Ivacy Review

Mounting digital threats like ransomware and malware have made it an absolute necessity to secure your web traffic and protect your identity. And the best way to do so is a virtual private network (VPN) service. Now, I know there’s a lot of options in terms of VPN providers, but trust me when I say that few can match up to Ivacy in terms of security, speed, and simplicity.


Ivacy is a VPN service based out of Singapore, and comes choc-a-bloc full of useful features, making it a stellar purchase for most people and for most reasons. For starters, this VPN has more than 200 optimized servers in over 50 different countries – France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and the US being a few of them.

No matter where I am in the world, using Ivacy is a breeze thanks to its wide protocol support features. I’ve not faced any trouble running torrents on this VPN and the company has a strict zero log policy in place.

The best part is - I’m able to use Ivacy for supporting up to five simultaneous connections. Moreover, the developers of this VPN have been thoughtful enough to add a kill switch that protects your privacy in case of a connection drop.

Another salient feature I discovered is how the VPN unblocks streaming content from all around the world. The addition of high-speed means you’ve got a winning service on your hands. No wonder this VPN enjoys a user base of more than 200,000 members from all across the globe.


Pricing and Plans

You can get Ivacy VPN service at a reduced price of $2.04 a month if you subscribe to the 24-month plan. Monthly and half-yearly plans are also available at $6.75 a month and $5.75 per month, respectively.

When it comes to refunds, Ivacy does provide a 7-day money back guarantee on all plans. But I read through the refund policy and found some important conditions. While it’s true that the company offers various payment options, including PayPal, credit and debit cards, Perfect Money, Bitcoin and Paymentwall, customers who press the key (pun intended) for the last two methods cannot apply for refunds. Users also can’t get a refund if they’ve connected over 30 times or have used up more than 7 GB of bandwidth.

Ivacy is a solid VPN – fast and efficient with numerous advanced features. While there are a couple of areas that need improvement, the overall user experience has been terrific for me. I would suggest signing up for a month and testing it out to see whether it meets all your requirements. But from what I’ve experienced myself, you won’t regret it.


Features

I found Ivacy offers convenient features targeted at general and hardcore VPN users.

Over 200 servers

When you want to use a VPN, it is better if the company has servers in multiple locations. This actually helps in improving access speed. You will be glad to know Ivacy offers 200 servers for its users and those are spread over 100 countries.

Nonstop server switching

Sometimes, you may find your VPN has slowed down considerably, and this can be caused by lots of users accessing the same server, leading to bandwidth congestion. At such times, switching the server is the best option. Ivacy enables you to switch servers without restrictions, and so a speed bottleneck is not a problem.

5 multi logins

At times, you may need to use VPN on more than one device, both at home and work. Ivacy offers a unique 5 multi login’s feature. You can connect 5 devices using one Ivacy account simultaneously. Not a bad deal!

No data cap

If you want an unlimited data upload and download through this VPN, Ivacy is a solid choice. The company has put no capping limit on data transfer. You can also resort to P2P transfers with its optimized servers without any issues.

Speed

The speed of the VPN is a concern for many users, but I did not have any problems whatsoever. In fact, some functions worked blindingly fast thanks to unlimited speed and 99 percent uptime. I’m sure the unlimited bandwidth and server switching capabilities helped as well. I have no complaints about the overall speed and performance. Latencies proved to be better than average with almost every server in every country delivering an average download speed of 30Mbps.

Simplicity

The first thing that struck me about Ivacy is how simple the signup process is. Installation on my devices also went off without a hitch thanks to the clear instructions and apps provided by the company.

I use Microsoft Windows OS on my system, and Ivacy’s Windows client first asked me to choose from a list of ‘purposes’, including Netflix UK, VoIP Services, Hulu, Unblock Websites, Torrenting, etc. I basically had to select what I wanted to do or search for it online. However, I didn’t mind as it helped the company choose the right location and protocol, alter the settings accordingly, and ensure I could get online quickly.

The whole process was extremely simple and I think is intended to help beginners who’re unsure about what they want to do on the Internet as of yet. For users who have a specific goal in mind, there’s the Personalized Selection panel. This section works like another VPN client, displaying a list of services and protocols, and allowing you to choose whatever you require.

I was impressed to see some advanced features here. For example, Split Tunneling lets only some apps go through the VPN. Other features of note include IPv6 leak protection, a secure DNS option, and a kill switch that prevents any Internet connectivity as soon as the connection drops.

Compatibility

One of the reasons why Ivacy has gained so much popularity among online users is its compatibility with virtually any platform or device. I’ve found that other than the common platforms (Windows, Android, Linux) and devices (Mac, iPhone, routers, smart TVs), Ivacy also supports some uncommon platforms (Kodi, Roku) and devices (PS4, Xbox, Blackberry).

This level of compatibility is unusual in a VPN but I’ve found it useful to log in from work, home, and on-the-go. Plus, the 5 multi-login feature means users like me can connect with five different devices for complete freedom and convenience.

The first thing that struck me about Ivacy is how simple the signup process is. Installation on my devices also went off without a hitch thanks to the clear instructions and apps provided by the company.

I use Microsoft Windows OS on my system, and Ivacy’s Windows client first asked me to choose from a list of ‘purposes’, including Netflix UK, VoIP Services, Hulu, Unblock Websites, Torrenting, etc. I basically had to select what I wanted to do or search for it online. However, I didn’t mind as it helped the company choose the right location and protocol, alter the settings accordingly, and ensure I could get online quickly.

The whole process was extremely simple and I think is intended to help beginners who’re unsure about what they want to do on the Internet as of yet. For users who have a specific goal in mind, there’s the Personalized Selection panel. This section works like another VPN client, displaying a list of services and protocols, and allowing you to choose whatever you require.

I was impressed to see some advanced features here. For example, Split Tunneling lets only some apps go through the VPN. Other features of note include IPv6 leak protection, a secure DNS option, and a kill switch that prevents any Internet connectivity as soon as the connection drops.


Tests

I tested Ivacy for speed, and the results were pretty good. I first tested without logging in:

Then I used a US server, with automatic protocols in effect:

After this, I tried testing the UK server:

Testing on mobile

Ivacy is compatible with a lot of OSes and devices, and I checked out the compatibility. I checked out the Windows client first, and the experience was pretty good. The UI is neat and displays all the options and data you might need. I was able to select the server and set the encryption status without any hassle.

Then I checked out the Ivacy Android app. Even here the experience was glitch free. The app has a neat UI and configuring the setting is simple. You just download the app from Google Play and install it. After that, enter your login data and select the server. Then you click on the Connect button, and it starts working as it should.​


Privacy

One major reason behind using VPN is privacy and Ivacy scores well in this regard. You will be glad Ivacy does not keep track of or store your profile data. Like most VPNs, it masks your device or computer’s real IP ID. Owing to 256-bit encryption, data theft risk is nearly nonexistent.


Security

Ivacy focuses on keeping its members safe and secure, which I think is a poignant aspect. The company uses advanced 256-bit encryption to protect users from snoopers, hackers, viruses, government surveillance, and other spyware. I conducted privacy tests and found that Ivacy effectively blocks WebRTC and DNC leaks, preserving the user’s anonymity. The VPN also guards users against ISP tracking.

Unlike other VPNs I had used in the past, Ivacy’s policy pages had well-organized text with the key points highlighted. The legal jargon was also kept to a bare minimum, and so I had no trouble understanding the company policy.

Basically, what it says is that the company does not monitor or log your online activities. Your session data is not recorded, which means a particular user can never be connected to a specific activity. I found this works like a charm when trying to preserve my online anonymity.

From my experience, Ivacy has no records or details of you other than your email address, and even that isn’t sold, shared, or rented to others. So, you need not worry about your digital identity making its way to the Internet. However, keep in mind that the company removes any account that has been inactive for 12 months.

My only gripe with this service is a minor one – the company does not host its own analytics service like some others; instead, they rely on Google Analytics. However, this is no cause for concern as the core service remains unaffected.


Website Blocking

You might be wary about finding newer ways to access territory restricted content. Not all VPNs can be useful in these cases. But with Ivacy, you can access the content of streaming services such as BBC Player and Netflix. I found out using mobile apps yield better results than OS specific versions of Ivacy in this regard.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I found Ivacy to be a feature-rich VPN with an impressive performance. It comes with support for multiple platforms, and mobile app versions are there too. Setting up the service is simple, and you get oodles of servers to pick from. Not bad!

While server speed may vary, that is one issue nearly all VPNs suffer from. I personally liked its robust customer support and zero data logging policy. Its multiple pricing plans will appeal to different types of customers and the money back guarantee option is basically icing on the cake.

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Pros:

  • Over 200 servers in 80+ countries
  • Sleek, easy to use UI
  • Customer support via email, Skype, and ticketing
  • 5 multi-login feature for one account
  • 7-day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • No free plan
  • Connection speed may vary