IVPN is what they call a “lean operation”. With only 13 employees total spread out over eight different countries, IVPN is its own boss, headquartered in the autonomous U.K territory of Gibraltar. We love that the company was started by digital security professionals at the University of London, but we also wanted to make sure that we weren’t paying a ridiculous amount for that expertise. That being said, we think you’ll be pretty pleased with what we found when it came to IVPN’s pricing.
How Much It Costs
IVPN won’t break the bank, with monthly subscription fees starting at just $6 for two devices and $10 for seven, as well as discounted options for groups. Let’s take a closer look.
We bought the Pro subscription for $10 a month, although we could’ve saved $20 had we signed up for a year. Compared to the Standard subscription, we got four more devices that we could connect to their VPN, plus port forwarding and multi-hop, which both increased our security.
|Length of Free Trial Period in Days||3||3|
|Number of devices||2||7|
Sure, IVPN may not be one of the cheapest VPNs, but with prices going as high as $15 a month, it’s not the most expensive, either. Along with either two or seven devices, we could use as many different servers as we wanted to with IVPN, making it a great choice for frequent travelers. It certainly simplified things that each subscription allowed access to all servers (even though there weren’t a huge number of servers to begin with, but that’s another story).
Want to buy IVPN for a whole slew of people, be it your family or employees? The cost is only $5 per user per month, and you can choose between paying monthly or annually for $60 per user per year. These team subscriptions let each user connect to seven devices, the same as the Pro plan. This is a very good price, in our opinion, for so many connected devices.
Can I Try It For Free?
If you’re asking if IVPN has a free trial, the answer is yes…sort of. While they claim that they offer a three day trial, you’ll have to put down your credit card to access their VPN, although it won’t be charged until three days later. So if you truly want to try out IVPN and not pay a dime, be sure to mark three days after your purchase on your calendar.
But there is one more failsafe: even if you forget to cancel your subscription, as long as you’re within a week of purchase, you’ll be able to request cancellation and get a full refund within a day.
IVPN Discounts and Deals
We’re always on the hunt for a few things: bagels, blue skies, and bargains. While IVPN has decent prices, unfortunately they don’t offer any discounts for students or any seasonal discounts, which was a disappointment; companies like NordVPN, for example, have summer sales, student discounts, and even discounts for certain non-profit organizations, as you can read about more on our NordVPN deals page. We’d love to see some similar promotions from IVPN, although we understand that they’re a smaller company that may not have the resources of the popular NordVPN. Still, it’s an area we’d like to see improvement on; we’d even take a friend referral program, if they wanted to give it to us!
How To Cancel IVPN
If you want to cancel your IVPN subscription, log into your account’s client area and click “cancel account”. Again, you’ll only get a refund if you’re within a week of your purchase date and otherwise, you won’t be refunded.
Why We Like IVPN
IVPN is a solid VPN worth its price, as we detailed in our IVPN review. But if you don’t feel like reading much, here are the Cliff’s Notes:
- Kill switch: Even if IVPN fails, our web activities won’t be revealed; rather, our browsers would shut down with the VPN.
- No data logs: IVPN only stored our payment information and email address, leaving our web traffic and private IP address
- Anonymity: With the option to send cash payment via snail mail, IVPN gave us more anonymity than nearly any other VPN we’ve reviewed.
- Split tunneling: In order to quicken speeds and reduce our bandwidth, we had some traffic go through IVPN and some stay on our public network.
- High-quality encryption: AES-256 is what we expect from VPNs in terms of encryption, and IVPN rose to the challenge.
- Dynamic IP addresses: In order to make us anonymous consistently, we got a new IP address every time we logged onto IVPN.
- Quick speeds: Whether we were on a Mac or a Windows computer, IVPN didn’t slow our upload and download speeds nor did it increase our latency.
- Decent prices: $6 for two devices isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, but IVPN didn’t exactly burn holes in our wallets, either.
- Seven day refund policy: For whatever reason, we could’ve gotten a full refund had we requested a cancellation within seven days of purchase.
When it comes to VPNs, location matters nearly as much as it does with real estate. IVPN is a smaller company, with most of its servers in the U.S and across Europe. However, there was very little representation when it came to Asia and South America, and they don’t have any servers in Africa or Antarctica (well, the last one is pretty understandable, but still).
|North America||U.S||Washington, D.C, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix|
|North America||Canada||Toronto, Montreal|
|Europe||United Kingdom||London, Manchester|
|Asia||Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
If none of these locations cut it, check out ExpressVPN, one of the largest companies known for its vast amount of servers and locations. Learn more in our ExpressVPN review.
Who Owns IVPN?
Unlike many other VPN companies we’ve investigated, IVPN doesn’t have a parent company, and the company itself is super small, with only 13 employees total across eight countries operating under Privatus Limited. Nicholas Pestell, IVPN’s CEO, is also their only owner.
According to our research on VPNs, 40 percent of people who use VPNs do so for general privacy, but with many VPNs storing payment information, users’ privacy can be compromised, even if the company isn’t logging their web traffic. Fortunately, IVPN offers other, more secure payment methods that will either hide the purchase from your bank account, like PayPal, or hide your identity completely, like sending cash through the mail.
- Credit card (processed through Braintree)1
- Bitcoin (processed through IVPN’s BTCPay server)
- Cash (mail)
IVPN is the first company we’ve seen to accept cash through the postal service, and we love this option for its total anonymity.
FYI: If you use PayPal, the bank won’t be able to see that you purchased IVPN; rather, your bank statement will just say PayPal. It’s no wonder that the payment service’s transaction revenue grew by 19 percent in 2018 alone2 as people become more and more concerned with protecting themselves online.
In 2019, the average adult in the U.S spent nearly three hours on their smartphones every day,3 and that number is only increasing in 2020 and beyond. Since we’re on our phones so much, digital security may not be on the forefront of our minds as we connect to browse the menu while on a restaurant’s WiFi. However, joining these sorts of public networks, whether on our phones or not, can lead to hacking. Enter IVPN, stage left.
IVPN has apps for iOS and Android devices with ratings of 4.1 and 3.2, respectively. While the iOS app’s rating is decent, we were a bit dismayed by the Android app’s ratings, which were not terrible, but a bit lower than expected. However, most of the reviews were still five stars, so make sure to perform your updates to get the very best out of the IVPN Android app.
IVPN works on many different types of devices, including:
Note: The easiest way to connect IVPN to all of your devices is to connect it directly to your router. Then, any device on that network will automatically route its web traffic and IP address through its encrypted tunnel.
While it’s a good thing for subscription pricing that so few people work at IVPN, it also made us a little bit concerned about their customer support system. With only 13 employees, could we really get help if we needed it, and in what time period?
We noticed that IVPN has a live chat service on their website, powered by Rocket.Chat. In addition, they have an online help center with setup and privacy guides. Another way to contact them directly is through a form on their website. While they say they’ll respond to all requests within 24 hours, we wish they had a phone option for super fast responses.
IVPN is certainly worth the prices, and we love how straightforward they made everything when it came to costs. It’s definitely worth trying out IVPN, especially considering their seven day full refund policy. From there, you’ll pay $6 to $10 a month or $60 or $100 a year, depending on how many devices you need to connect, which are very reasonable prices. Although we wish the company offered student and seasonal discounts, their prices are more than fair when compared to others in the industry.
More Questions (And Answers)
- Is IVPN safe?
IVPN is safe. The company only logs users’ email address and payment information, and won’t collect web traffic or their IP addresses. Plus, the company is based in Gibraltar, an autonomous territory of the U.K that can’t be forced to hand the government customer data.
- What does IVPN stand for?
It isn’t clear what IVPN stands for, but it may stand for Internet Virtual Private Network or Invisible Virtual Private Network. Strangely, this acronym isn’t clarified on IVPN’s website.
- Who owns IVPN?
Nicholas Pestell owns IVPN; there is no parent company, although Privatus Limited runs its operations.
- Where is IVPN based?
IVPN is based in Gibraltar, a territory of the U.K.
Braintree. (2020). Boost Revenue with a Global Payments Partner.
Statista. (2020). PayPal – Statistics & Facts.
eMarketer. (2019). US Time Spent with Mobile 2019.