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Welcome to our IPVanish review, where we take a closer look at a solid VPN option with a very good reputation.
A VPN is a service that allows safer browsing and bypasses censorship and other web restrictions by creating an encrypted connection between your computer and a remote server. Go here (http://www.australianvpn.com.au/what-is-a-vpn/) for more information about what a VPN is and what it can do for you.
Local Servers – Hooray!
IPVanish offers access to 40 000 IP addresses and 500 servers in over 60 countries, including Australia, for those who like their Internet speedy – not always an option if your VPN servers are hosted overseas.
Their prices are solidly in the middle of the road, neither the cheapest nor the most expensive we’ve seen. They offer a monthly billing option of US$10, and a three-monthly option for US$8.99/month, billed as US$29.99 every three months.
The star of the show, however, is their annual billing option, which will cost you US$6.49/month, billed as US$77.99 once a year. They also offer a 7-day money back guarantee, should you decide that the service is not for you. The usual caveats about exchange rates and bill fluctuations due to the rise and fall of the dollar do, of course, apply.
Their plan – they only have one, which is a nice change from all those “basic, premium, premium plus” divisions so common in the industry – offers a fairly impressive bang-for-buck ratio. Your money will get you, among other things, two simultaneous connections and access to the service, unlimited bandwidth, anonymous torrenting, and unlimited P2P traffic. These last two are a shiny bonus, since many VPN providers actually prohibit their clients from making use of their service to download torrents or use other P2P services, which is a bit unfair of them. Piracy may be the main use for torrent and P2P technology, but it is by no means the only one.
Other services include unlimited server switching, support for OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec VPN protocols, and 256-bit AES encryption.
During IPVanish review testing, IPVanish had a middling effect on Internet speeds and ping – lower than some, and higher than others. The effect also varied between servers, so you might need to do some testing before settling on one to use.
IPVanish’s website says that their software includes measure to protect against DNS leaks, which should be comforting, and they also have a strict zero-logging policy in place, which should likewise be a comfort for the security-conscious. Some more information on both these features on their website would be a bonus, however, as their logging policy is not very detailed and very little information about their DNS protection is available.
They offer apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Their Windows app is well-designed and incredibly simple to use, even for a first-time user. Some customers have complained that there isn’t much room for customisation, however, so if you’re the kind of person who likes to set things up exactly the way you want it, this may not be the one for you.
Some of IPVanish’s features include:
- Easy-to-use apps. IPVanish’s apps are smooth and well-designed, with some nifty additional features.
- 256-bit encryption. IPVanish uses military-grade encryption to keep your data safe from prying eyes.
- Zero logging policy. IPVanish promises that they do not log any information about their users.
- Unlimited P2P traffic. Unlike with many other VPN providers, you will not be in trouble with IPVanish if they find that you’ve been using their service to catch up on Game of Thrones.
- Unlimited server switching. Don’t be shackled to a slow server. With unlimited switching, you can switch between servers depending on their performance and your needs.
In general, IPVanish looks like a good option for the security-conscious computer user. It has an excellent reputation, which is always reassuring, and has been providing stellar service for several years.
We hope that you enjoyed our IPVanish review. Comments, questions, concerns? Let us know in the comments below.