IPVanish VPN vs Private Internet Access vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
IPVanish and PIA are 2 VPNs with a lot going for them. Both are completely log-less, though IPVanish runs out of the British Virgin Islands, giving them a slight edge over PIA, which runs out of the US and is thus subject to the stricter laws therein. PIA has very customizable security options such as optional DNS leak protection and adjustable encryption strength, but IPVanish includes NAT firewall with every subscription, which is a very strong layer of added security. IPVanish also has a plethora of countries to choose from, second only to HideMyAss, as well as a free proxy. PIA does stand out in the area of customer service, providing a 24/7 live chat option, whereas IPVanish has a strong knowledge base, but has no live chat option, a big minus in our opinion. Of great importance is IPVanish’s speeds, which are second-to-none. IPvanish controls their own tier-1 network backbone, which basically means your speed is only limited by the users’ normal bandwidth connection, not by any limit on IPVanish’s end.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.8
  • 4.5
Pricing
  • 4.0
  • 4.4
Ease of Use
  • 4.9
  • 4.5
Reliability & Support
  • 4.9
  • 4.5
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.6

IPVanish is one of the best VPN providers out there when it comes to protecting your privacy online. It is at the top of our list, along with ExpressVPN and NordVPN. The huge list of 400 servers in 61 countries means that you can keep your location confidential, while shared VPN conn

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Latest positive user review
Matt
  • 5.0
Great for streaming I'm using it to stream stuff I don't wish the gov will track... Nothing serious, but why should they know what I like to watch. Speed is fine and service did the job when I had to switch servers once. Go with it
Latest negative user review
Guy
  • 1.0
Too slow, billed me after 5 months of cancelling! Too slow. I used it about 3 years. Then, when I cancelled August 2017 they sent another bill 5 months later! Had to block them from AmEx account to stop them from taking more money. No. Done forever with a company like that.
Review by our expert

Sarit Newman
Content Manager & Internet Security Writer
  • 4.4

I found PIA very simple to install on Windows and Android and, although I didn’t try it out, would assume a similar standard for other platforms, like Linux and Mac. While it isn’t the fastest VPN out there, speeds are consistent, with a little more latency in areas where there are fewer servers, such as Hong Kong and Australia. While I found it a little frustrating that PIA doesn’t enable u

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Latest positive user review
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
Latest negative user review
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
Latest positive user review
Matt
  • 5.0
Great for streaming I'm using it to stream stuff I don't wish the gov will track... Nothing serious, but why should they know what I like to watch. Speed is fine and service did the job when I had to switch servers once. Go with it
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
Latest negative user review
Guy
  • 1.0
Too slow, billed me after 5 months of cancelling! Too slow. I used it about 3 years. Then, when I cancelled August 2017 they sent another bill 5 months later! Had to block them from AmEx account to stop them from taking more money. No. Done forever with a company like that.
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.49/ month $3.33/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 7 7
Devices per license 5 5
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

IPVanish is the winner, though not by much. Both providers provide very good security, have great options such as kill switches and free proxy servers, and both score equally well in our reviews. IPVanish takes the lead with their speed and inclusion of NAT firewall. Their software also has a much more up-to-date feel than PIA’s and has the great option of automatic server rotation. Of importance for some is the fact that IPVanish is proficient at breaking through the Great Firewall of China, while PIA is known to have issues in this area. While you will pay a few more dollars for IPVanish, it is well worth it.

Interestingly, if you compare IPVanish VPN with NordVPN, which is our top ranked vpn, you'll see that IPVanish VPN can learn a lot from NordVPN. Compare IPVanish VPN with NordVPN