Today, we share our personal life on social media, we buy stuff online, we work online… In fact, a large part of our living takes place online. And with increased online activity, it is only normal to want to protect it from intruders.
Both companies and individuals can become easy victims of hackers and/or governmental companies. So, to make sure your online assets are safe, the best bet is a VPN solution. The solution you select must have good encryption and data security, so it hides your activity from prying eyes and it must do all that without hindering your online experience.
The market is filled with solutions that promote better online security and anonymity, but not all are capable of providing the very best services. To give you a hand in selecting the best, we compared the top 3 services on the market: Pure VPN, Express VPN, and Total VPN.
Pure VPN vs. Express VPN
Both Pure VPN and Express VPN promote professional services and they keep their promises. Both come with amazing interfaces and great clients which make it a bit difficult to choose without knowing all the details. So, let’s see what hides behind their interfaces.
Interface & clients
The client interface on Pure VPN manages to be more advanced than the one on Express VPN, while remaining uncomplicated. The Pure VPN interface just offers more settings possibilities that will be appealing for an advanced user.
Express VPN interface, on the other hand is simple and easy to understand. Everything is straightforward and all you have to do is select the server and click the connect button.
Both platforms support modern online interfaces with a clean look where details are very easy to find.
Both platforms have clients for the most popular operation systems out there, both mobile and desktop. Thus, with both VPN solutions, you’ll find clients for:
- PC (Windows)
- Various routers
The only difference is the clients’ interface. The installation process is simple and easy to perform and both platforms offer a wide knowledge database with tutorials on how to install and use their product.
Network & speed
Both Pure VPN and Express VPN boast themselves with a wide, global network. Thus, Pure VPN is present in 141 countries with over 500 servers while Express VPN is present in only 87 countries and 136 locations.
This doesn’t mean that Express VPN is weaker at this point, even though they have fewer servers. To completely assess the performance, you need to know if these servers will be always up and if they will guarantee you a good speed. In this case, Express VPN manages to offer their users better speeds than Pure VPN. However, both networks offer great speed compared with other VPN solutions on the market.
Security & Privacy
Pure VPN implements PPTP and L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and SSL protocols with 128-bit encryption. They also added OpenVPN to their protocols in the last period of time. According to their claim, their servers employ military-grade encryption that goes up to 256-bit.
Express VPN comes with OpenVPN encryption as a default, but you can also use PPTP or L2TP. OpenVPN is one of the most secure protocols on the market right now and offers great speed and security at the same time.
When it comes to privacy, Pure VPN is not a completely log-free service. Also, they will release any data required by the authorities. On the other hand, Express VPN is based in the British Virgin Islands so they are not under any restrictive jurisdiction. Thus, if your main concern is privacy, Express VPN is the way to go.
Express VPN vs. Total VPN
Total VPN is one of the new comers and they try hard to be in the major league. They are focused on simplicity and ingenuity which are the ingredients to success in this niche. However, Express VPN uses the same ingredients and they are more experienced in the VPN market.
Interface & clients
The online interface is very attractive and easy to browse, following the same vertical template as the Express VPN site.
The client is even simpler than the one used by Express VPN, with all the elements in sight. All you have to do is select the server from the list on the left, and click Connect. Simple and effective.
If Express VPN is compatible with major OS, mobile and desktop, Total VPN kicks it up a notch and offers apps for devices like PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, and many other devices. So, we can say that Total VPN is a lot more flexible when it comes to devices.
Network & speed
As we mentioned earlier, Total VPN is new on the market. This can be seen when you take a look at their network. For now, they support 30+ locations on 7 continents. The network may not be as spread as the one Express VPN supports, but they are growing.
The speed is medium to good and you will be able to stream videos, access sites, and download files without any hiccups. However, Express VPN is better when it comes to speed so if this is an important feature for you, this is the one to choose.
Security & Privacy
Just like mast players out there, TotalVPN implements 4 security protocols IKEV2, IPsec, PPTP, and OpenVPN. They also accept P2P connections, but only under certain conditions.
When it comes to privacy, Total VPN is located in the UK so they are under the European jurisdiction. This means that when subpoenaed, they will reply promptly. Otherwise, they have a zero logs policy and they respect their users’ right to privacy.
In comparison, Express VPN is a lot more permissive as they don’t have to report to a strict jurisdiction. However, this doesn’t mean they will allow any illegal activity on their servers.
Pros & Cons
- Easy to understand and use interface and client
- Offers a completely professional experience
- The possibility to edit settings at a more advanced level
- A wide network with good speed
- 7-days money back guarantee
- They don’t implement a zero logs policy
- They respond to governmental requests
- Great compatibility with lots of devices
- Great client interface and information organization
- High speed
- Well-developed network
- 30 days Money back guarantee
- Zero logs policy and they are out of US or Europe
- The price is a bit steep
- Free account for life with limits on speed and band usage
- Extra simple interface which is easy to understand
- Great device compatibility
- Good network that is developing
- Located in the UK
- Speed is not so great
With most VPN solutions, pricing plans are established according to the length of the subscription and not on the features you get.
- 1 month at $9.99/month
- 6 months at $7.99/month
- 2 years at $2.49/month
- 1 month at $12.95/month
- 6 months at $9.99/month
- 12 months at $8.32/month
- Free account
- Total Premium at €4.99/month