IPVanish VPN: Overview of features and tests
Nowadays it’s difficult to find a good VPN service, while it’s vital to use a reliable. Why? Because the Internet is not secure nowadays and what’s more, it’s not private at all.
But is this review about? Here I’ve reviewed one of the top services from the list paid ones. It’s IPVanish.
Here are the contents to help you understand the process of reviewing:
- Features of VPN
- Servers and platforms
- How to use IPVanish?
- How to get IPVanish for free?
- VPN tests
- Conclusion: pros and cons
The provider of IPvanish offers three tariff plans that include the same features for different periods of time. What are the subscription periods? How much are they?
- 1 month - #10.00 per month (Billed $10 monthly)
- 3 months (Most affordable) - #4.50 per month (Billed $13.49 every 3 months)
- 1 year - #6.49 per month (Billed $77.99 every year)
As you can see, the most affordable package is for three months. Still, I should say that IPVanish is not the cheapest one in the market nowadays as NordVPN or Surfshark have the lowest monthly prices: $2.99 and $1.99.
Is it worth money? Is it somehow different from other VPN providers that offer cheaper services?
Keep on reading and you’ll know the truth from my IPVanish review.
What’s their logging policy?
Here’s what the VPN provider’s policy says about it;
"IPVanish does not collect, monitor, or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network service, under any circumstances, on any platform".
I was glad to find out that even connection logs aren’t collected:
"We do not track user activities outside of our Site, nor do we track the website browsing or connection activities of users who are using our Services".
What does it mean for its users?
It makes you private as not only third parties but also the provider of IPVanish won’t know what you do online and who you are. That’s cool! It’s a very important feature, especially for countries where governments monitor their citizens a lot.
What encryption methods are applied?
It’s AES encryption with a 256-bit key. What do you think? Reliable enough?
It’s one of the safest encryption methods that can codify your traffic and not influence the internet connections as well. (Still, the speed depends on the tunneling protocol applied in the service.)
What protocols are used?
The following protocols are used in the IPVanish software: OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, IKEv2, L2TP, PPTP.
As you can see, there’s a great choice of sustainable protocols (except PPTP which is too weak to secure internet connections).
When I tested the IPVanish Windows software, I chose OpenVPN UDP as it’s the fastest protocol. And it’s secure, too.
What IPVanish protocols do I recommend to apply? It depends on what you are going to do on the Internet.
Both types of OpenVPN are good for online streaming (especially, in HD and Ultra HD). It’s fast and secure.
If you care only about your security, and blazing speeds aren’t important for you, IKEv2 and L2TP are a good choice.
But that’s not all… I have good news for citizens of countries with strong firewalls on the Internet. The provider has obfuscated servers for bypassing geo-restrictions or unblocking sites censored in your country.
What are other useful features?
SOCKS5 web proxy helps you to mask your IP when the connection is not encrypted. It’s applied for P2P and VoIP connections.
10 simultaneous connections on multiple devices is the largest number among the VPN providers I know. If you know the service that allows you to use more devices, let me know.
What do simultaneous connections mean?
You can save your money if you want to secure all your devices, and you have many of them. You just need to obtain one of IPVanish’s plans and download necessary apps compatible with all your gadgets.
24/7 customer support that is available via an online chat. I contacted them before subscribing to ask more about the service. Later I asked them why I failed to connect to their servers. In both cases I got fast and professional assistance.
IPVanish is one of the fewest VPN services that can be used for Kodi. It has apps that are compatible not only with Windows, Mac and Android but also with Smart TV.
Now I’ll tell you about its servers and platforms. Ready to go on?
Then let’s go!
What platforms are supported?
IPVanish works on multiple devices and platforms. Let’s see what they are.
First of all, it has very user-friendly apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. If your OS is Linux, you will have to configure a VPN protocol manually. What protocols? For Linux, it’s PPTP and OpenVPN. Don’t worry as there’s detailed instructions on how to do it.
Besides, there’s an extension for Chrome that is installed in a few clicks (that’s real!) and protects your personal information when you surf the Internet via this browser.
How many servers does IPVanish provide?
According to the last update (on May, 31) there are ‘’40,000+ IPs on 1,300+ servers in 75+ locations’’. They claim that they have ‘’the fastest’’ and ‘’the fastest-growing’’ network. Well…
The truth is that it’s actually wrong. The speeds were good enough, but not the fastest ones (I connected to faster servers in other services (NordVPN)). The number of servers is large enough, but it’s not the fastest-growing, ExpressVPN and NordVPN have far more servers. Even Surfshark, which is a novice in the market, has extended its network just in a few months.
In IPVanish software for Windows it’s easy to choose locations as you can filter them by country, response time, load, favorite.
Are they fast enough for multiple tasks?
I should say that they aren’t the fastest, but not the slowest ones. Find more information about the speeds in the dedicated section.
Are you bored? No? Excellent! Let’s move on.
So, I tested the app for Windows for this review. What can I say about it? As for me, it’s quite simple to set up and use it: both for beginners and advanced users. It took me a few minutes to download and set up the software. What steps did I follow?
- I visited the site and went to ‘’Apps’’ section.
- The system defined my OS and with one click I managed to download the necessary app.
- Then I opened the installation package and in a few clicks, the software was ready to use.
What about the interface?
It’s quite intuitive and user-friendly, but I’m not pleased with black color of the app. It’s a bit confusing to see it. But it’s just my point of view ☺
All in all, it was easy to use it as everything is clear and understandable: what to click and how to connect to a server.
What about its settings?
The main menu consists of 5 sections:
‘’Quick Connect’’ – for quick connections to the best server.
‘’Server list’’ – for choosing servers for connections.
‘’Account Details’’ – with the information about your subscription.
‘’Settings’’ – with the necessary configurations for using the app.
‘’Information’’ – with Terms of Services and Licenses.
What can you find in ‘’Settings’’?
The settings are divided in general, connection and diagnostics.
In general settings you can configure startup of the system and the IPVanish app itself.
Here is how you can do it in the app:
As far as connection settings are concerned, you have to configure them as you won’t be able to connect to IPVanish servers without them.
I didn’t know that and first I failed to connect several times, but when I chose the protocol and installed the necessary TAP drivers, the connections were successful.
For secure and fast using of the service, I chose OpenVPN UDP and enabled Kill Switch and all kinds of data leak protection. Here’s how I did it:
By the way, I found out that IPVanish is not available Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria or Sudan because of the local policy, so if you are going to these countries, you should install the app before you are there.
Here is the extract from their TOS that confirms it:
"Our Services are not intended to be used in countries where offering or providing the Services is illegal, and we do not offer the Services in such countries or to citizens of such countries, including the countries of Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria or Sudan".
What do I like about IPVanish?
It’s user-friendly and intuitive. I didn’t have to read any guides or contact online support to use it.
What do I dislike about IPVanish?
I failed to connect to some servers, so I have to look the ones that work. To my mind, they should the interface’s color. But it’s not obligatory ☺
The provider of IPVanish doesn’t offer any free trial, still, you can save you money and use it for 7 days free of charge. But you have to prepay and then ask for refund. Be sure that you manage to do it within first 7 days after your subscription.
Here’s the screenshot from their TOS:
In this section, I’ll tell how I tested IPVanish. Got interested?
Keep on reading!
IP Leak Test for IPVanish
Does IPVanish leak your IP?
I tested about 15 servers located in different countries, and no IP leaks were detected. The tests were conducted with whatsmyip.com and myip.com.
The kill switch feature was running quite well. I’m pleased with it as my private data was protected.
I tested different locations and servers: EU, US and other regions.
I particular, I tested 5 servers in Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and 5 servers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, and a few US servers.
The speeds are quite fast on most servers, the slowest were the ones located far from my real geo-location. Besides, you have to choose the servers that work as some of them are blocked and show a connection error.
This is the fastest server I managed to find for my geo-location. I applied OpenVPN UDP for my connections.
Here are the speed results for some other servers:
Thus, I am quite pleased with the speeds. If you want faster speeds, you have to try different protocols and locations.
Test for Netflix
Does IPVanish work with Netflix?
Not all servers, but there are a few US servers that mange to unblock Netflix US content.
How did I find out about it?
On this website, I found out the film that is available only in the USA. It’s ‘’Svaha. The Sixth Finger.’’
Then I chose 10 IPvanish’s US servers and tried to stream this film. It’s worth saying that some of them were blocked as I saw Error Code: M7037-1111 as you can see on the screenshot below.
But 5 out of 10 tested servers unblocked Netflix US.
The locations of IPVanish servers that work for Netflix:
- Salt Lake City
- San Jose
- 2 servers in Atlanta
Is IPVanish worth using? What are its pros and cons?
Here’s my conclusion:
For me it’s the best VPN I have ever tried, but it’s worth trying as it has lots of pros:
- There’s quite a wide server network with thousands of IPs.
- It can be installed on up to 10 devices simultaneously.
- Most of the servers are fast enough for streaming in HD and UltraHD quality.
- The servers don’t leak user IP addresses.
- You can change tunneling protocols for better speeds or stronger security.
- There are IPVanish servers that work with Netflix.
Still, I found a few cons:
- The period of money-refund is only 7 days.
- Some servers are blocked by Netflix.
Top 3 alternatives to IPVanish
I ranked as #1 ‘’All-round’’ VPN in the list of the best VPNs for 2019. It’s perfect for streaming on Netflix and torrenting.
- Multiple compatibility;
- Logs aren’t kept (proved by an independent audit);
- 30-day money-back guarantee;
- Tor over VPN/Double VPN.
$2.99 per month if subscribed for 3 years (Best price!)
I ranked as the best VPN for torrenting and Netflix. Why? Here are the reasons why:
- Intuitive apps for multiple platforms;
- P2P is allowed;
- Servers aren’t blocked by Netflix;
- No IP and DNS leaks;
- Tor is supported;
- 45-day money-back guarantee;
2 years – $3.69 per month if subscribed for 2 years (Best price!)
To my mind, it’s the best ‘’Budget’’ VPN among cheap services. And here is why I think so:
- Logs aren’t kept ((proved by an independent audit);
- Good intuitive apps;
- Torrenting is allowed;
- IP/DNS leak tests are successful;
- Unlimited devices;
- Works with Netflix.
2 years -$ 3.49 per month if subscribed for 2 years (Best price!)
I hope that you enjoyed my IPVanish review! If you are still not sure if it’s good or you want a good free VPN, read my recent overview of free VPN services.
Speedy but US-based
Not good for streaming