ExpressVPN vs PureVPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
Both ExpressVPN and PureVPN offer users a wide range of great features. However, there are ongoing concerns of the level of privacy that PureVPN provides. Specifically, a while back PureVPN turned over the IP address of one of its users to the FBI when it was investigating a cyberstalking case. Although it’s totally fine for them to cooperate with the authorities, the problem is that they claim not to keep any logs. So the fact that they were able to provide that information shows that they violated their own privacy policy.


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.

 

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Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

Both vendors have apps that are easy to use and allow users to surf with anonymity. However, continuing concerns over PureVPN’s approach to privacy means that its users may not be as anonymous as they think they are. ExpressVPN is pushed in front with its strict no logging policy, privacy and security features, and greater number of servers. The fact that it supports P2P / torrenting across all its servers, as well as offering the faster and more stable connection ensures that it is the winner.  More Info