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
|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
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.
- 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.
- The next step is to enter your details, your Name, last Name, Email and password.
- The last step is payment.
NB all the steps are done on a single page i.e. the one page checkout process.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- 24 hours free trial.
- Fairly Cheap annual subscription
- Supports OpenVPN
- Router/TV box + VPN plan
- Accepts anonymous payments
- Logs credit card information
- No VPN Killswitch