IPVanish Review - UPDATED Apr. 2017
IPVanish provides high speed, unlimited bandwidth, as well as one of the most secure connections. In fact, they describe themselves as one of the fastest and fastest-growing VPN networks in the world and we have no problem believing that – if you head on over to their website and check out their map of coverage, you’ll see an abundance of servers set up across the globe, waiting for people to funnel through.
IPVanish’s interface was built with one single concept in mind – simplicity. When designing software with simplicity as your focal point, that usually means one thing – that functionality is your main goal. That’s just what IPVanish is all about. The company offers custom-made client software for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android. Downloading the app for your operating system can easily be done through IPVanish’s website.
After creating an account, you will receive a welcome email with your username and password. Installing the software is rather easy as well – just follow the instructions to start the client. You will find the menu on the left-hand side of the client, including the dashboard, server selection, IP settings, account, and support.
Performance and Reliability
IPVanish has a master tier network of VPNs with servers situated in 60+ countries. All the major countries such as the UK and the US have multiple servers in order to maintain some of the best speeds in the business currently. IPVanish provides their services in most European countries, some Asian countries, and even a few countries in South America and Africa.
As far as performance is concerned, we ran our usual tests with IPVanish and the results were just what we expected they would be – there were no DNS leaks, meaning there were no major privacy threats and all the IP tests came back as clear as a tear. After the basics were covered, we ran a similar L2TP and OpenVPN connections test and the results were excellent.
Refreshingly, IPVanish is a VPN provider that supports all major devices and operating systems. When we tested the Android app to see how it would fair compared to the data we obtained through a desktop, the performance was almost identical (after we scaled down expectations for the Android reciprocally, of course). Do not be alarmed upon discovering that the app is developed by a different company, Mudhook Marketing Inc., seeing as it is the parent company of IPVanish. By default, upon installing the Android app, you gain access to an OpenVPN connection whereas the iOS app allows customers to use both PPTP and L2TP.
IPVanish has a pretty impressive list of features, which are not reserved only for those able to pay extra cash. In fact, there are plenty of very attractive features included in all pricing tiers, including monthly plans. For example, every IPVanish user gets unlimited bandwidth. There is also 256-bit AES encryption, as well as OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP/IPSec protocols for maximum security and protection.
The provider also offers NAT (Network Address Translation) firewall for some extra protection through shared public addresses. This provides a whole new layer of security and privacy, but not just that – this firewall also blocks or filters incoming traffic and therefore protects you from all sorts of malware.
Another interesting benefit that IPVanish offers to their users is the VOIP (Voice Over IP) support which helps you save on long distance calls. Unlimited P2P traffic and anonymous torrenting are supported, which makes this provider ideal for those interested in downloading media from torrents and in other forms of peer-to-peer sharing.
IPVanish allows five simultaneous connections on multiple devices in case you want to stay protected on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices (mobile phone, tablet, etc.). This is also convenient for families and households with several devices. On top of that, you can also set up your router so that you can actually have unlimited connections because all the devices running on that internal network will be using VPN too.
The company has over 500 servers in more than 60 countries of the world and allows unlimited server switching. This means that you can pick the server nearest to your location or any other server you want, for that matter, and you can easily switch whenever you want. Furthermore, IPVanish has servers in places that are not exactly typical in this line of business, such as Egypt and South Africa. There is the Australia/New Zealand cluster for the users down under too.
Security and Privacy
You can protect yourself to a great extent since IPVanish runs a full zero logs policy – if you’re paying with Bitcoin, all that’s required is your e-mail address and a password. Don’t worry, though – if you still fancy the classic sign up, IPVanish will keep your data secure. Some people believe that US-based companies are required to keep logs because of the Data Retention Law, but this is actually not true and American companies are usually your safest bet.
Surprisingly, IPVanish does not have 24/7 live chat support. They provide 24/7 email ticket support, though, and they feature a phenomenal FAQ and have some of the best setup guides we’ve ever seen. The support team is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Most importantly, they are able to answer all of your questions with relative ease.
Just like other VPN providers, IPVanish has a single package. The price, however, changes in accordance with the subscription period. You will have to pay $10.00 per month if you decide to use the company’s services for a single month. Other billing options include $8.99 per month if you subscribe for 3 months and $6.49 per month if you opt for a full year subscription.
The prices might feel slightly higher than average, but you will certainly get your money’s worth. They also feature a seven-day risk-free money back guarantee, which is more than enough time to test all the features.
- Fantastic security
- Top-notch speeds
- Reliable performance
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Available in various countries
- No live chat