In contrast, Express had a very similar – though higher profile – situation when a Russian ambassador was assassinated in Turkey. The assailant was found to have used ExpressVPN not long beforehand, but when Turkish authorities seized ExpressVPN’s servers, they found that there was no useful information there, since they really don’t keep any logs. Plus, Express is based in the British Virgin Islands, which is outside the 14-eye alliance, whereas PureVPN is based on Hong Kong, whose proximity to Chinese authorities makes some users skeptical.
In short, if you’re really privacy conscious, you should definitely go with ExpressVPN.
That said, if you’re using your VPN to protect you from hackers, both providers will serve you well. That’s because both offer similar levels of encryption, multiple security protocols, kill switches, split tunneling, and IPv6leak protection.
Same if you want your VPN for bypassing the Great Firewall of China – both ExpressVPN and PureVPN will do the job.
But if you want to unblock Netflix, you’re going to need ExpressVPN.
One advantage PureVPN has over ExpressVPN is that they allow five simultaneous connections while ExpressVPN only allows three. They also have more payment options than ExpressVPN and offer a 3-day free trial. Both VPNs have month-long money back guarantees, but while ExpressVPN’s is really reliable, we tested Pure’s and found it to be a huge hassle.