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Coming to the table without the overwhelming popularity of NordVPN and ExpressVPN, Ivacy had to arrive all guns blazing. And they did just that.
With a price point that can’t be matched, features galore, and a customer services team that is perfect, it seems Ivacy can do little wrong at this point.
But where does it stack up against the big hitters, similarly priced VPNs, and those with the security credentials to back themselves up?
What are the drawbacks?
Let’s find out.
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Industry standard AES-256 Encryption.
Consistent speeds for streaming.
You can’t do better for less.
Access geo-blocked content, anywhere.
- Unbeatable pricing
- Dedicated P2P and Kodi servers
- Stream geo-blocked content like Netflix and Amazon Prime with ease
- Malware blocking, DDos protection
- Fantastic 24/7 customer support
- Ivacy is a no-logs VPN
We don't like
- Fewer servers than optimal
- Basic apps
- Not independently audited
What is a VPN?
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, ensures you stay anonymous online. When you use a VPN, all of your traffic is sent through an encrypted tunnel via a private VPN server which can’t then be accessed, allowing you the freedom to browse the internet in relative peace.
From helping you to stay secure and anonymous on unsecured public WIFI to preventing advertisers knowing everything about you before you’ve even visited their site, a VPN can help in any number of ways.
No longer limited to hiding your IP address and accessing geo-blocked content VPNs have now become a staple in personal and corporate security.
Price and plans – How much does Ivacy cost?
In general, VPNs can range in prices from free versions such as ProtonVPN or Tunnelbear to around $7 / £8 per month.
This is where Ivacy really shines coming in at $2.40 per month for a 2-year plan and $9.95 on a month by month basis.
In addition to the great pricing, Ivacy also provides multiple ways to pay for your subscription with options for PayPal, Alipay, PaymentWall, PerfectMoney, and BitCoin.
For that extra layer of anonymity, it’s also worth considering one of these alternative options.
On top of that, you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy. Although, it must be noted that this guarantee does not apply to BitCoin and PaymentWall purchases.
Privacy - Is Ivacy Trustworthy?
With the seemingly ever-growing threat of cybercrime, it’s vital that any company that handles your data is trustworthy, traceable, and secure.
When it comes to VPNs, this is even more important due to the type of data they are privy to.
So where does Ivacy fit into this?
Where is Ivacy Based?
Ivacy is based in Singapore, which, on the surface, may seem like a negative, as it doesn’t have the best track record for censorship and freedom of the press but is also part of the SIGINT Seniors of Europe.
Being based in Singapore isn’t as bad as being based in the UK or US but it doesn’t provide the same level of comfort as say ProtonVPNs Swiss-based headquarters which is outside of the 14-Eyes surveillance.
Does Ivacy Keep Logs?
‘We strictly do not log or monitor, online browsing activities, connection logs, VPN IPs assigned, original IP addresses, browsing history, outgoing traffic, connection times, data you have accessed and/or DNS queries generated by your end. We have no information that could associate specific activities to specific users.’
It’s an impressively succinct and informative list of what they do and do not keep logs of. VPNs on a whole are being scrutinized more and more so it’s nice to see Ivacy come out and make it easy to see exactly what information they will be holding.
With enough features to compete with the industry leaders, you are afforded several great options including but not limited to; a kill-switch which protects your privacy if your connection drops, split tunneling, dedicated IP, secure DNS, Malware blocking, and DDos Protection.
You also get ‘Smart Purpose Connection’, which is Ivacy’s own feature that automatically adjusts settings depending on if you’re streaming, downloading, or unblocking content.
As Ivacy is considerably cheaper than some of the alternatives available, we expected to run into at least some issues but they were non-existent over the course of our testing. Each feature worked as it should which surprised even us.
Currently, Ivacy offers apps for Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac, as well as Chrome and Firefox extensions. Ivacy also provides instructions via their website for manually setting up the service on routers, Kodi, Linux, consoles, and more. Their customer services team is always on hand to help too if you get stuck.
You also have the option to connect to up to 10 devices simultaneously. Only a handful of VPNs offer up to 10 devices, usually the more expensive ones, so it’s another nice win for Ivacy here.
Like most of the current crop of VPNs, you get the industry-standard AES-256 encryption which is to be expected.
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In terms of protocols, Ivacy offers coverage of TCP, UDP, L2TP, and IKEV and most importantly, OpenVPN.
Ivacy offers a dedicated Kodi app add-on which means that along with the great speeds you should be able to seamlessly stream and browse in peace. They have quick, beginner-friendly set-up guides for FireStick, Windows, and Mac and also include guides for OpenELEC Krypton and Isengard via their blog.
Servers and Locations
With over 2000 servers in around 100 locations, Ivacy’s server list isn’t nearly as vast as NordVPN or ExpressVPN but it’s not bad at all.
They do offer servers in countries like Columbia and Chile as well as Africa, which, can often be disregarded by VPN providers.
Again, not a bad effort but we’d like to see the list expanded as the more servers available mean less bandwidth and faster speeds for you.
After running daily tests over the course of a month, we found a median drop in speed of around 9% for the standard servers. VPNs like ExpressVPN are quicker but not by much.
Connection time took on average 6 seconds which is down from around 12 seconds at this point last year.
For daily use, you won’t really notice the difference which is the main thing we look for when testing VPNs.
Hands on with Ivacy
As we mentioned earlier, Ivacy offers apps for every device out there. Installation is a breeze, simply go to the download page on their website and you’ll get the choice to choose which client you will be using and the steps required to get started. You also get a password sent to your email rather than create one yourself.
As far as apps go, it’s rather difficult to really stand out as all VPNs essentially do the same job.
Ivacy’s client is no different.
Accessing the VPN is easy with a large click to connect button in the middle alongside a list of countries. Along the left-hand side you have links to options such as dedicated IP, settings, and your account.
That’s about it.
It’s very bare-bones and doesn’t include on-screen metrics like download and upload speed like we see with ProtonVPN but it does the job just fine.
Ivacy’s customer support is excellent. They offer a great 24/7 live chat feature that is responsive, professional, and quick, usually within minutes.
Email support is slow, as expected, but equally as competent and typical replies were received on average 4 hours after sending.
For more in-depth queries or issues, their website also provides great tips, tricks, guides, and FAQs for questions that may have been asked before.
Ivacy claims it can unblock any geo-blocked content and provide super-fast streaming.
They also include a ‘streaming tab’ where you can select which service you want to unblock, connects for you, and then provides a link to your chosen player. Unblocking content is no easy task but it seems Ivacy is confident in its ability to unblock anything.
So, we put it to the test.
Netflix provided no issues with easy access to US content and solid speeds for uninterrupted streaming.
BBC iPlayer, sometimes known to be a tricky player to unblock, also provided no issues.
Amazon Prime, again, provided no issues.
It seems Ivacy has conquered the holy trinity of streaming services…
There is a host of other channels available as well including NBC, BT Sport, CBS, Fox, and the list goes on.
We haven’t tested every single one but all of the well-known channels gave us no problems.
It’s one of the best features we’ve seen and will be fantastic for those who primarily use a VPN for streaming.
Ivacy is a torrent-friendly VPN and has dedicated P2P as well as Kodi servers available across all locations. No bandwidth limits mean you can torrent as much as you want.
Ivacy has really cemented itself as a cheaper alternative to industry leaders like ExpressVPN and NordVPN without many drawbacks to speak of.
Consistent unblocking of Netflix and Amazon Prime alone makes Ivacy a great choice, add in to that dedicated P2P and Kodi servers, a no-logging policy, a kill-switch and the multitude of other features they offer, you would be mad not to try it.
They always offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you want to change.