IPVanish

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Pros

  • Good transfer speeds
  • Wide range of endpoint countries
  • Clear no-logging policy

Cons

  • More expensive than many rivals
  • Doesn't work for Netflix or BBC iPlayer

Key Features

  • Review Price: £58.60
  • Supports OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV
  • Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
  • $10 (£7.51) per month
  • $26.99 (£20.28) per 3 months
  • $77.99 (£58.60) per year
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What is IPVanish?

IPVanish is an established and well-regarded name in VPN provisioning, with generally strong performance in our throughput tests on its European endpoints.

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IPVanish – Features and usability

IPVanish is easy to use, with a well-designed Windows client that includes a traffic and speed graph and connection options that allow you to have it choose the best endpoint for your chosen country or city, or manually select from its available endpoint servers. Endpoint auto-selection didn’t always produce the best results for us, we were pleased by the level of fine-grained manual endpoint selection available. You can choose your endpoint country from a map or filter by latency.

IPVanish has over 850 servers in 60 countries across Europe, North America and Asia, with a few scattered endpoints on other continents. It doesn’t have as wide a geographic range as region-shifting specialists such as Hide My Ass!, but it’s a substantial selection that should serve most users well. The client supports OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP connections, has a number of extra security features including leak protection, a kill switch to ensure that you never send data across the internet without the protection of the VPN, and can connect automatically on boot. As well as Windows, IPVanish also provides clients for macOS, Android, iOS and Amazon’s Fire TV, as well as details on how to connect other devices such as Linux PCs, Windows phones, and routers.

IPVanish – Performance

In our latest tests, IPVanish still pushed the limits of our test server’s connection speeds via its Dutch endpoint, from which we got download speeds of 10.7MB/s, but its UK server was a little sluggish at 4.7MB/s. US speeds held steady at a decent 2.7MB/s – about two thirds of our non-VPN reference speed. As ever, it’s important to bear in mind that VPN speed test results can vary widely, depending on factors ranging from congestion or oversubscription on a given endpoint to third-party networking issues. We’ve previously seen significantly better test performance from IPVanish, and will be revisiting it in future speed tests. We were unable to connect to popular streaming services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer without being detected and blocked, which is disappointing in light of IPVanish’s price.

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Why buy IPVanish?

IPVanish has a clear no-logging policy and is based in the USA, which doesn’t require logging of user activity by law, but also has few data protection requirements and a record of state surveillance. A combination of ongoing special offers and a weakening dollar have made IPVanish less expensive to subscribe to than when we last reviewed it. Although first-year discount vouchers are readily available, its standard annual subscription fee is $77.99 (£58.60), working out at rather expensive £4.88 per month. Its month-to-month subscription fee is a middling £7.51.

Verdict

IPVanish is effective and reliable, with particularly good connection speeds on endpoints in mainland Europe. However, rival Private Internet Access has similar features and costs less. If streaming TV is a priority, NordVPN would be a better alternative.

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