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