ExpressVPN review: A good service with no public leadership

ExpressVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 1,500+

Business location: British Virgin Islands

Number of country locations: 94*

Cost: $99.95 per year

Running a business is a public act. That’s why I don’t understand why some VPN providers go to such great lengths to keep the identities of their leaders private. Today’s review looks at one such company, ExpressVPN.

Business anonymity is an issue we’ll get into in more depth in the trust section. For now, let’s dive into the app.

ExpressVPN uses a very simple single-panel interface. It doesn’t have a map you can click on or anything like that. All you have is a simple on/off button that takes up the majority of the panel. Under that is a suggested VPN server to connect to and then two buttons: Smart Location and Choose Location. Click the former and ExpressVPN will choose a server for you based on your location.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections

IVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)

Business location: Gibraltar

Number of servers: 36

Number of country locations: 13

Cost: $100 per year

When it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.

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PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries

Business location: Hong Kong (officially)

Number of servers: 750+

Number of country locations: 142*

Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years

Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust that it’ll do what it claims. That’s what makes this review so interesting. PureVPN is a solid service with good speeds, and the right promises in its privacy policy.

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PureVPN’s map interface

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PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries

Business location: Hong Kong (officially)

Number of servers: 750+

Number of country locations: 142*

Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years

Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust that it’ll do what it claims. That’s what makes this review so interesting. PureVPN is a solid service with good speeds, and the right promises in its privacy policy.

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PureVPN’s map interface.

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PureVPN review: It works well if you don’t mind virtual server locations

P2P allowed: Yes—select countries

Business location: Hong Kong (officially)

Number of servers: 750+

Number of country locations: 142*

Cost: $10.95 per month, or $78 for two years

Here’s the thing about VPNs: They’re built on trust. Before you pay a company to secure your internet traffic you need to trust that it’ll do what it claims. That’s what makes this review so interesting. PureVPN is a solid service with good speeds, and the right promises in its privacy policy.

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PureVPN’s map interface.

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VPNs have a trust issue: Here’s what TunnelBear did about it

The popular virtual private network (VPN) provider TunnelBear wants to earn your trust. The company just announced what it says is the first third-party public security audit in the consumer VPN industry. In short, a security company looked at TunnelBear’s servers, apps, and infrastructure to see if everything was up to snuff.

The VPN provider hired Germany-based penetration testing company Cure53. The security company was given full access to TunnelBear’s systems and code for 30 days in late 2016 and another eight in early 2017. The end result was two audits, which TunnelBear and Cure53 published Tuesday.

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VPNs have a trust issue: Here’s what TunnelBear did about it

The popular virtual private network (VPN) provider TunnelBear wants to earn your trust. The company just announced what it says is the first third-party public security audit in the consumer VPN industry. In short, a security company looked at TunnelBear’s servers, apps, and infrastructure to see if everything was up to snuff.

The VPN provider hired Germany-based penetration testing company Cure53. The security company was given full access to TunnelBear’s systems and code for 30 days in late 2016 and another eight in early 2017. The end result was two audits, which TunnelBear and Cure53 published Tuesday.

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