IVPN review

October 2017
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IVPN has servers in only a few countries, but they offer superb encryption and incredible privacy as well as security.
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Overall score
6.9
Highlights
  • Advanced features
  • 24x7x365 support
  • Prevents DNS leaks
Best for:
privacy
Gaming
privacy
Sports
privacy
Pandora
privacy
Hiding IP
Supports:
privacy
Roku
privacy
Kodi
privacy
Hulu
privacy
HBO

IVPN Ratings

7.9
privacy
Privacy
7.8
speed-performance
Speed & Performance
6.4
apps
Apps
5.9
server
Servers
6.9
support
Support
6.1
Value for Money
Overall score

6.9

General overview

This VPN service provider is based in Gibraltar. Now, there are some issues with the pricing, because it might seem very pricey. However, you will find out that no logs are kept at all, and the encryption and protection service, coupled with the speed are all commendable. Your IP address is never leaked by IVPN.

IVPN is not among those VPN services that have a huge number of servers. But the few they have serve their purpose - there are about 28 of them in 12 countries (the US has the most). You can check the server status right on IVPN's website. They have offered these services since 2009, and they are members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) too.

IVPN general highlights:

Overall Rank
#67
Money-back guarantee
7
Setup time
8 min.
Device count per license
3
Mobile apps
Windows Phone, iOS & Android
Best price
$8.33/month
Overview - conclusion
IVPN protects clients from Internet hackers and ensures that the privacy under their watch is solid.
Privacy
7.9

The protection protocol used by IVPN is an AES-256 cipher with RSA-4096, which is also equipped with a HMAC SHA-1 hash authentication. This is used for their OpenVPN encryption type. Perfect Forward Secrecy is available as well. They also offer the L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols.

There are no laws or data retention directives in the country, so you won’t see IVPN keeping any form of logs at all. They also do not log bandwidth usage, session data, or oblige any form of requests to their DNS servers. It can be said that IVPN works on their privacy and offers maximum security to the user.

Privacy - highlights
  • Based in a privacy-friendly country
  • No-logs policy
Privacy - Conclusions
IVPN has a variety of protocols to choose from, offers strong encryption and keeps no data logs.
Features
7.8

IVPN allows you to run it on 3 simultaneous connections. Also, there is an effective kill-switch system that clears your data if the VPN disconnects for some reason. DNS leak protection is also guaranteed through the client based firewall. The speed of the service is extremely fast, probably one of the fastest we've experienced. There is a port-forwarding feature and there is also the multihop VPN, which means double VPN. This makes the traffic move from one server to another when you're surfing the net.

On another hand, their services also come with a warrant canary. Clients that are interested in downloading P2P/Torrents from anywhere at all, no matter the size, cannot do this on their servers.

Features - highlights
  • DNS leak check
  • Includes a killswitch
  • Few server locations
Features - Conclusions
IVPN has servers in 12 countries, offerrs a kill-switch, a DNS leak check, multihop VPN and other features.
Apps
6.4

When it comes to the apps section, the major ones that support the IVPN client are the Windows and Mac platforms. Apart from these, IVPN has very comprehensive guides on how the other operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Tomato, Linux , DD-WRT and various routers could be set up.

Apps - highlights
  • Supports all major platforms
  • Extensive setup guides
  • No native clients for mobile
Apps - Conclusions
IVPN supports aWindows and Mac platforms and they have setup guides for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Tomato, Linux, and DD-WRT.
Support
6.9

IVPN has 24/7 support and offers the ticketed email system as their customer support option. When you get to their website, you will get a message that says a response will be given within 24 hours. Truthfully, within a few hours of writing them, you will receive a reply. The good thing is that the answers are always very helpful and knowledgeable. There is also a live chat system included.

Support - highlights
  • 24/7 support
  • Fast response time
Support - Conclusions
Customer support is available 24x7x365 and live chat is also included.
Value for money
6.1

When it comes to pricing, it wouldn’t be wrong to name it one of the most expensive services. They have different subscription packages and the customers can choose the ones they want. The first is the monthly package, and it costs $15 per month. If you choose to go for the 3 months plan, then you will pay $13.33 per month. If you opt for the yearly subscription, you will have to pay $100 per year ($8.33/month).

They also have a three day free trial to let you know what you are delving into. However, before you can access this, you have to provide your payment details, though you pay nothing. At the end of the three days, you should cancel if you don’t want to be charged directly. They also offer money back guarantee of 7 days, and that of 30 days when they have technical problems. You can make payments here with different methods like debit and credit cards, PayPal and even Bitcoin through the Bitpay method.

Value for money - highlights
  • Multiple payment methods
  • Three days free trial
  • Plans are expensive
Value for money - Conclusions
The plans are expensive, but IVPN offers a 7-day money back guarantee to its users.
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