ExpressvPN is a VPN provider that has gained its clients through user friendly software,low pricing,great support and a generous number of servers in 78 countries,although they have some inconvenience which we will discuss later on.
ExpressVPN uses a wide range of protocols,so the user can choose which particular protocol is best for them. For example,those that want more speed, use PPTP,while those that want more privacy and security use L2TP(in tandem with IPsec), SSTP and SSH. By default it connects you to OpenVPN(256-bit encryption), due to being more secure and stable,uses SSL/TLS encryption protocols,secure cryptographic algorithms,but the user gets to select which protocol floats their goat.
The bad part here would be that they have to conform to US Data Retention Laws (being based in the states),they retain your login IP ,access time,bandwidth transferred,things which may not sit so well with potential Batmans and terrorists.
ExpressVPN comes in three plans:monthly($12.95),1 year plan($8.32/month),6 months plan($9.99/month).As one might notice,it’s more convenient to go for an annual plan,offering the same services for all packages,having a larger discount the more you commit and a30 -day money back guarantee if not satissfied.
Regarding payment methods, major debit/credit cards are accepted,and for those that want more reliability and privacy can also use Paypal and Bitcoins.
This VPN provider offers 24/7 support,instant response on live chat,although some reported that it took a while for them while contacting customer support/tech support. The site is very simple to use,simple to understand,no unnecessary tech terms to make you reevaluate your IQ.
After you’ve signed up,a very simple processes,requiring only email and payment method,you get a confirmation email,download the zip,then connect to a server of your choice. You need to copy and paste the verification code they give you instead of logging with your account details,which is a bit of a hassle and if you want to configure SSTP VPN, you’ll have to do it manually.
ExpressVpn is compatible with multiple devices and platforms,with clear instructions on setting it up. Also,it supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS,although you’ll need to download apps for every platform from their site.
Considering its package plans,supported protocols,compatibility an speed,while lacking a free trial(it makes up for that with the 30 day guarantee) and keeping some logs, it can be considered a VPN alternative.