IPvanish reviews 2018

IPVanish launched in 2012 and is part of the Highwinds Network Group. As well as providing tech infrastructure for PC gaming’s Steam, Highwinds was one of the pioneers of UseNet, the original file sharing technology.IPVanish is a US-based VPN service that has consistently demonstrated some of the highest levels of performance in the industry.IPVanish is also part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which campaigns for an open and safe Internet. In February 2017, Highwinds was acquired by Stackpath.

IPVanish is incredibly fast, which is great for file sharing, gaming and streaming (although it’s blocked by Netflix).To be absolutely sure that we are doing an excellent job, however, we thought we would re-review this oft-recommended VPN. In reality, not much has changed, and we were still impressed with its no logs policy, use of shared IPs, BitTorrent-friendly attitude, huge selection of servers (which has grown), and fast connection speeds.

Pricing and Plans

IPVanish has just one simple plan, which is available in three different pricing structures. Subscribers have access to the same full set of features on every plan, but are rewarded with a discount for signing up for a longer period of time. Subscribing for just one month works out most costly, at $10.00. A three-month subscription is $26.99 (which works out at $8.99 per month). The cheapest option is to pay $77.99 per year (which works out at $6.49 per month).

IPVanish Pricing & Payment Options

Its apps are powerful but not always the easiest to use. Customer support is rather lacking. Experienced users will likely overlook these issues due to the performance, advanced security options, appealing server choice and zero logs policy.

Speed breakdown

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iPVanish’s desktop app is well designed and easy to use. Like the other VPNs I tested, IPVanish lets you choose a particular server to connect to or have it automatically connect to what it deems the best connection. It has more than 750 servers in 60 countries.

Routing your Web traffic through a server adds a detour that can slow down the speed of your network connection, but in some circumstances it can actually improve your ping by connecting you to a fast server close to the gaming server. Your mileage will inevitably vary, depending on your location and the location of the gaming server to which you are connected.

IPVanish VPN Review: Conclusion

I liked:
  • Zero logs
  • Cross-platform functionality
  • Five simultaneous devices
  • SOCKS5 proxy
  • Outstanding speeds
  • P2P (BitTorrenting) permitted
  • Varied payment methods include bitcoin
  • Kill switch, scrambler, IP cycle features
  • Servers in over 60 countries
  • Good value for money (if a yearly subscription is purchased)
  • Unblocks BBC iPlayer

I hated:
  • Nothing

The Verdict
IPVanish deserves a spot on your VPN shortlist due to its strong performance and easy-to-use desktop app. I'd favor the competing Private Internet Access ever so slightly because it beats IPVanish on price and was a close second in performance.