We’re all very fortunate that VPNs aren’t physical products. If they were, the stores selling them would become no more than an immense sea of boxes given the huge number of brands already available and all the new services that are regularly debuting. Online shopping is a similar struggle; choosing between products seems impossible, as customers are overwhelmed by the hundreds of options available. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for.
When it comes to VPN providers, StrongVPN and ExpressVPN are two of the most well-known names, both providing good services for both high-demanding users and newcomers alike and featuring worldwide server networks, support for dozens of devices, unlimited bandwidth and more. But which of them will be getting a new virtual subscriber?
|Countries||US, UK, NL, CA,SE, RU, RO, DE, IT...||US, UK, CA, DE, RU, FR, NL, ES...|
|# Connected Devices||5||3|
|Headquarters||USA||British Virgin Islands|
|Languages||EN||EN, DE, ES, FR, NL, IT, TR|
|Extra Services||StrongDNS||Built-in speed test|
|1 Month Plan||$10/mo||$12.95/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||n/a||$9.99/mo ($59.95)|
|1 Year Plan||$5.83/mo ($69.99)||$8.32/mo ($99.95)|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||30 days|
StrongVPN started off selling computers back in 1994, but over 20 years later and it is now one of the most renowned companies in the VPN industry. Its software is available for every major device and operating system, all of them with several useful extra features like a kill switch, an auto reconnect tool and even an exclusive DNS service. Additionally, there are different types of encryption and protocols available, each of which can be easily chosen by the user thanks to simple-to-use apps that provide all the necessities for each VPN session.
Its VPN network reaches 20 countries with 650+ servers – most of them in America as the company focuses on providing access to content restricted to the USA – and the speeds are very good. The geographical distance plays an important role here, however, and that’s why it’s good to be able to change for a faster protocol. The only downside is that there are DNS leaks, which proves that StrongVPN is not so strong after all.
There are no free trials but the 30-day money-back guarantee allows risk-free testing of the best value plan, billed annually at $69.99. The company also offers coupons that makes all purchases 20% cheaper.
Born in 2009, ExpressVPN quickly carved its own successfully path to the top of the VPN billboard thanks to a quality service suitable for every need. They provide software for computers and mobile devices as well as the manual router configurations that allow users to take ExpressVPN beyond platform limitations, making use of neat features such as split tunneling, a kill switch and more. All of the most important VPN protocols are available and the encryption level is the highest in the industry, not to mention that connections are reliable and safe since ExpressVPN is configured to prevent WebRTC and DNS leaks.
When it comes to the server network, ExpressVPN is quite impressive since it has one of the most complete world maps. It reaches 194 countries and, in addition to connecting to some rarely seen locations, it’s possible to obtain fast and stable speeds in most of them.
Of all the three plans ExpressVPN that offers, the best is the annual subscription of $99.95. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t provide any free trials, but as with StrongVPN there is a money-back guarantee that allows a full month of risk-free use.
Both StrongVPN and ExpressVPN have clearly made smart choices about their names, immediately explaining to even the most unaware user of what they’re best used for. However, it seems that only ExpressVPN remains loyal to its name since connections are in fact quite fast. That’s not to say that StrongVPN’s connections aren’t, they truly are – even compared to some of the bigger competitors, actually – but in this case the company doesn’t live up to its name since the existence of DNS leaks make it impossible to consider the connections as safe or strong.
This doesn’t mean StrongVPN should be put aside, however. Sure, its server network is more limited, but it can be enough for less demanding customers that only want to access geo-restricted content. The existence of several VPN protocols and the ability to alter between them also favors a company that charges much less for a plan that lasts for the same amount of time and provides more or less the same features.
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