IPVanish has easy to install apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV. You can also manually set up a VPN on your existing Wi-Fi router (depending on compatibility), buy a router with IPVanish pre-installed, and find detailed guides to set it up for Linux, on a Chromebook, and on a Windows phone.
You can find the apps and all the guides here, and the iOS and Android apps can be downloaded from the App Store and the Google Play Store respectively. For the purposes of this IPVanish Black Friday review, we will be looking at the Windows and Android apps.
- Netflix and Torrenting
With the rise of Netflix as the leading online streaming platform on the Internet, many users have been looking for ways to overcome the limitations of their content for certain countries. For this, Ipvanish is a good option, because it manages to hide our location, making the platform believe that we are connecting from another country. This also applies to the torrent, which avoids blockages in some countries.
- Security & privacy
IPVanish provides a lot of security and privacy options. Apart from when you first set up an account, the service keeps no log of VPN use. As mentioned, you have the option of using a burner email address and can use an anonymous payment method like Bitcoin to keep your privacy completely intact.
Features like DNS leak blocking, a Kill Switch, Obfuscation, and the ability to periodically change the IP address are huge security positives. Every encryption protocol is available, including the best right now: OpenVPN. OpenVPN uses 256-bit AES encryption, with SHA-256 for authentication, and RSA 2048 for handshaking purposes.
We tested for IP leaks, WebRTC detection, and DNS leaks using ipleak.net and found no issues. Along with its zero-logging policy, you get a very secure service. Keep in mind that IPVanish is based in the U.S., which could be worrying, as warrants and subpeonas have been served to companies for their data and logs in the past. IPVanish’s zero-logging policy should ease some concerns, but the U.S. is still not the best place for a VPN to be based, because of the possibility of future compromise.
- Ease of use
Using this VPN once it is downloaded is not complex. It comes by default with a set of instructions that will help you handle it perfectly. Overall, it received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 for conditions of use. It should be noted that it has an extremely simple interface, which will make your experience easier.
- Purchasing Guide
IPVanish, like its peers, has a range of pricing available. For example, a two-year subscription to IPVanish costs $89 upfront, which breaks down to $3.70 per month. IPVanish’s one-year subscription costs $77.99 annually or $6.49 per month. And a month-to-month IPVanish subscription was listed at $11.99 when we signed up for it but was then reduced to $7 per month after entering an offer code – but only for two months until the rate would climb to $10, monthly. This kind of promotional game is typical of VPNs, leaving users to wonder what the real price of the service is. But if you don’t like it, IPVanish also gives users a 30-day money-back guarantee.