First released in 2012, IPVanish has become a standard in the VPN industry mostly for its user-friendly applications and practical features for both mobile and desktops. We don't usually heap praises when we're reviewing a VPN service but when it comes to IPVanish, get ready because there's a lot of heaping to be done. First of all, it's flawless whatever aspect you look into - performance, customer support, apps, security, speeds, and server network. It also works great for Kodi and has a strict no-logs policy and an excellent server network across more than 75 locations. If you are in the market for a VPN vendor that will provide security and privacy for all your devices - be it mobile or desktop, you've come to the right place!
Privacy / Anonymity
We checked IPVanish’s privacy page and we like that they are pretty transparent about the type of information they collect. According to them, “IPVanish is a zero-logs VPN service provider, which means that we do not keep a record of any connection, traffic, or activity data in regards to our Services. In general, however, we monitor our Site activity to measure its performance and improve functionality.” IPVanish collects your email address, payment method, and billing address in order to register your subscription, as well as some non-personal information like page requests, browser type, OS, bounce rate, and the average time spent on their site. All of this information is purportedly used for the improvement of their site. This VPN vendor also does not track user activities outside of their site nor do they track user’s website browsing or connection activities.
In terms of protection and security, IPVanish is certainly one of the best. It supports all four major encryption protocols - OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and PPTP. Utilizing the unbreakable AES-256 cipher, this means that you are protected at all times. Of course, it also has a VPN kill switch feature that prevents data leaks in case your connection drops.
Speed and Reliability
As expected, we were able to do standard browsing without any hitch. IPVanish actually turned out some of the fastest connection speeds during our reviews and tests. It's common knowledge that the speed usually suffers when you connect to a VPN, but that is not the case with IPVanish. In fact, it's fast enough for latency-free gaming, video calling, and everything else that we do on the web! For example, our base download speed before connecting to the VPN was 97.48Mbps. Connecting to a server in our location resulted in a speed loss of only 10%, clocking at 84.10Mbps. We also tried connecting to servers in the US, Australia, Singapore, and Germany with awe-inspiring results. We got download speeds of 52Mbps, 24Mbps, 26Mbps, and 75Mbps, respectively. Overall, IPVanish showed some of the best downloads, uploads, and latency, so it's an excellent choice for avid gamers.
Platforms and Devices
One thing that sets IPVanish apart from the competition is the fact that they’re probably the only provider to have a Linux application ready. This definitely simplifies the setup of VPN on Linux so it’s great news for those who are technically minded. Aside from that, IPVanish supports major platforms and has custom apps for PCs, Apple Macs, iPhones, and Android devices along with Amazon Kindle, Internet routers, Playstation/Xbox, Amazon Firestick, Roku, and other game consoles and devices. This VPN service also offers browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome. And you know what the best part is? IPVanish allows simultaneous connections of up to 10 devices. That’s double what most other VPN providers allow!
IPVanish has a whopping 40,000+ IP addresses and over 1,300 servers worldwide. This is one of the highest numbers of IP addresses we’ve seen so far and this just means you won’t experience congestion or slow speeds while you’re connected to IPVanish. All major countries in every continent are covered including some of the less popular ones like Moldova and the Philippines. In addition, this vendor also provides a city-level granularity which will surely be appreciated by some of the more advanced users.
If you run into some issues, you can easily get in contact with support agents through the Help button integrated on their website. You have the option to either do a live chat or simply leave a message. The Help page lists some FAQs as well as setup guides, troubleshooting tutorials, billing questions, and more. You can easily submit an email ticket too!
Like most other providers, IPVanish offers three subscription packages. The month-to-month plan costs $10 while a 3-month plan is available for $26.99 billed every 3 months. This lowers down the monthly costs by as much as 25%. As can be expected, you’ll get the most savings (67%) if you pay upfront for their 1-year plan billable at $47.99 or just $3.99 per month. All plans are backed with a 7-day money-back guarantee.