IPVanishis one of the rare top-tier VPN providers, which means it owns and manages all of its servers, guaranteeing better speeds. The provider offers a long list of outstanding features focused on the best possible performance, including over 1,300 servers in more than 80 major cities.
This VPN service can unblock content hosted on a long list of geo-restricted services and websites, like Netflix, Kodi, NBC Sports, ESPN, HBO, Facebook, etc. although some, like Netflix, are working hard on trying to block VPN providers. IPVanish has had mixed success in battling them, but at the moment, the chances are you will be able to stream Netflix content. If you encounter any problems, be sure to contact the customer support so you’d have updated information on servers that unblock Netflix.
Torrenting, on the other hand, is much easier, and with the help of IPVanish’s fast servers, you can torrent as much as you want with no limits on bandwidth and speed.
One of the provider’s best features is the number of supported simultaneous connections. Specifically, you can connect up to 10 devices at the same time and put them under the protection of IPVanish’s apps. Alternatively, you can set up your DD-WRT or Tomato router with the service and put virtually all devices on your internal network under the VPN protection.
Plans and pricing
There are three subscription options to choose from. The 1-month plan will cost you $10, while a bit more affordable is the 3-month option that is charged $8.99 per month. If you’re willing to make a longer commitment, then the 1-year plan is the best and cheapest option at $6.49. This is still more expensive than many other top VPN providers, but if you check out the company’s website more diligently, you’ll come across the coupon page which often offers quite good deals.
At the moment of writing, the provider was having an exclusive Mothers Day offer that came at a price of $4.50 per month for the 3-month subscription, or $13.50 billed every three months for life. IPVanish often has these kinds of special offers.
The payment methods are limited to the major credit cards and PayPal.
IPVanish also has one of the shortest money-back guarantees in the business. Namely, you have only 7 days to ask for your money back if there is anything wrong with the service. The guarantee can also be treated as a kind of a free trial, which IPVanish doesn’t have per se. Users who sign up through their iOS devices are eligible for a 7-day free trial, but not for the 7-day money-back guarantee.
Privacy and logging
IPVanish preserves your privacy with the help of several elements. These include the strong AES-256 encryption algorithm and several connection protocols to choose from - OpenVPN (TCP and UDP), L2TP/IPSec, and IKEv2.
All the apps (except for mobile ones) employ a kill switch method in case of a sudden VPN connection breakdown, blocking all internet traffic to and from your device, so all of your data remains safely in the confines of your own device. Although IPVanish’s apps for mobile devices don’t come with a kill switch, Android users can benefit from their devices’ integrated kill switch that can be enabled with some tweaking in the device’s settings.
The Windows app is also equipped with a special Block LAN traffic option that stops all LAN traffic in an event of a VPN connection interruption. Android devices, on the other hand, automatically block the LAN traffic unless you turn on the Allow LAN traffic option.
The split-tunneling feature, available on Android and FireOS devices, allows you to choose which of your device’s apps will go through the VPN tunnel, and which you want to leave on the regular connection.
The company’s no-logging policy is something you need to give a second thought. While IPVanish does promise not to monitor or store any of your activities, it has caused some controversy in the past. Namely, it was discovered recently that the provider has shared some information with the US Homeland Security that led to an identification of a suspect in a child abuse case. The provider has since changed ownership and new owners continue to express their devotion to the strict no-logs policy.
The fact that the company is registered in the US and therefore bound to be subject to the US laws, might also require some careful consideration before deciding to sign up.
IPVanish excels in the performance of its apps and servers. The speeds and connectivity are outstanding, with virtually no failures. Some non-US servers deliver poorer results at times, but this doesn’t greatly influence the overall consistent experience.
IPVanish supports plenty of platforms. For instance, you can install the VPN software on all the popular devices, as well as on routers, Amazon Fire TV, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Nintendo, Roku, and many more.
The setup of clients for major platforms is as easy as it gets, even for beginners, but their installation in nonetheless covered in the website’s support section, either in detailed textual form or in videos, sometimes even in both formats. The rest of the platforms are also covered by detailed manual installation guides and troubleshooting.
IPVanish has an exceptional customer service that complements the detailed help section on the website. In case you are unable to address your issue(s, agents are available 24/7 through live chat and email. The website’s help section itself is divided into several categories - FAQ, Setup Guides, Billing Questions, Troubleshooting, Announcements, and About IPVanish section.
IPVanish is an excellent VPN provider in terms of performance. It offers lightning speeds and promises to fulfill all of your VPN requirements, from access to geo-locked services and torrenting to perfect anonymity on the internet. Be that as it may, it doesn’t come cheap and doesn’t give enough time to fully test out the service. What’s more, its reputation was forever tarnished by the log-sharing incident. However, it was only one incident and the ownership has changed since.
Our score: 4/5