NOTE: ibVPN is no longer active and has now merged with StrongVPN. The review below is kept for historical purposes and for the benefit of online communities. You may also check out our review on StrongVPN.
Pricing and Plans
IbVPN has several different options for service.
- Ultimate VPN, 94 servers, 39 nations, comes with SmartDNS: $10.96 per month
- Total VPN, 75 servers, 39 nations: $7.95 per month
- SmartDNS only: $4.95 per month
- Torrent VPN, 10 servers, 7 nations: $4.95 per month
- USA and Canada VPN: $4.95 per month
- UK and Ireland VPN: $4.95 per month
- EU VPN: $4.95 per month
- Family VPN, 3 connections, with smart DNS: $13.96 per month
- Small Business VPN, 5 connections: $19.59 per month
- Small Business VPN with Smart DNS, 10 connections: $34.96 per month
- Small Business VPN with smart DNS, 20 connections: $69.96 per month
Discounts are available with longer terms of service. IbVPN accepts a variety of different payment methods, including Bitcoin and LiteCoin.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
IbVPN offers a six-hour free trial account. It’s not limited in any way, so it provides a good method of assessing the service. They have a fifteen-day money back guarantee.
Privacy & Anonymity
IbVPN doesn’t keep logs. They do retain some data for a period of seven days, however. From their website:
“We do not spy on our users and we don’t monitor their Internet usage. We do not keep logs with our users’ activity. We will however record and keep the following data for 7 days:
- Time, date and location VPN connection was made.
- Duration of the VPN connection.
- Bandwidth used during the connection”
The data is kept to enforce their TOS and to detect abuse.
Torrenting is allowed on specific servers, located in Canada, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. IbVPN has a specific package for users who want the service for P2P. The expanded packages include access to the torrent-friendly servers.
IbVPN offers a live chat feature at their website that you can use for tech support. They also have a remote desktop option. Support is available around the clock.
IbVPN has an All-in-One client with an easy to use design. As the name implies, you can control both your VPN and IbDNS from the one client, which makes it rather convenient.
Support and account information are also accessible from the client.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
IbVPN offers clients for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Their site has documentation that gives the manual setup process for each of these devices, as well.
IbVPN Speedtest 1
IbVPN Speedtest 2
IbVPN had acceptable speed in our test. It dropped us roughly 10Mbps from our baseline of 27Mbps. Upload speed was only diminished slightly.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
IbVPN did change our IP, but DNS leaked on a Windows 8.1 computer configured to obtain the DNS server address automatically.
- OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP
- Smart DNS
- Business packages
- Accepts Bitcoin
- P2P servers
- Excellent range of options
- Good prices
- Well-designed client
- Acceptable speed
Areas for Improvement
This service has good speed, but it could have been better. The test was done through two servers with roughly the same results.
IbVPN has a good service. Because they’re based in Romania, they’re not subject to the same data retention laws that other EU nations have in effect. Their torrent and privacy policies are good, as well, andIbVPNprovides plenty of options for people who want to use P2P over their services. They’re not quite an industry leader yet, but they’re not slouches, either.