After years of foolishly running my online business via public WiFi, I decided to start using a VPN to secure my communications (and access a bit of out of market sporting events while traveling).
But I found out that finding the right VPN to suit my needs was a bit complicated. There’s no such thing as a general “best” VPN – instead, they all have to make tradeoffs that fit many but not all needs. ExpressVPN and PureVPN were two that I looked at closely.
I reviewed ExpressVPN here and reviewed PureVPN here. I combined my notes from those posts to write this ExpressVPN vs. PureVPN post around the most common VPN considerations. You can skip to my conclusion here.
But first, here’s a bit of background.
ExpressVPN is perhaps one of the most leading VPN providers. The company has been around since 2009 and has grown significantly since. It currently boasts 145 server locations spread across 94 countries, with over 1,000 servers in total. They are based in the British Virgin Islands.
PureVPN offers more server countries – 141, to be exact – but just over 750 servers. The Hong Kong-based company started in 2006 and doesn’t currently seem to have quite as large a fan base as ExpressVPN, but does have happy customers, nonetheless.
They both have advantages & disadvantages in my experience. This ExpressVPN vs. PureVPN comparison will look at each based on – pricing, features, performance, usability, customer service, and market focus.[Continue Reading]