Surprise, we’re back again, but this time with EarthVPN, which is, as its name strongly hints, a VPN service provider that we can’t wait to test on our systems and review it thoroughly.
Not much else do we know about it and not much is expected of it, since it doesn’t have a place among the “titans” of the industry, but that doesn’t mean at all that it’s a weak service. That’s why we’re reviewing and testing it, to begin with.
Alright, we won’t be wasting any more time with introductions, but we’ll tell you this: we’ll test this service for various leaks, check its servers’ speed and take it for a spin on our systems to see how well it behaves. Then we’ll rate it.
Oh, you’re expecting a long read, but don’t worry, we’ve included a table of content, so you can skip to the parts that interest you most. Sounds good? Let’s kick it.
- Company information
- Northern Cyprus Jurisdiction
- Terms of service analysis
- A quick introduction to EarthVPN
- Creating an account
- Downloading the app on your device
- Checking the installer for malware
- Installing the application
- Dedicated app doesn’t work
- Manually configuring EarthVPN
- Changing the settings
- List of servers
- Services unlocked
- TOR and torrenting support
- Customer support
- Security check-up results
- Speed test results
- Pricing plans
EarthVPN was created by a company that conveniently has the same name, only with small differences (i.e., EarthVPN Ltd.) and is located in Northern Cyprus.
The EarthVPN Ltd. company is not only a VPN service provider, but offers other services as well, including voice, data, Internet and web hosting to both residential and business customers.
More so, they own and operate a fiber-optic network in five major cities within Northern Cyprus, deliver various services such as MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) VPN, Wi-Fi, and hotspot Internet access, and broadband DSL.
The global VPN service that is EarthVPN itself was born according to their business expansion plan, providing VPN services based on multiple protocols, including OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, and SSTP.
Northern Cyprus Jurisdiction
This should be an interesting section, considering the current situation of Northern Cyprus and all that. To put it short, Northern Cyprus is not recognized as a sovereign state by any nation other than Turkey. The longer version is that the United Nations does recognize it as a territory of the Republic of Cyprus but under Turkish occupation.
So Northern Cyprus is a de facto state that consists of the north-eastern part of the island of Cyprus and many people are considering it “the country that doesn’t exist.” This means that it has no jurisdiction other than its own, which makes it an apparently ideal location for a VPN provider such as EarthVPN.
On the other hand, the fact that Northern Cyprus isn’t actually a country make it a desirable harbor for terrorists, law-breakers and the such, and, as a result, it might be prone to being monitored by other states. It’s worth mentioning that Northern Cyprus is not a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances.
Terms of service analysis
EarthVPN has one of those long and tedious Terms of Service documentations so buckle up because we’re in for a ride: don’t worry, we’ll read it all and bring only the essentials back to you. As usual.
- Accessing the website, registering for the services or using them altogether will be seen as your acceptance to the terms in their entire form;
- Changes might be made to the Terms from time to time and you won’t get notified about them, either;
Funny thing, EarthVPN claims that the only “notification” will be listing a later effective date than the one set at the top of the document, but guess what? There’s no effective date right now, ergo, there won’t be any notification.
- If you keep using the services, visiting the website or register a new account after modifications have been made, it will be seen as your acceptance of the modifications;
So your safest bet would be using a text comparison tool of some sort since there’s no way someone could memorize everything in the policy and check for modifications every now and then.
- You understand that the nature of the EarthVPN is that of a VPN, with everything that this implies, such as servers, routers, transport, IP addresses and every other piece of equipment or protocol that can be used to transmit information over the network;
- You are not allowed to use the services (or access the website for that matter) if you’re unable to form a binding, legal agreement with EarthVPN Ltd. That means that you need to be at least 18 years old or over the age of majority;
- You are solely responsible for anything that goes on your account and during your usage of the site or services;
- You are not allowed to share your account with anyone else. You can use the account on up to three devices at the same time, but you are the only one that is allowed to access your account;
- You must provide the service with true, accurate, current and complete details about yourself (whatever might be required) in order to use the service, and notify EarthVPN immediately if any information changes;
- While accessing the site can be done anonymously, using the service requires that you register an account and submit various personal details with EarthVPN Ltd.;
- The license that EarthVPN provides you with is only for you and it only means that you can use their website and service, and not resell their services, permit other users to use their services or use the services to host content for others;
- You are not allowed to use EarthVPN for any of your commercial purposes;
- You are not allowed to lease, sell, transmit, distribute, publicly display or perform, copy, rent, sub-license, create derivates of, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer the site content or the service, otherwise your account will be terminated;
- You are not allowed to engage in any form of unsolicited communication including but not limited to spam, chain letters, bulk emails or other similar ones, otherwise, your account will be terminated;
- EarthVPN can change the fees that it charges you for accessing their service at any time, so you might want to check the fees if you have an automatic subscription renewal;
- EarthVPN refuses to claim responsibility for any corruption, loss, alteration or removal of content that might occur while you’re using their services;
- EarthVPN reserves their right to discontinue or modify, permanently or temporarily, any part of the service or the service in its entirety, with or without prior notice and won’t be held responsible for such events;
- EarthVPN isn’t to be held responsible for any third-party content that you might access, download, receive or buy while you’re connected to their service;
- You are not allowed to use EarthVPN to perform any questionable or illegal activity or violate laws, whether it’s local, state, national or international laws we’re talking about;
- You are not allowed to engage in any activity that resembles hacking, such as distributing malware, attempting to gain unauthorized access, scanning for open ports and the such;
- You are not allowed to engage in intercepting data or monitoring it while connected to the service;
- You are not allowed to transfer questionable content such as child pornography, materials that promote violence, hatred, bigotry, and the such, while connected to the service;
- You are not allowed to transmit, receive, use or reuse materials that violate intellectual property rights or any other rights including patent, trademark or copyrights;
- You are allowed to engage in torrenting/P2P file-sharing activities, but only on P2P-enabled servers;
“Unlimited bandwidth is subject to limitation of 1gbps port’s maximum download plus upload rate of 632 terabytes.”
Well, it’s been a long read, and all we can say is that it’s all about them. Long story short, you’re responsible for anything that goes wrong and they can’t be held responsible for anything that goes wrong, whether it’s their service or your account we’re talking about.
This one’s a tad shorter, but we’ll give it the same treatment; we’ll give it a thorough read, extract its essentials and bring them back to you, for the sake of convenience.
Personal information they collect
- Your first name;
- Your username;
- Your email address;
- Your password (encrypted);
- Your IP address;
This data is collected whenever you register an account with EarthVPN or communicate with their departments through the website or mail.
How they use this information
- Your username and password: provide you with access to the web-based control panel and enable you to download their VPN app;
- Your email address: in case you forget your password and if you want to receive email newsletters;
- Your IP address: used for fraud, spam, and abuse prevention;
They claim they won’t sell, rent or disclose your personal information to unrelated third parties without your consent, except as stated in the policy.
EarthVPN also states that they’re using third-parties such as PayPal or Paymentwall to help them process payments, but also prevent and monitor fraudulent activities on the site.
More so, third-party visitor tracking is deployed on the website (analytics tools), which plants cookies on your computer, in order to collect certain data about your device. These cookies can be disabled, but you should be aware that they’re enabled by default.
“EarthVPN neither logs VPN usage nor user activity. Neither us nor third parties are technically able to match an IP address to an account. Under no circumstances we will provide any personal or private information to third parties. We are located in the jurisdiction of Northern Cyprus. However in case of law enforcement agencies notify us that our IP is involving in criminal activities ( see terms of service for acceptable use of policy ) we reserve the right to investigate manually to find the cause of criminal activity.”
So they do log your IP address, but then admit that they can’t match it to an account. We find it very hard to believe.
A quick introduction to EarthVPN
EarthVPN’s website is way behind our time, as the bottom of the page shows the year 2012, and the “Recent Tweets” section encompasses messages from 2013, so you should take any of the claims discussed in this section with a grain of salt. More so, some of the plugins they use are outdated as well, which has the potential of putting potential customers in danger.
EarthVPN claims to have you covered, that you can connect from anywhere, that they have unbeatable prices, they operate on PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, OpenVPN and SSH/Socks Proxy, that they keep absolutely no logs (we know that’s a lie, they admitted to logging your real IP), unlimited bandwidth and transfer speed (also a lie, they mention the actual limit in the terms of service), they support P2P and torrenting, feature support for multiple devices and let you bypass geo-restrictions.
Throughout the following sections, we’ll try to confirm or debunk these claims by putting the service through a series of tests. While some of the claims are clearly following the “we’ve got the best pizza in town” pattern and are easy to expose, others need some technical work, but we’ll get there together.
Creating an account
First thing’s first, if you’ve been paying attention to the terms of service documentation, you probably already know that in order to access EarthVPN you need to register an account since no trial is in order. Therefore, you can follow the steps to sign up successfully:
- Navigate to the product’s main page;
- Locate the “LOGIN” button at the top-right corner of the page and click it;
- Locate the “Account” menu and click it (see the screenshot);
- Hit the “Register” button in the combo menu;
- Provide the website with the required details;
- Agree with the “Terms of Service”;
- Hit the “Register” button;
You’re all set, you should now be the owner of an EarthVPN account. Moving on…
Downloading the app on your device
Now that you have an account, the next step would be retrieving the application on your device, right? Well, good news, you don’t have to register for an account in order to download the apps, so you don’t have to log into it, either.
- Navigate to the main page of the product;
- Locate the “Setup” section at the top of the screen and click it;
- Scroll past the PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN setup guides;
- Identify the device you want to download the app on;
- Click its assigned “Download” button;
That’s it! Currently, you can only download EarthVPN on Windows (multiple editions) and Mac OS X, given that the other remaining option (Linux) is still in its “Preparing” status. Sadly, no dedicated clients for Android and iOS devices are available.
Checking the installer for malware
Now that you have the installer kit on your computer, you might be tempted to run it as soon as possible, but there’s one more thing that you should always do before installing anything, and that’s checking it for malware.
Sure, more often than not there’s nothing to worry about, the source might be a trustworthy one, yada yada, but consider this: didn’t you notice a worrying increase in cyber-attacks lately? Are you sure you want to risk it all for a few minutes of scanning?
Didn’t think so. For our malware checks, we rely on VirusTotal, since we found it has a wide range of antivirus engines, each with its own virus database, so we figured it’s more effective than using just one antivirus solution.
Anyway, here are our results along with a not-so-subtle screenshot, both of which serve as proof that the EarthVPN installer is safe to deploy on your computer.
Installing the application
Finally, the moment you’ve been all expecting: installing the EarthVPN app on our Windows computer. Despite that anyone with basic PC skills can probably sort it out, we’re still going to include the steps you need to take to set up the app successfully, so you can make sure that you don’t miss any step on the way.
- Assuming that you’ve downloaded the app, extract its contents (it’s an archive);
- Open the folder(s) until you reach the EarthVPN executable;
Note: there’s a certificate file in there, as well.
- Right-click the executable;
- Choose “Run as Administrator” from the combo menu;
Note: if you run it without Administrator rights, it won’t work.
- That’s it;
It seems that EarthVPN requires no installation, so you just need to extract the content of the archive you’ve downloaded and run the executable nestled in it. That was surprising. Moving on.
Dedicated app doesn’t work
Well, we managed to launch the executable we’ve been telling you about earlier, provided it with our credentials, as it required us to do, selected a server from the list, hit the “Connect” button and… nothing happened!
Actually something did happen. An error, telling us that the location is unreachable. So we did the most natural thing and gave it another try because we’re good people. We’ve attempted to connect to another server, but we’ve encountered the same error.
Then we even changed the protocol and tried again, but we’ve encountered yet another error. But wait, there’s more! When you try using OpenVPN as a protocol, it actually checks for OpenVPN on your computer. So we did a clean install of it and tried using OpenVPN as a protocol.
The same message telling us that OpenVPN isn’t installed and asking us if we want to go their website and download it. Marvelous. So there you have it, the famous “one-click no need to install software” EarthVPN so desperately promotes in their manual configuration guides is rubbish. Let’s see if the manual configuration does anything to save the day.
Manually configuring EarthVPN
We’ve abandoned hope that the one-click wonder will work, so we’re slowly heading towards the hassle of configuring everything by ourselves. That being said, follow these steps to configure OpenVPN to work with EarthVPN.
Warning: if you know your way around OpenVPN and know that config files usually reside in OpenVPN’s config folder, please refrain yourself from moving EarthVPN’s config files in OpenVPN’s config folder, since they all have the same name regardless of protocol and port, and will trigger OpenVPN to burst in an ever-lasting series of errors, which can only be stopped from Windows’ Task Manager.
Alright, after a long series of failures, we’ve figured out how to finally make it work. It appears that you can only use ONE folder at a time, so you need to choose a protocol + port combo from the config folder and copy all the files to OpenVPN’s config folder, otherwise, it won’t work. Follow these steps and you should be fine:
- Head over to this page;
Note: we’ve selected the Windows 10 guide, but the Win 10 link redirects to the Win 8 guide. Manually modifying the link to say Windows 10 redirects you to a dead page. Things keep getting better and better.
- Hit the SECOND “download” hyperlink, not the first one. The first one is the broken one-click app (check the screenshot);
- Extract the content of the archive to your PC;
- DO NOT INSTALL the OpenVPN version that’s in the folder;
- Download OpenVPN from the official website and install it on your PC;
- Select one of the folders that were in the EarthVPN archive, depending on your protocol + port choice;
- Select ALL of the files within it and copy them;
- Paste them in OpenVPN’s config folder;
Note: OpenVPN’s config folders are either C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config or C:\Users\[your username here]\OpenVPN\config.
- Launch OpenVPN;
- Right-click its system tray icon;
- Head to “System Profiles”;
- Select one of the profiles and hit “Connect”;
- Type your username and password when prompted;
Note: the username and password that you use here are not the email and password combination you used to register an account with. You should have separate credentials for VPN connection.
- That’s it.
Finally, we could connect to EarthVPN, so now we can carry on with the rest of our tests. If you want to use another protocol, head to the “Setup” section of the EarthVPN website.
Changing the settings
Well, if the one-click no-install application was functional, now we’d have a typical VPN application, one that could allow you to modify settings, as well. But since that’s not exactly the case here, we have no way to adjust any option.
At least the original app had a kill switch and an auto-connect feature. The only parameter that you can configure from within OpenVPN is the “remember password” option so that you don’t have to type it in every time you connect to a certain server. Note that the password remembers setting doesn’t apply when switching servers, so you’ll have to type it each time.
List of servers
We found a complete list of servers that EarthVPN provides you with, and the fact that they also feature their addresses will really come in handy, considering that most of you will have to manually configure everything in order to get it running. There is a total of 251 servers, but they’re split into two sections: Standard servers and China-optimized ones.
|United States||Atlanta 2||atl2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Atlanta 3||atl3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Chicago 2||chi2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Chicago 3||chi3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Chicago 4||chi4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Dallas 2||dal2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Dallas 3||dal3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Denver 2||den2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Denver 3||den3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Houston 2||hou2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas||las-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas 2||las2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas 3||las3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas 4||las-multi.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles||los-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 2||los2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 3||los3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 4||los4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 5||los5-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 6||los-asian.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 7||los-asian2.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 8||los8-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 9||los9-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 10||los10-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 11||los11-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 12||los12-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 13||los13-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 14||los14-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Miami 2||mia2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Miami 3||mia3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Miami 4||mia4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New Jersey||njy-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New Jersey 2||njy2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New Jersey 3||njy3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New York||nyk-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New York 2||nyk2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New York 3||nyk3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New York 4||nyk4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||New York 5||nyk5-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Salt Lake City||sal-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose||sjo-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 2||sjo2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 3||sjo3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 4||sjo4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 5||sjo5-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 6||sjo6-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 7||sjo7-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 2||sea2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 3||sea3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 4||sea4-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 5||sea5-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Washington DC||wdc-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Washington DC 2||wdc2-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Washington DC 3||wdc3-us.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Washington DC 4||wdc4-us.earthvpn.com|
|Canada||Montreal 2 (P2P)||mon2-ca.earthvpn.com|
|Panama||Panama 2 (P2P)||pan2-pa.earthvpn.com|
|Romania||Bucharest 2 (P2P)||buc2-ro.earthvpn.com|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam 2 (P2P)||ams2-nl.earthvpn.com|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam 3 (P2P)||ams3-nl.earthvpn.com|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam 4 (P2P)||ams4-nl.earthvpn.com|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam 5 (P2P)||ams5-nl.earthvpn.com|
|United Kingdom||London 2||lon2-uk.earthvpn.com|
|United Kingdom||London 3||lon3-uk.earthvpn.com|
|United Kingdom||London 4||lon4-uk.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Kwai Chung||kwa-hk.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Tsuen Wan||tsu-hk.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Dimhong (P2P)||dim-hk.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||San Po Kong||san-hk.earthvpn.com|
|New Zealand 2||Auckland||auc2-nz.earthvpn.com|
|Brazil||Sao Paulo 2||sao2-br.earthvpn.com|
|South Africa||Cape Town||cap-za.earthvpn.com|
|South Africa||Cape Town 2||cap2-za.earthvpn.com|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||dub-ae.earthvpn.com|
|Chile||Santiago de Chile||san-cl.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||hkg-china.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 2||hkg-china2.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 3||hkg-china3.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 4||hkg-china4.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 5||hkg-china5.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 6||hkg-china6.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 7||hkg-china7.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 8||hkg-china8.earthvpn.com|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong 9||hkg-china9.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles||los-china.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 2||los-china2.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 3||los-china3.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 4||los-china4.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 5||los-china5.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 6||los-china6.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 7||los-china7.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 8||los-china8.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 9||los-china9.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 10||los-china10.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 11||los-china11.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 12||los-china12.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 13||los-china13.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 14||los-china14.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Los Angeles 15||los-china15.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas||las-china.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Las Vegas 2||las-china2.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose||sjo-china.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 2||sjo-china2.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 3||sjo-china3.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 4||sjo-china4.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 5||sjo-china5.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 6||sjo-china6.earthvpn.com|
|United States||San Jose 7||sjo-china7.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 2||sea-china2.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 3||sea-china3.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 4||sea-china4.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 5||sea-china5.earthvpn.com|
|United States||Seattle 6||sea-china6.earthvpn.com|
As you can see, the list of servers isn’t exactly small (not a huge one, either), and it covers all of the continents.
Remember how on the main page of their website there was this “Unblock everything” and “bypass geo-restrictions” feature? Scratch that out. We’ve tried unblocking some of the most popular entertainment services, such as Netflix and its U.S. version, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, but we didn’t succeed.
It’s well-known that Netflix along with all the major players in this field have waged war on VPNs and their customers, so it was just a matter of time before EarthVPN got caught in the middle of it. We don’t know if it ever was capable of unblocking them, but we’re going to give them the benefit of the doubt.
One more thing: if you need more reasons to believe their service is severely outdated, take a look at the version of OpenVPN bundled within the archive you’ve downloaded above. 2.2.2, right?
Well, just for your information, OpenVPN’s current version is 2.4.7. Also, if you take a look at the dates of the config files, you’ll notice that they’re dated 2013, such as the latest tweets posted on their website. That might be a good explanation of the whole incompatibility issue.
TOR and torrenting support
Torrenting works with EarthVPN, but that’s not exactly good news and we’re sorry for this, but spoilers ahead: the service has an extremely low overall speed and torrent clients aren’t spared of this issue. So if you plan on torrenting stuff, you might as well do it from your default connection rather than use EarthVPN for it. Consider this: if you didn’t plan on downloading anything illegally, it’s probably alright to torrent, and if you did plan to download something illegally, well, EarthVPN forbids it, so you simply can’t win.
While connecting to TOR on top of EarthVPN works, theoretically, the reality is much harsher than you’d expect. Since EarthVPN has an extremely low speed (not even NEAR the 1Gbps they’re boasting on their main page), adding TOR to the equation would send you back to dial-up age, so it’s a no-go. More so, you could even land on a malicious TOR exit node, which has a habit of passing unencrypted traffic and you don’t want that.
Well, we’ve sent an email a couple of days ago and we’re still waiting for a reply, so we can’t exactly tell you all about our customer service experience from our perspective.
However, if you decide to look EarthVPN up on any popular search engine (try Google, for instance), you’ll find lots of reviews claiming that EarthVPN has a habit of not replying to their customers, ignoring their refund requests, closing their tickets without a warning and even having the audacity of asking if customers want to extend their plans after ignoring them for months.
We’re not saying that this is true, because we have no way of checking if reality matches these claims, but there’s more than just one claim, and all of them say the same thing. On top of that, we’re still waiting for that reply that never came.
Security check-up results
We’ve chosen a server in New York to perform our security tests on so that we’d have comparable results in all three of our tools. The testing procedure will unfold just as we’ve described in this article. That being said, let’s begin.
Unfortunately, EarthVPN failed yet one more of our trials, and, might I add, the most important one, as well. Without security, there’s no point in trusting a VPN provider with your data, you’re way better off on your default, insecure connection, since it’s only you and your data. Without further ado, EarthVPN leaks DNS requests, so it’s not even close to an ideal candidate when it comes to security.
Speed test results
As opposed to the security tests, the speed tests will be carried on on several servers, so that we can observe how does location affect speed.
|Location||Internet Speed||Latency||Upload Speed||Downloaded||Uploaded|
|U.S.A.||1.9 Mbps||122 ms||2.8 s||18 Mbps||10 MB||80 MB|
|Germany||5.2 Mbps||116 ms||215 ms||28 Mbps||3.8 MB||120 MB|
As you can see, not more than two servers could be accessed and tested, so we had to draw a premature line on our speed tests, which were not so great, to begin with. You can probably draw your own conclusions, but speed-wise we were disappointed.
For the time being, EarthVPN offers you with two subscription plans: a monthly plan and a yearly one. Both of them encompass the same features and the only thing that’s different about them is the price (obviously) and their period.
|Features||Access to all 54 Countries, 190 Locations
PPTP / L2TP / SSTP / OpenVPN Protocols
Absolutely No Logs
Unlimited Speed and Bandwidth
3 Simultaneous Connections from same place
P2P / Torrents Enabled
Keeps You Anonymous and Secret
Get Around Restrictions
Access US and UK TV Stations
Access Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype
DD-WRT / Tomato Firmware Routers Support
Xbox, PS3, Apple TV, Roku Support via DD-WRT
Watch Chromecast Anywhere via DD-WRT
128bit AES & 2048 bit RSA Encryption
No Contract and Instant Activation
7 Day Full Money Back Guarantee
99.99% Service Uptime Guarantee
24/7/365 Technical Support
Optional: Mobile VPN Account, SSH Tunnel/Socks
Optional: Static IP, 256bit Encryption
Optional: Port Forwarding, Dedicated IP
The optional features are priced at $1.99 each, regardless of whether you’d like an additional connection for your mobile, top-secret 256-bit encryption (which should be included by default in our opinion), a static IP address, an SSH tunnel or port forwarding.
Bottom line, EarthVPN is a VPN service that was developed by the EarthVPN Ltd. company, based in Northern Cyprus, which is a country that’s not recognized by any state other than Turkey. While it’s not a 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances member, Northern Cyprus is a perfect location for harboring various trouble-makers, so it’s more than likely that the location is under heavy surveillance.
They do offer dedicated apps for Windows and Mac OS X devices, but the Windows one failed miserably, given that we weren’t able to get past the login section. We did log in, but none of the locations accepted our connection, no matter what protocol we used. Finally, we were able to connect by turning to OpenVPN, but even then we had our share of rough patches since the service refused to work. EarthVPN is severely outdated, since their website still shows 2012 in the footer area, and displays EarthVPN tweets from 2013.
More so, the configuration files that we had to download were also dated 2013, and the OpenVPN version they bundled in their configuration files archive was a very old one, so we have two more reasons to believe that they didn’t update their service in a very long time.
EarthVPN isn’t capable of unblocking any of the more popular entertainment services such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer or Amazon Video Prime, probably also a result of their outdated service. While torrenting works, the slow connection speed can highly discourage you from even trying it. During our test speed, we could only connect to a couple of servers (trust us, we’ve tried them all), and the speed results were very low.
Security-wise EarthVPN has registered yet another fail since it leaked DNS requests, which makes it unfit for being trusted with your security altogether. The customer support was beneath disappointing since we didn’t even get a reply to our inquiry after a couple of days have passed.
Price-wise it would be alright if it worked at least at half its capacity since it has the potential of being a good VPN service. They claim to be owning 251 servers and some of them are optimized for China-based customers (probably they pass obfuscated traffic), but it’s of no use if almost none of them work and the application refuses to connect on any protocol.
Conclusion: do we recommend EarthVPN? Certainly not. It barely works, and even when it does, you have to struggle a lot for only a bit of tunneled connection, and even that leaks DNS requests. EarthVPN might just be the most disastrous VPN service that we’ve ever encountered.
+ Torrenting works (2);
– Country not recognized; (0)
– Terms of Service not customer-oriented; (0)
– Dedicated app doesn’t work at all; (0)
– Manual configuration (OpenVPN) barely works; (0)
– Low speed results; (0)
– Leaks DNS requests (0)
– Weak or non-existent customer service; (0)
– Only two servers worked during our tests; (0)
– Outdated website and service (2013); (0)
– Can’t unblock popular entertainment services; (0)
– 256-bit encryption only if you pay extra; (0)
EarthVPN receives a 0.15/5 rating.