Background & company details
ibVPN has been developed and launch 8 years ago, by a team with over 15 years of experience in online privacy. The company is located in Romania, Europe. What we love about the service’s location is that is outside 14 eyes countries and the company is GDPR compliant starting May 2018.
Most providers will give you access to VPN servers without getting too much in details when it comes to online privacy. ibVPN does not stop here and it provides the most compete VPN, Smart DNS & Proxy solution. Is just incredible to see all these 3 features into one service.
- The VPN provides access to VPN servers located worldwide and it’s mainly used for private browsing, great encryption, only privacy etc. There are P2P servers added especially for a torrent download or game servers for a better experience. The most powerful protocol is implemented on these servers.
- The Smart DNS is a solution provided for users interested in streaming and unblocking online video channels. There are over 300 channels unblocked with the Smart DNS (called ibDNS on their website). The advantage of this solution is that it will not slow down your internet connection like it might happen when you are connected to a VPN service. However, Smart DNS technologies are not able to provide encryption as the VPN does.
- Access to proxies is easily accessible through the Browser extensions ibVPN have developed for their users. These extensions are available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Compared to VPN and Smart DNS for which you need to have an account, access to extensions is free. The only drawback is that after 10 minutes you are disconnected and you will have to manually connect to a new or to the same proxy. But you can’t have any requirements considering it’s a free feature. You can upgrade anytime for a full experience.
Plans & Packages
All these 3 features (VPN, Smart DNS and Proxy) are available into Ultimate VPN package which is the most popular and fully featured package. This plan allows 5 simultaneous connections which means you can connect in the same time from your laptop, tablet, mobile or other devices on the same server. The price is $4.83/month (paid yearly) and we can strongly agree is a fair price considering all the benefits this package provides.
There are other lower prices packages but it comes with some limitations based on your need:
– Standard VPN mostly used for browsing only
– Torrent VPN used for P2P and torrent download
– ibDNS used for online streaming
The price for these packages is $3.07/month paid yearly. For the small price difference, our advice is to get Ultimate VPN which is by far the best one.
There is also a Family VPN plan which allows 7 simultaneous connections or also customized business VPN plans, created for companies of all sizes.
Apps & Compatibility
For an easy-to-use experience, we recommend users to install the VPN client accordingly to their operating system:
AIO (All in One VPN) Client for Windows.
This is a complex VPN application where you can find all the features and with a simple click you can enable/disable them: Smart DNS, Leak Protection, KillSwitch, easily change between protocols, select servers based on speed or region.
There are also VPN clients Mac, iOS & Android.
For proxy usage and to easily change your IP while browsing, you can add one of the browser extensions available for: Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
ibVPN service can also be used on specific devices after a manual setup is completed. There is also a wide range of manual setup tutorials for different devices & routers, including: Sabai Router, Raspberry PI, Free Revolution, NAS Synology, Boxee Box, PlayStation, BitTorrent etc.
As we mentioned an the beginning of this review, the features variety offered by ibVPN it takes this provider among the top VPN providers.
- SmartDNS – fast online streaming with no speed loss
- Servers optimized for DoubleVPN, TORoverVPN, and P2P traffic.
- Powerful protocols: OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP, PPTP, IPsec, Stealth VPN, SoftEther
- KillSwitch – in case your Internet or VPN connection drops unexpectedly, the Kill Switch will ensures you that a selected list of applications will be closed.
- Shadowsocks – when you need to bypass heavy internet censorship
- WebRTC Leak – protection against WebRTC IP leaking
- Socks5 Proxy – for enhanced security while downloading torrents
- Encryption AES-256 – the Highest level of encryption.
Other Benefits of ibVPN
- 24 hours free trial. No credit card required. Everyone can test the service and all features are available in the free trial.
- 15 Days Money Back Guarantee. If you purchased the service but decide that it’s not really what you need, you can ask for a refund within 15 days, no questions asked.
- 24/7 support. Usually, all support requests are answered in minutes. If you do not want to wait for a ticket reply, you can contact them online, via the live chat box from their website. Advanced issues, might require them to connect remotely on your device.
ibVPN is a small VPN provider with decent prices providing features many other VPNs don’t. Whether you need a VPN for torrent download, private web browsing, unblocking web streaming, bypassing censorship or for solid encryption, this provider have you covered.