If you are looking for a VPN provider that is serious about your privacy, then IVPN might be the company for you. The company is determined to become the leading provider of high-security VPNs, and they have numerous policies in place to protect you. If you’re more interested in streaming, I would look elsewhere. IVPN does have some servers that are capable of unblocking US Netflix but I couldn’t get it to work with any other region.
If you want a VPN for streaming Netflix or other services, I recommend a more reliable provider like NordVPN.
When it comes to privacy though, IVPN is impressive. To start with, the company located its headquarters in Gibraltar so they would not legally be required to log customer data. This also puts them under the jurisdiction of the EU, and they are in compliance with the Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC). IVPN respects customer privacy starting with the signup process. They collect no personal information that could be used to identify customers. The only thing you need to provide is a valid e-mail address to be used for such tasks as resetting your password or service notifications. You can even pay in cash so there will be no payment information stored at the company’s headquarters.
IVPN collects the absolute minimum amount of information necessary for you to use its service. They do not keep any server logs or usage statistics on any servers. So even if a hostile entity seizes the VPN servers, there is no personally identifiable information stored on them to extract. When you cancel your account all data related to it is deleted, except for the e-mail address and password used to set up the account. You can, however, request this to be deleted as well by contacting them.
This focus on high security means that the service is not as flexible as other VPN providers. They do not offer features that may be used to identify you such as static IP addresses. Only shared IP addresses are offered. The protocols they support are OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec using 256 bit AES and 4096 bit RSA encryption technologies. UDP is the default protocol used by its client, but you can switch to TCP if needed. They also do not offer any proxy services, just encrypted VPN connections.
While it’s disappointing that it doesn’t offer static IP addresses or proxy services, you do get the comfort of knowing that IVPN passed an independent audit conducted by Cure53. Any vulnerabilities found during that audit were repaired immediately, and changes were verified by Cure53.
P2P traffic is supported on all of its servers, and they do not limit your bandwidth in any way. So you can download as many files as you want with the service. Its network consists of 78 servers in 45 locations, but they do suggest that if you are going to use P2P software that you connect to a server outside of the USA. The upstream providers in the USA are subject to receiving DCMA complaints and can shut down IVPN’s service.
You get two simultaneous connections with its Standard Plan, and up to seven if you go Pro. IVPN also has a built-in ad and tracking blocker, to help keep your data and devices safe.
IVPN supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X computers/laptops along with iOS and Android devices. IVPN has also recently began open-sourcing all applications for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. The move aims to increase transparency and verification of its apps.
Support is also provided for any of the pfSense devices that are currently on the market. Home routers that have been flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware can be configured for use with its VPN servers. If you do not wish to do this yourself, you can purchase a router from a partner that is preconfigured to use IVPN’s service.
Payment options include all major credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin along with the option to pay in cash. Paying in cash provides an extra layer of anonymity because IVPN doesn’t store payment information on servers. However, paying with cash is only available when purchasing the annual subscription plan.
|Number of countries with servers||32|
|Number of servers||78|
|Number of IP addresses||100|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||7|