IPVanish Review 2019 – Is it really the World’s Best VPN?
With all the embarrassing data leaks by social media giants, persistent malware attacks by ignoble hackers and loads of other equally dangerous threats permeating the online space, VPNs have become indispensable to the modern internet user in a bid to protect his/her privacy and security online.
But not every VPN provider is worth your attention. For it, a provider needs to offer the best VPN service service with all the right features, the right price, and the right security mix. In this review, we are looking at IPVanish, a popular VPN service, to check whether it lives up to its promises or falls short in some aspects.
One of the most well-known VPN providers out there, IPVanish does exactly what its name suggest i.e. protect your anonymity online by protecting your IP. This providers has all the right features any VPN user might be looking for like multiple protocol support, a legion of dedicated apps for compatible OS, 1000+ servers, AES-256 encryption and more.
Being based in USA is the single biggest security conundrum that is faced by IPVanish. That’s because USA is notorious for being part of international data sharing alliances like 14 Eyes and also because of the increasingly invasive, data retention laws in place. We’ve highlighted the problems that a VPN can face in terms of protecting its data while being based in USA in our guide on 5/9/14 Eyes Alliances.
But what can be deduced from this is that, IPVanish is certainly not secure enough for you until its based in USA. It can received a gag order any time or be subjected to any data retention law which might endanger your sensitive data, so don’t go ahead with it.
This also goes on to show how being based in the wrong jurisdiction can make VPN insecure towards protecting user data despite offering a zero logs policy.
IPVanish Quick Review
The prices are somewhat higher than they should be and there are more providers that offer even better feature packs at a lesser price, so that’s a let-down. But what it lacks in features, it makes up for in performance. IPVanish doesn’t suffer from frequent breakdowns, there are no IP leaks and the speeds are pretty consistent no matter at what time or for whatever purpose you are using it for.
- 1000+ Servers in 60+ countries.
- Military Grade AES-256 Encryption.
- Multiple Dedicated Apps including one especially for FireTV.
- Kill Switch.
- Stable Speeds.
- Prices are higher than they should be for such a service.
- Based in USA, a member of the 14 Eyes Group.
- Keep Logs and Data
- Doesn’t unblock Netflix US.
IPVanish Plans and Price Review
We are not really a big fan off tiered pricing plans where access to certain features is restricted to those who choose the lower priced plans. For e.g. In VyprVPN, you can only access their exclusive Chameleon Protocol and Vypr Cloud features if you subscribe to their more expensive plan. But luckily, IPVanish doesn’t have a similar pricing regime in place.
All of its features are offered in all the pricing plans with the only difference between those plans being the duration of your subscription.
Monthly Subscription Plan
Stated Cost: $10.00/Month
As with every other VPN provider, IPVanish’s monthly pricing plan is quite expensive. At $10/month, subscribing to this plan will cost you $120 on a yearly basis. You don’t get any kind of discount on this plan, because we haven’t really seen the provider offer its monthly plan for $11.99 ever. The 17% discount displayed here is just a really clever marketing ploy and nothing else. Not a very good plan to look forward to and only recommended if you need the VPN for some short term benefits.
Quarterly / 3 Month Subscription Plan
Stated Cost: $8.99/Month
We would have really liked it more had the provider offered a 6 month subscription plan instead of the 3 month plan as it that would have been much more feasible for the user.
But since it’s there, you can acquire it plan for $26.99 billed once every 3 months, making it cost you $8.99/month for each month of the subscription period. A pretty bad deal come to think of it and certainly not recommended as the monthly breakdown cost is way too high.
Again, only go for this plan if you have to service some urgent need as soon as possible.
Yearly / 12 Month Subscription
Stated Cost: $6.49/Month
The best plan of the lot, IPVanish’s yearly plan is what you should opt if you are willing to subscribe to its service. At $77.99/year, it will cost you $6.49/month, providing the best value for your money. But still, the pricing is too high as far as IPVanish’s feature pack is concerned. You can get a subscription at much better providers for a far lesser price, so we really believe that these prices should definitely travel south.
Currently, IPVanish offers two coupon codes. Their first code “OURBESTOFFER” provides a 25% discount on all pricing plans and gives you a really good deal if you are looking to make the prices match your budget even more.
Adding this IPVanish coupon code can bring the cost of the yearly plan from $77.99 to a much more reasonable $58.49.
The other IPVanish coupon code “SAVE20NOW”, will bring down prices by a margin of 20% when applied, but we seriously don’t understand the presence of this code when they are already offering the code with a 25% discount. IPVanish really needs to end this confusion and give their coupon codes a more uniformed outlook.
IPVanish Trial Period Review
IPVanish currently does not offer a full-fledged free trial in the true sense of the term, instead what it does offer is a 7 day money back guarantee on all of its pricing plans and its doing itself a disservice by doing that. Free Trials are the biggest indicators of how much trust a provider puts in its service and offering them speaks volumes about the credibility of the features offered.
Not offering them gives a bad impression of the service and we would really recommend IPVanish to include one as soon as possible or risk losing customers to providers like NordVPN who not only offers a zero commitment free trial with all the features included but also has far better pricing plans.
IPVanish Payment Methods Review
Although it currently does not offer Bitcoin as a payment option, when we checked third party reviews of the service, we found out that IPVanish was previously offering Bitcoin as a payment option. That’s definitely a bummer as it denies the user the chance to pay for the pricing plans anonymously.
Only two payment methods are available currently. You can either pay through your credit card or opt for paying up through Paypal. According to our review, the payment methods are not enough and need to increase to provide more flexibility to the user.
IPVanish Compatibility Review
Just like the more better VPN providers out there, IPVanish also offers dedicated compatible apps for popular OS like Windows, iOS, Mac and Android. What’s good here is that the provider offers a dedicated app for FireTV too and it works like a breeze. Dedicated support for niche platforms is always welcome and appreciated, so we really give the provider a thumbs up for adding the app to the mix.
Apart from that IPVanish offers setup guides for Linux, Chromebook, Windows Phone and routers. However, IPVanish does not provide much in terms of multiple protocol support on all platforms. More on that later in this article.
IPVanish Servers Review
The provider claims that it’s the fastest growing Top Tier VPN in the world and the only place where this claim had the most resonance was in its server infrastructure.
IPVanish offers 1000+ servers in an impressive 60+ countries covering a majority of the world’s web landscape but we must say that the server count is bit skewed towards Europe and US.
There are just a total of 59 servers in Asia with Middle East getting a paltry 3 servers from
the provider. Compare that to Los Angeles, US which alone hosts 57 IPVanish servers and you will have a good idea of where the problem lies.
We would recommend the provider to add more servers in three places i.e. Middle East, Africa and Central Asia if it’s to attract more customers from these regions, which in the coming times will only be increasing.
IPVanish Protocols/Encryption Review
The encryption standard offered by IPVanish if AES 256, which is pretty much the industry standard. But this encryption standard is only available on the FireTV, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android apps.
If you are planning to use IPVanish on Chrombook or a Windows Phone, you will only get AES-128 encryption on your internet connection.
Linux supports both, AES-128 and AES-256 grade encryption standards respectively.
While IPVanish does provide multiple protocol support, its relegated to some select OS only.
For e.g. on Windows and Mac, you can access OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP protocols but not IPSec while on iOS you can only access IKEv2 and IPSec protocols.
Here is a list of the OS and the protocols supported on them:
|Operating System||Supported Protocol/s|
|Windows||OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP|
|Mac||OpenVPN, IPSec and L2TP|
|iOS||IKEv2 and IPSec|
|Linux||OpenVPN and PPTP|
|ChromeBook||L2TP and IPSec|
We would recommend the provider to extend the choice users have in choosing different protocols on all platforms in order to allow them to exercise greater flexibility over their security options.
IPVanish Customer Support Review
IPVanish advertises that it provides 24/7 support, but on the contrary there is no live chat feature. This is bad marketing on part of IPVanish and they need to replace it within something more acceptable i.e. one that matches their support readiness.
IPVanish’s primary mode of providing support is through its ticketing system, but even that is not fast enough according to modern customer support standards. We sent a query about installing VPN on Anonabox through its ticketing system and its been a good 8 hours since we are expecting a reply.
We will never call this “instant support unless we become deluded enough to consider 10 hour delays between a query and its resolution “instant”.
IPVanish Speed Test Review
Speeds do go down somewhat from your original internet connection speed in any VPN. This is because of the load of the encryption and protocols, so we don’t take it as something out of the blue, unless it falls below the acceptable range. According to our speed tests of IPVanish on its different servers, we found it to be fast enough to power a good enough user experience.
However, on some of its servers, like in the UK, speeds went down a bit too far and we were certainly not impressed. Another thing we would like to add here is that IPVanish doesn’t work on unblocking Netflix US currently, and that’s perhaps its biggest flaw.
For Torrenting users, IPVanish can be a good option if you an average data consumer. For the heavy data consumers, the speeds can be a bit slow and erratic on most servers, so you do need to consider your preferences and needs before subscribing to IPVanish.
IPVanish Kodi Review
Kodi is our personal favourite when it comes to zeroing down on a home media platform for digital content consumption. This versatile software allows users to access anything from live news to cartoon shows and from major sporting events to the latest movies through hundreds of add-ons.
But, Kodi’s power can be amplified even more by using it under the cover of a Kodi VPN as it will allow you to unblock geo-restricted content from across the world.
IPVanish provides a wide number of compatible apps for different OS like Windows that run in the background allowing you the chance to use Kodi with full freedom.
However, IPVanish can also be installed manually on niche platforms like Smart TVs with ease.
Currently IPVanish provides support of its VPN for Kodi on these platforms:
- Mac OSX
- MXQ Pro Android TV box
IPVanish Crack Review
Cracks are never safe and that’s why recommend our users to stay away from them always. They can contain anything from malware to dangerous viruses which can wreak havoc on your system if unpacked.
Currently, there is no credible crack available for IPVanish, and even if you do come across something claiming otherwise, we advise you to steer clear of it.
IPVanish Additional Features
IPVanish offers some pretty decent features that include a Kill Switch to protect in case of internet disconnections, 1000+ VPN servers, SOCKS5 proxy, Military grade AES 256 encryption, multiple protocol support and the ability to use the VPN on up to five simultaneous devices,.
These features are good enough to allow IPVanish to qualify as one of the better VPNs out there. But there can be more additions definitely.
IPVanish still does not offer top grade security features like Double VPN, Onion over VPN and Split Tunnelling. These features are novelty in the VPN world and only a few top providers like NordVPN and PureVPN offer them. IPVanish needs to include at least two of them in its feature pack in order to justify its price and to add more worth to its service.
The login process at IPVanish does not need much in terms of explanation. All you need to do is, visit ipvanish.com and go to “My Account” (If you’ve already bought the subscription plan) and enter your VPN username and password in the available fields.
The same VPN user credentials will be required to log in on to any of its dedicated apps or initiate manual setup files.
How to install/Connect IPVanish for Windows
Through the dedicated Windows app, using IPVanish VPN on your Windows OS is a seamless process. Here is how you can download and install this app in under 3 minutes:
- Use any browser of your choice to visit ipvanish.com.
- Once on the website, go to “Apps” > “Windows”.
- On this page, click on “Download Windows app” to commence the download.
- After the file has finished downloading, click on it and it will ask you whether you want to run it or not. Click on “Run”.
- There will a prompt from the IPVanish Setup Wizard. Click “Next”.
- Now click on “I accept the terms of the agreement” after going through the licensing terms and then click on “Next”.
- Click “Next” again on the file location prompt.
- Now Click on “Install” and then “Yes”.
- The file has now successfully installed.
- Enter your user credentials, select a server and click on “Connect” to begin using IPVanish VPN on your Windows OS.
How to install/connect IPVanish for MAC
Macs are great to use but they do need security to protect them from threats online. Here’s how you can setup IPVanish’s dedicated Mac app on your platform in a streamlined manner:
- Visit ipvanish.com and go to the “Apps” section from the top bar.
- Select “Mac” > “Download Mac App”.
- The file will now be downloaded on to your “Downloads” Folder.
- Select the file and drop it in the Applications folder to begin installation.
- Enter your user credentials.
- Click “Skip” if you don’t want to go through the tutorial.
- Now you will find yourself in the main user interface of the app. Scroll down to find the best server according to your needs and click on it to initiate the connection.
- IPVanish is now running on your Mac OSX.
How to install/connect IPVanish for iOS
IPVanish’s iOS apps works seamlessly well on both, the iPad and the iPhone. Here’s a step by step setup guide on how to get the iOS app up and running on your device in no time:
- Open the iTunes store and search for “IPVanish”.
- The app will now appear in the search results. Click on “Download” and then “Open”.
- Now click on “Allow” and then enter your user credentials (VPN Username and Password).
- Select “Skip Tutorial”.
- Now select your preferred server location and click on “Connect”.
- Lastly, click on “Allow” to start protecting your anonymity online through IPVanish.
How to install/connect IPVanish for Android
Nowhere is it easier to install IPVanish’s dedicated app than on Android. Here is how you too can get it done with minimal effort:
- Go the Google Play store and in the search bar, type ‘IPVanish” and press “Search”.
- Once found, Click on “Download” and then on “Open” to begin the installation.
- Now you just need to enter your username and password and select a server of your choice to begin using the internet securely under the cover of IPVanish.
How to install/connect IPVanish for FireTV
Who doesn’t love niche support? We really do, especially for our favorite services like FireTV. IPVanish offers a dedicated app for the platform that makes it a whole lot easier to deploy the VPN and unblock geo-restricted content. But, before we proceed further, you need to know that this app won’t work properly on 1st generation Firestick devices.
Here’s step by step tutorial on how you can install IPVanish’s dedicated FireTV app easily:
- On your Firestick/FireTV’s interface, go to “Apps”.
- Now select “Categories” > “Utility” > “IPVanish” app.
- Tap/click on the “Get” icon.
- Now click on “Open”.
- You will now be required to enter your username and password. Do it and then move on to selecting a server. that best suits you.
- Click on “Connect” and you are now using FireTV under the cover of a credible VPN.
How to install/connect IPVanish for Routers
Installing a VPN on a router can be quite a tricky thing and we recommend that you only go ahead with this route if you are capable enough of pulling it off without damaging the router.
IPVanish offers different setup tutorials for different kinds of routers which you can easily go through here .
How to install/connect IPVanish for Linux
Linux has a lot of bistros, so providing a dedicated app for its is an incredibly complex task. No popular provider has one but you can easily find out how to manually install a VPN on your own bistro in an easy manner.
IPVanish offers two types of Ubuntu VPN protocols i.e. Ubuntu PPTP and Ubuntu OpenVPN and you can access a step by step manual setup guide for these configurations on IPVanish’s website in the app section or on our own dedicated VPN review for Linux.
How to install/connect IPVanish for Chromebook
The Chromebook is a laptop computer by Google that runs on the Google Chrome OS. This laptop hails from a very different breed altogether and is a great option to indulge in if you are bored of your Windows or Mac OS too much by now.
The best part about the Chromebook is its uncomplicated and streamlined interface that allows you to do things in a much easier way than you could have done on other OS. The same holds true for setting up a VPN on this OS. Here’s a very simple guide on how to set up a VPN manually on Chrome OS:
- On your Chromebook, open the Google Chrome Browser and then open a new tab
- In this tab, enter chrome://settings in the address bar
- Scroll down to find “Add Connection” and click on it. Now click on “Add Private Network” from the ensuing options
Now enter the information as shown in the table below:
|Server Hostname||This field requires the full name of the server you wish to connect to. You can easily find these names in the server list available in your account’s control panel|
|Service Name||You can create any name you like|
|Server CA Certificate||Choose “Default”|
|User Certificate||Leave this field blank|
|Username & Password||Enter your own VPN username and password|
|OTP||Leave this field blank|
|Group Name||Leave this field blank|
|Save Username and Password||This is optional. Save it or keep it temporary|
- Just click on “Connect” and your connection will commence with the VPN enabled
How to install/connect IPVanish for Windows Phone
Windows Phone are not that popular as compared to their more robust cousins i.e. Android and iOS, but still they do exist in such numbers that they are definitely the target of hacking attempts.
Therefore, you need a VPN to provide you with the ultimate security cover. Here’s how you can get that very security cover by installing IPVanish on your Windows Phone through this step by step guide:
- Access the App list on your Windows Phone and go to “Settings” and scroll down to find and click on “VPN”
- Change the Status from the Default “Off” to “On”
- Now tap on “Add” and move over to box for “Server Name” and type in the name of the server or its IP address you wish to connect to. Only the servers available with IPVanish need to be selected
- Now tap on “Type” and select the “L2TP with IPSec” as your encryption protocol
- Below the “Connect Using” box, enter your username and password. In the box for pre-shared key, enter “ipvanish”
- Select a unique profile name for your connection in the box for “Profile Name” and tap on “Save”
- For changing your server, you would need to repeat the process.
IPVanish Tap Device
The Tap device is typically a “Driver” used by all VPN applications for enabling a private connection. If a particular software is unable to install this driver, you will face trouble in accessing the client or connecting to a VPN server. So, what seems to be the problem with IPVanish’s Tap Device?
Well, the issue is quite common among numerous network or privacy-related tools. Software conflicts and driver signing errors can prevent Windows from installing IPVanish’s Tap driver. To fix this, consider exiting IPVanish completely. Open Task Manager, right click on the app, and click on “End Task”.
Once done, download the latest Tap Driver from the OpenVPN website. For a direct download link, click here. Install the file labelled “tap-windows-9.21.2”. The process will hardly take a few seconds, after which you will be able to use IPVanish for connecting to any desired server of your choice!
IPVanish Kill Switch
Almost all VPN software offers a Kill Switch feature nowadays. It is a crucial tool needed by the privacy-conscious for shutting down all internet traffic, in circumstances, your VPN connection stops working. By disconnecting all access to the net, you can protect your identity from leaking out.
In simple words, the kill switch feature is crucial for keeping you safe and secure, even when your VPN gives up on you. IPVanish does support this tool on their Mac OS and Windows clients.
How to Enable IPVanish Kill Switch on Mac and Windows?
For those operating Mac, go to “Preferences” in the client app and then on “Connection”. You will see a list of configurations available, including the “Active Protocol” and other options like “Auto Reconnect”, “Enable IPv6 Leak Protection”, and “Warn when quitting while connected”. Simply check the box that says “Kill Switch” to activate the feature.
Conversely, those operating IPVanish on Windows has a much simpler GUI available. To turn on the Kill switch feature, simply click on the “Settings” tab in the client. Once done, tap on the “Connection” menu and click the checkbox labeled “Kill Switch”. You can also enable other features like IPv6 Leak Protection, DNS Leak Protection, Black LAN Traffic, and Auto Reconnect.
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The speeds get throttled on a lot of servers, Google prompts you with a captcha while using some servers, the chat support is immensely deceptive (It isn’t 24/7 by any sense of the term) and some other problems are among those regularly faced by a lot of users.
The provider needs to pick its game up big time. Its decent and secure, but modern day users are satisfied with nothing but the best, so if you can’t provide it, then be prepared for such rants on forums like Reddits, like this one below:
IPVANISH Review by Trust Pilot
At TrustPilot, the situation is far worse. There are a total of 404 reviews generated by users and a cumulative rating of a single star to reflect the collective opinion contained in the majority of those reviews.
Users can have complaints about any service, but when something goes south, everyone can notice it. IPVanish has a lot of ground to cover to convert these rants into recommendations.
IPVanish VS NordVPN
Here is a feature by feature comparison between Nord VPN and IPVanish:
|Protocols||OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and IKEv2||IKEv2, PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP, DoubleVPN and SSTP|
|Encryption||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key|
|Based In||United States||Panama|
|Added Features||Kill Switch, SOCKS5 Proxy||SmartPlay, Onion over VPN, CyberSec, and Automatic Kill Switch, Works on Netflix|
IPVanish VS PureVPN
Here is a rundown on the differences in features, pricing and other factors between IPVanish and PureVPN:
|Protocols||OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and IKEv2||PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP and DoubleVPN|
|Encryption||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key||AES-256-CBC with a 2048-bit DH key|
|Based In||United States||Hong Kong|
|Added Features||Kill Switch, SOCKS5 Proxy||Onion over VPN, Split Tunneling, Dedicate IP, DDoS Protection, Ad Blocking and Automatic Kill Switch,|
IPVanish VPN Not Working/Errors/Issues
When it comes to using IPVanish, users might come across various issues/errors that may stop them from enjoying a completely private online experience. In light of this, we at BestVPN.co decided to compile a list of the most common not working errors we get from our readers/viewers!
IPVanish Not Connecting
Connectivity issues can have many reasons. Your firewall could be blocking the app’s internet connection. Incorrect Date and Time settings on your computer can cause connection problems. Sometimes even ISPs may block PPTP VPN connections. Other times it is simply just a problem with your internet. You need to first figure out the root cause, then take steps accordingly.
IPVanish Unable To Install Tap Device
Usually, when users have a lot of VPN apps installed on their PCs, IPVanish may encounter errors when installing the Tap Device. If you want to fix the problem, consider removing conflicting software applications. This should work, but if it does not, you can always download the Tap Driver from OpenVPN’s website directly. Download and install the Tap Driver from here: https://swupdate.openvpn.org/community/releases/tap-windows-9.21.2.exe
IPVanish Keeps Disconnecting
If your IPVanish app keeps disconnecting, it could put your identity at risk. Now, tools like Automatic Kill Switch can only go so far in keeping your safe at all times. A problem solution is needed to stop IPVanish from disconnecting. As mentioned earlier, there could be multiple reasons as to why you may experience connection drops. Consider unblocking the app from the firewall, fixing your data and time settings, or configuring your internet to see if anything works!
IPvanish Review FAQ
Is using VPN legal in USA?
Unless you use it for something sinister or criminal, using a VPN is perfectly legal in not just the US, but in most parts of the world.
Can IPVanish be used on multiple devices?
Yes. IPVanish allows you to access the service on 5 devices simultaneously.
How do I cancel my subscription to IPVanish?
If you are not satisfied with the service standards of IPVanish then you can definitely exercise your liberty as a user to cancel the subscription. Just head over to the website and log in to your account. Here, in the control panel, click on “Subscription”. You will now be able to see an option “I wish to cancel my subscription” at the bottom of this tab. Click on it and continue with process till you are done with all the formalities. Your account will now stand canceled and invalid.
Wrapping things up, we would like to recommend the provider to add more features to its service and ramp up the performance of the existing ones in order to keep the customers coming in. The service has suffered some major let downs in the recent past and its high time that they buck themselves up and keep their good image in the VPN domain from being tarnished.
IPVanish is good, but in today’s ultra-competitive, user driven world, being good just won’t make the cut. You have to be extraordinary in order to engage more users and initiate a lasting brand loyalty.
ExpressVPN has exorbitantly priced plans but users go for it despite having cheaper options, only because of the trust and credibility the provider has generated through a stellar performance on all fronts.
IPVanish needs to follow the same path. We are satisfied by how it is currently, but there is definitively room for a lot of improvement.
If you have any comments or suggestions about our service and review standards, do comment in the thread below. We would be more than happy to engage with you!