IPvanish is a US-based VPN provider having servers in over 60 countries each has a desktop client for Mac and Windows operating systems. They have easy to use apps for Android, iOS and Fire TV. It has gained a reputation as one of the best gaming VPNs because latency in their servers is really low compared to the competition.
The vast number of servers (1,300+) set up in over 75 countries and over 40,000 share IP addresses mean that there is less of a chance of speed throttling. And indeed, speed is one of the main selling points of this VPN. IPVanish had no problems in our tests to provide constant 4K streaming all while encrypting the connection with 256-bit encryption. Various users have reported that although Netflix and Hulu are streamed great, the BBC iPlayer has blacklisted IPs of IPVanish.
It is also super useful tor torrenting. The speeds are high and there is no IP/DNS leaking available. IPVanish also provides a kill switch to protect privacy in case of a connection drop.
Other notable features include:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Zero traffic logs
- Unlimited P2P traffic
- OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols
- Apps on most platforms
- Unlimited server switching
- 10 simultaneous connections on multiple devices
- 24/7 customer support
IPVanish VPN has had some complicated past. It was built by US HighWinds Network Group in 2012. In 2016 they handed over the logs to US authorities that they had collected.
It should all be behind now. The new owner StackPath has promised full assurance of privacy and security. The StackPath CEO Lance Crosby says “With no exception, IPVanish does not, has not, and will not log or store logs of our users as a StackPath company.”
Keep in mind that IPVanish is located in the USA which is a member of the 5-Eyes data sharing agreement.
All the major platforms are supported. The client program is well-laid out and easily understandable. It is easy for a beginner to set up.
It is the only IPVanish client offering a kill switch. It comes handy when the VPN connection drops. Without the kill switch, your identity can be exposed online. In the past, we have encountered crashes on a Windows client. Lately, it seems to have been fixed though.
Unfortunately, the mobile apps don’t have a built-in kill switch. There is a possibility to turn on connection blocking without VPN on Android phones in the phone settings, but this is a non-intuitive way to use it.
iOS app has an interesting feature where it remembers which networks are trusted and which ones are not. It then decides for you whether to turn VPN on or off. But of course if you are really serious about privacy you would keep it on regardless of a network.
Quick Connect feature connected me to the same Country that I conducted the test from. This guarantees the best speeds but nine times out of ten I need to connect to any other location than my real location. So make sure you change the settings if you plan on using the Quick Connect feature.
The Estonian server (Tallinn) had 15% download speed drop from the baseline of 91.38Mbps to 78.8Mbps and an 11% drop in upload speed from 93.63Mbps to 81.9Mbps.
The London server performed well in terms of download speeds but there was significant drop in upload speeds (88% drop)
Since Denmark is close by the download speed was really good with just 8% drop. Upload speeds suffered more and clocked in at 35.66Mbps.
USA servers, as they are very far away saw larger dips in speed and the east coast server. Miami, performed better as it is closer.
Surprisingly, the torrenting speeds showed very good results at times but had sudden drops.
It claims to have 24/7 support, but the response times are slow. It also feels as if you are talking to a bot instead of a real person.
Netflix and Torrenting
In regards to streaming Netflix, it’s a mixed bag. Netflix does a really good job of determining which IP address belong to a VPN and then blacklists them. On average we were able to get Netflix working every 6th server we tried to connect to. But when it works then the speeds are fantastic and the connection stays stable.
Ipvanish is a great choice for torrent users and Gamers. The latency is low and the bandwidth is one of the best among VPNs.
The $6.49 price for IPVanish services is more than reasonable considering that it offers very high speed, tons of servers to choose from, and adequate privacy features. Although there is no trial period there is a 7-day money-back guarantee offered. If you are not happy with the product or just want to try it out getting your money back is very easy. You just need to log in to your account and cancel your subscription with just a few clicks.
IMPORTANT: If you buy a VPN for a company you need to know that IpVanish does not provide invoices. Extremely strange and it should be simple enough to generate an invoice so be warned. THis is what their help page says about it:
“We do not currently have a mechanism in place to generate a full invoice. However, we can provide a text-only record of your last 5 transactions via email. Simply contact support”
Pros and cons
Considering it is reasonably priced and that it is built for speed and privacy IPVanish comes as highly recommended. Check out IPVanish web page for more information or to register and download the app.
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