IPVanish

Sign up with IPVanish for a month, three months or a year, with prices starting at only $6.49 a month.

  • Access to ESPN, HBO, MLB TV, NBC Sports, and other streaming services
  • Dynamic IP addresses
  • Unlimited server switches and devices per subscription
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A virtual private network (VPN) is a great tool that enables you to securely access the Internet both from public networks, like the one at your local coffee shop and from home. Here, we’re letting you know our thoughts on IPVanish, a VPN designed for everyday Internet use. We’ll be covering everything from the company’s history to available subscription options to help decode the tech-speak and find the right VPN for you.

IPVanish Desktop App
IPVanish Desktop App

Can I Try IPVanish For Free?

Kind of. Unlike many other VPN companies that offer free trial periods, IPVanish has a money-back guarantee instead. That means that we had to first purchase the plan and then request a refund within 30 days of the transaction. However, IPVanish pledges to refund purchases in their entirety, with no questions asked. In other words, we can cancel for any reason, even if we just don’t like the product. However, we like using IPVanish, so, fortunately, we haven’t had to cancel or even think about it much!

Heads Up: Our card was charged as soon as we made the purchase, so make sure to cancel your plan via your personal control panel within the 30-day time frame.

Subscription Information

Cutting to the chase, IPVanish has a simple pricing structure. All plans are the same in terms of what we get; the only difference is the time-frame of the agreement. The most economical option is $6.49 per month for a year’s subscription, and the costliest is $10.00 a month for a more low stakes month-to-month commitment. There is also a 20% student discount available. However, to claim the student discount, you will need to register with Student Beans to verify your student status, which counted us out. Rats!

1 Month3 Months1 Year
Monthly Rate$10.00$8.99$6.49
Yearly Rate$120.00$107.88$77.99
Total Amount Billed$10.00$26.99$77.99

Each subscription includes:

  • Apps that are compatible with all devices i.e. Windows, Mac, iOS, Fire TV, Linux, Chrome OS, Androids and routers (note that IPVanish is one of our best VPNs for Android).
IPVanish App
IPVanish App
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 256-bit AES encryption
  • Strict logging policy that only collects data such as page requests, browser types, operating systems, bounce rates, and average times spent on their site, but not web traffic or activity
  • SOCKS5 web proxy
  • Access to censored apps and websites
  • IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols

With some VPNs like NordVPN costing as low as around $3.00 per month, IPVanish skews pricier, however, there are more expensive VPNs on the market as well, like ExpressVPN which starts at about $8 per month. Plus, each option with IPVanish included SugarSync, a cloud service that also protected our videos, pictures, and documents. We got 250 GB of data, and our files are held as long as our IPVanish account is active.

IPVanish’s VPN for Teams

IPVanish offers a service for businesses called Encrypt.me which is especially suited for a business setting. In many workplaces, collaboration is vital to an organization’s success. Encrypt.me ensures that company files are kept safe, along with communications between team members. This is helpful for businesses to avoid potentially costly data breaches. Additionally, the service allows team members to access shared files remotely with private endpoints, ensuring that resources can be accessed remotely. The feature also allowed us to content filter, removing potential workplace distractions or threats. Furthermore, Encrypt.me can help to protect employees during business travel, where they are often switching between several networks, private and public alike.

Subscriptions start at $7.99 per team member, and the cost per member decreases the more members are added. We could up to 250 members, but if your team is even bigger, Encrypt.me can make allowances.

Payment Options

IPVanish accepts major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as JCB, Delta and PayPal.

What If I Want to Cancel?

If we wanted to cancel our subscription, we would have done so via the IPVanish user control panel online. At the bottom of the page, there’s a button that reads “I wish to cancel my subscription.” After completing the cancellation process, a confirmation email would be sent. We could have also contacted IPVanish to cancel our account for us by getting in touch with their support team and making sure we had our account information handy.

Favorite Features

We think IPVanish is a solid option for those looking for a VPN with far reach that can allow for multitasking on many devices, without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite aspects.

  • Connect up to 10 devices simultaneously: We connected to 10 different devices at the same time using IPVanish, which was super convenient for our small but mighty office.
  • SugarSync: We stored thousands of photos using SugarSync and felt better knowing that everything was protected through encryption. We also liked that we had the option to wipe our devices clean remotely in case they were lost or stolen. When one of us lost our phone down a subway grate, this feature certainly came in handy.
  • Worldwide coverage: IPVanish has over 40,000 shared IP addresses and operates in more than 75 locations around the world. That’s important because when we are closer to a server, our Internet speed improves. This wide network gave us a lot of options whether we were at home in Brooklyn or traveling to Japan.
  • Torrenting is permitted: We torrent our favorite documentaries and eBooks using uTorrent.
  • Strong encryption: IPVanish used AES-256 encryption, which is the highest quality encryption on the market today.
  • Split tunneling: We used IPVanish’s private servers and the public network server in a coffee shop at the same time, which was convenient when we needed to access a server normally only available in our office.
  • Superior customer service: IPVanish has a 24/7 chat, phone line, and email support. When we contacted IPVanish to clarify subscription costs via email, the responses were quick, within the same day, and our customer service representative was polite and knowledgeable.
IPVanish Customer Support
IPVanish Customer Support
  • Minimal information logging: IPVanish only keeps track of things like operating system, browser type, amount of time spent on the server, and payment information for billing purposes; however, they never logged any of our web traffic or activity, the point of a VPN in the first place.
  • Streaming options: We accessed Spotify, YouTube, Bing, Facebook, Gmail, Kodi, Google, Skype, Sling TV, Twitter and WhatsApp under IPVanish.

Watch Out: Where a VPN is based matters. If a VPN company is U.S-based, it’s part of surveillance agreements like Five Eyes,1 Nine Eyes and 14 Eyes. That means the government could force the company to share customer data.

Company History

Mudhook Media, part of a company under the Highwinds Network Group founded IPVanish in 2012. Since then, the company has changed hands several times. Stackpath acquired IPVanish in 2017, and in 2019, J2 Global bought Stackpath.

There was some controversy with IPVanish back in 2016 when it was under Highwinds Network Group. The company had collaborated with the FBI to share information regarding a person of interest. The involvement with the FBI is not the questionable part, but rather, the concern is that the information shared was information that IPVanish told users it never collected, meaning that IPVanish was not actually practicing their “zero-log policy” as advertised. However, when StackPath acquired IPVanish in 2017, the new management vowed to more strictly adhere to its no-logging policy. In 2019, media giant J2 Global bought Stackpath, and currently owns IPVanish. So for those extremely concerned about privacy, it’s safe to say that IPVanish doesn’t have the best track record.

IPVanish Data Logging Policy
IPVanish Data Logging Policy

Server Locations

IPVanish has servers in over 75 locations. It’s beneficial to have options in different countries because then you can access the Internet as if you were physically in that country. This is especially useful because the closer we are to a server, the faster speeds we have, not to mention that the Internet is not freely accessible in all places due to government restrictions. IPVanish has servers in:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Luxembourg
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Denmark
  • Moldova
  • Slovakia
  • Serbia
  • Ireland
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Ukraine
  • Portugal
  • Cyprus
  • Belgium
  • Slovenia
  • Greece
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Israel
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Australia
  • New Zealand.

In Summary

In our opinion, IPVanish is totally worth it, despite their past privacy issues. While it’s certainly not the cheapest VPN on the market, there are several features that gave us a lot of bang for our buck. Between the ten devices that we connected simultaneously and the bundle with SugarSync for our pictures, videos, and documents, we liked that we didn’t have to worry about managing so many different services to protect all of our digital assets. The service uniquely suited our torrenting needs with its 40,000 IP addresses and non-restrictive P2P activity. Additionally, the widespread availability of servers meant we had a speedy connection most of the time. And, at the end of the day, if you’re not happy, or need help taking full advantage of all the features IPVanish has to offer, their customer support is available 24/7. All in all, we think that the wide range of features justifies IPVanish’s slightly higher than average price.

IPVanish Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I torrent on IPVanish?

    Yes, IPVanish is one of the best VPNs to torrent under. Its 40,000 IP addresses make it an ideal choice for a high-bandwidth activity like torrenting, and P2P activity is allowed on all servers. We also needed an IPVanish SOCKS5 proxy username and password to work with uTorrent, but it was pretty straightforward to set up.

  • Has IPVanish ever been in legal trouble?

    Yes, in 2016, when IPVanish was under Highwinds Network Group, the company ran into some controversy involving the FBI. In short, IPVanish provided the FBI with information that they had claimed previously to not have collected according to their “no-logs” policy. The information gathered allowed for IPVanish to identify a specific user from an IP address record, a contradiction of their privacy policy.

  • Does IPVanish have a kill switch?

    Yes, IPVanish has a kill switch that can be toggled on and off.

  • Who owns IPVanish?

    Currently, J2 Global owns IPVanish. Originally, Mudhook Media, part of a company called the Highwinds Network Group, founded IPVanish in 2012. In 2017, a company called Stackpath acquired the Highwinds Network Group and two years later, J2 Global purchased Stackpath.

  • Does IPVanish log my information?

    IPVanish logs some information. Even though IPVanish claims to be a zero-logs VPN provider, it still keeps track of some information like operating system, browser type, amount of time spent on the server, and payment information for billing purposes. However, they don’t log web traffic or activity, according to their privacy policy.

Citations
  1. CNN. (2017). What is the Five Eyes intelligence pact?
    cnn.com/2017/05/25/world/uk-us-five-eyes-intelligence-explainer/index.html