ExpressVPN for Torrenting
ExpressVPN started in 2009, with the objective of keeping their users anonymous from intelligence agencies, governments, hackers and Internet Service Providers. It didn’t take them a long time to be on the top of the market.
But what caught our attention was the fact that many users consider it a great VPN for torrenting. So, we had a closer look and tested the software extensively. Here's our ExpressVPN review with all the security and speed details.
Safety and Privacy
The User Interface
The fact that the software is so easy to use is a big plus for them. VPN beginners will have no problem managing all the options. From the main window, the user can connect/disconnect and also access all the settings.
Connecting to a Server
Features and Settings
One of the things that separate this VPN from many others is the fact that they listen to their users. There are regular software updates that can have a huge impact on the user experience. To give you an example, until the beginning of 2016, there were many online complaints stating that ExpressVPN was missing a Kill Switch. This was actually true, this option is extremely important, especially for torrenting. Well, guess what happened… Yep, they heard it, and they introduced a Kill Switch in their software.
But there's more, let's see the top features of ExpressVPN, and how to use them:
The Kill Switch
This tool is of extreme importance in a VPN software. If something goes wrong and the VPN connection stops drops, the Kill Switch stops your Internet connection. This avoids that your real IP is exposed and your data visible while the VPN is not working. This is the kind of tool that should always be enabled.
The DNS Leak Prevention
The built-in Speed Test
Another interesting tool is the built-in speed test. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a speed test of every server. With this feature, you can see which servers are the best for you at that precise moment. It shows you the download speeds, the ping latency, and the Speed Index. The last one is the score of the ping latency and the download speed combined. The highest the Speed Index, the better connection you will have.
This feature can be very useful for the old school VPN users who don't want any automatic selection of the server. This option allows you to see the speed of each server and select your favorite.
There are more than 1500 servers, in 145 cities, in 94 countries (and they add new ones frequently). ExpressVPN allows torrenting on every server. This makes it very simple for users in every country to find and connect to servers nearby, and enjoy fast speeds. You can see the full list of ExpressVPN servers here.
The software has a high device compatibility when compared to many providers. The most common platforms are available, like Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux. We tested the mobile apps, and they were efficient and straightforward. You can check more info on both Android and iOS apps.
The number of connected devices allowed is not the highest, but it’s still not bad. You can have 3 simultaneous connections, which is enough to cover every device of most users.
DNS Leak Test: ExpressVPN passed every DNS test. We didn’t register a single leak.
IP Test: Our real IP was always hidden in our tests. The detection tools we used saw the IP that the VPN assigned to our connection.
Torrent address detection test: When we downloaded torrent files, there was no leak of our IP. The country and IP address detected were the ones provided by the VPN.
The speeds we achieved with ExpressVPN impressed us. It was one of the fastest VPNs we tested. Here are the results:
Torrent Speed Test
Every VPN reduces the speed of your connection, but only a few can reduce it minimally. As we expected, ExpressVPN achieved great speeds. It’s also important to mention that we saw good speeds on many servers, located in different countries.
Like the majority of VPNs, the 1 year subscription package is cheaper. But unlike the majority, ExpressVPN has a money back guarantee policy of 30 days, with no questions asked. This means that from the moment of buying the VPN, the users have 30 days to make a decision. They can ask for their money back if they are not happy with the software, or they will continue using the VPN.
In our opinion, the 1 year subscription has a fair price. Considering the quality of the service, $8.32 per month is not expensive. There are several payment methods available, including Bitcoin, PayPal and credit card.
What we like about ExpressVPN
- No logs are kept
- Location in the British Virgin Islands (outside US and EU)
- Great 256-bit encryption
- Kill Switch
- Impressive number of server locations
- Speed Test feature
- Shared IPs
- Smart location feature
- The software is very straightforward
- money back guarantee policy of 30 days
What could be improved
- Although it's simple to avoid IPv6 leaks by manually disabling IPv6, it would be great to have an IPv6 leak prevention included in ExpressVPN.
- It would be convenient to have a "check for updates" button. That way we wouldn't have to go to their website from time to time to check if there is an available update.
This service includes every detail that a good VPN should provide: no logging, unbreakable encryption and great speeds. Besides that, they have a very impressive number of server locations and must have features, such as a Kill Switch. After reviewing ExpressVPN in detail, we had no doubts. They are an excellent choice to download torrent files with peace of mind.