Ivacy Review

UPDATED Apr. 2020
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There is no shortage of VPN service providers out there and even when you narrow down your choice to only the best VPN providers, you are still left with quite a few options. Well, what you should also know is that there is a relatively new player in town called Ivacy and that they already rank among the best.

ivacy homepage

Interface

We will start this Ivacy review with a look at their interface. VPN service providers nowadays aim to offer their customers an interface that will make the software nearly invisible in their daily web use. Well, Ivacy does this very well, offering such a streamlined and comfortable interface that you never feel like there is another thing to worry about.

Once you download and install the VPN client, which doesn’t take more than a few minutes, you can choose your preferred protocol (or allow the client to choose for you) and the purpose of using a VPN (torrenting, for example). You can also choose the server you want to connect to, just make sure P2P is allowed if you want to use Ivacy for torrenting. You will also find split tunneling and settings located below the personalized selection option.

ivacy interface

Performance and Reliability

Usually, when new VPN service providers enter the market, they rely on customer service, super low prices or other gimmicks to carve a space for themselves. In many cases, the basics such as reliability and performance suffer. With Ivacy, this is simply not the case.

In all the time we spent conducting our Ivacy review, we encountered perhaps one or two glitches, which were only momentary. The reason why they are so good when performance and reliability are in question is that they use more than 270 servers around the world and have set up their system so that their customers never suffer any outages or downtimes. In addition to this, all of their users get unlimited bandwidth and server switching, with a guaranteed uptime of 99 percent.

Multi-Platform

People from Ivacy wanted everyone to be able to use their VPN service, so they made it available on all platforms – Windows, iOS,  Android, Mac OS X, and Linux. On top of all that, Ivacy can be used with various smart TVs and gaming consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox.

ivacy multi-platform

Features

When it comes to the extent of the network, Ivacy definitely falls into the category of bigger VPN providers. They have over 270 servers in more than 100 locations strategically distributed across the globe. This kind of coverage is always a plus for a simple reason – it gives the users more flexibility. Many people use VPNs when they travel because they want to be able to enjoy the same content, media, and websites they do at home. Ivacy definitely makes that possible. In addition, the company allows unlimited server switching for all their users.

Ivacy has one truly unique feature, which is called Smart Purpose Selection. Before connecting to the VPN, you can specify the purpose of your connection in the client and it will automatically choose the best possible server for you to connect to in order to achieve the best user experience. Unfortunately, this feature is currently available only for the Windows client.

As for security, Ivacy really has you covered. In addition to the standard security suite, which includes OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, and IKEv2, with military-grade 256-bit encryption, there is also split tunneling, as well as IPv6 leak protection and a secure DNS add-on that prevents DNS leaks.

With Ivacy, you will also be able to enjoy absolute security and privacy while using public Wi-Fi hot spots. It’s a well-known fact that public hot spots are heaven for hackers, but they won’t be able to come anywhere near you with Ivacy.

The Ivacy client has the Internet kill switch, a convenient feature that makes sure you remain protected in case your VPN connection shuts down. Even if you get reconnected after just two seconds, you still want to be safe because a lot can happen during those two seconds.

Ivacy allows you to connect up to five devices simultaneously. This is definitely impressive considering most providers allow up to two, maybe three connections. Data transfer is unlimited, and so are the speeds – no throttling whatsoever. P2P sharing (torrenting, basically) is not only allowed, but encouraged. In fact, Ivacy has servers that are optimized for this kind of activity.

ivacy features

Security and Privacy

The next part of our Ivacy review covers security and privacy. When it comes to these, Ivacy has gone well above the call of duty, providing their users with pretty much every layer of security and privacy that they could think of.

With multiple protocols like PPTP, OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP, IKEv2 and state-of-the-art 256-bit encryption, you can be quite sure that your browsing and other online activities are going to be both secure and private. They also offer DDoS protection, split tunneling, which allows you to split and prioritize data traffic, allowing unimportant data to go without the VPN, and a NAT firewall to add to the security measures. If everything else fails, they even offer the Internet kill switch feature.

It should also be pointed out that Ivacy keeps no logs of their users’ online activity, meaning that your web activity will remain 100 percent anonymous and secure.

Support

Support is often a very subjective aspect of VPN reviews but we have had only great experiences with Ivacy and the testimonials we read from other users say the same – Ivacy knows how to help their customers and they are quick to do it. They can be reached via phone, email, chat, a ticket service and even through their social media profiles. You can also make use of their extensive knowledge base, where you can find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Pricing Options

1 Month
3 Months
6 Months
1 Year
2 Years

1 Month
$11.95
3 Months
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6 Months
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1 Year
$3.33
2 Years
$2.04

Ivacy basically has a single pricing plan which only differs in length. Of course, the longer your contract, the cheaper the service. For example, if you opt for the 1-month plan, you will have to pay $9.95 a month. If you sign up for a whole year, you will be paying $2.91 a month. If you, however, decide to sign a contract for 24 months, you will pay only $1.66 a month. There is also a seven-day money back guarantee.

Ivacy pricing

Ivacy Pros & Cons

As we wrap up this Ivacy review, here’s a quick overview of the features that wowed us and the aspects of the service that could use some improvement.

Pros
  • No user logs
  • All features available to all users
  • State-of-the-art security
  • Affordable for longer plans
  • Great uptime
Cons
  • No free trial
  • Pricey if you purchase a 1-month plan

User Reviews (14)

Ivacy customer rating based on 14 user reviews.

The Ivacy reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the dating site reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. larry rollins | February 23, 2020

    Ok, love the windows/Mac client very beautiful and helpful. Speeds from where I tested were meh but stable at least and no drops. P2P works, but not the best. I find their ovpn config files don’t always allow me to connect maybe this is by design? I like the split tunnel option and the hopping options also though I haven’t used them much. For me this is a very feature rich vpn with some exotic options with ok to below average speeds.

  2. Brielle Carlson | January 10, 2020

    What I liked the most about Ivacy VPN is its Smart Purpose Selection that basically does everything for me. It chooses the best server depending on what I need the VPN for and connects to it. I can just skip trying to be an expert and leave it to the actual experts.

  3. Rhett Kline | October 20, 2019

    I thought Ivacy is overselling their product a bit, however, it turned out it’s not the case at all. They genuinely offer a great product that also looks very clean and professional. You can adjust it according to your needs and there are no buffering moments or speed variations or anything that could affect its performance.

  4. marcus | September 16, 2019

    de tous les VPN que j’ai utilisé celui ci n’est pas le meilleur loin de la!!!!

    pour changer de serveurs dabord se deconnecter pour changer un reglage se deconnecter et a chaque fois redemarrer en administrateur ???? on a vu plus simple et plus rapide et surtout surtout ce que ne disent pas les testeurs le KILL SWICTH ne fonctionne qu’avec le pare feru windows autrement dit … si vous avez un autre anti virus bye bye le kill switch !!! cherchez l’erreur .

    donc a vous de voir ….

  5. L | November 25, 2018

    Worse than garbage

    When my previous VPN company suddenly increased their price by 70%. I decided to look for another company. Ivacy came up and I signed up for a 5 year deal that was quite inexpensive.

    Installing Ivacy on my Mac was strangly problematic, since I’ve never had any problems installing anything including VPNs on my mac.

    Ivacy’s online help and chat wanted me to GIVE THEM CONTROL OF MY COMPUTER RIGHT AWAY just to install IVACY.

    I steadfastly refused.

    This feels strange. And since I couldn’t install after awhile, I tried to cancel and get a refund within a day.

    No refund, since I paid with bitcoin, but they didn’t tell me that before hand.

    Later, installation worked. But…

    I would be dropped off vpn constantly WITHOUT WARNING. Other companies will pop a a notice: vpn disconnected. But not IVACY.

    I will be surfing thinking there is security, but when I later checked , I was already disconnected from vpn and surfing without VPN. This happened ALL THE TIME.

    And when I tried to sign on, it always failed UNLESS I chose Singapore(toughest laws) as the server country.

    (And some of the glorious reviews of Ivacy definitely look like paid reviews to me.)

  6. Scott Brooks | October 5, 2018

    Ivacy is so easy to use and it has a bunch of servers to connect to. I bought premium so I can run it on 5 separate devices at the same time, which is awesome. I haven’t noticed any significant speed drops, so there’s that as well. However, we Linux users are out of luck since it doesn’t have a native app so expect to get your hands dirty and tinker around with manual settings to get it to work on Linux.

  7. Brandon Turner | June 20, 2018

    I’m pretty happy with this vpn for the price I paid. It allows p2p and it even has some dedicated servers. On top of that, split tunneling is also a nifty feature to have in your arsenal. All in all, great value for the price.

  8. Charitha | January 13, 2018

    Guys, Do not recommend this to anyone !! Had the account over 9 months, haven’t seen a decent speed. Drops out intermittently as well. When contact the support, tells me about bandwidth sharing…. Why do they sell if they cant gurantee what they promise when they sell…This is what happens when you buy cheap stuff. My money is wasted over 2 year contract…. Just go with big guys, at least you get your moneys worth !!!!

  9. SleeveZip | December 28, 2017

    The same day of buying their VPN plan, I wanted to cancel. The app for macOS is just not good, does not have a kill switch or automatic connect feature. I submitted my request via live chat but was required to email them. They would not cancel the subscription, but I had to let them help me. I once again emailed that I really liked to cancel my subscription. They pretty much ignored that and required that they would help me with a connect problem I had. So I followed along, and after they assisted me, once again emailed to cancel. Now they said they could not cancel the subscription, because I had used over 7 Gb’s of data. Absolutely ridiculous. I already submitted my request on the same day!

  10. Graham Parker, | June 22, 2017

    I use it via my router and the whole family’s covered. Opens anything I need, although we’re living in China at the moment. But it’s not exactly lightning fast.

  11. Brad Collins, | March 9, 2017

    Finally a vpn that really offers unlimited bandwidth. I mostly use it for torrenting so you can imagine how fast the data goes… But Ivacy got my back on this, good job!

  12. PepePig | September 5, 2016

    There is a good reason why Ivacy has been my favorite VPN provider for years. It’s the kind of service they offer. They have some amazing features, great server locations and good speeds. Customer support is decent too.

  13. Karen Yao | August 25, 2016

    I had some difficulties configuring Ivacy for my Samsung Smart Tv so I contacted customer support. I expected shorter waiting times but it wasn’t that bad and the guy I was talking to was really nice. Not sure that was his real name and pic, but I don’t care 🙂

  14. Gregg Buzzatti | July 7, 2016

    I appreaciate the fact that even those who pay the shortest duration get all the cool features. Other providers reserve the good stuff for those who pay the most money.

  15. MrSmith | May 17, 2016

    I occasionally have some very unreliable speeds with Ivacy. It can be really frustrating.

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