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 very impressive.
Pricing and 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
- Six months for $35.95
- Twelve months for $39.95
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.
Four countries in total constitute the network for Ivacy. They include:
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
There’s no free trial from Ivacy but they do offer a seven-day, money back guarantee. That should be plenty of time to test whether or not the service is for you.
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 recently released a new version of their client software and it’s very well designed. The main screen 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 main screen shows your upload and download speeds.
The other screens allow you to select split tunneling options, to refine your server selection and to set your general options for the program. You’ll find the IPv6 leak protection, secure DNS, and Internet kill switch options on the Settings menu.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
Ivacy has clients available for desktop systems running Windows and Mac, as well as apps for Android and iOS.
Ivacy did very well in speed testing, only reducing our 50Mbps/5Mbps connection less than 5Mbps from our baseline speed. Connecting to a server was remarkably fast.
IPCheck and DNS Leak
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 all resolved to Google servers.
- Great new client
- PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
- Fast servers
- Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
- 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, accept Bitcoin and don’t log your traffic. They 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.