With a wide footprint of servers and a reasonable pricing model, EarthVPN caught my attention as a potential VPN provider.
This review of Earth VPN will answer any questions about the service and if it is a fit for your privacy needs.
How Does EarthVPN Work?
Signing up for EarthVPN is quite easy. First, you select the plan — monthly, quarterly, annual, etc. Next, you’re shown the configuration options available for the service.
At this stage, you can also select any add-on features you would like to include in your plan. Then you choose a username and password. Finally, you make the payment, and that’s it.
No logs of either VPN usage or user activity is captured and stored by EarthVPN. They also don’t store any user identifiable data that would enable either the company itself or a third party to match an IP address to an individual account.
The company follows a strict policy of not releasing any private information or information that can be used to identify the user to third-party entities.
In regards to the prevention of domain name system (DNS) leaks, what EarthVPN does is connect you to a public DNS while using the service. This means that you’re no longer connected to the DNS of your ISP.
There are chances that, while using the service, your DNS reverts to that of the ISP. To prevent this, you need to do a DNS leak test.
Another way to prevent DNS leaks is to manually assign a public DNS server for each network adapter present under your Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
You will have to enter the properties of individual network adapters and assign a public DNS server.
Firefox users with ssh tunnel/socks proxy need to open “about:config” in your browser, scroll down to “network.proxy.socks_remote_dns” and change it from “false” to “true”. This will prevent DNS leaks.
WebRTC and IPv6
EarthVPN also suggests that users should disable WebRTC and IPv6. Disabling WebRTC is necessary because there’s a chance that your actual IP address may get exposed even while using a VPN service.
In the case of Firefox browsers, similar to the DNS leak option open “about:config” and search for “media.peerconnection.enabled”. This time change it to “false”.
EarthVPN offers a shared IP address, which is a shared public IP address being used by multiple customers.
So, any issues with the IP address extends to all users. If the IP address is blocked or banned in certain websites, then all users are prevented from accessing the site or service in question.
The company also provides an unshared dedicated static IP address, which is unique to an individual user. However, this is treated as an add-on, and there are extra charges for the same.
Besides dedicated IP, EarthVPN also offers several other add-on features, each of which costs an additional $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year.
- Additional VPN Connection: To add the option of more simultaneous connections.
- SSH Tunnel/Socks Proxy
- Dynamic Port Forwarding
It’s possible to connect to streaming services based in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Make sure that you’re connected to a VPN server located in either of those countries to access the service. You can also use Chromecast in any location using DD-WRT.
The company has servers in 190 locations across 54 countries, spread over six continents. Plus, there are 432 VPN service gateways.
- A maximum of 164 servers are located across 17 cities in the United States, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, Washington D.C. and more.
- In the United Kingdom, there are 20 servers in 5 cities — Hampshire, London, Manchester, Maidenhead, and Kent.
- In Canada, there are 16 servers in Montreal and Toronto.
- In Germany, there are 12 servers in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Nuremberg.
- There are 20 servers in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
- There are 20 servers each, spread across multiple cities, in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.
EarthVPN supports Windows, Mac OS, and Linux operating systems.
In terms of devices, the service can be used on desktops/laptops, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets using either iOS or Android, as well as DD-WRT and Tomato firmware based routers.
In regards to routers, EarthVPN has a partnership with FlashRouters and has developed a range of routers that are configured for use with the VPN service.
A total of 3 simultaneous connections are allowed.
The service offered by EarthVPN doesn’t vary from one plan to the other. It’s the same service, the difference being that you can select the period for which you want to pay. The longer the period, the more you can save.
- Monthly Plan: You get unlimited speed and bandwidth, and you’re allowed three simultaneous connections per account. You can access Xbox, Playstation, stream Apple TV or Roku TV with a DD-WRT router. There’s a 7-day money-back guarantee as well, in case you’re not satisfied with the service. The monthly plan is priced at $3.99 per month.
- Annual Plan: As mentioned earlier, the services and features of the annual plan are the same as the monthly one. It is priced at $39.99 per year.
- Other Options: But you can also opt for a quarterly ($10.99), semi-annual ($20.99), biennial ($77.99), and triennial ($109.99) plan.
As far as payments are concerned, you can pay for the service via Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards.
You can also pay with Discover cards. In regards to payment gateways and cryptocurrency payment options, EarthVPN accepts payments through PayPal, BitCoin, AliPay, UnionPay, WebMoney, CashU, Ukash, and Paysafecard.
EarthVPN is a subsidiary of one of the major internet service providers (ISP) in Northern Cyprus.
Note that Northern Cyprus doesn’t have any log or data retention laws. The parent company EarthVPN Ltd. provides telecommunication services such as voice and data, as well as web hosting services.
The company’s VPN services are based on Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and OpenVPN protocol.
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- Based in privacy-friendly Cyprus
- Three simultaneous connections
- P2P Support
- Works with Netflix
- Can have speed problems
- No live chat support
- Collects IP Address
- Limited support for streaming platforms
Earth VPN Review Final Thoughts
Being headquartered in Cyprus makes EarthVPN a legitimate option for anyone looking to surf the web privately.
Their speed issues should give pause for anyone looking to do torrenting or other P2P file sharing.
Along with their affordable prices, Earth VPN is a good option for anyone that wants a secure private connection and does not need the high-speed performance that file sharing and gaming require.