NordVPN vs. ExpressVPN

When it comes to Virtual Private Networks (VPN), encrypted tunnels that help you retain some privacy while online, NordVPN and ExpressVPN are both great choices. Let's take a closer look at each VPN in some of the most important aspects to help you decide which one is best for you.

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NordVPN and ExpressVPN claim to keep no logs

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ExpressVPN does keep some information, as does NordVPN. Information like email addresses, some website data, and payment information are kept by both sites, whereas ExpressVPN also keeps some usage statistics and crash reports (which can be opted out of).

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In each privacy policy, both VPN services mention that the privacy policy can change at any time without any prior notice, and it's up to the user to stay on top of any changes that might have happened.

NordVPN and ExpressVPN both operate out of countries without data retention laws

ExpressVPN operates primarily out of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Orders for ExpressVPN to cough up any sort of customer records must come from the BVI High Court. Likewise, if the order comes from a foreign country, the BVI High Court will only honor the order if a law exists and is punishable by at least one year of prison in BVI itself.

NordVPN operates primarily out of Panama where there are no data retention laws. In the privacy policy, there's less of an explanation of Panamanian law and more of a focus on the fact that they can guarantee a no-log policy.

Both VPN services explicitly claim that they do not share any of your information with third parties.

ExpressVPN has more servers

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ExpressVPN has more than 1,500 servers in 145 different locations spread out across 94 different countries. About three percent of those servers are virtual server, which means that when connecting to a specific server, you use an IP address specific to the region. You are, however, actually connected to a physical server that's in a different country.

NordVPN has 1,076 servers in 61 countries, less than what ExpressVPN has to offer. The overall server count includes dedicated P2P servers for torrenting, dedicated IP servers if you need to use a specific IP, anti-DDOS servers, Onion over VPN servers, and double VPN servers for extra protection.

NordVPN and ExpressVPN support the same connection protocols

The most important connection protocol to look out for when choosing a VPN service is OpenVPN. It's the most secure, most versatile protocol with plenty of steps in place to protect your information. Both NordVPN and ExpressVPN use OpenVPN.

Also supported by both services are Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) coupled with IP Security (IPSec).

NordVPN allows you to use more devices simultaneously

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NordVPN allows connections for six simultaneous devices. That means you can connect all of your Windows PCs and Windows phones at once. NordVPN also works with Android, iOS, and macOS. NordVPN can also be set up on specific routers, effectively removing the device limit.

ExpressVPN allows connections for three simultaneous devices. You can connect pretty much any popular platform, and if you have more than three devices, you can configure certain routers with the VPN.

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NordVPN and ExpressVPN do not apply bandwidth or speed limits

Neither VPN service limits the speed of your connection, nor do they limit how much data you can move in a certain amount of time.

While using a VPN, depending on the server you choose, you might see a slower speed than you're used to. However, thanks to the VPN's encryption hiding your activity from your ISP, you can often achieve higher speeds than what you're paying for. In our NordVPN review, we were able to hit speeds of about 34 Mbps whereas our ISP limits us at 25 Mbps.

With either VPN service, you should be able to find a server that at least keeps speeds on par with what you're used to.

NordVPN doesn't cost as much as ExpressVPN

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NordVPN has three different subscription plans. The first is a $69 one-year plan billed yearly. That's $5.75 per month. A six-month plan costs $7 per month and is billed every six months at $42, and a one-month plan costs $11.95. All NordVPN plans have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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ExpressVPN also has three subscription plans. A one-year plan costs $99.95, billed once yearly. That's $8.32 per month, about $30 more than NordVPN over a year. A six-month plan costs $59.95, and a one-month plan costs $12.95. ExpressVPN also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Still not sure which VPN to go with? Try each one for a month for free before making a final decision.

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