ExpressVPN Offers a More Modern VPN Protocol

Posted on August 10, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile with 10 Comments

ExpressVPN has announced the immediate availability of Lightway, a faster and more reliable VPN protocol that’s backed by an independent security audit.

“ExpressVPN is constantly innovating in a relentless pursuit of new ways to make our services—and indeed all VPNs—more secure,” ExpressVPN explains. “That’s a key reason we developed Lightway: Our aim was to create a VPN protocol that puts privacy and security first, without compromising on speed or connection reliability.”

Lightway brings faster, more reliable virtual private network (VPN) connections to ExpressVPN customers, and the firm reports that the new protocol offers 2.5x faster connections, and increases speeds by two times while improving reliability by 40 percent.

But the bigger deal is that Lightway’s core source code has been published under a GNU General Public License (GPL) v2 open-source license on GitHub, allowing anyone, even its competitors to use and contribute to the code. ExpressVPN also had Lightway evaluated by Cure53, a cybersecurity firm, to ensure that it is secure.

“The codebase observed on Lightway Core follows consistent coding patterns and exhibits—in the testers’ view—a high quality,” Cure53 says. You can read the full report here.

Lightway is now available in ExpressVPN for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, and routers. You can learn more about ExpressVPN and Lightway on the ExpressVPN website.

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Comments (10)

10 responses to “ExpressVPN Offers a More Modern VPN Protocol”

  1. Brett Allen

    Been using them for about 1.5 or 2 years now. Was using NordVPN before. Frankly, I never noticed a huge hit in speed before this update so I'm curious to see how much faster things might be now. This service is more expensive than some, but I have no reservations in recommending it. Frequent updates, lots of servers. Easy integration with my Asus router.

  2. wright_is

    The question is, why don’t they use a standard VPN protocol, like WireGuard?

    • IanYates82

      Agreed. I use Private Internet Access and they've had WireGuard available as an option for at least a year now. It works well.

    • lvthunder

      Choice is good though. They open-sourced what they did so others can use it as well.

      • IanYates82

        Yeah, choice is good. Encryption is *hard*. Rolling your own is not for the faint of heart.

        For consumer vpn I suspect most of us don't care as we want the virtualised location. But if you're at a coffee shop that encryption is nice to have

  3. VancouverNinja

    Netflix and the other big streaming companies recently cutoff all of their servers. I wonder if this is their response somehow?

  4. brettscoast

    Interesting, have considered setting this up at home\office have looked at NordVPN and others this one seems quite appealing. Just wondering do you yourself use a VPN service?

  5. Truffles

    um, is this an ad?

    • madthinus

      No it is a product announcement article. Paul writes these for most PC makers, Browsers and other consumer related services he thinks the Thurrott audience will find interesting.

      He uses them and have recommended their product in the past in his "What I use articles" and Windows Weekly.