The Death of ExpressVPN?? | Sold to Kape Technologies

– ExpressVPN has been acquired by a company you probablyhaven’t heard of. Here’s why this could bethe death of ExpressVPN. Hey chaps, my call is Christian Taylor. Welcome back to Craylor Made relic to talk all things, labelling, marketing, and entrepreneurship. And if “youre watching” my direct for a while, you know that I’m large-hearted into VPNs. I think they’re a usefultool to protect your privacy, also essential as a business owner to make sure you keepeverything private and safe with your online entrepreneurship life.And in my past similarities, I’ve spoken very highly of ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN has been my VPN of alternative. I’ve personally exploited it forthe past couple of years and I’ve really enjoyed my duration with it. So I was certainly agitated whenI saw this acquisition news, and I wanted to explain it to you and inform you on why youmay or may not want to stick with ExpressVPN going forward. So what happened? Well on September 14 th, ExpressVPN announcedthey were being acquired by Kape Technologies. I know what you’re thinking, who is Kape engineerings? Why does this matter? Where are you going with this? Well, in order tounderstand the significance, we need to know a little bitmore about Kape Engineering, who they are? where they came from? And why they’re acquiring ExpressVPN? Kape Technologies is asecurity conglomerate that owns VPN such ascyber Ghost, ZenMate, and Private Internet Access. They also own a VPN reviewsite announced vpnMentor.Yes, that’s right. They own a VPN review site that claims to put out honest content tohelp people pick the freedom VPN, and coincidentally vpnMentor tends to feature Kape VPNs a lotand speak very highly of them. So Kape Technologies wasformerly known as Crossrider up until the 2018 rebrand, andthis rebrand is significant because Kape was trying toget away from the reputation that Crossrider had improved. Why? Well, Crossrider was a companythat built and sold adware for companies to includein their software. What does this symbolize? Well, basically Crossridersoftware would be packaged in with other company’s softwareand it would spy on consumers and give that data besold to other companies. Crossrider was in thebusiness of data collection, accumulating what it could about person or persons, and selling it off to other corporations, which they’re now claimingto do the exact opposite through their VPNs and say, hey, we protect your personaldata from being perceived by other firms. Maybe you’re starting to geta picture of the problem now. An commodity on the Malwarebytes site reads, “Crossrider offers ahighly configurable method for its clients tomonetize their software.The common method to infectend-users is software bundlers. The installers usuallyresort to browser hijacking.” That’s right. Malwarebytes, a securitycompany that get rid of malware and adware on computers, is calling Crossrider’stechnology hijacking, hijacking somebody’s browser. Now again, Crossriderhas rebranded to Kape, they’ve since distanced themselves from this business practice. They’ve totally pivoted, and now they’re a privacy as a certificate companionship, andthey seem to be interested in acquiring VPNs and maybe in the future they’ll launchsome antivirus applications, and that’s fine and dandy butit’s all a little strange that they’re just arbitrarily rotating from rallying customer data and selling it, to now protecting user dataand terminate it from being seen by other companies.So what does this all mean for ExpressVPN? Well, Kape says that ExpressVPNwill continue operating as its own independent service. It’s gonna be the samebrand, the same service, the same team of people, it’s still gonna be based out of the British Virgin Islands. Kape does say to expect an update to the ExpressVPN periods ofservice and privacy policy, which “theyre saying” will onlyreflect a change in ownership, and they’re not actuallyinterested in tweaking any of the privacy policy or periods of service to reflect any sort ofchanges in operation. So Kape is really claiming that they’re gonna leaveExpressVPN alone and give it range as its own isolated entity. They’re selling the whole buy as ExpressVPN is joiningKape, so Kape can provide more funding and capitalto accompanied ExpressVPN to the next position. On the surface this would be really cool. ExpressVPN has been fallingbehind in the recent months and years. They’re not the fastest VPN out there. They’re wanting some ofthe more advanced features like ad blockers, and I wouldlike to see Kape made a great deal of money into ExpressVPNand genuinely introducing it to the next level.But remember, it’s owned byKape, a company that has a lot of distrust from protection lovers, and it’s just not somethingI’m sure we should trust going forward. I was truly troubled to see this news, and regrettably I fearthis could be the beginning of a slow point for ExpressVPN. In the past I’ve notbeen a fan of Kape VPNs. CyberGhost, and ZenMateare among the worst VPNs that I’ve experimented, and Iknow Crossrider’s history with manage data.Both of these thingstogether, just make it harder to trust a Kape owned VPN. I used to be a fan ofPrivate Internet Access and after they wereacquired by Kape in 2019, I started to distance myselffrom recommending PIA and say, hey, Kape owns it is now time, I’m not interesting to it. And regrettably, I’m not sure why thisExpressVPN acquisition should be any different. I can say that we’ve had some time to now observe Kape’s management with PIA, and for the most part theyhaven’t really modified it. If anything, I do believethat they have improved PIA and established it a better VPN overall. It doesn’t feel like it’s beensucked in and divested apart and made some sort of generic Kape VPN with the PIA name slapped on it.Private Internet Access still may seem like Private Internet Access. And I have a feeling thatKape is going to do this with ExpressVPN as well, where it’s going to feellike its own company and numerous useds probablyaren’t gonna even realize that it’s by Kape. So I don’t think we necessarilyneed to run from ExpressVPN or even Private InternetAccess for that matter. We should probablyevaluate these VPNs based on their history, ifthey’ve had any scandals, what sort of track record theyhave with not impeding enters, and what their performanceson a speciman by occurrence basis. So for all of you who haveseen my VPN likeness, and you might be wondering, Christian, do you stillrecommend ExpressVPN? The ask is yes, butwith the little asterisk that I’m not necessarilysuper optimistic about it like I was in the past. I still for now I’m a devotee, I’m gonna keep using it, I like it.However, I think there’s a lot of office for independent VPN companieslike WeVPN and Surfshark, and Mullvad to rise upand actually take some of the market share andget recommended more frequently. Overall though, I think it’svery much a personal choice. You have to decide if you trust Kape, if you trust the direction that they’re gonna take ExpressVPN, and if you’re comfortablesupporting a conglomerate like Kape, that’s interestedin inquiring as numerous VPNs as is practicable, or if youwant to say, you know what? No, thanks. I’d rather go with anindependent VPN that’s not owned by a conglomerate, that’stotally a personal decision and I think there’s validarguments for both sides.But for now I’m gonnakeep using ExpressVPN and too stop my nose openfor other up and coming VPNs. Maybe I’ll make a comparisonon ExpressVPN alternatives. If that’s something you’d like to see, put specific comments down below and I’d love to know whichVPN do you use and why. Be sure to check out someof my past VPN likeness. And with that said, I’llcatch you guys next time ..

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