IVPN shows us what we want to see in a VPN service: privacy first.
|Daily Policy||No Log|
|IP, DNS, or WebRTC Leaks||No|
|Cheapest Price||$ 8.33 / month on a 12-month plan|
- Transparent indifferent policy
- Lots of extra security features
- Local download speeds up to 59Mbps
- Easy-to-use applications for most devices
- Useful live chat and great resources
- Slow international download speeds
- Thumbnail list of servers and individual IPs
- No browser extensions
Ease of Use
It only takes a few minutes for IVPN to purchase, install, and connect to a server. A step-by-step installation guide is available on the IVPN website.
The IVPN home screen has a large connection button and the server location you selected below. It’s annoying that you have to disconnect every time you want to change servers, but this is not a problem for most everyday users. We love that the kill switch (‘Firewall’) can be activated with a simple slider on the main screen.
In the Settings menu, you can select your kill switch preferences, switch between UDP and TCP, and select your preferred port. It also has a handy section for configuring OpenVPN parameters, ideal for users with more technology.
Android and iOS apps are also very user-friendly and modern-looking, and both connect quickly.
If you live in Africa, South America, or Australia or Asia, IVPN is not good for you.
This is because 40 server centers are concentrated intensively in the northern half of the world, especially in Western Europe and North America.
On the other hand, if you live in the US, there are many options because IVPN has 12 city-level VPN server locations that span from coast to coast.
However, the number of servers spread over the network is so small that speed fluctuations may occur in more popular locations.
An IVPN support representative reported to us that there are three to five IP addresses per server. This is a very low number.
Speed and Reliability
If you are not trying to connect to a remote location, IVPN may not adversely affect your internet speed.
Before using IVPN:
When you connect to IVPN:
Download speed without IVPN: 93.45Mbps
Download speed with IVPN: 59.61Mbps
Loss of download speed when running IVPN: 36%
There are faster VPNs available from IVPN, but this does not mean that the IVPN is slow. While surprisingly strong in local connections, IVPN is also increasing speeds to make connections abroad.
Platforms and Devices
IVPN offers stylish applications for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android, perfect for VPN new ones. The provider’s generous five simultaneous connection limits mean that you can protect your family’s devices as well as your own devices.
If you want to use IVPN with your game consoles and streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick or Xbox, you have several options.
The simplest is to manually configure a supported router or purchase it with preinstalled VPN software, because it will protect all connected devices in your home. The IVPN website has a complete installation guide.
You can also manually configure some devices with the OpenVPN software, but currently IVPN only provides guides for Kodi and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The last option is to disconnect the VPN from another device running software such as a laptop, but it is not guaranteed to work on all devices.
Unlike some of our top-level providers, IVPN does not offer any browser extensions.
Pricing and Opportunities
IVPN is not cheap even on an annual subscription. There are much better VPN services available at a much cheaper price.
IVPN offers both a three-day free trial and a seven-day money back guarantee; this means that you can fully test the VPN before making a paid subscription.
However, a warning: the IVPN free trial requires that you enter your payment details and you will be charged automatically if you do not cancel within three days.
The seven-day money back guarantee is really ‘no questions’ and is automatically refunded when you request a cancellation (unless you pay in cash).
Encryption and Security
IVPN is great for security, offering strong encryption and extra security.
There are four protocol options: OpenVPN, WireGuard, IPSec and IKEv2. Second, it requires some manual configuration, but you don’t have to deal with it – OpenVPN is already our preferred protocol.
WireGuard is a new protocol that is still under development, and therefore IVPN öner recommends use for testing purposes and where security is not critical. ”IVPN can be used with MacOS, Android, iOS and Windows applications.
Whichever protocol you use, IVPN makes encryption, unbreakable password is made with AES-256.
We love IVPN’s ‘firewall’ (kill switch) feature, a must-have tool to block all your web traffic if the VPN connection is disconnected for any reason.
In addition to first-party DNS servers that prevent your IP address from being exposed to third parties, IVPN also protects against DNS and IPv6 infiltrations, as well as internet advertising and audience blocking.
IVPN’s Multihop feature provides an extra layer of security by redirecting your connection to multiple servers in different countries. This means that your online activity remains confidential, even if it exceeds the security of the output server.
It’s also a nice feature that the Android application allows split tunneling, so you can maintain performance by directing privacy-sensitive applications over your public internet connection over VPN and others.
The only way IVPN can improve its support would be to enable live chat 24/7. Other than that, we have no complaints.
Even if there are no answers to this support, you can find a wealth of useful and well presented information in the IVPN knowledge base.
Do you recommend?
If the price is not neutral, IVPN will take a recommendation from us: it is very secure, has a flawless registration policy and speeds are quite good.
Still, IVPN is already too expensive to be a realistic option in front of our highly rated VPNs. It does not have enough server for the requested money and is very limited for streaming.