IPVanish boasts an impressive line up of over 1000 servers across 60 countries. They're by no means the cheapest VPN but they sure do pack a punch where it matters. Users will enjoy unlimited bandwidth across 10 devices and absolutely no logging whatsoever.
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American based VPN service, IPVanish, makes bold claims as “the world’s best VPN service”. IPVanish offer a 7-day money-back guarantee, boasting fast speeds and private connections. It all sounds great, but I wanted to try it for myself.
IPVanish may not be as well known as it’s competitors, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. In fact, with thousands of services and up to 10 connections at once, it’s a fair rival in the VPN market.
The most affordable option is the 1 year plan. If you’re happy to commit to a year, you’ll be looking at the equivalent of $6.49 per month. Alternatively, if you only want to pay monthly, you could be spending out $10 per month, which in my opinion is a little on the expensive side.
However, it’s not all about the cost. It’s what’s included as well!
All of IPVanish’s plans include the following features:
- 40,000+ IP addresses
- 1100+ servers
- 60+ countries
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 256-bit AES encryption
- No logging
- 10 connections across multiple devices
For more experienced users, you may also be interested in anonymous torrenting, unlimited P2P traffic, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols, and unlimited server switching. All this comes with 24/7 customer support too! I certainly wouldn’t mind paying $6.49 per month for all of that.
Multiple device support: IPVanish supports lots of different devices, with 10 connections active at once! Devices include Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Ubuntu, Chromebook and internet routers. Having such a wide range of access means everyone in your family can enjoy private internet browsing at all times. Remember, IPVanish support unlimited bandwidth, so you won’t have to worry about using your VPN too much.
VOIP access: VOIP providers like Skype will charge higher rates and fees depending on where you live. This can be frustrating, especially when you’re already paying for an internet connection on your desktop or mobile. IPVanish allows you to choose your country of origin so you don’t incur such high costs.
Geo-targeting: One of the main reasons for using a VPN is to hide your location. IPVanish successfully blocks your physical location by hiding your real IP address. You’ll be able to experience an ad-free browsing experience without being targeted by frustrating pop-ups and marketing tailored to your location.
Pros and Cons
+ No traffic logging
Not IPVanish! They actually don’t log any of your personal information or data. They operate a strict no logging policy and state: “We have a strict policy against the collection of both connection and activity logs. We will never store the metadata about your VPN session or information about how you used the service.”
For many users, if a VPN logs any of their data, they’re no longer interested. And to be honest, I don’t blame them. The whole idea of a VPN is to mask your IP address, details, etc. so why would you want to allow your VPN provider to access them!
+ Torrenting is allowed
IPVanish don’t block torrenting at all. In fact, some may even say they encourage it! Torrenting with IPVanish is 100% safe and secure; your location and IP address will never be revealed. So, if your reasoning for a VPN is to be able to torrent freely, IPVanish could be the solution for you.
As well as torrenting being allowed, it’s also worthwhile with IPVanish. Torrenting and speed pretty much go hand in hand. After all, you wouldn’t want to wait hours for your favourite games or movies to download. IPVanish provide a good record of performance, along with their multitude of servers across the world.
+ Strong encryption
Boasting strong encryption methods, IPVanish use AES-256. Many high security companies and organisations use this kind of encryption as it’s very good. Using an AES-256 encrypted VPN, you’ll be safe and secure when browsing the internet.
It’s been reported by quite a few users that IPVanish often disconnects. Reports are claiming up to 6 times a day, which isn’t great. Granted, it’s a quick process to reconnect to your IPVanish VPN, but it’s very inconvenient.
I haven’t personally had any issues in this area, and in fact get great speeds from IPVanish. However, it’s something that other users do have issues with and therefore an area that needs to be rectified.
Compared to other VPN services like NordVPN, IPVanish is a tad on the expensive side. It’s cheaper to pay yearly, but even then their pricing isn’t very competitive. I think the features that they offer are definitely worth the cost, but other VPN’s are are offering similar at a lower price.
Do I recommend IPVanish?
Yes I do, but for certain users.
IPVanish offer a good service with a range of features. Although their features aren’t necessarily above and beyond what other VPN’s offer, they do promote a strict no logging policy which is a real priority.
By no means is IPVanish a bad VPN, aside from a few reports of disconnects, it seems fairly reliable. It’s speeds are something to be reckoned with, and their security is what I’d expect from a top VPN.
However, I don’t think they’re a suitable VPN for advanced users. Why? Well, simply because other VPN’s like ExpressVPN are cheaper and offer more. For beginners though, IPVanish could be a good starting place. They offer 10 simultaneous connections so you can experiment across a range of devices.