If you are an ExpressVPN user, you might know that they have a couple of server locations in India. But, as of June 2nd, 2022, they will cease to operate these servers as a result of new laws from the Indian government that will require VPN providers to store users’ real names, IP addresses assigned to them, usage patterns, and other identifying data. Due to these regulations, ExpressVPN has decided to shut down its VPN servers in India.
In what way will these changes impact the current ExpressVPN customers? What about the ExpressVPN subscribers in India? And what about the VPN users who use ExpressVPN to bypass geo-blocks and surf the Internet with an Indian IP address?
How will this influence ExpressVPN customers in India?
Everyone with active VPN subscriptions in India can keep on using ExpressVPN without any further trouble. They can still connect to any ExpressVPN server and they can use the service as they have done until now.
What will happen to those who use ExpressVPN to get an Indian IP address?
Are you using ExpressVPN to surf the Internet with a local IP address in India? What can you do now that ExpressVPN has terminated its VPN servers in India? You don’t have to worry as ExpressVPN uses the concept of virtual VPN servers as well. You can still connect to the virtual servers in India (located in the UK and Singapore) and you will surf with an Indian IP address.
But, what is a virtual location in reality? It is a server that is located in a different country, but it is still registered with an IP address in the country that you are interested in. In other words, a virtual server in India will give you an Indian IP address, even though it is located in India or in Singapore. Until now, this has first of all been used to give better speeds to users, but with the new regulations implemented by the Indian government, they are turning into the only way to surf with an Indian IP address without having to fear that the Indian government is logging your activities and spying on your actions.
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What will all the other VPN providers do?
What will NordVPN, Surfshark, IPVanish, Private Internet Access, PureVPN, IvacyVPN, ProtonVPN, and all the other VPN providers do? Time will show!