IPVanish VPN Review 2018
What is it?
IPVanish is an amazingly fast VPN provider especially suited for streaming in HD. It is one of the leading companies in the industry and is based out of Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
IPVanish Features, Pros, and Cons
Detailed explanation of features below
- Access to Netflix in the United States
40,000+ IP addresses
Up to 5 simultaneous connections possible
Unlimited data throughput
Seven-day money back guarantee
Apps for Windows, Mac OS, Amazon Fire, iOS, and Android
OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP*
Self installing app
Socks5 web proxy*
Seven day money back guarantee
700 servers in 60 countries
IPVanish desktop client*
Lightening speed ideal for HD streaming
Multiple device connections
User friendly app
Extra security features
No access to BBC iPlayer
Being based in the USA could be an issue for privacy
Slow customer support at times
Explanation of Features
Basically, a kill switch ensures that your real IP address is not exposed on the internet in the event of a dropped VPN connection. It should be one of the important things users should look for when searching for a VPN provider.
OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP Protocols
OpenVPN is an ‘open source’ software application that negotiates firewalls and network address translators. Secured site-to-site connections are ensured using configuration routes and remote access facilities.
An L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) and PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) allows foreign protocols to run through a network that would otherwise not support it. This is a privacy feature. L2TP itself does not provide encryption but uses whatever encryption protocols it passes in the tunnel to ensure privacy.
IPVanish Desktop Client
During installation, a shortcut icon will be added to your desktop. The initial use requires the entering of a username and password, but thereafter the app will remember these details and the site can be accessed much easier and quicker in later visits. Within the app, the user may follow instructions for set-up and customization to suit their needs.
Prices and Packages
IPVanish has three different package options available. However, no matter which option you choose, you have to pay for the entire package up front.
- Month-to-Month: $10.00 per month
- 3 months: $8.99 per month ($26.99 billed every 3 months)
- 1 year: $6.49 per month ($77.99 billed annually) Best Deal!
About Your Privacy
VPN providers that are based in the United States can be an issue with privacy. This is because the USA is vulnerable to the NSA, CIA, and other law enforcement agencies. Copyright lawyers are abundant and there is actually a law in the country that prohibits file sharing. Although this may discourage some users who want to download files with P2P networks, the zero logging policy of IPVanish should make this safe. If a government agency did produce a court order for connection records, there would be nothing to give to them.
How To Sign Up
Signing up requires a valid email address, that you have access to, and a password. You start at the pricing page and select which of the three package options you need. The IPVanish desktop client will be installed and set-up instructions will be provided.
IPVanish is an overall excellent choice for a VPN provider. The connection speed is super-fast, making it perfect for HD video streaming, there are a large amount of server locations, and even extra security for users in the Middle East and China. IPVanish keeps no logs, can be used on 5 devices at once, includes a kill switch should your VPN connection fail, and P2P networks are allowed. Users can rest assured they have selected an excellent VPN service.
It is a bit of an annoyance that either Netflix UK and BBC iPlayer cannot be accessed. However, as long as the user has a Netflix account, even if they signed up in the UK, Netflix US can still be accessed.