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ExpressVPN’s Lightway Protocol Embraces Open Source Auditing To Earn Your Trust


ExpressVPN just fully launched Lightway, its own VPN protocol, while at the same time releasing the code open-source, welcoming users to perform their own security tests. With the new protocol in place, ExpressVPN promises faster speeds, improved reliability, and quicker connections.

Lightway is an all-new protocol built from the ground up by ExpressVPN for modern times. It contains just around 1,000 lines of code, allowing you to connect to anonymous servers faster and more efficiently than ever before. ExpressVPN claims it’s up to 2.5x faster at connections, 40-percent more reliable, and twice as fast as most of the competition.

Those with ExpressVPN can take advantage of it today, which is good news, but equally more exciting is that it’s also open-source. In addition, the company unveiled what it called two new trust and transparency initiatives for Lightway. While doing so, it shared the results of an independent security audit by cybersecurity experts Cure53.

Apparently, Cure53 performed several tests and source code audits of Lightway in March 2021. The result mentioned 14 issues, though none of them were classified as “critical.” ExpressVPN addressed the findings, fixed it up, and Cure53 verified the work in June 2021, ahead of today’s release.

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While Lightway officially went live back in February, it’s fully available to all ExpressVPN users this week. Lightway is available on all platforms supported by ExpressVPN, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and routers.

ExpressVPN has put itself through audits before, but not like this. VPN protocols are essential to privacy and security, making this move even more of a surprise. At the end of the day, though, it’s a big show of confidence by the company.

In closing, ExpressVPN is our highest recommended VPN service thanks to its speed, reliability, strict no-logging policy, and advanced features like split tunneling. You can try ExpressVPN and its new Lightway protocol today for as low as $10 a month. And if you already use ExpressVPN, update the app on desktop or mobile.

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Cory Gunther has been writing about phones, Android, cars, and technology in general for over a decade. He's a staff writer for Review Geek covering roundups, EVs, and news. He's previously written for GottaBeMobile, SlashGear, AndroidCentral, and InputMag, and he's written over 9,000 articles. Read Full Bio »