An excellent VPN for anyone who spends too much time on the road

ExpressVPN’s dedication to privacy is impressive, and its fleet of far-flung servers outclasses much of the competition. That comes at a hefty price, and many may not need its worldwide access.

If you’re ever concerned about who might be peeping over your virtual shoulder, then consider a virtual private network, or VPN. An excellent entrant in the field of consumer VPNs, ExpressVPN has a wide distribution of servers across the globe, ensuring one will likely be close at hand. It has also invested heavily in creating and explaining how it operates a safe and secure company. While it has improved the value of its offering, it’s still on the expensive side for what it offers the average consumer.

What Is a VPN?

When you connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi network at the local coffee shop, you’re not safe. An unscrupulous person could snoop on your web traffic, or perhaps the free Wi-Fi is phony and designed expressly to steal information from anyone who connects to it. Out on the web, governments and advertisers are keen to get your data. Even your ISP is looking to profit from selling your anonymized data.

When you’re connected to a VPN, your data travels through an encrypted tunnel to a server operated by the VPN company. From here, it exits onto the web. While in transit, it can’t be intercepted, stopping sleazes at the coffee shop from snooping on you. Out on the open internet, your real IP address can’t be discerned because your traffic appears to be coming from the VPN server. Routing your traffic through the VPN’s server also effectively spoofs your location.

Pricing and Features

ExpressVPN has three subscription options: $12.95 billed each month, $59.95 billed every six months, and $99.95 billed annually. Like most services, the only difference is for how long you commit. The company accepts payment by all major credit cards, PayPal, and other services such as Alipay and WebMoney. ExpressVPN subscriptions can also be purchased with Bitcoin.