NordVPN vs ExpressVPN

NordVPN vs ExpressVPN

NordVPN and ExpressVPN, two amazing VPNs that are fast, secure, and really reliable. While they both have similar features that make for an amazing VPN platform, they both bring something distinctly different to the table. 

NordVPN

4.8/5

Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5

Price: $3.49 Per month for a 3-year plan – $11.95 per month for month to month.

NordVPN
Release Date
2012
Business Location
Panama
Operating System
Linux, Andriod, iOS, Windows, macOS
Supports
OpenVPN & IKEv2/IPSec
Connections
6 Devices (PCs, Laptops, Routers, etc.)
Tor Capability
Yes (Onion Network, Regular Server, or Browser)

ExpressVPN

4.6/5

Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5 

Pricing: $6.67 (three months free for 15 months) – $12.95 monthly

ExpressVPN
Release Date
2009
Business Location
British Virgin Islands
Operating System
Linux, Andriod, iOS, Windows, macOS
Supports
OpenVPN (TCP & UDP)
Connections
5 Devices (PCs, Laptops, Routers, etc.)
Tor Capability
Yes (Browser)

30 – day money back guarantee on both! 

In the world of technology, innovation is constant. With new technologies come new ways to track data and keep tabs on users. Privacy has become a fine line that most organizations tend to disregard for monetary profit. In order to combat this, companies have begun helping individuals protect their information through the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). 

ISPs allow you to make requests over the internet to websites like Disney+ to catch up on your favorite shows, your bank provider to pay a bill/update your information, etc. ISPs can easily track and store your data and sell to advertisers. A virtual private network (VPN) conceals your activities over the web, leaving that knowledge between you and the VPN server routing your web traffic. The added benefit of no network throttling by ISPs, this makes the addition of a VPN an easy decision. 

Two of the companies that stand above all the others in the VPN space are NordVPN and ExpressVPN. It is hard to go wrong with choosing either one of these two powerhouses. Below we are going to compare some of the key features regarding these two VPNs, from their pricing to unique and overlapping features.

PRICING

When it comes to making any new purchase, unless you are rolling in money, the cost always plays a part. Let’s start by taking the plans that are currently being offered for these two platforms.

NordVPN starts at 

  • $3.49 per month for a 3-year plan
  • $4.99 per month for a 2-year plan
  • $6.99 per month for a one-year plan
  • $11.95 for a monthly plan

ExpressVPN starts at 

  • $6.67 per month for 15 months with 3 months free
  • $9.99 per month for 6 months 
  • $12.95 for a monthly plan

Having a problem or wanting to try another VPN is not a problem with either of these VPNs, they both have a 30-day money back guarantee. The possibility of wanting to get your money back after the first 30 days is slim to none as they both are leaders in the market. While other VPNs may come at a lower premium, the quality easily becomes apparent. Between these two VPNs, ExpressVPN is the most expensive of the two, even with 3 free months thrown into the mix. Some would argue the price can easily be justified by the security, speed, and awesome features. 

PLATFORMS

NordVPN and ExpressVPN works on Android, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, and macOS. ExpressVPN and NordVPN both work on routers, ExpressVPN has a long-detailed list of all the platforms they currently support on their website. Previously, they only supported PC and router connectivity but have since branched out and improved their product.

ENCRYPTION

Both platforms offer military-grade encryption by the form of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256-bit keys. Just to put it into perspective, in order to crack this, you will need a computer that is beyond current technological possibilities that will need to focus on decrypting for millions and billions of years. If someone was to decide to attempt to decrypt this, their great grand kids will not live to see the day it is a quarter of the way accomplished. 

This is the same level of encryption the military makes use of when encrypting top secret files. Both of these VPNs are tied when it comes to encryption as they use the same form of encryption.

KILL SWITCH & DNS LEAK PROTECTION

With all the added security functionality that a VPN provides when connected, a feature to deal with the unexpected definitely helps build confidence in the user base. This is where an automatic kill switch comes into play. Imagine being connected to an unsecured network and you randomly lose connection. The loss of connection will cause the VPN to shout down, but if the network connected back to your device your data that was previously secure will be exposed to the web. Confidential files or conversations will now be exposed as the applications you were using to share those files and conversations are still running. 

In comes the kill switch. With ExpressVPN this feature is on by default and allows you to make use of the application kill switch from the first day of use. NordVPN provides a list that applications have to be added on to and when the VPN loses connection for any reason, all applications on that list will automatically be shut down to continue to secure your data.

NordVPN and ExpressVPN both include a kill switch and DNS leak protection. DNS leaks occur when a request is intended to be made through a VPN service but instead uses your ISP instead. ExpressVPN is so confident in their platform that they provide a DNS Leak test to help users understand just how secure their platform is.

TOR CAPABILITY

When it comes to security over the web it is always a question as to whether to make use of a VPN or Tor browser. While a VPN provides a secure way to surf the web a Tor browser provides anonymity. You can access locked websites with little to no problems and restricted downloads as well. When it comes to Tor Capability, NordVPN definitely has the lead over ExpressVPN. NordVPN has this built into its servers, while in order to make use of the benefits of Tor, you will need to open a browser with ExpressVPN

With one click you can make use of NordVPNs onion network, their regular servers or even a Tor browser if you want. 

SPLIT TUNNELING

At times you might find yourself in a situation where you want to make use of a VPN but want to do things locally. ExpressVPN has that capability! When you secure your data through a VPN something like using your wireless printer at times can be blocked in an effort to secure your data. This is something you don’t have to worry about with ExpressVPN. Split tunneling can be used two ways. 

Split Tunneling Capabilities:

  • Split Tunneling: Protect all connected devices or applications except for those specifically excluded.
  • Inverse Split Tunneling: Protect only selected devices or applications. Everything else flows outside the VPN.

NO LOGS EVER (BONUS POINTS)

When it comes to keeping tabs on their users both NordVPN and ExpressVPN claim they keep no logs about your activities when connected to their service. This is a great add on to their service, something you would expect and hope from a VPN service you are paying to keep your data private and secure.

On October of 2019, NordVPN released that one of their servers were breached in a recent attempt by an individual to infiltrate their servers. Want to know the best part? All that was found were empty logs! This gives solidify proof that NordVPN truly does keep 0 logs at all times when any of their millions of users are connected. 

Following this breach, NordVPN has begun working on improving their platform by hiring VerSprite, a cyber security company. This shows NordVPN is dedicated to improving their product for their user base even with all their already amazing features!

CONCLUSION:
After looking at both these VPNs, it is hard to say which VPN provider comes out on top. ExpressVPN and NordVPN are very similar platforms that use the same encryption, similar kill switches, and keep no logs at all times! While it is easier to make use of Tor within NordVPN, these capabilities can also be used on ExpressVPN’s platform through a Tor browser. ExpressVPN offers a feature that some find amazing while others question the security of, because of the possibility of a DNS leak. This feature is called split tunneling, where you can have secure conversations and share confidential files through your VPN but still be able to send print jobs to your wireless printer! Mind…BLOWN! 

NordVPN and ExpressVPN works on Android, Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, iOS, and macOS. ExpressVPN and NordVPN both work on routers. With every account NordVPN offers up to 6 connections starting at a low cost of $3.49 per month for a 3-year plan while ExpressVPN offers 5 connections starting at $6.67 a month for a 15-month plan with 3 months free. 

With all the above to consider, I truly believe these are both amazing and easy to use VPNs with more perks than most on the market. If you are interested in using a VPN you can’t possibly go wrong with either of these two. They are both FAST, secure, and full of amazing features that continue to drive them forward in leading the VPN industry. 

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