ExpressVPN vs ProtonVPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Ariel Hochstadt
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
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 3.0
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.4
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

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

When put to test, ExpressVPN lives up to its name. It’s our first choice when it comes to streaming media content online. It is packed to the grills with attractive features, strong encryption, and a monster network of servers. Let’s talk more about ExpressVPN in detail ExpressVPN takes internet security very seriously. It comes with a built-in kill switch (not available on mobile apps), split-

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Latest positive user review
Nic
  • 5.0
So great and so easy Installation took just a few minutes. Works perfectly and even communicates when somehow the protection is down (just about 1-2 seconds and then suro reconnects) online chat/customer service is amazing and pro. Love it.
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
Review by our expert

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.3

You may have heard of Proton Technologies before. They are the creators of ProtonMail, which is currently the biggest encrypted email service. Now, they’ve turned their attention to VPNs — but does ProtonVPN have the potential to be as ground-breaking as their previous project? Given the previous reputation, we expected ProtonVPN to stand out when it came to privacy and security. And stand out

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Latest positive user review
Mario P
  • 5.0
Best free VPN The best VPN ever! Simple setup, no data limitations and good speeds even on free servers! I am a big fan of proton mail, so i love using this app too. Feels good to be protected. Great work, Proton team!
Latest negative user review
Daniel
  • 1.0
Proton SAVES your email and phone number Even though they state on their sign up page they require an email and phone number only for verification, and after this it is deleted - it is a LIE. Try to sign up with an email or phone number which has been used before and you will get an error stating this. The only way they can know is if they are saving your email/phone number permanently. Whether it is linked to your account - who knows? Their quote: "We do not permanently save your email or phone number, it is deleted after verification."
Latest positive user review
Nic
  • 5.0
So great and so easy Installation took just a few minutes. Works perfectly and even communicates when somehow the protection is down (just about 1-2 seconds and then suro reconnects) online chat/customer service is amazing and pro. Love it.
Mario P
  • 5.0
Best free VPN The best VPN ever! Simple setup, no data limitations and good speeds even on free servers! I am a big fan of proton mail, so i love using this app too. Feels good to be protected. Great work, Proton team!
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
Daniel
  • 1.0
Proton SAVES your email and phone number Even though they state on their sign up page they require an email and phone number only for verification, and after this it is deleted - it is a LIE. Try to sign up with an email or phone number which has been used before and you will get an error stating this. The only way they can know is if they are saving your email/phone number permanently. Whether it is linked to your account - who knows? Their quote: "We do not permanently save your email or phone number, it is deleted after verification."
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $0.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
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