IPVanish Review (2020): How safe is it? The comprehensive guide

This post is a comprehensive yet concise review of IPVanish where I gave a total breakdown of its services.

IPVanish is a VPN that is known to be based in US and provides a superb, well-rounded service.

Despite the fact it is based in the US, which is generally not always considered the best place for a privacy-based service to be based, IPVanish VPN stand up to this by ensuring it runs a completely no logs service. 

Today in this post, I will be taking you through all there is to know about IPVanish for you to know how important it is you buy a plan.

It’s gonna be a jolly-good fun trip, dear reader.

So…just relax and scroll all the way down to the very last word.

You can also check our post on Why you should download a VPN service.

IPVanish Review Overview

I have summarized out this review in a simple, concise and easy to understand way that even a 10-year old can follow along without getting lost. I will be discussing IPVanish under the following sub-headings.

  1. About IPVanish (Overview)
  2. Compatible Devices
  3. Features of  IPVanish
  4. Speed and Performance
  5. Price (Free or Paid version)
  6. Privacy and Security
  7. Encryption
  8. Pros and Cons
  9. Conclusion

1.      About IPVanish (Overview)

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As earlier IPVanish is a brilliant US-based VPN known to provide a superb, well-rounded service. Notwithstanding that based in the US, which is known to be among the Five eyes country and admittedly not always considered the best place for a privacy-based service to be based, IPVanish VPN makes up for this by ensuring it runs a completely no logs service. 

Founded in 1999 under the umbrella of Mudhook Marketing (located in US, Florida), IP Vanish has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top VPN providers in the marketplace.

1,300+ servers (and counting) across more than 75 different countries (primarily located in Europe and North America).

Their VPN services are compatible with nearly every device and OS imaginable and they have dedicated apps for Windows, Mac OS, Android, Fire TV, and IOS. For the more tech-savvy users, they also allow customers to manually set up an IPVanish configuration on Window’s phones, Ubuntu, Chromebook, and your routers.

IPVanish also supports all major VPN protocols and even allows user’s access to the download-free SOCKS5 web proxy (which I will touch on later).

2.      Compatible Devices

It’s one good thing to have a great VPN service, but making it available and fully compatible with all the latest operating systems is a big plus .

IPVanish is sovereign in this field too because its client works on Windows computers running at least XP and Macs with OS X 10.6.8 and later.

IOS, Android, and even Windows Phone smartphones and tablets are also included, with free applications that gives same smooth and easy user interface and experience as the desktop clients.

These VPN apps performs so well in conjunction with Skype and other VoIP apps, Hence, reducing costs on calls via these services.

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Yet for complete device support, IPVanish can also be configured to run on Linux Ubuntu, Chromebook, Amazon Fire TV and even routers using DD-WRT or Tomato to reach extra platforms such as smart TVs, games consoles, and some other devices that don’t support VPNs directly.

IPVanish allows a maximum simultaneous connection of five but when you choose to go for router protection, it eliminates the need for simultaneous connections to all device connected through the same account.

3.      Features of  IPVanish

IPVanish has an impressive set of features that users can take advantage of. This provider allows five devices connected simultaneously to VPN servers, and there is no need to worry about running out of bandwidth; you can use and enjoy their service all you want without hitting a cap.

Considering you can also configure a router with IPVanish, you’re effectively locking down a ton of other devices in your home.

This VPN provides more than 850 servers you can connect to in more than 60 countries, with more than 40,000 shared IP addresses. Irrespective of your location, you’re likely going to get a speedy connection.

There’s also no limit on how many times you can switch servers in a set amount of time, so you can click around until you find a good speed.

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Some of the features that you’ll see settings for in the client include automatic IPv6 leak protection, automatic DNS leak protection, a kill switch that stops all traffic if the VPN goes down, and an automatic IP address changer that can be set to change at a time interval of your choosing.

Rounding out the features is a SOCKS5 web proxy for VoIP, as well as the ability to torrent over the IPVanish network, something I’m sure many of you will love.

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Even if you’re using a P2P network for legal purposes, many outside entities have a hard time distinguishing between legal and illegal. It would be a shame to have your name on a list somewhere.

4.      Speed and Performance

I ran a few speed tests on the IPVanish servers and here is what I came up with (I’m using 100 Mbps Internet connection within EU).

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US Server (New York)

  • Ping: 133ms
  • Download: 34.71 Mbps
  • Upload: 24.72 Mbps

EU Server (Amsterdam)

  • Ping: 38ms
  • Download: 82.67 Mbps
  • Upload: 43.19 Mbps

Asia Server (Hong Kong)

  • Ping: 341ms
  • Download: 7.61 Mbps
  • Upload: 5.88 Mbps

UK Server (London)

  • Ping: 56ms
  • Download: 80.25 Mbps
  • Upload: 42.09 Mbps

IPVanish offers respectable download and upload speeds. When connected from EU to EU they only throttled my speed by 18%.

However, it’s hard to justify the cost of their service when you compare the US speeds that they offer with the speeds of other, less expensive services.

5.      Price (Free or Paid version)

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IPVanish offers three subscription options with no difference to their features, which include: one month, three months, and an annual package.

The month-to-month subscription is more flexible and a great opportunity to test out the service without committing. The longer plans offer discounts of up to 46%.

Subscriptions are paid upfront. IPVanish accepts payment through PayPal, major credit cards, and Bitcoin.

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The plans will renew automatically, so you’ll need to cancel your subscription if you want to opt-out.

6.      Privacy and Security

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IPVanish makes use of the OpenVPN protocol with AES 256-bit encryption. This is the gold standard for VPNs and it is currently considered unbreakable.

IPVanish performed well in our privacy and security tests for this review. I tested IPVanish for IP address leaks (both IPv4 and IPv6) and DNS leaks.

Prior to running these tests, I verified and confirmed the following privacy/security settings were active and working fine:

  • IPv6 leak protection (IPVanish offers you with an IPv4 address while blocking IPv6 and ensuring your real IPv6 address does not leak out of the tunnel and is not exposed)
  • DNS leak protection (All of your DNS requests are handled by IPVanish servers, with DNS leak protection activated by default.)
  • Kill switch (A kill switch is a feature will block all traffic if for any reason your VPN connection drops to keep your data and identity secure.)

7.      Encryption

IPVanish safeguards your data with military-grade 256-bit AES encryption.

This protocol is virtually unbreakable. Even if your internet traffic is intercepted by cybercriminals or government spies, they won’t be able to read your data. It will just look like a series of random numbers and letters.

DNS Leak Prevention

Sometimes your DNS requests can accidentally be routed to your ISP’s DNS servers, even happen when you’re connected to a VPN. This expose your real IP location to websites and making it possible for your ISP to track your online activity.

IPVanish uses this DNS leak prevention technology to ensure that their users IP location is not exposed.

I ran several tests to check the DNS leak prevention while connected to IPVanish and couldn’t find any leaks.

Automatic Kill Switch

An automatic kill switch makes sure your IP Address isn’t accidentally exposed in case of a dropped connection with the VPN server.

Kill switches are quickly becoming standard in the industry. I was disappointed to discover that this feature is only available for macOS and Windows.

8.      Pros and Cons

Pros:

1. Good availability

  • It owns its own infrastructure
  • Use with almost any device

2. IPVanish is tough in security

  • Forced 256-bit encryption
  • No logs policy
  • Choice of protocols
  • The kill switch works!

3. Enough speed to stream 8k video

4. Good price without long lock-in periods

Cons:

1. Lack of optimized servers

2. Privacy issues

  • US-based company
  • Logging controversy
  • Unusual server location information found

3. Poor client application

9.      Conclusion

On the whole, IPVanish performed pretty well for this review. It offers a wonderful performance and has some great and decent features 

With that, dear reader, we end our jolly-fun trip for today!

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IPVanish

9.2

REPUTATION

9.0/10

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

9.5/10

EASE OF USE

9.0/10

PAYMENT METHODS

9.5/10

TRANSACTION FEE

9.0/10

Pros

  • Good availability
  • Good price
  • Good speed
  • Awesome security

Cons

  • Privacy issues
  • Poor client application
  • Lack of optimized servers

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