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9.3/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #6 in category VPN
Speed
9.5
Usability
9
Price
9.5
Customer service
9
Feedback
9.5
PROS:
  • Lots of features
  • Unblocks Netflix
  • Reliable Windows kill switch
  • Includes 250GB web storage via SugarSync
CONS:
  • Apps can be awkward to use
  • No Bitcoin Support
  • Doesn't unblock iPlayer
  • Apps not updated very often

IPVanish  Review

US-based IPVanish is an appealing VPN provider with a long list of features, including several that you won’t often see elsewhere.

IPVanish has a decent-sized network with 40,000+ shared IPs, and 1,300 P2P-friendly servers in 75+ locations.

Some VPNs give you more, but, the website explains, IPVanish is ‘the world’s only Top Tier VPN service provider’. The company owns and manages its own servers rather than renting other people’s hardware, giving it far more control over how the network and servers are set up and run. This also demonstrates a level of resources and expertise which you won’t see with some other VPNs.

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 setup an IPVanish configuration on Window’s phones, Ubuntu, ChromeBook, and your routers.

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

Pricing and Plans

Monthly: $7.50

Since I’ve never actually seen them offering their services for $11.99 a month, I will just chalk the advertised “17%/month savings” up to clever marketing and say that this plan is the equivalent of:

  • $7.50 per month
  • $90 per year
  • 0% Saving

I have, however, seen them offer this monthly service for $10 per month. It’s good to see that them offer this 25% discount off their former pricing. We hope that it sticks around

3 Months: $20.24

Unlike most VPN providers (and much to our surprise), IPVanish does not offer the traditional 6-month pricing option.

In its place they offer a quarterly 3-month pricing plan billed four times per year at $20.24.

This boils down to:

  • $6.75 per month
  • $81 per year
  • 44% savings

12 Months: $58.49

Most VPN providers tier their costs, meanin the more time you commit for the lower the monthly price comes out to. Anyone looking for the best deal possible on IPVanish would want to opt for their one year commitment.

At only $58.49, the plan equates to:

  • $4.87 per month
  • $58.49 per year
  • 60% savings

IPVanish also offers a 7-day money back guarantee on every plan and allow you to pay with just about any method you desire (including credit card, PayPal and even bitcoin for anonymous payments).

Pros and cons


PROS:

  • Lots of features
  • Unblocks Netflix
  • Reliable Windows kill switch
  • Includes 250GB web storage via SugarSync

CONS:

  • Very little company transparency
  • Lacks a number of advanced features (such as the ability to change connection protocols)
  • Unable to turn off the VPN Kill Switch feature


Features

Your privacy is well protected with IPVanish. It owns and operates all of its 1,300 servers, which, according to the company’s website, is absolutely unique in the market (other VPN providers rent hardware from third parties, giving them less control over the networks). IPVanish also features industry-standard AES-256 encryption and support for OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols.

To protect against exposure, the desktop clients have a kill switch and DNS/IPv6 leak protection. Plus, you can use the Scramble OpenVPN Traffic feature to reduce your chances of being detected in VPN-wary countries like China and Iran.

Customer Support

If you need assistance with your VPN connection or the IPVanish client, you have a few options. The knowledge base has lots of setup guides and tutorials, although some of them get sidetracked with superfluous analogies (comparing a VPN to driving a car, for example).

Compared to other services, IPVanish’s articles aren’t exactly the best, but they are functional and there’s a comprehensive selection.

You can also get support via email or through live chat on the website, which is open 24/7. The agent on chat was friendly, knowledgeable, and quick to answer, so no complaints here.

IPVanish Review Conclusion

IPVanish provides a reliable service at a reasonable price and while it doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking or truly exceptional, it does offer several features (like the SOCKS5 protocol) that make it appealing to a certain demographic of VPN users.

However, for most VPN buyers, I would be hard-pressed to recommend IPVanish (if for no other reason) due to the quality of their competition.

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