VPN services allow you to protect your information while surfing on almost any network.
IPVanish has established itself as a top provider, but how good of VPN is it? This review of IPVanish will give you the details you need to decide if it is the right service for your needs.
Ease of Use
Signing up for IPVanish is extremely simple.
All you need to do is select a plan, enter your email ID, create a password, enter your payment details and you can start using the service.
They have their own client application that you can use instead of going through a complicated
Plans and Price
IPVanish offers three different plans:
- A monthly plan priced at $10.
- A quarterly plan priced at $8.99 per month and billed as $26.99 at intervals of three months.
- Annual plan priced at $6.49 per month and billed as $77.99 at intervals of twelve months.
You can pay with a credit card or debit card. The current ones are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, UCB, Visa Electron, and Delta. Alternatively, you can pay with your PayPal account.
It’s worth noting that all three plans mentioned above include a seven-day money-back guarantee. So, if you aren’t happy with the service, you can ask for a refund within the first seven days of signing up with the service.
Several VPN service providers offer money-back guarantees for up to 30 days, so this is on the lower end of the spectrum.
IPVanish has a zero traffic logs policy. This means that it doesn’t collect or store either connection or activity logs of its users.
In addition, it also doesn’t collect or store the metadata related to any session or information about how the service is being used.
It also features 256-bit AES encryption and enables anonymous torrenting.
Your IP address is replaced with an IPVanish IP address, which prevents search engines, websites, online marketing companies, or any other entity from geo-targeting you. This essentially means they won’t be able to track your IP address and location and analyze the same.
It also protects your online freedom from government censorship, corporate firewalls, hackers, and internet service providers (ISPs). Your location determines which online services, websites, etc. you can access and which you can’t. With IPVanish, you can bypass these restrictions.
ISPs have gained notoriety in throttling internet speeds based on personal usage history. This is known as deep packet inspection. IPVanish prevents this as well because the static IP provided by the ISP is replaced with an IPVanish IP.
Additional Services and Special Features
IPVanish offers unlimited peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, which essentially means that IPVanish will not throttle or lower your internet speed during P2P networking.
It provides a SOCKS5 proxy that masks your IP address during both P2P connections and VoIP connections. However, the SOCKS5 proxy isn’t encrypted.
IPVanish has over 40,000 shared IP addresses on more than 1,100 servers across over 60 countries around the world.
The maximum number of servers are located in North America at 561 servers. These are spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Of these 518 servers are located in the United States across several cities and states, 35 servers are located in Canada (Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto), five servers are located in Guadalajara in Mexico, and one server is located in San Jose in Costa Rica.
The second most number of servers are located in Europe at 443.
The top three cities in terms of the number of servers are Amsterdam, the Netherlands with 98 servers, London, the United Kingdom with 89 servers, and Frankfurt, Germany, with 57 servers.
Oceania has a total of 72 servers spread across Australia and New Zealand. Most of the servers are in Sydney, Australia, at 59, followed by nine servers in Melbourne, Australia, and four servers in Auckland, New Zealand.
There are a total of 61 servers in Asia. The majority of the servers are located in Hong Kong and Singapore with 25 and 18 servers, respectively. The other locations include two servers in New Delhi, India, six servers in Tokyo, Japan, two servers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, six servers in Manila, The Philippines, and two servers in Seoul, South Korea.
There are 18 servers in Central/South America or in Brazil, to be more precise. Of these, ten servers are located in Sao Paulo, and eight servers are located in Rio de Janeiro.
Finally, there are ten servers in Africa and the Middle East. Of these, seven servers are located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Two servers are located in Tel Aviv, Israel, and one server is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
IPVanish supports all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The IPVanish software will work on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Mac 10.10.x, iOS 9.1 and up and Android 4.0.3 (ICS) up to the most recent stable non-alpha/beta version.
The software might work on older operating systems as well, but IPVanish can’t guarantee it.
In regards to manual setup of IPVanish, it supports Windows 7 to the most recent version (provided Windows still supports the version in question), Mac 10.6.8 x64 up to most recent release, iOS 5.1.1 (iPod Touch 3G/iPad 1), 6.1.3 (iPhone 3&4/iPod Touch 4G, 5G/All other iPads), 6.1.4 (iPhone 5), Android 4.0.3 (ICS) up to the most recent stable non-alpha/beta version, Linux Debian or RedHat-based distros, Router Firmware DD-WRT v2 and v3 and Tomato.
A maximum of 10 simultaneous connections are permitted, but at least one of these connections needs to use PPTP or L2TP.
You could also set up one of the supported routers with the IPVanish VPN service, and any device connecting to the VPN service via the router is essentially supported. So, in effect, it becomes unlimited supported connections.
IPVanish is a virtual private network (VPN) service provider based in the United States. It’s one of the largest VPN service providers in terms of reach and server strength.
It’s also worth noting that the United States has robust data privacy and data protection laws, which ensures that the data of all users of IPVanish are protected as well.
HotSpot Shield – With both business and personal plans, Hotspot Shield is a well known VPN provider.
Private Internet Access (PIA) – One of the largest VPN services in the world, PIA is a top option for consumer level application.
Le VPN – One of the better known VPNs in Europe, Le VPN offers a reliable service.
- Server availability
- Good security
- Speeds are suitable for streaming video
- No lock-in pricing
- Servers not optimized
- USA Based, so can be forced to turn over records
- Customer support lacking
- Client application not intuitive
IPVanish Review Final Thoughts
Overall, IPVanish keeps pace with the best VPN service providers across the world.
Their features are powerful and will be well received by more experienced VPN users.
While those who are focused solely on privacy may balk at the company being based in the USA, those who are looking to keep hackers out will be pleased with the privacy and pricing.