February 13, 2016

2016 Best VPN Services: Express VPN

Do you enjoy the fact that your government almost certainly spies on everything you do online? Do you like being told which websites you can and cannot visit? Are you (rightly!) scared that hackers might steal your data when using public WiFi hotspots? Do you get hacked off by the fact people in some countries can access services and content denied to you just because of where you live? Do you want to download using BitTorrent without always looking over your shoulder?

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The answer to all these problems is VPN! Virtual Private Networking is one the most useful tools available to internet users. With VPN you can:

  • Hide your internet activity from your ISP (and the government.)


  • Evade censorship (by school, work, your ISP, or government.)


  • "Geo-spoof" your location in order to access services unfairly denied to you based on your geographical location


  • Protect yourself against hackers when using a WiFi hotspot


  • P2P download in safety


  • Although it sounds all very techy, VPN is easy to setup and typically costs around the price of a couple of beers or so per month. As a privacy advocate I believe in using VPN religiously, but even if you simply use it to evade geo-blocks, you will likely find VPN an invaluable tool during your day-today internet activities.

    Here at BestVPN we test out the many VPN services available in this increasingly crowded market, so that you don't have to! As the largest and most popular VPN review website on the web, we are uniquely positioned to understand the market and assess VPN providers based on both our personal experience, and our understanding of the industry. Not all VPN services are created equal, so let us help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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    ExpressVPN

    EcpressVPN 2016

    ExpressVPN is a fantastic all-round choice, as it offers a balanced range of services perfect for the mainstream VPN user. Performance is top-notch, ExpressVPN keeps no usage logs, and it offers a great easy-to- use Windows and OSX client. The fact that ExpressVPN runs servers in 78 counties should ensure fantastic speeds wherever you are, and ExpressVPN reportedly works well out of China thanks to "stealth" servers located in Hong Kong.

    We also like funky the Android and iOS apps, which allow you to securely access the internet while out- and-about, and ExpressVPN offers a very generous 30-day no quibble money back guarantee. So what are you waiting for?

    Additional features: 3 simultaneous connections, "stealth" servers in Hong Kong.

    BUFFERED

    Buffered VPN 2016

    This Hungarian provider impressed us with it's no usage logs policy (although some connection logs are kept), high connection speeds, a no quibble 30- day money back guarantee, and servers in 16 countries.

    The Windows client is easy to use, and the organization seems to have a privacy-focused attitude. On a slight downer, Buffered is a little on the pricey side. Sadly, it does not accept anonymous payments via Bitcoins either. One of the major benefits of being based in Hungary, however, is that Buffered is outside the jurisdiction of UK, USA, and other over-reaching governments.

    Also of unique value, the Buffered software client has an inspired feature called 'port discovery' that searches for open ports on password protected networks (such as in hotels and airports) allowing you to bypass the login stage (a code you often pick up from reception).

    For a monthly fee of $6.99, Buffered customers not only get a high quality and secure VPN but the benefit of fantastic high speeds - perfect for streaming Netflix. Check them out for yourself and let us know what you think!

    BolehVPN

    Bolehvpn

    No logs at all Client with VPN kills switch and DNS leak protection VPN over Tor SmartDNS included Accepts Bitcoin

    Based at an off-shore location somewhere off the Malaysian coast, BolehVPN is another good choice for privacy enthusiasts and tech-heads (especially those in Asia and Australasia,) but like AirVPN, it suffers from being rather bare-bones, and is not very approachable for the lay-user. We do love BolehVPN's no logs at all policy, though, and that it uses excellent encryption, allows P2P downloading, and has great connection speeds. The Windows and OSX client is also very funky, and features a VPN kill switch and DNS leak protection. Like AirVPN, it offers VPN over Tor, allowing for true anonymity while online. The fact that BolehVPN throws in a SmartDNS services free is also great, as is the fact that it offers "xCloak" servers designed bypass government censorship.

    Additional features: P2P: yes, 2 simultaneous connections, "xCloak" servers.

    SaferVPN

    Safer Vpn 2016

    SaferVPN is a professional-looking, easy to use VPN service with servers in a good range of countries and great connection speeds. Its attitude to customer data and commitment to a censorship- free web is commendable, and a free trial and easy access to basic level customer support makes it very accessible to new users. SaferVPN offers servers in 24 locations around the world, and keeps no usage logs (although some connection logs are kept.) It has a clean looking and easy-to-use desktop app (Windows and Mac OSX,) and nifty iOS and Android apps.

    Additional features: iOS and Android apps, accepts Bitcoins, SmartDNS service promised soon.

    VPNArea

    VPNArea 2016

    VPNArea is a (fairly) new and small company with shed-loads of servers all over the place, so there should always be a server nearby. It is based in Bulgaria, but what minimal information it does keep (VPNArea keeps no logs at all,) is stored on servers located in Switzerland (which has strong data protection laws, but beware its new surveillance laws.) VPNArea features a 7-day free trial, fantastic connection speeds, great Windows software (with kill switch DNS leak protection,) and among the most friendly and helpful support I have come across, The fairly minor issues I encountered with the service were largely due to it being new, but I was generally impressed (and these issues may have been resolved, as it is while since I fully reviewed VPNArea.)

    What is VPN?

    With VPN you access the internet via an intermediary server run by a VPN provider. Unlike with a standard proxy setup, the connection between your computer (or device) is encrypted. This setup means that:

    Your ISP (and by extension government) cannot "see" what you get up to on the internet

    All data traveling between your computer and the VPN server is encrypted. Your ISP can determine that you have connected to a VPN service, but that is all. Using VPN is illegal pretty much nowhere, although countries such as China and Iran do attempt to block it.

    Your VPN provider can see what you get up to, though, so although good services take measures to mitigate this point, choosing a trustworthy provider is very important if privacy matters to you (we will discuss this more below.)

    In theory, VPN will also protect your from your government spying on what you do online, and is very effective at preventing non targeted blanket government surveillance of its citizens.

    Although its use is becoming increasingly common, you should be aware that using VPN may single you out that as an individual of special interest, and that VPN is unlikely to offer much protection against your government or the police if they are willing to deploy resources and manpower to target you specifically for investigation.

    Your real IP address is hidden

    Because you access the internet via a VPN server, all your internet activity appears to come from the IP address of that server, rather than your real IP address. Given that most VPN providers offer servers located in different countries around the world, this has a number of important consequences:

  • VPN is great for avoiding censorship, as you can simply connect to a server in a location where censorship is not an issue. This is equally handy for evading website blocks put into place by your school or workplace to prevent you wasting working hours on Facebook, as it is for evading major government censorship (including censorship of content deemed to infringe copyright.) Please be aware, however, that your school or workplace may take a dim view of you evading its blocks if found out'


  • VPN allows you to access services that are restricted to a certain country (such as the full US Netflix library and the UK's 4oD streaming service.) I should note, however, that if you are not concerned about privacy and security advantages that VPN provides, then you are probably better off instead use a SmartDNS service for this purpose, as these are cheaper and faster (no computational overheads for handling encryption).


  • VPN is great for P2P/BitTorrent, as anyone tracing your P2P download will only discover the IP address of your VPN server, not your real IP. Not all VPN services permit P2P (and some will even hand over your true IP address to copyright holders!) but many do, and these promise to protect you against DMCA notices and similar problems.


  • It almost goes without saying, but if you require access to services limited to a particular country then you should ensure that your chosen VPN provider has servers located there.

    You are protected when using public WiFi hotspots

    Public WiFi hotspots, while very useful for grabbing a quick bit internet when on the move, present a serious danger to their users, as they attract criminal hackers like flies on poo.

  • Many public hotspots use either no or very weak encryption for connections, which makes all data transmitted to them vulnerable to WiFi packet snooping


  • It is also very easy to fall prey to using an "evil twin" hotspot (any mobile phone user can setup a fake WiFi hotspot with the name "Free Airport WiFi"!)


  • With VPN all internet data is encrypted before it leaves your device, so even if you connect to an "evil twin" hotspot, all the hacker will be able to see is meaningless garbage (your encrypted data.).

    Conclusion

    VPN is a veritable internet Swiss army knife, and should be in the toolkit of every serious internet user.Those who care about privacy and government surveillance should use a good no logs VPN religiously.

    VPN is not an internet security panacea. Viruses, cookies, zombie cookies, browser fingerprinting, and a host other threats mean that a broad and multi-pronged attitude to defense is required - unfortunately there is no such thing a deploy-and- forget security solution. However, using a VPN is arguably the single most effective thing you can do to improve your internet security.

    VPN services are easy to set up and typically cost the price of a beer or two per month, so do yourself a favor, and get a good one now!

    4 comments:

    1. 100% agree with this that express VPN is good! But as a user of work of VPN I just please when I go VPN Features anytime. By the way, I like this written. Thank you so much.

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    2. yes express is one of the best vpn service provider of 2016 but there are many more vpn service providers, which are as much better as express itself and i know the list of such a those vpn service provider which are too good.

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    3. I have used BlackVPN for a couple of years now and I find it great - servers in US, UK, Netherland and a host of eastern european countries (even one in singapore). No speed issues (have a slowish broadband connection anyway - 2Mb) and cheap (€5 per month for one server up to €9.50 per month for access to all of them. Gets my vote anyway.

      Regards
      Ashley Jones
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