PureVPN vs Ivacy VPN Comparison 2020
PureVPN and Ivacy are both reputable names in the VPN industry. They are both reliable and guarantee maximum protection and anonymity online.
However, which one is the better choice? Here is an in-depth comparison of Ivacy Vs PureVPN that will help you decide which one suits your needs better.
Pricing and Discounts
|Special offer||73% Off on a 2-Year Plan||Save 77% on a 2-Year + 1 Year Free Plan|
|Highest price per month||$10.95||$7.50 for 5 devices/$9.95 for 10 devices|
|Lowest price per month||$2.91||$2.25 for 5 devices/$2.49 for 10 devices|
|One-Year Price||$49.95||$42 for 5 Devices/$51 for 10 Devices|
|Simultaneous Connections||5||5 to 10|
|Operating System Apps||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and Fire TV||Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Fire TV|
|Manual Install Devices||Linux, Routers, Set-Top Boxes||Routers, TVs, and more|
|Split Tunneling||Yes (All Apps)||Yes (All Apps)|
|Free Extras||Official Kodi addon, ad-blocker, malware-scanner, browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox||Dedicated Kodi Add-on, Ivacy Prime App, Chromecast support, Split Tunneling, and Port-forwarding,|
PureVPN and Ivacy offer users some distinct features that enhance their security as well as their overall user experience on the internet.
To my surprise, these two are the only providers offering a dedicated extension for Kodi. Not to mention, you have manual setup guides for different routers and devices.
While PureVPN is restricted to 5 multi-logins, Ivacy lets you choose between 5 and 10 based on the plan you opt for, giving it a slight edge.
As far as extra features are concerned, PureVPN offers NAT Firewall, Split Tunneling, Ad/Tracker blocking, IPv6 Leak Protection, Port Forwarding, DDoS Protection, and static IPs.
Similarly, Ivacy offers the IvacyPrime App, Chromecast support, DNS Protection, Port-forwarding, Public Wi-Fi Security, Smart Purpose Selection, and DDoS Protection
When it comes to unblocking content, PureVPN and Ivacy are both equal in the amount of content they can unblock for users.
Since both services offer users access to multiple servers spread across hundreds of countries, users will be able to access any geo-restricted content with ease.
This is perhaps where PureVPN has the edge over Ivacy because of their servers. With 2000+ servers compared to Ivacy’s 1000+, PureVPN can provide a greater range of access.
China’s restrictions and heavy regulation of its internet are notorious around the world. The country blocks all “foreign” services in the country.
PureVPN offers users the chance to use its services from inside and outside China thanks to its dedicated 12 Chinese servers (6 in Beijing, 6 in Shanghai).
Ivacy, on the other hand, has 6 dedicated Chinese servers. PureVPN supports Windows, Mac, and Android while Ivacy offers support for all these in addition to iOS.
Setup and Interface
|Automatic Setup Wizard||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS|
|Main Location Selection||List-based||List-based|
|Extra Settings Pages||Yes||Yes|
PureVPN supports all the major platforms in use. In addition to this, it has some incredible features that prove to be of great use to both amateurs and professionals.
The app has different dedicated modes that make it easier for you to stream, unblock and mask yourself on the internet with greater ease.
One such feature that users will undoubtedly find helpful is the port changing option that can grant you swifter access to streaming content in countries with strict online laws.
The UI is user-friendly and relatively simple that can vary from desktop to mobile. However, it remains an easy and reliable service to opt for.
Ivacy has a broader interface overall on its desktop versions. In comparison to other apps, it actually lists websites and streaming sites you may want to unblock.
This does give it an edge over other providers, as they do not have to test multiple servers, before unblocking a particular website.
Simply click on the site you want to unblock and enjoy using it seamlessly. This usability does not get compromised on smaller screens and you still have most of the features available.
|Total Number of Servers||2,000||1,000+|
When looking at the number of servers these services can offer, it is clear that PureVPN has a decisive edge in this category.
For instance, not only does PureVPN give its users access to 2000+ servers but they’re located in 140+ countries giving greater access to content from around the world.
On the other hand, Ivacy has fairly respectable 1000+ servers in 100+ countries but these numbers pale in comparison to PureVPN.
Comparatively, Hong Kong-based PureVPN can offer double the amount of access geographically compared to Ivacy.
To get the best and most results for their speed performance, we decided to conduct a speed analysis using different servers from both providers.
We used these servers for different tasks such as browsing, streaming, downloading, gaming and torrenting. The servers chosen were completely random.
The speed test was conducted on a 100 Mbps connection where PureVPN managed an average of 91 Mbps in uploads and downloads, hence a speed loss of 9%
Similarly, Ivacy managed to deliver an average speed of 85 Mbps, indicating a 15% loss that was rather expected because of its fewer servers compared to PureVPN.
|VPN Protocols||PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, IKEv2, OpenVPN||IKEv2 and OpenVPN|
|OpenVPN Data Encryption||AES-256-CBC||AES-256-CBC|
|OpenVPN Control Channel Encryption||RSA-4096||RSA-4096|
|App Security||Kill Switch and DNS Leak Protection||Kill Switch and DNS Leak Protection|
|DNS Status||Private DNS||Private DNS|
PureVPN has an edge in this category thanks to its support for a variety of protocols. These include PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2, SSTP, and OpenVPN giving users tremendous freedom.
By default, OpenVPN is the primary protocol that users get on their devices with exception for iOS that comes with the IKEv2 protocol for speed and security purposes.
Encryption-wise, PureVPN uses AES-256-CBC cipher with HMAC SHA1 hash authentication for the data channel, adding a further layer of security.
Similarly, it deploys the AES-256-CBC cipher with HMAC SHA384 hash authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption for the control channel.
Alternatively, Ivacy offers support only for OpenVPN, IKEv2 and L2TP. For encryption, Ivacy uses AES-256-GCM cipher in addition to an RSA-2048-bit key for handshaking.
In order to conduct a reliable and nonpartisan investigation of how secure these two apps are, leak tests were conducted on both using 6 distinct tools such as:
WebRTC and HTTP Request Leaks:
IPv4/IPv6 and Torrent IP Leaks:
Both PureVPN and Ivacy were successful in clearing all 6 tests without revealing the original IP, DNS, or WebRTC info.
|Sign Up Information||Email Address||Email Address|
|Anonymous Payment Methods||Various Cryptocurrencies||Only Bitcoin|
Both PureVPN and Ivacy bring digital anonymity in terms of financial transactions too. This is evident through the support they offer for various different cryptocurrencies.
However, PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, away from any mass surveillance alliances compared to Ivacy’s Singapore being a 3rd party contributor to 5/9/14 eyes.
Being a contributor to the notorious alliance means that under special conditions, citizens can have their digital activities tracked.
Not only is PureVPN in a more suitable country geographically, it also offers a “no-logs” policy that is corroborated via an independent AltiusIT audit.
|Static IPs||8+ Countries||7+ Countries|
Both these services offer shared and static support in terms of infrastructure and locations.
PureVPN has static IPs in 8 countries including the US, UK, Germany, Malta, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.
Comparatively, Ivacy has static IPs in 7 countries that include the US, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.
|Searchable Knowledge Base||Yes||Yes|
|Average Email Response Time||39 Minutes||30 Minutes|
|Live Chat Support||Yes||No|
Users can expect support 24/7/365 in the form of live chats, video guides, FAQs, emails, tickets, and a robust knowledge base on both PureVPN and Ivacy.
Whereas PureVPN has a slight edge in terms of quicker response time, Ivacy more than makes up for it via a more user-friendly guides section.
Here are the stats from the 4 questions we asked both providers.
|Question||Initial Response Time||Number of Emails||Question Answered|
|Is PureVPN good for Torrenting?||25 Minutes||1||Yes|
|Does PureVPN work with Netflix?||39 Minutes||1||Yes|
|Can I Install PureVPN on LibreELEC||50 Minutes||1||Yes|
|How to setup PureVPN on Firestick?||44 Minutes||1||Yes|
|Question||Initial Response Time||Number of Emails||Question Answered|
|Does Ivacy hide your IP?||33 Minutes||1||Yes|
|Is Ivacy good for gaming?||23 Minutes||1||Yes|
|Does Ivacy work with Netflix?||27 Minutes||1||Yes|
|How to Access Ivacy’s Mirror websites?||35 Minutes||1||Yes|
At the end of this thorough comparison, PureVPN emerges as the winner. However, this is not to say that Ivacy is a vastly inferior product, as it offers most of the features PureVPN can.
In the end, PureVPN’s combination of features, affordability, dedicated mirror sites in China and most of all, the servers count, helped it win this round.