EarthVPN Review (2019)

EarthVPN Highlights

  • Country: Northern Cyprus
  • Logging:  No (Traffic), N/A (Connection), N/A (IP address)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI): SOCKS/SSH Tunnel
  • Pricing: $3.33  [or $4.99 with SSH/SOCKS proxy](per month, in yearly subscription)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections: 3
  • Live Chat Support: No
  • Custom clients/apps: Windows and MacOS
  • Alternative website: N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: N/A

My First Impressions

EarthVPN is a Northern Cyprus-based VPN company, which is a subsidiary of a Northern Cyprus internet service provider. 

My first impression about the website is negative. The main reason is the lack of secure SSL connection certificate on the website. Another reason is that, the website seems outdated. The last update is from 2012, and “recent tweets” are from 2013. The website also lacks live chat support. 

EarthVPN offers Chinese language website in addition to the English one (somehow Chinese version has SSL certificate).

Does EarthVPN keep logs?

EarthVPN does not log user activity, also known as traffic logs. They note that, neither EarthVPN, nor a third party can match an IP address to a user. However, there is no information about IP address and connection logs.

To summarize, EarthVPN does not collect:

  • traffic logs (a.k.a user activity)
EarthVPN Logging Policy
EarthVPN Privacy Policy

Here, the question is, if EarthVPN does not mention connection and IP address logs, do they keep those logs?

EarthVPN probably keeps:

  • Connection logs
  • IP address logs

Does EarthVPN bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) or similar VPN blocking firewalls?

Countries like China, Turkey, Russia etc. implement firewalls that block access to VPN services. As an example, China uses the Great Wall of China (GFW) system to block most VPNs and proxies. Some VPN services use extra protocols so that users in those countries can bypass VPN block.

EarthVPN claims that the VPN can evade deep packet inspection in countries like China, Iran, etc. 

 

earthvpn dpi
EarthVPN Deep Packet Inspection FAQ

If the standard protocols offered by EarthVPN does not work for you, you can opt for SSH Tunnel and SOCKS proxy. But, this option comes at a price of $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year, making it expensive for people who want to bypass deep packet inspection. 

earthvpn ssh/socks proxy
EarthVPN SSH Tunnel and SOCKS proxy

How much cost EarthVPN subscription?

You can pay monthly or annually for EarthVPN subscription. If you subscribe annually, then you will be paying $3.33 per month or $1.11 per device. At first the pricing may seem OK, but one should consider that features like SOCKS proxy/SSH Tunnel and 256bit Encryption, which are offered free at some VPN providers, come at the cost of $1.99 each. 
EarthVPN Pricing

 

EarthVPN accepts major credit cards (via Paypal), PayPal, BitCoins, AliPay, UnionPay, WebMoney, CashU, Ukash and Paysafecard.

EarthVPN does not offer free trials at the moment of writing this article.

EarthVPN has a 7-day money-back-guarantee, if you are not happy with their service. 

 

What features are offered by EarthVPN?

– Supported Platforms

EarthVPN supports Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android and some routers. They provide custom clients for Windows and MacOS platforms, and users of other platforms can use the VPN via OpenVPN app.

– Supported Protocols

EarthVPN offers SSTP, L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN protocols, plus SOCKS proxy and SSH Tunnel. SOCKS proxy and SSH Tunnel are available as an add-on for an extra cost of $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Further add-ons available are dedicated IP, 256-bit encryption, dynamic port forwarding, shared static IP address and additional VPN connections.

– Number of Servers

EarthVPN offers 432 servers in 54 countries.

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • No traffic logs
  • SOCKS and SSH tunnel (bypass DPI)
  • Torrents/P2P allowed
  • Bitcoins accepted
  • Not up to date website

What I didn’t like:

  • No info about IP address and connection logs
  • Pricing $1.67 per device/month (with SSH tunnel/SOCKS)
  • No custom client for mobile devices and Linux
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