Publisher’s Note: After September 13th, a company that For us, we’ve carefully re-evaluated ExpressVPN in the past to determine the impact its new property could have on user privacy. We will update our recommendations and reviews when warranted.
What makes the competition betweenand Most notably, everything the two virtual private network options have in common. The two VPNs are known for their private, log-free services with competitive encryption and high speeds. And most importantly, they are both headquartered in the privacy-friendly British Virgin Islands.
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When it comes to privacy, you’ll want to look for a VPN that is headquartered or owned by countries outside of the United States. Although the British Virgin Islands is British territory, it is not specifically subject to theit does not participate either . Sure, its status as British territory makes us pause as we consider the potential threat to privacy if political pressure were ever exerted. But right now we can feel the island breeze.
Most recently, ExpressVPN just spent most of last year battling for NordVPN’s place at the top of the VPN industry’s food chain, but now the relative newcomer Surfshark wants to eat ExpressVPN’s lunch. The two island services come off in terms of speed, security and costs.
It won’t be long before well-known VPNs realize what kind of threat Surfshark really is: it’s faster than a VPN of this size should be, offers more security than expected, has a range of impressive features, and has breakneck prices with its unlimited simultaneous Connection permission to go. During our testing in 2020, Surfshark gave even our most recommended VPNs a run for their money in terms of speed, security, and cost.
Want to watch Netflix from every country? Surfshark’s waterproof DNS features make this possible. Do you want to torrent quickly and privately? Surfshark will redirect you to its own P2P configured servers from the USA. Want to block fingerprint trackers, use a private search engine, and camouflage your traffic so that it looks completely normal with the assurance of a kill switch? Surfshark’s CleanWeb ad blocker, Blindsearch search engine and built-in obfuscation are there for you.
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With over 3,200 servers in 65 countries, we lost less than 17% of the average internet speed in our most recent speed tests. That’s faster than the 27% speed drop we saw in previous tests, and it pushes ExpressVPN as the current leader in our speed comparisons.
Surfshark currently lives up to its name with an aggressive pricing scheme. Right now it offers an 83% discount, which brings the cost of a two-year plan down to $ 2 per month ($ 48 billed every two years). ExpressVPN is nowhere near these prices.
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No matter how fast the service is, a secure VPN will always slow your connection speed – usually by 50% or more. Combine that with the sluggish speeds of most public WiFi networks (when you need your VPN the most) and speed comes to the fore as a crucial trait for many VPN buyers.
Enter ExpressVPN. Based in the British Virgin Islands, this service has 3,000+ servers in 160 locations and 94 countries, but it hasn’t quite caught up with Surfshark. While ExpressVPN made its way to the top of the VPN package in 2019, in large part due to its unbeatable 2% speed drop, the speed demon slowed down and delivered a 52% speed drop in 2020 tests. Meanwhile, Surfshark got faster, jumping from a 27% drop in speed to just 17%.
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Just because Surfshark hit the finish line this time doesn’t mean ExpressVPN is sluggish at all. It’s still flying, and most people won’t have any issues with gaming, streaming, or even torrenting. In a round of testing where non-VPN speeds averaged 193 Mbps, ExpressVPN’s global average speed was 93 Mbps, peaking at 157 Mbps.
ExpressVPN’s easy-to-navigate user interface makes it a suitable choice for newbies just starting to learn about VPNs, and its multi-platform compatibility extends its value to a broad base of consumers. These factors more than justify ExpressVPN’s slightly above-average pricing, starting at around $ 7 per month (with three months of free). It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and you can pay with credit card, PayPal or Bitcoin.
ExpressVPN only offers five simultaneous connections compared to Surfshark’s unlimited allotment, but it earned high marks on our list of the best mobile VPN services for 2020, thanks in part to its hyper-flexible platform compatibility. Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox – if you surf with them, ExpressVPN will likely work with them. Surfshark, on the other hand, runs on Linux, Windows, Android, MacOS, iOS, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.
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