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ExpressVPN crowned top VPN in the Tom's Guide Awards 2020

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There's a lot of variety when it comes to choosing a VPN, but there's one standout service that's head and shoulders above the rest. We believe great achievements should be rewarded, and that's why we've named ExpressVPN the best VPN in the first-ever Tom's Guide Awards for 2020.

Much of the provider's success comes down to great user experience. The apps—available on pretty much any device—work seamlessly, and make online security a cinch for even the greenest VPN user.

However, just having a pretty face won't win you a Tom's Guide Award, and ExpressVPN proves its worth with class-leading security. While other VPNs might have a few various extra features that the competition lacks, Express brings them all together in one package.

We're talking complete P2P support on its servers, fully functional browser extensions, WebRTC leak blocking, private DNS servers, Perfect Forward Secrecy, split tunnelling, a kill switch, a selection of protocols and a huge variety of servers across the globe. 

That's not to say there's no worthy competition, though. One of the few downsides to ExpressVPN is the fact it costs a little more than average and, for the penny pinchers, Surfshark offers a great alternative—although it can't truly match ExpressVPN's all-around performance.

Express's other closest rival is NordVPN, and the security behemoth remains a hugely popular option with millions of users. However, as the all-around best VPN, ExpressVPN is a worthy winner—so here's to making staying safe online as painless as possible.

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Mo is eCommerce Editor at Tom's Guide. Day-to-day he oversees privacy and security content, and his product guides help his readers find the best software and products for their needs. When he's not testing VPNs, you'll find him working on his classic car or plugged into a guitar amp.