Ivacy has been around since 2007. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, which is a good jurisdiction where privacy is concerned. They recently put their v2.0 client out on the market and, after giving it a shakedown cruise, we found it to be impressive.
Pricing & Plans
Ivacy has a pricing structure that will be familiar to anyone who regularly shops for VPN services. Accounts come with unlimited bandwidth and transfer, with longer terms of service netting you lower overall prices. You get five simultaneous connections per account. The pricing is as follows:
- One month for $9.95
- Twelve months for $44.00
- 2 year plan for $59.00
Ivacy allows you to sign up on a one-off or recurring basis. They accept credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, WebMoney, Perfect Money, Paymentwall and BlueSnap.
As of writing, Ivacy has a VPN deal that gives users an 87% discount on a 5-year plan billed as $80.
Free Trial/ Money-back Guarantee
Ivacy has a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with their service, you can claim a full refund. No questions asked. Users can also download Ivacy clients for free from their website. However, the free trial may have certain limitations.
Privacy & Anonymity
Torrenting is allowed on Ivacy servers. In fact, they have an entire page on their website advertising their torrent support.
Ivacy has support available around the clock. They have guides, troubleshooting documents and an FAQ in their help center, as well, in case you feel like handling any issues on your own.
Ivacy also has a live chat option and contact page where email information can be found. Email details are as follows:
Their support center has comprehensive quick start guides and helpful articles, video tutorials and FAQs.
Ivacy recently released a new version of their client software and it’s very well designed. They have simplified the interface and made it even more user-friendly. The tabs on the left side of the desktop app makes it easier for users to move from section to another. The app allows you to select your protocol and to choose from a variety of options where servers are concerned. You can let the client auto select a server for you based on what you intend to do during your session, or you can simply choose the fastest server relative to your location. A graph on the app also shows your upload and download speeds.
Ivacy has clients available for desktop systems running Windows and Mac, as well as apps for Android and iOS.
VPN Server Locations
Ivacy locations are spread far and wide, consisting of 3500 servers in over 100+ locations.
Ivacy did very well in speed testing, only reducing our 50Mbps connection to less than 5Mbps from our baseline speed. Connecting to a server was remarkably fast.
IPCheck and DNSLeak Test
We tested the secure DNS feature from the Settings menu in the client. Without it activated, our DNS leaked. With the secure DNS feature activated, however, our DNS server addresses are all resolved to Google servers.
- Great new client
- 256-Bit Encryption
- Multiple protocols: PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
- Fast servers
- Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
- Good for streaming sites
- 24/7 Support
Additional Bonus Features
- Smart Purpose Selection – helps you identify the purpose for connecting to a VPN: Secure Download, Streaming and Unblocking
- Internet Kill Switch – immediately halts the Internet, once it detects that your connection has dropped.
- Split Tunneling – Ivacy VPN pioneered Split Tunneling. It lets you access both local and foreign content at the same time.
- IPv6 Leak Protection – Ivacy VPN offers IPv6 Leak Protection because IPv6 can leak your online IP and let third parties keep track of your activities.
- 10 Multi Logins – access protection on ten devices at the same time.
- DDoS Protection – DDoS attacks are malicious in nature that can disrupt your Internet Traffic. Ivacy prevents DDoS.
- No logging
- Great jurisdiction
- Accepts Bitcoin
- Large server network
- Torrenting allowed
Areas for Improvement
Ivacy has improved its service quite a bit already compared to the last time we reviewed them. They seem to have a solid product at this point.
Ivacy has all the makings of a great VPN service. They have an extensive network, an excellent client, accepts Bitcoin and doesn’t log your traffic. They also support P2P usage. That being said, they’re smart enough not to make their service a free for all and have measures in place to prevent abuse. Overall, Ivacy is impressive and has come a long way since they started out.