ExpressVPN has made an announcement about its recent involvement with HP to develop one of the most secure laptops on the market, as of the time of this writing. While this would not carry any of the military-grade specs you must have had in your mind, it does create a platform for consumer protection and user privacy better than what we used to have on the market.
Both companies – ExpressVPN and HP – are leading figures in their respective industries. That makes this deal even more solid and way beneficial to the end-users.
What the Partnership Means
Unlike other partnerships of this kind, HP has not just installed the VPN software on its latest Spectre x360 13 release in a ‘load and forget’ move. Industry sources have claimed that the partnership between HP and ExpressVPN went as far as both companies working together on the software side of the flagship laptop to ensure the VPN software is ingrained into that of the laptop.
This means that the Windows 10 platform on the HP Spectre x360 13 has been specially optimized to accept the VPN for better user protection while ExpressVPN will also be supplying its Windows VPN software to complete the package.
That is on the end of the companies though. What promises does this hold for the end-user?
Many already know that a VPN allows you to change your location at will. This, it does by approximating your IP address based on the server you are connected to since that is how the internet sees your current location.
To that effect, ExpressVPN provides in excess of 3000 different server locations in more than 100 countries of the world.
Interestingly, that is not even scratching the surface of what a VPN can do for you.
Public Wi-Fi networks might be free, but users are paying a lot for that convenience. Every time you connect to one of these networks, you are putting yourself at a lot of risks: from man-in-the-middle attacks and the high chances of connecting to a rogue Wi-Fi network to data monitoring and sniffing at the highest levels.
All of this is made possible due to the security profile, or lack thereof, that these networks bring on board.
With 256-bit encryption in tow, this VPN automatically secures your connection. Even though the base network is unsecured, layering that connection over a VPN suddenly steps you up to a level of encryption that makes it hard for hackers to perpetrate any form of attack on you.
Besides, a VPN allows you to escape censorship in countries where a lot of services have been banned. This brings to mind regions like China, Vietnam, North Korea, etc., where you cannot even access social media (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) not to talk of countless other websites on the net. The same goes for geo-blocking: when content creators (like Netflix, YouTube, etc.) restrict some of the content on their platform to certain regions in the world alone.
All you have to do in such cases is connect to a server location where the said content is supported, and you get access like you were there too.
This is the question we found ourselves asking too.
Of all the VPN providers out there, why did HP make the choice to go for ExpressVPN?
For one, we know that Hewlett Packard has made a name for itself in the industry and would not want to be seen associating with just about anyone. So, we did a little digging and came up with these:
- Years in service – Longevity is good in business, and it spells trust for ExpressVPN too. Having been in the business for about a decade now, they are also the top-rated VPN service for 2019. That surely counts for something in the books of HP.
- Numerous server locations – If something is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. That is why ExpressVPN has a barrage of 3000+ servers in 100+ countries and countless cities in the world. There is simply nothing you want to unlock that these servers won’t get you access to.
- Encryption level – We mentioned a 256-bit encryption standard up there, but you might not know how serious that is. Think about the level of protection used at the FBI, and you’ll know ExpressVPN has not come to play.
- No data logging – For a service that wants to promote user privacy and data security, ExpressVPN takes the game to another level with its strict no-data logging policy. Whenever you disconnect and reconnect again, your entire data history is wiped. No need to worry about yet another big brother.
Will you get this Spectre x360 13?
Besides privacy, the HP Spectre x360 13 does come with an impressive array of specs – as you would see on further research. Combining that with the security profile it packs, will you be adding this to your shopping list?