VPNLand is a middle of the pack VPN service, offering many features, but lacking excellence in any area.
In this VPNLand review we look at the good and bad with this old-school Canadian product. At first it seems that VPNLand is solid in most areas, but an in depth look largely dispels that illusion. From security and privacy, to speed and server coverage, to streaming and torrenting, this tool has room to improve. Let’s see if it’s a good one for you.
In terms of security, VPNLand covers most bases with just a few exceptions. Here is the list of features:
- Solid AES encryption (128-256 bit)
- Good selection of tunneling protocols: OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, SSTP
- Stealth VPN to bypass tough censorship
It’s strange to see a VPN with Stealth VPN and this many protocols, but without a kill switch. The latter feature is essential for preventing leaks if your VPN connection drops. There also seems to be no DNS leak protection function, which is a worrying sign.
Does VPNLand keep logs?
In short: yes, but only the bare minimum
Speed and performance
On their home page, VPNLand claims to have 700+ servers around the world. Unfortunately, they themselves contradict this information on the Server List page, according to which, the service has:
- United States of America: 120 servers
- Canada: 55 servers
- United Kingdom: 48 servers
- Germany: 10 servers
- Netherlands: 10 servers
- France: 5 servers
- Russia: 5 servers
- Italy: 3 servers
- Sweden: 3 servers
- Singapore: 2 servers
- Hong Kong: 1 server
- Korea (presumably South Korea): 1 server
- Turkey: 1 server
That adds up to 264 servers, which is far from the more generous “700+” number. Additionally, the number of countries with VPNLand servers – 13 – is not impressive in the least. Regions like Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America are perilously underrepresented. That means users in these regions can expect unimpressive speeds.
Speaking of which, the speeds were quite unimpressive for us Europeans too.
Ease of use and multiplatform support
VPNLand is supported on all the major platforms though functionality may differ:
- Routers (NetGear, Linksys, D-Link, ASUS, TP-Link, Buffalo, and DD-WRT)
There are custom apps for all of the above platforms, and detailed setup guides for routers. Limited functionality refers to the fact that not all protocols work on the different platforms and some features may be missing.
The apps themselves look a bit old-school, but at least they’re intuitive and easy to use.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
Surprisingly, VPNLand is adept at beating the geo-restrictions of streaming platforms like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and other services. We were able to access Netflix US without issue.
P2P and torrenting
People head towards VPNs to help them out with torrent downloads – since torrents allow you to see who’s connected to a torrent (this includes IP addresses, which can be used to determine a user’s actual identity), you need some way to further yourself from those copyright infringements.
P2P traffic is allowed on the VPNLand network, however, the VPN is otherwise not ideal for torrenting: the speeds are sub-par and there is no kill switch to protect you from lost connections.
Online censorship in China and elsewhere
Censorship and online surveillance might be best exemplified by China’s policies towards the Internet through what people know as the Great Firewall. This refers to the various means China uses to block news sites, entertainment platforms, major social media networks, search engines, and, yes, even VPNs themselves.
As a matter of fact, VPN services can’t hope to reliably work in China without some way to beat Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), which is a way to seek out VPN traffic on a network and block it.
While VPNLand does have the Stealth VPN feature, the lack of a kill switch and servers in the Asian region makes the service less-than-ideal for use in China.
To a lesser extent, the same applies to other censorious countries as well.
VPNLand offers support in the form of:
- Live chat (which isn’t really)
That would be good, but the live chat seems to be pretty dead, whereas the FAQs, although helpful, don’t cover a lot of topics. Other reviews have found the customer support to be snappy, unhelpful, and even straightforwardly harsh with users who had purchased Lifetime plans and were looking for a refund. None of this inspires confidence.
VPNLand has three main pricing plans:
- 1-month plan: $10.00
- 6-month plan: $60 ($10.00/month)
- 1-year plan: $100 ($8.33/month)
This is above the industry average, and for a VPN that doesn’t offer too many special features (or even a basic kill switch), it’s just too expensive. VPNLand has given us reasons to distrust the service, and that perception is not aided at all by the fact that the 6-month plan costs exactly the same as the monthly plan multiplied by 6.
And yes, there’s no free trial or refund policy.
When you’re taken to the page to buy the package, you see prices for “eSauver VPN” and “ShopHacker VPN,” etc. – none of this is properly explained. Seems very suspicious.
You can pay by Credit Card, BitCoin, PayPal, or Ethereum. All things considered, we have to admit this is a good variety of choices.
VPNLand is a product that has been around for a while, yet the service could use improvements. While the features are mostly decent, there seem to be no real strong points, and there are also reasons why we wouldn’t recommend trusting VPNLand with your money – contradictory information on the website, bad user reviews, etc. In short, think twice before committing to VPNLand.