Last Updated: February 02, 2017
IPVanish is known as one of the leading brands in the VPN industry. With an impressive 14,000 IPs on 135+ servers in 59 countries, they have more to offer than any one customer could need. In addition, the speed of their servers, instant account setup and very competitive pricing has made them a top choice for customers all over the world.
IPVanish offers more features than we can list on one short page. As such, we’ve list the most notable ones below:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited IP switches
- Unlimited speed
- No user logs
- Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Wii, Xbox 360, Apple TV compatible
- 2 simultaneous connections on separate devices
- 135 servers in 59 countries
- Various protocol options – OvenVPN, PPTP, L2TP with 256-bit encryption
- Prevents deep packet inspection
- Easy to use software
While this may seem more beneficial to corporate users due to the enhanced security measures, IPVanish is clearly cut out for individual users as well. In fact, is it likely one of the most preferred VPN’s for individuals looking to stream media from Hulu, Netflix, etc. IPVanish Server Locations: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Panama, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, and South Africa.
IPVanish Control Panel – Downloading Config Files
If privacy and security are your main concerns, look no further. IPVanish established 3 main “no’s” in regard to security: no hackers, no firewalls and no government. So, how do they go about protecting your online activity from these? There are many methods used, including the use of 256-bit encryption. However, one of the main things IPVanish focuses on is preventing deep packet inspection. Internet service providers will generally log your activity while limiting your speed. This is called deep packet encryption which IPVanish stops dead in its tracks. Their security paranoia carries over to their mobile apps as well. It does not matter if you are using public Wi-Fi; IPVanish secures your data over any Wi-Fi or portable hotspot. Overall, you will hard pressed to find better complete security.
The pricing options they offer are very straightforward. The one month plan is $10. If you choose the 3 month plan, the price is $26.99 which averages out to $8.99/month. Their best value however, is in their one year plan for $77.99. This comes out to $6.49/month, once of the lowest monthly rates we found among all the providers we reviewed, and certainly the lowest among those providers we recommend. They offer their customers a full 7 day money back guarantee, should they decide that they are unsatisfied with the service, so there is no risk in choosing the lower cost, long term plan.
IPVanish delivers excellent performance results. We tested their VPN using Speed Test on 4 separate occasions and found no slow down. Furthermore, IPVanish had a reputation for being the go to VPN service for streaming sites. We tested them as well on our Netflix subscription and the results were fantastic. We have 100 mb/s speed in which we generally see between 80-87mb/s download speed. Using IPVanish, we consistently saw between 78-83mb/s which is a negligible difference at most. It is clear that IPVanish does not limit your bandwidth in any way.
Ease of Use
The entire sign up process is painless and is done by entering a few details such as your e-mail address and payment method. Once complete, you will be sent an activation e-mail from them. Follow a few easy steps, including downloading the client, and you will be all set up within a few short minutes. The dashboard is set up for beginners with no prior VPN experience. It has 4 main tabs which include ‘File,’ ‘Preferences,’ ‘Connection’ and ‘Support.’ All tasks can easily be found within these 4 sections, such as choosing your preferred protocol (OpenVPN, UDP, TCP, etc.). Both the iOS and Android mobile apps are equally easy to use (perhaps even easier than the desktop client). Both apps direct you straight to the server page (by country & city) for you to choose. One main standout point about the IPVanish mobile apps is that you can see your data usage through a nifty on screen graph.
IPVanish OpenVPN Windows Setup
Though you should not expect to need customer support with most VPN providers, IPVanish offer multiple way to get in touch with someone when you encounter trouble. They offer live chat and phone support from 9AM to 5PM EST only. Their e-mail support however is available is 24/7. We tested their response times with an email request we sent at 1AM EST and received a response within the hour. Additionally, we found their support reps are friendly and knowledgeable, which earned them a good score despite their phone support having limited hours.