With so many Internet threats and concerns for online privacy, it’s understandable that a multitude of VPN (Virtual Private Network) companies have cropped up to provide secure and anonymous browsing to Internet users, among other things. Every provider wants to be the most favorable with users and this, understandably, makes it difficult for an ordinary user to determine which service provider truly deserves to be trusted.
IPVanish is founded on a solid background of a network management and IP services company that has been in business for more than 15 years. Going by experience alone, IPVanish would rank among the top-most VPN service providers by virtue of its experienced staff although the VPN segment is a new creation. However, a good VPN provider is about overall service quality rather than number of years in operation. If you want to determine whether IPVanish can meet your VPN needs, read the rest of the review.
IPVanish has an impressive global footprint of VPN servers, running more than 90 servers in 41 countries. Moreover, the company continuously adds more VPN servers in new locations, so at any given time in future, you can expect the number of servers to increase.
With these servers, subscribers can choose from more than 3500 dynamic IPs and switching between servers comes at no extra cost. Dynamic IPs make it hard for online traffic to be traced because you’ll normally use a different IP for each session.
IPVanish provides subscribers with a tool to monitor server capacity and speed. This way, users can choose a server with less traffic for faster connection speeds.
Protocols and Features
When it comes to features, IPVanish seems to be at par with other providers, something rare for a new VPN company. IPVanish supports a number of protocols including PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, and L2TP/PPTP XML. The company provides client software for both desktop and mobile subscribers and supports all major operating systems except Linux. Setup on the Linux platform is done manually and can only be done by technically competent users.
However, setup on the client application is straightforward. Once the client is installed on the system, you simply fill in the details sent to you from the company.
IPVanish offers three packages based on a one month subscription at $10, three-month subscription at $26.99 or twelve months subscription at $77.99. This makes IPVanish one of the cheapest VPN providers among the top companies.
All subscriptions come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. It’s not clear why the company chose to lay low regarding this aspect, given that all closest competitors offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on their pricing plans.
IPVanish excels when it comes to customer support. The company offers two main channels for contacting customer support staff, including email and live chat, with the latter only available during US working hours. But there are web contact forms provided on the official website where subscribers can directly contact customer support staff.
Overall, IPVanish is a solid company with good service and features too. Though it is a newly established company, it can compete favorably (or even out-compete) other leading providers.