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IPVanish Review

IPVanish Review
Rating
Countries 65+
Servers 165+
IPs 25,000+
Price $6.49/Month
Payment: Credit Card, Paypal, Bitcoin
Protocols PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN, SSTP

Founded in 2012 in the USA, IPVanish, has quickly become one of the top industry brands by offering high speed servers, easy to use quality software and full anonymity.  IPVanish runs their own network, all tier-1, and offers quality VPN software with VPN servers and their corresponding IP addresses throughout the whole world. Finally, they have a good privacy policy and bitcoin as a payment option.

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Pricing & Plans

IPVanish  has a seven-day money back guarantee. In addition you can pay for IPVanish via Bitcoin, Paypal and all major credit cards.

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Like all other VPN providers you can get a discount if you signup for a long term.  Above is the breakdown. Less than $7 / month if you choose the annual service plan.

Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee

IPVanish offers a seven-day no-obligation money back guarantee on their services. If you’re not happy, you have that window in which to cancel your service without getting billed.

Privacy & Anonymity

IPVanish has a strict zero log policy to give users full anonymity. They do not collect or log any traffic or use of its VPN. They also operate 100% of their network, which means you are not at risk with your traffic being handled by any third parties. This is a big advantage if you’re concerned about online privacy. It also means faster and more reliable connections since IPVanish does not rely on leased servers. In addition, to no user logs you can pay for IPVanish with Bitcoin further improving anonymity.

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Torrent Policy

IPVanish makes no restrictions on P2p and on the use of the Bittorrent Protocol. Their official policy is as long as it is legal you can use IPVanish however you want.   As a practical suggestion, if you use IPVanish to download torrents then download from a country outside of where you are physically located. For example download from the Netherlands if you are physically located in the USA.

Customer Support

IPVanish software normally works very well as they have been continually releasing updates for a variety of platforms since 2012.  One such recent VPN client in 2015 allowed IPVanish users the ability to submit tickets directly via their IPVanish VPN client. This is perhaps the quickest way to get customer support.   Also in addition to contacting IPVanish via their built in client, there is also a wealth of information available via their VPN setup page and a support forum.  Finally last but not least you can directly contact IPVanish customer support via email.

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Windows Client

IPVanish Windows Client  and  Server Selection Options
Connect to the server you want – Lots of choices per IPVanish’s map.
IPVanish Windows client: List of available servers
Filter VPN Servers however you want.  By default the servers with faster ping times are returned.
IPVanish Windows client:  Choose servers by usage
IPVanish Windows client:  IP Settings
Check your IP address and / or change your IP address every few minutes.

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MacOS X Client

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Android Client

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iPhone Client

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IPVanish Speed Test

IPvanish baseline IPVanish test

On the left hand side, we have the baseline speed – a 10 Mb/s download and 600 Kb/s upload rate located in the southern Chile.
On the right hand, we have an OpenVPN connection to Herndon, VA. Notice the slow ping times that reflect the originating server actually is located far away. The upload speeds are actually faster via the VPN connection and although the download speed is slower than the baseline, 3.86 Mb/s actually represents a very fast connection speed considering we are on the other side of the world.
Depending on your location and your particular network situation, your speed results will vary. Ultimately, the best way to test your VPN connection speed is to take advantage of IPVanish’s seven-day money back guarantee.

IP Check and DNS Leak Test

Use one of IPVanish’s VPN clients and you will not have any DNS leaks.  Also check your IP address with the IPVanish app.

Feature Summary

  • Servers in 65+ countries & 25,000+ IP addresses
  • Unlimited Usage (unlimited bandwidth)
  • Gigabit port connection speeds
  • Privacy: No user data or activity logs stored
  • Privacy: Bitcoin Payments Possible
  • Torrents allowed
  • Up to 2 simultaneous device connections
  • Windows, Mac, Linux Clients in good order
  • iOS and Android Apps available
  • 24×7 support
  • Large choice of payment methods(Notice: Bitcoin)
  • 7-day moneyback guarantee

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Countries Supported

Albania
Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States

What we liked

  • Fast and Worldwide Network
  • Anonymous/Zero-log policy
  • Easy to use mobile apps/clients – works on all devices
  • Excellent Price

What could be improved

  • VPN Kill Switch could make IPVanish more secure

Conclusion

IPVanish is one of the top VPN brands for good reason: Excellent software, large and stable network of VPN server throughout the world. Take advantage of their yearly discounts and free trial offers.

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1 Comment about IPVanish Review


  1. luciferlex on August 1st, 2013

    they offer three very basic but unlimited plans based on 1 month, 6 month, and 1 year plans. I went with the year subscription because i plan on having it for a while and it was the best deal. I dont really know the difference between the different connections, but i go with OpenVPN since its supposed to be most secure. Actual time to connect is maybe 5 seconds, depending on proximity of server. Sometimes if you connect to a farther one, some websites may load a little slower, but overall the speeds are amazing and the software is super easy to use. If you care about different countries to connect to or the number of servers, they have over 100 servers in 45 countries i think.

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