Review of ExpressVPN in 2016

ExpressVPN promises to be the fastest VPN on Earth, and it’s not just bandwidth that makes it so quick. Setting up ExpressVPN couldn’t be any easier or faster. Download, install, authenticate, done. Everything just works. No need to tweak system settings or fiddle with controls. Only an email address and payment information is needed to sign up. This no-fuss design is one of ExpressVPN’s most endearing traits, especially for users unfamiliar with VPNs.

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ExpressVPN has only one service tier, but the price varies based on how far you pay in advance. A basic plan costs $12.95 per month. Go all in with a one-year subscription, and the cost drops to a mere $8.32 per month. ExpressVPN accepts payment via credit card, Paypal, some country-specific payment gateways, and even Bitcoin. All plans come with a 30-day guaranteed money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied for any reason.

After your account is registered and the client is installed, connecting happens in one click. A big green button initializes the connection and takes care of the rest for you. The program will run in your computer’s system tray if you want to close the client window.

If you prefer to route your traffic through a specific location–this is useful for accessing geo-locked web content, such as streaming TV shows and sporting events–hundreds of servers across 78 countries are at your disposal. This allows you to unblock virtually any website, all the while evading censorship and surveillance.

ExpressVPN further bolsters your privacy by masking your true IP address and location. All the data traveling to and from your device is encrypted with a military grade protocol, allowing for anonymous browsing of the web. ExpressVPN itself will stay out of your hair as well. It’s completely logless, meaning it doesn’t monitor or log any activity that takes place over the VPN. The company is registered in the British Virgin Islands, which leaves it out of reach of British, American, and European Union authorities who might try to coerce it into giving up user data.

If you’re a real power user, fret not. ExpressVPN promises unlimited bandwidth. If you want to guarantee that you’re optimizing download speeds, the ExpressVPN client includes a built-in speed test feature where you can browse which servers offer the fastest connection at any given time. The number of times you can switch servers is also unlimited.

Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows apps are all available. Install and use ExpressVPN on as many devices as you like. The mobile app and desktop client can be used simultaneously, though you can only connect with one desktop client at a time. Configuration files are also available for Linux users.

In the unlikely event that you run into a problem, live support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Fast. Simple. Secure. That’s what ExpressVPN promises, and it certainly delivers, not to mention a wide range of server locations to choose from.

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