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Our Verdict

We recommend using IVPN if privacy and security is your priority. It's a verified no-logs VPN service that will mask your IP address effectively. It's not very fast but does work with US Netflix. All in all, IVPN is a safe VPN well-suited for privacy-focused beginners.

IVPN presents itself as a privacy-first VPN service. It claims that it’s all about keeping you secure and anonymous with a ‘no logs, no leaks’ VPN service.

The good news? Our testing for this IVPN review found that it’s a trustworthy and secure VPN service with a very private logging policy.

However, many more questions need answering. In this IVPN review we will reveal:

  • Who owns IVPN
  • How safe IVPN is
  • If the VPN works in China

And that’s just the beginning. Read on to find out more about this VPN service and whether it’s right for you.

IVPN Pros & Cons

  1. Transparent no-logs policy
  2. Apps are open-source & audited
  3. Many extra security features
  4. Easy-to-use apps for most devices
  5. Helpful live chat & great resources
  1. Slow long-distance speeds
  2. Small number of servers & IP addresses
  3. Won't work with many streaming services
  4. No Firestick app & no Smart DNS
  5. No VPN browser extensions

IVPN Key Summary

Data CapUnlimited
Speed59Mbps
Logging PolicyNo Logs
Data LeaksNo
JurisdictionGibraltar
Servers76
IP Addresses225+
Countries29
US NetflixYes
TorrentingPermitted
Works in ChinaUnreliable
SupportLive Chat
Cheapest Price$8.33/mo over 12 Months
Official WebsiteIVPN.net

No-logs service headquartered in Gibraltar

Ownership & Logging Policy

Information on IVPN's structure from its official website

IVPN is a small but transparent VPN company, operated by Privatus Limited, which is incorporated in Gibraltar. Gibraltar is technically a ‘British Overseas Territory’, but in reality is not subordinate to the UK, which is a good thing.

According to IVPN’s website, the company’s team of 13 individuals are located around the world. For example, its CEO, Nick Pestell, is based in Berlin, Germany.

Logging Policy

After analyzing its privacy and logging policy, we are confident that IVPN is a true no logs VPN.

You can read the entirety of IVPN’s privacy policy here. Below are the most important takeaways.

IVPN does not log:

  • Traffic
  • DNS requests
  • Connection timestamps or connection duration
  • User bandwidth
  • IP addresses
  • Any account activity, except total simultaneous connections

As you can see, there’s is no personal usage data collected.

IVPN does specify that it will comply with authorities if requested. But, even if its servers were seized by authorities, nothing would be found on them.

The integrity of this logging policy was even verified in March 2019 by Cure53, a respected security auditing firm.

Average download speeds, but great for uploads

Speed Test Results

IVPN isn’t the fastest VPN we’ve tested, but it’s not the slowest, either. It sits towards the middle of the pack for speeds.

If you’re connecting to a nearby server, then your internet speeds shouldn’t slow down too much. However, if you’re connecting to a far away location, then IVPN starts to struggle.

Local Speed Test Results

Before using IVPN:

  1. DownloadMbps

    93.45

  2. UploadMbps

    99.17

  3. Pingms

    5

When connected to IVPN:

  1. DownloadMbps

    59.61

  2. UploadMbps

    85.54

  3. Pingms

    11

Download speed without IVPN: 93.45Mbps

Download speed with IVPN: 59.61Mbps

Our download speed loss when IVPN is running: 36%

Clearly, there are faster VPNs available than IVPN, such as Private Internet Access. However, this doesn’t mean that IVPN is slow.

As we mentioned above, IVPN does ok on short-distance connections. A 36% speed loss is not great, but it’s not terrible, either.

Here are the average download and upload speeds connecting out from the UK to some of IVPN’s other servers:

  • USA: 22Mbps (download) & 46Mbps (upload)
  • Germany: 47Mbps (download) & 87Mbps (upload)
  • Singapore: 8Mbps (download) & 21Mbps (upload)
  • Australia: 11Mbps (download) & 20Mbps (upload)

Despite the slower download speeds, IVPN has much better upload speeds. If you regularly upload files to the internet, then IVPN is certainly a VPN to consider.

Small server network covering 29 countries

Server Locations

Globe with a blue flag
29Countries
Image of a city landscape
40Cities
Image of a pink marker
225+IP Addresses

A map of the world depicting all of IVPN's VPN servers

IVPN has servers in 29 countries and 40 different cities. Most of their servers are concentrated in Western Europe and North America.

These are some of the VPN service’s city-level server choices:

  • Australia: 1 location
  • Canada: 2 locations
  • Germany: 1 location
  • United Kingdom: 2 locations
  • United States: 11 locations

We were surprised to see 11 server locations spread across the US. These include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and New York.

On the flip side, there’s only one server location in Australia: Sydney. We expect to see servers on both coasts, so we hope to see servers in Perth added soon. For this reason, Australian readers should consider using NordVPN, instead.

Also, IVPN provides just one server in South America (Brazil), and three servers in East Asia (Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong).

The VPN service offers three to five IP addresses per server. This equals a range of IP addresses between 228 and 380.

The low number of servers, and IP addresses provided, is probably what’s causing IVPN’s slow speeds.

IVPN unlocks US Netflix, but not much else

Streaming & Torrenting

Let’s get right down to it: IVPN isn’t a very good VPN for streaming.

In our latest tests, it did stream US Netflix on the New York server, but that was it. We were unable to unblock Netflix on UK, Germany, Japan, and other US servers.

Moreover, the VPN didn’t work with BBC iPlayer, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

Despite working with US Netflix, we can’t recommend IVPN for streaming and there are better choices available.

Torrenting

IVPN is much better for torrenting than it is for streaming. You can torrent privately and freely, with only one exception. The service does not allow P2P traffic on its US servers.

The reason for this is that IVPN says it was receiving a high number of DMCA notices.

As a result, it asks its users to refrain from torrenting files on its US servers. This includes double-hop VPN connections, which use a US exit node.

If you’re based in the United States, you connect to Canada servers, but your torrent speeds will be slower.

Other than that, IVPN is very good torrent VPN. It doesn’t log user activity, and its VPN kill switch masks your real IP address if the VPN connection drops.

Unreliable in China and similar countries

Bypassing Censorship

IVPN can work in China, and other highly-censored countries, but not always.

In our latest tests, IVPN’s Obfsproxy tool, worked on the Windows and Mac clients. This tool masks your VPN traffic, making it look ‘normal’ to web censors. Speeds very slow, slower than our top-rated China VPNs.

The IVPN website isn’t blocked in China either, meaning you could potentially download the VPN while in China.

Sadly, the Obfsproxy tool isn’t available on either the Android or the iOS VPN applications.

Because of these inconsistencies, we can’t fully recommend using IVPN in high-censorship countries (Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc.). You’re better off using a VPN built to bypass strict censorship, like Astrill VPN. To find out more about how VPNs are designed to bypass censorship, read our updated Astrill VPN review.

Works on most devices, but no browser extensions

Platforms & Devices

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

IVPN has a series of VPN apps for Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android. This is great for device compatibility. You’re also allowed up to seven simultaneous connections (with the Pro plan) – above the industry average.

What’s more, you can also set up the VPN on a number of compatible routers, including DD-WRT, pfSense and Tomato. To do this, use the provider’s Help Center.

Word of warning: setting up a VPN on a router is not for beginners.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

IVPN is not the best VPN to use on games consoles, or streaming devices like Fire TV Stick and Apple TV.

That’s because there’s no native Firestick VPN app, and no Smart DNS tool, either.

But, there are options if you want to use IVPN with your games consoles and streaming devices.

The simplest way is to configure the VPN on your home router (see section above). This will protect all the devices that connect to it in your home.

You can also configure some devices with the OpenVPN software. Currently, IVPN only provides guides to do this with Kodi and Fire TV Sticks.

The final option is to connect your games console, or streaming device, to another device running the VPN. However, this isn’t guaranteed to work for all devices.

Browser Extensions

Unlike most of top-tier VPN providers, IVPN doesn’t come with any browser extensions. This is real shame, as VPN browser add-ons are becoming increasingly popular with internet users.

If this matters to you, we recommend ExpressVPN. Its browsers add-ons for Chrome and Firefox are the best available right now.

Good choice of protocols & many security features

Encryption & Security

Protocols

IKEv2/IPSec

L2TP/IPSec

OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)

WireGuard

Encryption

AES-256

Security

DNS Leak Blocking

First-party DNS

IPV6 Leak Blocking

Supports TCP Port 443

VPN Kill Switch

Advanced features

Ad Blocker

Double VPN

SOCKS

Split Tunneling

IVPN does very well in terms of providing strong security to its users. All the VPN apps use strong encryption, and come with many extra security features.

In addition, IVPN’s security credentials have been verified by a third-party security audit.

A security audit allows a VPN service to verify its security claims with hard, indisputable facts. For example, just how ‘unbreakable’ is IVPN’s implementation of the AES-256 cipher? A security audit tests that.

To ensure the validity of the audit, it’s key that a reputable third party carries out the audit. It’s also important that the results of the audit are made public.

Screenshot of IVPN's security audit, completed by cybersecurity firm cure53

Excerpt of the published IVPN security audit, completed by cure53.

IVPN’s security audit was completed in March 2019 by renowned German cybersecurity company Cure53. The security company spent a total of 21 days assessing the security levels of IVPN’s applications and systems.

The audit found a total of nine issues with IVPN’s security and encryption. Every issue was fixed and resolved. Much to our delight, IVPN has made the full report accessible by publishing it online.

All the VPN apps provide a choice of four protocols: OpenVPN, WireGuard, IPSec, and IKEv2. The latter two require some manual configuration, but you’ll be fine just using OpenVPN or WireGuard.

In addition, all VPN connections are secured using the ‘unbreakable’ AES-256 cipher.

IVPN’s ‘firewall’ (VPN kill switch) feature is a must-have tool. It blocks all your web traffic in the event of a VPN connection drop. This avoids your true IP address from being exposed.

As well as first-party DNS servers, which prevent your IP address from being exposed to third parties, IVPN also provides protection against DNS and IPv6 leaks. As a bonus, it has built-in ad- and tracker-blocking.

IVPN’s Multi-hop feature offers an extra layer of security by rerouting your connection through multiple servers in different countries. This means that even if the exit server were to be compromised, your online activity remains private.

The Android app allows split tunneling, so you can route privacy-sensitive apps through the VPN, and others through your general internet connection.

As part of its re-energized commitment to privacy, security, and transparency, IVPN has published its code onto GitHub — becoming one of very few VPNs whose apps are open-source.

Simply, this just means that IVPN is opening itself to a development model where anyone can contribute to its software and apps.

Last but not least, IVPN’s apps are open-source. This allows the larger security community to forensically inspect the various apps. By giving access to the code base, IVPN is being very transparent to how its VPN clients work, and how they safeguard privacy and security.

This is a great move from IVPN, and more VPN providers should follow its lead.

Easy to use app with lots of advanced features

Ease of Use

How to Install & Set Up IVPN

It takes a matter of minutes from purchasing the VPN to connecting securely to one of IVPN’s servers, requiring minimal effort and very little technical know-how to do so.

Should you get stuck installing IVPN on devices with no native app, its website offers simple step-by-step guides to help you out.

The no-fuss IVPN main screen includes a big connect button and your chosen server location underneath.

It’s annoying that you have to disconnect every time you want to change servers, but this is unlikely to be a problem for most everyday users. We like that the kill switch (‘Firewall’) can be activated on the main screen with a simple slider.

Within the settings menu you can choose your kill switch preferences, toggle between UDP and TCP, and choose your preferred port. There is also a handy section for configuring OpenVPN parameters, ideal for the more tech-savvy user.

The Android and iOS apps are very user-friendly and modern-looking, too, and they both connect quickly.

Helpful live chat & excellent resources

Customer Support

Live chat SupportYes
EmailYes
Online ResourcesYes

The only way IVPN could make its support any better would be if its live chat were available 24/7 – other than that we have no complaints.

IVPN’s support agents respond promptly and pleasantly, volunteering useful information where they can – so long as the service is online when you need it.

In the even that support doesn’t have the answers, you can find a wealth of useful and well-presented information on the IVPN knowledge base.

IVPN Pro is good but expensive

Pricing

IVPN Pricing Plan

IVPN offers two pricing plans: IVPN Standard and IVPN Pro.

The Pro tier gives you: seven concurrent connections, port forwarding, as well as multi-hop and anti-tracker features.

On the other hand, the Standard plan only allows just two simultaneous connections, and only offers the anti-tracker as an extra feature. It does only cost $6.00 per month on a rolling plan, which is a very good price. Especially, if you’re only dipping your toe into the world of VPNs.

  1. Monthly

    US$6/mo

    Standard Plan: Billed $6.00 every month
  2. 12 months

    US$5/mo

    Standard Plan: Billed $60.00 every 12 months
    Save 17%
  3. Monthly

    US$10/mo

    Pro Plan: Billed $10.00 every month
  4. 12 months

    US$8.33/mo

    Pro Plan: Billed $100.00 every 12 months
    Save 17%

All plans have 7-day money-back guarantee

Payment & Refund Options

Credit CardYes
PayPalYes
BitcoinYes

IVPN offers both a three-day free trial and a seven-day money-back guarantee. This means you can test out the VPN before committing to a paid subscription.

A warning, though: the IVPN free trial does require you to enter your payment details, and you will be charged, unless you cancel within three days.

The seven-day money-back guarantee is genuinely ‘no questions asked’, though. You are automatically issued a refund once you submit a cancellation request. Unless you paid in cash.

IVPN may also extend the refund period to 30 days in exceptional circumstances, for example if you experience technical issues.

IVPN accepts the usual payment methods including most credit/debit cards and PayPal. You also have the option to pay with Bitcoin, and Monero. However, there are no international options like Alipay or UnionPay.

Alongside Mullvad, IVPN is the only other VPN service to allow cash payments. IVPN accepts USD, EUR, and GBP, but it can take up to 10 days to process the payment. Also, you have to sign up to an annual plan to pay with cash.

IVPN is recommended for privacy

The Bottom Line

If privacy and security is your main motivation to use a VPN, we absolutely recommend giving IVPN a go.

Despite its minnow status, IVPN does the basics extremely well — with encryption techniques and a logging policy that rival the very best VPN providers.

IVPN’s range of custom apps are ideal for VPN newbies, but also offer enough configurability for more seasoned VPN users.

However, IVPN too often falls flat on the perks of running a VPN. For instance, IVPN failed to consistently unblock any of the most popular streaming services in our testing and its mediocre speeds are frustrating.

But if you prioritize your anonymity above all else, or you just want a relatively cheap gateway into the world of VPNs, IVPN is a sound choice.

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    Callum Tennent

    Callum oversees how we test and review VPN services. He's a member of the IAPP, and his advice about VPNs has featured in Forbes and the Internet Society. Read full bio


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