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VPN Land VPN Review: Ratings, Prices, Promos

VPN Land Review

VPN Land (previously referred to as Blacklogic VPN) was established in the year 2006. The private network provider is based in Toronto, Canada. For over a decade now, it has slowly developed into a heavy-duty service that provides consumers with affordable VPN services. VPN Land service comes with a couple of premium features including support of OpenVPN and 128-2048 bit encrypted secure connections which are reinforced by the use of over 250 servers in numerous locations around the world. This service has multiplied its popularity in the Middle East countries for unblocking Skype and other internet services.

VPN Land Overview

Pros Cons
1.       Has dedicated applications for Android and iOS.

2.       Supports the most secure OpenVPN

3.      Has an active 24/7 customer support

4.      Provides private network service at affordable prices.

5.      Has an awesome website that’s easy to navigate.

6.      User-friendly and easy to use applications

7.      Accepts bitcoins and Ethereum as a mode of payment.

 

 

We were not so sure about cons

 

Website Design

The VPN Land website is brilliantly and clearly designed with all the crucial information and features only a click away. The website is both desktop and mobile friendly, and the load speed of the website is quite pleasant. All users using the site have an easy time accessing relevant information. And to sum it all up, the website contains a knowledge base to helps users to setup and troubleshoot major VPN Land issues.

Website on desktop

This is the desktop view of the website.

Website on mobile

This is the mobile view of the website.

Website Navigation and User-friendliness

Navigating the VPN Land website and getting started is fairly straightforward; this is possible since the website is user-friendly.

Signing up process

According to this review, this process is a piece of cake and will only consume a few minutes of your time. However, the process requires you to reveal quite some private information (no pressure though, the information is handled properly and can’t be revealed to any third parties). The process requires you to visit the Client Area page. On the top right of the page, click on the “Account” tab.

On the drop list that appears, hit the “Register” button. This gives you a form where you should fill in your details. The form is displayed below. After filling all the required fields, check the Agree Terms and Conditions box and then submit your details.

 

Upon completing that process, you will receive a confirmation email stating that your account has been set up and the specific credentials you can use to log in to the client area.

Order process

  1. The order process is quite straight forward. First, you will go through the available plans and select one that most suits your requirements, then, click on the “Order Now” button.
  2. The next step is to enter your details, your Name, last Name, Email and password.
  3. The last step is payment.

NB all the steps are done on a single page i.e. the one page checkout process.

VPN Servers

Unlike other VPN providers, VPN Land service uses a costly priced structure. They are therefore not equipped with a lot of servers around the world. However, this does not compromise the reliability of the service. Users have access to all servers available, i.e. access is not sold to each server separately. VPN land has a total of 264 servers available for connection. For security reasons, the server addresses are not disclosed to the world. On their Server Status page, they display a map showing how the servers are spread out in the world (shown below).

Security and Privacy

Regarding security and privacy, it is an easy task to determine whether a VPN is safe or not. VPN Land supports the following protocols; L2TP, PPTP, SSTP and the ore secure OpenVPN. The website is well designed and user-friendly. Once a user establishes a secure connection, they can anonymously browse the internet, unblock Skype and other VoIP apps, access blocked websites and stream Movies and content from Netflix, Hulu or BBC iPlayer.

VPN Land provides users with 128-2048 bits encrypted connections. To crack such an encryption is no easy task, therefore, securing all your connections from hackers and spies.

While connected to a VPN Land server, your IP address is never disclosed to the public. This means that one can surf the internet without leaving tracks behind. Although VPN Land keeps logs, the content of the logs includes server performance, connection span and the size of data transferred during your connection. The details of sites and services you accessed are not logged. NB: logs are not rented, sold or disclosed to a third party without consent.

Platforms

VPN Land has dedicated applications to all platforms available including; Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. All the applications are well designed, easy to understand and use. Set-up Guides are available on the website. Again, the website is quite easy to navigate as demonstrated below.

Below is a windows application. When writing this review, the application had very basic functionality. However, according to the provider, they are working on a new and updated Windows application as well as MAC OS application.

VPN Land Android App Review

Just like the Windows application, the Android is very simple and basic. The application is available on Google play store and therefore very easy to download and install. On the application a user can be able to connect to their favourite servers and renew their subscriptions. This application is dedicated to providing security on your android phone connections. It gives access to over 200 servers around the world.

VPN Land iOS App Review

The VPNLand VPN iOS application is just like the android application regarding functionality. It is available on iTunes store for free. This application requires an iOS 10.0 or later and is support on iPhones, iPods and iPads. VPNLand iOS application also supports family sharing.

Supported Protocols

This review reveals that VPN Land supports a variety of protocols. They include SSTP, L2TP, PPTP and the very secure OpenVPN. For all these protocols the provider uses different encryptions ranging from 128 bits to 2048 bits depending on the consumer’s needs. Are you worried about government agencies snooping your online activities? Well, 128-bit, 168-bit and 256-bit ciphers are available to hide your real IP address.

However, OpenVPN is the most recommended protocol. It is a powerful package that has a great balance of speed and security. OpenVPN ensures maximum security to all your connections plus you can even increase to a level higher. With an OpenVPN you can use AES-256-CBC with SHA512 Hash Authentication and and larger (2048 bits) DH keys.

OpenVPN client configurations are tougher than the VPN Land client. If you are a Windows user, VPN Land client it is easier to configure and is also stable. L2TP is easier to configure than OpenVPN. Nevertheless, some firewalls may filter l2TP packets.

Regarding P2P connections, VPN Land has no restrictions on downloading and sharing files.

Payment Methods

Our VPN Land review discloses that they support a good range of payments options. Customers can choose from PayPal, Credit card (Stripe), Credit card (PayPal Pro), AMEX / DISCOVER, Bitcoins and Ethereum. It is interesting that VPN Land accepts anonymous payments (Bitcoins and Ethereum).

Pricing and Plans

The following demonstration of the packages that VPN Land offers their customers:

VPN Land offers 3 packages including, Premium VPN monthly plan at $9.99 USD per month, the Premium VPN semi-annual plan at $54.99 USD, and the best annual plan at $2.99 USD per month ($35.88 USD billed every 12 months).

Refund Policy

We found out that VPN Land offers their customers with a 24 hours free trial. The consumer has an option of requesting a refund after paying for a package. Nevertheless, note that the provider only accepts refunds if for some reasons the VPN fails. For your refund to go through, you need a solid proof in the form of a screenshot, error no or a description. One may request a refund if the provider is unable to configure your connection for 7 days.

Support

VPN Land provides customers with a couple of support options including a Live Chat, support tickets, email, and by telephone. This service is one of the few VPN services that offer email and Live Chat support that responds within a minute. In case of an error or a technical issue contact the provider using the live chat tab found on the bottom right of any of their webpage. While email and Live Chat support might be 24/7, Telephone support is available only a few hours a day, i.e. 9 am EST to 5 pm EST.

VPN Land has also made a broad knowledgebase Wiki that includes all the commonly asked questions and solutions to the commonly experienced problems. Ensure to use the knowledge base to troubleshoot problems you come across.

An F.A.Q section is also available.

If you want to create a ticket, just click on the Open Ticket tab. You will be redirected to the page below. The details required here are your name, email address, subject, department, priority, and the problem you are experiencing. Upon submission, wait for a response from the support team.

VPN Server Speed: VPN Land SpeedTest

When it comes to speed, I must say that VPN Land is impressing. VPN does not appear to have much impact on the connection speeds. Although the speeds drop due to the increased privacy, it is not by much.

When connected to the VPN, a High Definition picture can be downloaded within 4 seconds. While a full movie takes approximately 4 minutes depending on the size. The VPN does not affect the connection speeds for online games and at the same time TV streams normally.

We can, therefore, conclude that the VPN speed is sufficient to play online games, stream TV content and download and upload pictures/movies.

DNS Leaks and WebRTC Leaks

I performed a DNS and WebRTC Leaks test while connected to a server in London, United Kingdom. The results were as shown below.

Like illustrated above, VPNLand VPN does not have either DNS or WebRTC leaks.

Conclusion

VPN Land offers a good overall performance and security with the software. They support a good range of protocols and offer their services at very affordable prices. However, for a VPN that has been on the market since 2006, there is not much make them stand out from the crowd.

Strengths

  • 24 hours free trial.
  • Fairly Cheap annual subscription
  • Supports OpenVPN
  • Router/TV box + VPN plan
  • Accepts anonymous payments

 

Weakness

  • Logs credit card information
  • No VPN Killswitch

 

 

Express VPN Review (August 2016)

Headquartered: British Virgin Islands
Pricing: $8.32 p/m is the most popular package

Servers: 1000+ servers across 100+ locations in 78 countries. We’re constantly adding to this number

VPN Protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP

Key Features:
– Stellar 24/7 support service
– 30day money back guarantee. It’s a no questions asked refund
– Operate outside of the US
– Zero logging of browser activity
– Accept bitcoin, and a huge range of other payment
– Require no personal information for creating an account
– Easy to use interface and apps
– 1 click connection to VPN servers
– Unlimited bandwidth
– Unlimited server switches
– Unlimited speed
– 1000+ servers in 100 locations in 78 countries
– Available on all devices

 

Detailed Review

Website Design

Analysis of ExpressVPN website indicates that the company owners have invested significant efforts and money in their website design. The website provides users all information about the company, their services, VPN prices and contact information. We liked that their website perfectly balances images and text information, without overwhelming visitors with not-needed information. We also liked that their website is not based on a template (like other one-day VPN providers love to use ready to go templates) and it is responsive (i.e. mobile friendly)

Express VPN Site

Visit ExpressVPN

Website Navigation and User Friendliness

ExpressVPN’s website grabbed our attention with easy to find information about VPN the company offers. Texts can be easily read by an average Internet user without zooming the page. Further analysis of the website indicates that links are not broken and properly formatted for SEO purposes. We liked that the website is subdivided into five sections, where each section functionality can be intuitively interpreted by any user. Not to mention the fact that the website is translated to 16 other the most popular world languages, which makes ExpressVPN even more friendly for any visitors from any country.  It should be noted that their webservers do not respond to ICMP PING packets.

Number of VPN Servers

ExpressVPN proudly states that they have 136 VPN servers in 87 countries around the world. In addition to the most popular VPN locations ExpressVPN claims VPN server ownership in exotic countries such as Kenya, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Algeria and etc. It is unknown why they would purchase VPN servers in these countries as these countries are known for excessive Internet Censorship and not to mention the fact that a medium specs dedicated server in Uzbekistan would cost around $500 USD monthly (with only 10 Mbit/sec Internet line). A connection attempt to their Uzbekistan VPN server was not successful.

Security and Privacy

A company which claims they provide secure VPN services and proudly state that they protect their clients online activity must honor their words. So, we made a simple test against SSL security of their website and learned that Qualsys SSL test awarded an A+ mark to both web servers. We did not perform any penentration tests or vulnerability assessments, but we really hope that the company has regular pen tests and vulnerability assessments scheduled.

Cross Platform Compatibility and Apps

ExpressVPN supports all popular platforms and have developed apps for Windows, MacOSX, iOS and Android 4+. VPN setup on other platforms needs to be configured manually, and ExpressVPN provides manual VPN setup instructions for other devices.

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Visit ExpressVPN

Supported Protocols

ExpressVPN supports all VPN protocols such as PPTP, L2TP/IPSEC, OpenVPN TCP/UDP.

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Pricing

ExpressVPN prices are not the cheapest on the market, but high prices are compensated by fast speed VPN servers and outstanding customer support. Please note that ExpressVPN states that they will never offer a “Lifetime” VPN under no circumstances, which is understandable as VPN business has high operational costs.

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Payment Methods

ExpressVPN accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin anonymous payments, WebMoney, PaymentWall and other

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Customer Support

ExpressVPN provides 24/7 customer support, so we tested their claim. They respond to online chat queries within 1 minute

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Speed

In general, your Internet speed is reduced by 25% to 30% when VPN connection is turned ON due to encryption/decryption on both sides and distance between the client and a VPN server. Express VPN speed tests perfectly fall into that 25-30% speed drop theory.

US VPN Test

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UK VPN Test

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NO VPN Test

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Availability of Blocked Websites

ExpressVPN allows to access blocked websites in different parts of the world. We tested access to BBC iPlayer (test was successful and there were no lags)

Conclusion

We were very pleased with ExpressVPN offerings. We liked their website design, functionality of the website, user friendliness and of course their SSL security. We were happy to learn that all major platforms are supported through a native VPN app, or through manual setup instructions. We liked number of VPN servers and their servers performance, but still have doubts on why they need servers in exotic countries. We also liked their customer support response time.  All in all, ExpressVPN is recommended to purchase.