Both PIA and ibVPN come at cheap prices and accept Bitcoin, though ibVPN is cheaper. PIA offers a 7-day money-back guarantee, while ibVPN offers a 15-day money-back guarantee and a 24-hour free trial. Neither provider keeps logs, but ibVPN’s location in Romania keeps it safe from data retention laws, unlike US-based PIA. PIA has over 3,000 servers across more than 30 countries, while ibVPN has 200 servers across 40+ countries. Both VPNs provide strong encryption, but ibVPN also supports SSTP and offers a SmartDNS service. PIA, on the other hand, offers dedicated IPs.
With either provider, you will get the protection of a built-in kill switch, except in ibVPN’s mobile apps. Although both VPNs are compatible with major platforms, PIA also has an app for Linux and offers five simultaneous connections, while ibVPN doesn’t have a Linux app and offers only one connection per account. However, ibVPN has browser extensions, while PIA doesn’t. You can access Netflix through ibVPN’s browser extensions, along with Hulu and the BBC iPlayer, but PIA doesn’t do well with streaming restricted services. Both VPNs offer unlimited bandwidth, user support via a ticketing system, and P2P support.
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