IPVanish is a well-known player in the Virtual Private Network (VPN)-industry and was started in 2012. IPVanish has placed itself very well in the market because of its good coverage area and security functions. The group behind IPVanish has more than 20 years of IT-experience, including IP-services, content-delivery and network management. IPVanish is a Tier One provider with a very large network and is one of the biggest players on the market. IPVanish also distinguish itself from its competitors by offering a few unique features and applications. But they are mostly known for their super-fast and stable servers. Combined with their flexible torrent-policy, IPVanish is probably the best VPN to download.
We found the following options and features of IPVanish VPN during our test:
- Fast top class provider
- No artificial restrictions on the connection speed
- Unlimited broadband (no data limits)
- Kill Switch for Mac OS and Windows
- Easy to use software (works with Windows, MacOSx, Ubuntu Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chromebooks and routers)
- Switch unlimitedly between different IP-addresses and servers
- 40,000+ shared IP-addresses on 700+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- 7-day money return policy
- Zero traffic logs
- Up to 5 simultaneous connections allowing you to login with multiple devices at once
These are just a few of the features of IPVanish, because this provider has even more trump cards.
In our IPVanish review we have looked at the different VPN-subscriptions. Every subscription offers the same options and functionalities. The prices purely differ on the basis of the length of the VPN subscription you sign up for. The longer your subscription is, the less you will have to pay on a monthly basis.
Sometimes they will offer special discounts; go to the website and if you are lucky a pop-up will show with a discount offer.
IPVanish software is updated regularly and in our experience it works well with:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 10
- Numerous routers, under which DD-WRT
- iPad (iOS)
- iPhone (iOS)
- Mac OSx
- Windows Phone
If you are using an operating system that is not listed, you can contact IPVanish customer support. They will tell you what to do to get IPVanish software working on your device.
IPVanish server locations
IPVanish has servers located all around the world, in more than 60 different countries. With access to more than 700 servers and the possibility to hide your identity behind 40.000 different IP-addresses you have plenty to choose from. You can find IPVanish servers in the United states, numerous European countries and in a lot of Asian countries. You will also find servers in more remote parts of the world, such as Panama. The advantage of using shared IP-addresses is that it makes you even harder to trace, because there will often be tens to hundreds of people using the same IP-address at any given moment.
There are three distinct protocols available via this VPN. You can use L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN or the default protocol (PPTP). Every protocol has its own advantages and you will have to decide which protocol suits you best. For example, people in China must use the L2TP or OPenVPN protocol. Because the censorship software of the Great Wall of China (China’s firewall) blocks PPTP-traffic.
Speed of the VPN connection with IPVanish
The speed of your VPN connection depends on a few factors. One of the most important is the distance to the closest VPN server. Because of this we have tested multiple servers from IPVanish. A big advantage IPVanish has is that the program recommends you to automatically connect to the fastest server in a certain country or city. Here you can find a few download- and upload speeds from our tests.
In the Netherlands and Germany we reached download- and upload speeds up to 90% to 95% of our original speed. This shows that the loss in speed caused by the VPN is minimal. When we connected to an American server the loss in speed was a bit bigger (as to be expected), but the connection speed was still fast. See the test results here below.
Our own connection speed without VPN was around 47 Mbps download, and 53 Mbps upload.
Protocol: OpenVPN UDP
- Downloadspeed: 44,39 Mbps
- Upload 48,64 Mbps
- Ping: 10 ms
Server: Mount Pleasant, region New York (US)
Protocol: OpenVPN UDP
- Download speed: 36,05 Mbps
- Upload: 18,66 Mbps
- Ping: 190 ms
This means that in real life circumstances the connections for downloading, streaming and regular internet use offer great speeds. With these results IPVanish is definitely one of the fastest VPN services we have tried out so far.
IPVanish and Netflix
As with the most VPN providers, it seems that Netflix is blocking the usage of VPN connections. By trial and error we were unable to gain access to Netflix using an IPVanish server in America. We have contacted IPVanish to ask them about the usage of Netflix and their VPN connections. They told us that they have their technicians looking into this problem and they will let us know as soon as they find a solution. When this happens we will let you know here. So at this moment in time you can assume that IPVanish will not work with Netflix.
Privacy and safety
IPVanish tries to present itself as a “no logs” VPN-provider. When asking they told us that they do not keep any logs. To make an account you have to give your name, your email-address and payment information. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, Giropay and Bitcoin.
Using shared dynamic IP-addresses, where users receive a new IP-address every time the make a connection with the service, and the fact that every IP-address is shared between the multiple users, adds (in theory) to the protection and anonymity of the users.
Another factor that is important when talking about privacy, is that IPVanish is an American company. This means that the company is subjected to the Patriot Act, National Security rules and the whole arsenal of NSA surveillance measures (Google “Snowden” for example). One argument that is often brought up is that an American company enjoys a little bit of protection under law from the NSA (while the NSA may hack any non-American system), but in reality this argument doesn’t hold up. The idea that the NSA (and other secret services) spy on VPN providers doesn’t seem unlikely, but this isn’t any different for IPVanish than for any other VPN provider. In principle IPVanish has a sealed off network in which secret services don’t have any insight.
On a technical level IPVanish scores very well, and the OpenVPN encoding (256-bit AES-CBC, with SHA256 data authentication and 2048-bit RSA handshake) is remarkable. IPVanish says that they don’t keep any logs, which is good for privacy.
There are a few ways to contact customer service. You can contact them by email and through a public forum. Unfortunately, they have taken down the live-chat. The email service is available 24/7.
IPVanish offers nearly everything you need, including excellent encryption, an extensive choice of server locations and thousands of IP-addresses. The option to switch between IP-addresses whenever you want, is a great function and works very well. The price is good, especially during discount periods. We would recommend this VPN provider for everybody who wants to improve his or her privacy, to hide surf- and download activities or to circumvent restrictions from a country.