Last modified March 26, 2013 by Jacob Langvad Nilsson

IPVanish Review

In the long list of great VPN providers we’ve reviewed, IPVanish (http://www.ipvanish.com/) stands out as they’ve built their own proprietary VPN infrastructure. This includes their own globally controlled and operated VPN servers, a proprietary VPN traffic delivery network as well as in-house-developed VPN software for all major OS platforms and mobile devices.

IPVanish has quickly won over 1,000s of customers from around the world for their overall quality of service; the easy content unblocking ability, fast and reliable for streaming, and a massive network of VPN servers — which includes over 37 servers in the US/Canada and 67 in Europe — and state-of-the-art encryption technology for staying anonymous online.

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Installation & Configuration for Desktop, Laptop

IPVanish supports all major platforms for desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones with free software downloads from the IPVanish website. The software is easy to install and allows you to access content from around the world with full VPN encryption from your Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu or Chromebook machine as well through your VPN-enabled router.

Note that the Windows VPN application has separate tutorials for 7, Vista and XP. Similarly, you get different software for Mac OS X or iOS. Linux will also work with IPVanish VPN, but please note that you will need to follow the manual configuration procedures as shown on the set-up section.

IPVanish’s free and easy-to-use VPN software makes it more convenient for users to access US content like Netflix, Pandora, ESPN and Hulu anytime and anywhere. Installation takes just a few minutes, once installed simply use the IPVanish login information provided by IPVanish after you register. Once you launch the software, you can change servers and IP addresses from around the world as well as change your VPN encryption protocols (OpenVPN, PPTP or L2TP) directly from the IPVanish client.

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Installation & Configuration – Mobile

IPVanish also allows you to connect the VPN to your iPhone, iPad, Android device or Windows Phone for easy website unblocking and general online encryption. For iOS, there is a free app available in the iTunes store and for Android; there is a free app available on Google Play. Both can be found on the IPVanish VPN software page.

The software route is indeed the most preferred VPN access point for IPVanish, but you can also go the manual route if you prefer. The setup tutorials, complete with visual guides, are very descriptive and will get you up and running with your VPN connection.

Subscription Cost

As mentioned above, IPVanish has agreed to offer our readers an additional 15% discount off the subscription rates using coupon code VPNCREATIVE.

To make things easy, IPVanish offers a single package which include all their features including unlimited VPN usage, country/server switching, and software for a monthly subscription fee of $10 $8.50. IPVanish also offers discounts for multi-month service packages, which is low as $6.49 $5.52/month with the annual service.

On top of this, IPVanish offers a 7 day money back guarantee with every subscription. After signing up, you can cancel at any time within 7 days and receive a refund, no questions asked.

Payment Options

IPVanish offers several global payment methods including all major credit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin. Worldpay is also offered, giving you options like iDeal, GiroPay, PaySafe Card, MisterCash and Boleto Bancado.

Speed, Reliability & Bandwidth

One of the most important factors in choosing a VPN is speed. By default, speed is lost when you use a VPN connection, but with IPVanish we were able to maintain 80 percent of the available browsing speed. IPVanish is one of the fastest VPN providers we’ve tested and the numbers prove it.

IPVanish is the only true tier- 1 VPN provider in the world, which means that the company owns and runs their own servers. This is a competitive advantage as you are generally able to get faster VPN speeds and more stable connections with a VPN company/service that operates its own infrastructure.

Worried about bandwidth? IPVanish offers unlimited bandwidth to all customers without any restrictions.

Server Locations

IPVanish has one of the largest VPN networks with 14,000+ IPs and over 140+ servers in well over 60 countries. This gives you a wide range of options to unlock content and adopt anonymous IPs from many regions around the world.

The list of countries include, but not limited to: US, UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary, Turkey, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Hong Kong, China, India, Spain, Belgium, Malaysia, South Korea, South Africa, Romania, Russia, Italy, Singapore, Czech Republic, Egypt, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Slovak Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Iceland, Panama, Argentina, Norway, Latvia, Brazil, Moldova, Ireland, Estonia, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand and Croatia. You can visit the IPVanish VPN servers page for a complete list of servers available on the IPVanish network.

IPVanish also allows two simultaneous connections, which allows you to use the service on multiple devices. The VPN protocols currently offered for desktop platforms are OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, L2TP XML and PPTP XM as well as PPTP and L2TP for mobile devices.

Customer Support

IPVanish wants to ensure customers have a great overall experience and offers a range of support options include live chat, email, website contact form, and a support forum. The tutorials and FAQ pages are also simple and highly informative.

Other Features

It is also worth mentioning that IPVanish does not log any traffic. Rest assured, you can confidently use the VPN service knowing that it stands true to its Zero Log Policy.

Issues & Problems

We haven’t faced any issues or problems since we started using IPVanish. The only missing component of IPVanish would be a kill switch, which is probably in the works.

Our review team at VPN Creative is always open to your thoughts and feedback on your experience with IPVanish. Please feel free to send us an email or let us know in the comments section below.

IPVanish Review Conclusion

If you’re looking for a VPN provider with fast browsing speeds, unlimited bandwidth, and competitive pricing, look no further—IPVanish is the VPN for you. With a proprietary VPN network, easy-to-use software, a variety of encryption protocol options, IPVanish is ideal for maintaining anonymity when unblocking content from services like Netflix or Hulu and browsing the web.