin support, and will unblock US Netflix.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.9
  • 4.2
Pricing
  • 4.9
  • 3.5
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
 

Reviews

Expert Review

Ran Greenberg
New-Media and online expert, Venture Capitalist and investor
  • 4.9

They claim to be the fastest VPN around, and while I am normally cynical about such claims, I honestly can say this was the fastest VPN I have tried. Their special feature, “VPN Speed Test,” lets users check how fast their VPN server is working so that they can chop and change the location that is fastest for them. They also have a plethora of servers - 1000+ in 145 locations across 94 countrie

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Latest positive user review
Karry L.
  • 5.0
Really knowledgeable techical staff The best thing about this app is their support team. After I installed the app I was having trouble watching Netflix and Jack was able to find a fix for me in a few minutes. Really, really glad this app still works. Worth it for the amazing service.
Latest negative user review
Derek
  • 1.0
Overrated vpn service Really overrated and overpriced vpn service. The speed are really poor especially with US servers. The only thing customer service offers is to get refunded instead of trying to solve your problem. They should really pay more attention to speeds as rated very good and sometimes take a look to chats what customer guys are typing
Expert Review

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.1

ProtonVPN recently launched their VPN and are one of the new boys on the block. The Swiss-based company, with its powerhouse of developers, scientists, and engineers, have already successfully established a highly secure, end-to-end encrypted email service to preserve online privacy rights. Now, they are striving to gain a foothold in the VPN arena by launching ProtonVPN and promises to inject the

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Latest positive user review
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Very fast, very secure, all servers in good places, good and quick helpdesk ProtonVPN started in 2017, but it is already mature. Very user-friendly clients are provided. (A dedicated GNU+Linux client will come soon, but NetworkManager with OpenVPN works flawlessly.) Some may argue that it's pricey, but you do get a couple of important things, in random order: - SERVICE: The online configuration pages are concise and pretty easy to follow. My experience through email support: swift, patient, helpful and knowledgeable replies - they understand that not everyone understands all the technical ins and outs. - SPEED: I use the Visionary plan, but you do get great, and reliable (!) quality with the cheaper ones, too. - SECURITY: All their servers are located outside 'Eyes' countries which I think is absolutely essential nowadays! Like ProtonMail for secure email, ProtonVPN is what privacy-conscious internet users (and that should include everyone, obviously) need. Yes, some things might seem to be 'missing', but the reason usually is that the people at Proton VPN will put security above anything else, at all times.
Latest negative user review
Jonny
  • 2.0
Not Worth it!! Well You have to pay for premium in order to get the p2p servers also has a major issue with the servers whereby when you are connected to them they will allow you in the internet and after a few minutes the internet is locked up even though it says you are connected. Then to fix this you have to go to another server, and again the same issue happens few minutes later. Their support is bad and they do not get in contact with you. Only upside is there is a lot of servers and it's based in switzerland.
Latest positive user review
Karry L.
  • 5.0
Really knowledgeable techical staff The best thing about this app is their support team. After I installed the app I was having trouble watching Netflix and Jack was able to find a fix for me in a few minutes. Really, really glad this app still works. Worth it for the amazing service.
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Very fast, very secure, all servers in good places, good and quick helpdesk ProtonVPN started in 2017, but it is already mature. Very user-friendly clients are provided. (A dedicated GNU+Linux client will come soon, but NetworkManager with OpenVPN works flawlessly.) Some may argue that it's pricey, but you do get a couple of important things, in random order: - SERVICE: The online configuration pages are concise and pretty easy to follow. My experience through email support: swift, patient, helpful and knowledgeable replies - they understand that not everyone understands all the technical ins and outs. - SPEED: I use the Visionary plan, but you do get great, and reliable (!) quality with the cheaper ones, too. - SECURITY: All their servers are located outside 'Eyes' countries which I think is absolutely essential nowadays! Like ProtonMail for secure email, ProtonVPN is what privacy-conscious internet users (and that should include everyone, obviously) need. Yes, some things might seem to be 'missing', but the reason usually is that the people at Proton VPN will put security above anything else, at all times.
Latest negative user review
Derek
  • 1.0
Overrated vpn service Really overrated and overpriced vpn service. The speed are really poor especially with US servers. The only thing customer service offers is to get refunded instead of trying to solve your problem. They should really pay more attention to speeds as rated very good and sometimes take a look to chats what customer guys are typing
Jonny
  • 2.0
Not Worth it!! Well You have to pay for premium in order to get the p2p servers also has a major issue with the servers whereby when you are connected to them they will allow you in the internet and after a few minutes the internet is locked up even though it says you are connected. Then to fix this you have to go to another server, and again the same issue happens few minutes later. Their support is bad and they do not get in contact with you. Only upside is there is a lot of servers and it's based in switzerland.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $0.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 0
Devices per license 3 1
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 The Bottom Line

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker

Reputable for its highly responsive customer service, there is no doubt that ExpressVPN is committed to users’ online privacy and security. Windows, Mac OS/OS X, Android, and iOS users will be delighted that ExpressVPN is compatible with these platforms across any device. This client’s no-fuss 30-day-money-back guarantee complements its competitive pricing structure and the best part is that mobile users can enjoy a free trial before committing. The combination of a strict-no log policy, almost flawless encryption and fast connections makes ExpressVPN a clear winner.  More Info