Express VPN is understandably cagey about how these servers actually work.

However, from the reports we receive, they work well.

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Being based in the British Virgin Islands, and keeping very minimal aggregated logs, might be issues for some privacy fanatics out there.

However, in reality these pose little threat to most users, who will benefit from using what I consider to be the most professionally run VPN service on the market.

Smart DNS is technology used for geo-spoofing your location.

This very useful for accessing streaming services such as US Netflix and BBC i Player, which are geo-blocked.

Privacy purists may still not be entirely happy about even this level of logging, but it is unlikely to be of concern to most users.

Another potential issue is that Express VPN is based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which is a British overseas territory.

Express VPN does not offer a free trial*, as such, but it does offer a very generous 30-day money-back guarantee.

And unlike with some companies out there, there are no catches to watch out for.

Perfect forward secrecy is provided courtesy of Elliptic Curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) key exchanges for data channel encryption.

To put it another way, Open VPN encryption is quite literally as strong as Open VPN encryption can get.

Just remember that nothing can be 100% guaranteed when a powerful government is actively working to counter technologies such as this.