@IPVanish has a lot to boast about these days. Their service has one of the highest subscription rates among competitors and their software is well thought of across the board for its rich feature set. With dwindling consumer trust their success is all but guaranteed to increase.
In our neverending quest to hide our online tracks more effectively, we took IPVanish for a spin. Its reputation may precede it, but that won’t prevent us from picking it apart! Here’s what we think of IPVanish in 2017.
It takes a lot of effort to achieve market leader status and it is clear that the team at IPVanish has worked hard. With servers in over 60 countries around the world, more than 750 VPN servers, and 40,000 shared IPs, IPVanish has an enormous force behind their service.
The provider hasn’t shied away from the most popular regions either. In fact, they possess a whole host of servers within the United States, England, Australia, and Europe.
As versatile as these servers may be, users living in more remote areas will appreciate local servers to log into at any given time, as well as the option to sign into any of the other international networks. Wherever you’re logging in from, IPVanish makes it a top priority to mask your IP address.
Using the Service
We installed IPVanish in a matter of seconds. We were immediately struck by the green and black color scheme which we… did not like. It is definitely not a nice looking app, but the core interface is quite good.
The program opens on a dashboard with al list of relevant information. You can open other screens including Server Selection, IP Settings, Account, and Support.
We really liked the customizability of the service and the fact that everything was included in one app. You don’t need to log in to their website to change account settings, for example.
The provider operates under a zero disclosure policy which means your browsing will remain fully anonymous. They do not record any activity or keep connection logs. IPVanish is almost unique in this regard, as finding a company with such a transparent policy is increasingly difficult.
IPVanish offers steady and reliable service with a 99.9% uptime. Their VPN uses 256-bit, military-grade encryption and they offer point-to-point tunneling, layer 2, OpenVPN, transmission control, and user datagram protocols.
With IPVanish you can access censored or restricted websites. It even works with torrents and other peer-to-peer networks.
Speed and Performance
When it comes to speed tests, IPVanish consistently performs well. In cases when it is connected to international servers, it even improves upload and download speeds. When you connect to a local server, the results may not be as impressive. But that shouldn’t put you off too much as it won’t affect your speeds to the point where it becomes problematic.
The customer service team at IPVanish is possibly one of the best that we have ever dealt with. We invented a whole host of issues and bugs (simply because we couldn’t find any actual problems during testing), and every time we called the customer service agent was polite, friendly and more than willing to help.
Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
IPVanish costs $10.00 per month which is expensive compared to other similar VPN services. The rates go down on the longer plans, however. A three-month plan reduces the monthly cost to $8.99 and paying for a year upfront reduces it even further to $6.49 per month.
IPVanish accepts all credit cards, PayPal, iDeal, BitCoin, and more. They also offer a seven-day, no questions asked money back guarantee.
IPVanish is a well-rounded and versatile client that we found few faults with it. Their service truly is one of the best and they should be among the first you consider for your personal VPN needs.