NordVPN vs. IPVanish

NordVPN vs IPVanish comparison

Both are known to have high Internet speeds, torrenting support, and secure encryption. There are notable differences in most aspects. This comparison will go into details for each important feature which you should definitely consider before subscribing to a VPN service.

NordVPN vs IPVanish. One of the most reputable VPN at the cheapest pricing range vs. a lesser-known VPN which boasts 40,000+ shared IPs.

Which will prevail?

(If you have little to no knowledge on both and want a full breakdown of both VPNs, check out our review of NordVPN and IPVanish first before you proceed.)

It’s actually a fairly one-sided comparison… well, let’s read on to find out which is the better VPN (and a better decision) out of the two.

NordVPN and IPVanish Comparison

There are several factors to consider to measure how well a VPN performs. But ultimately, most casual people prefer-rich VPNs while hardcore privacy advocates prefer VPNs that can safeguard their identity and privacy.

VPN reviews may help you dive deep into one specific service, but it’s a smart idea to compare one service from another to easily see the differences between your options.

Make no mistake, both options may seem dependable. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner between the two.

Servers and Locations

One measure of a “good” VPN depends on the number of servers that it can offer to its users. After all, you would want to connect to different servers around the world with freedom. It’s a given and must-have feature for VPNs. The bigger the server count, the more resources a VPN provider has to manage them. That’s a good thing.

Fortunately, when it comes to servers, both offer good numbers – NordVPN with over 5,000 and IPVanish with over 1,300 which includes 40,000+ shared IPs! Localization, in general, is also not an issue with both being available in 60+ countries.

Both VPNs have around 50% of their servers in the US and UK alone. If you always connect to either one then there’s no problem with that.

Given these stats, NordVPN outperforms IPVanish on this section based on the number of servers and the variety of countries available.

Another bonus that you can get with NordVPN is TOR integration. On the other hand, IPVanish doesn’t necessarily promise this feature. They have an article on their website saying they received “feedback” from an IPVanish user indicating TOR integration works. That’s not really reliable.

Clearly, NordVPN wins this one with a higher server count, locations and TOR integration.

VPN Speed and Performance

In case you didn’t know, we value VPN speed and performance. Whenever we review a VPN, we always take the time to test its speed out using from three continents using a 100 Mbps connection. Essentially, what’s the use of subscribing to a VPN if it’s not fast?

Both offer fast Internet speeds, but you can clearly see who has the advantage.

IPVanish optimizes its Internet speed through the use of tier-1 optic fiber servers. This is possible because its parent company, Highwinds Network Group, is a premium Content Delivery Network provider. On the other hand, NordVPN uses a smart routing system which connects you to the fastest server available based on your location.

These features give both VPNs an edge. But IPVanish’s speeds were slightly slower (~5%)  according to our speed tests.

NordVPN wins, only if you’re a speed queen.

Netflix Test

Netflix is, apart from high speeds, one of the primary reasons you need to consider when subscribing to a VPN. Geo-restricted content is the norm nowadays and even if you want to watch your local content, Netflix may have blocked your VPN’s IPs.

So, how do the two VPNs fare up?

Remember what we said earlier about IPVanish having servers that are mostly located in the US and UK? You’d probably think that with its vast access to both regions, there is also a big probability that you can access content which is only restricted to that region.

Well, we’ve got bad news. Unfortunately, IPVanish does not support Netflix. The streaming giant has blacklisted most of IPVanish’s servers, and it seems that the company has given up in trying to unblock Netflix. It’s hard to believe that a VPN at this pricing range would not have the capability to access Netflix. On rare occasions, you might connect to a server that works. But this is rare.

But even if that’s the case, IPVanish still offers some websites with geo-restricted content you might want to access, such as HBO, NBC Sports, and CBS All Access, among others. Still, Netflix is on top of the priority list for most people, including us. If you care about this above all else, then you can just rule out IPVanish here.

As for NordVPN… you quickly realize how they’ve amassed such a huge customer base. The VPN is one of the best out there with unlocking capabilities for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Japan. What more can you ask for?

To sum up, NordVPN KOs IPVanish with this one.

Torrenting Policy

We are pretty strict when it comes to torrenting policies – we simply do not condone pirating of copyrighted content. (That’s our legal statement!)

That’s why we always make sure to clearly lay out the torrenting policies of the VPNs we review. Some VPN providers’ policies can end up revealing your activities. Scary stuff.

Fortunately, both VPNs offer a secure P2P connection as well as additional points that will keep you hidden (more on this as we go down the comparison).

But naturally, when you torrent, you may want faster downloading speeds as well.

IPVanish’s Internet speeds offer a decent performance which extends even to torrenting, but unfortunately, it has no dedicated servers.

NordVPN, on the other hand, has dedicated servers to optimize your torrenting activity, which makes it faster.

Make no mistake folks, it’s another win for NordVPN.

Pricing and Plans

It’s one thing to have good download and upload speeds and anonymity on the Internet, but at what cost? Some privacy-centric folks say there is no price for freedom, but maybe you’re a budget-advocate.

Luckily for you, both are reasonably cheaper than most VPNs in the market which begs the question – which is cheaper? Which is a better deal?

Just to inform you, NordVPN is our no-brainer VPN because it’s a complete package at a low price. At $2.99/month for 3 years, no other VPN measures up. It’s like getting a filet mignon for the price of a McDouble.

IPVanish has a decent plan at $6.49/month for a year (which you can even reduce to $5.20/month through a tricky sign-up process). It’s neither cheap nor costly but so far, NordVPN has been winning in every feature comparison. Is it worth getting a more expensive VPN that has fewer features?

If we compare these two price points, NordVPN’s $2.99 is cheaper than IPVanish’s $5.20; that comes out to a difference of $2.21 which is almost another month of NordVPN’s subscription.

If you’re looking for a VPN you can use in the long run for less the money, then you’d definitely want to subscribe to NordVPN.

Refund Policy

Subscription to VPNs is a fairly done deal, but there can be times where you’re left dissatisfied with your subscription. Often times, you would want to cancel your subscription and that’s where refund policies come in.

IPVanish’s refund policy lasts for 7 days. Some terms and conditions apply (such as where you signed up from), but the nice thing is, you don’t have to contact support to get your money back. You can simply do it all under the account dashboard once you log in.

NordVPN, on the other hand, offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. It’s more of a hassle since you’d have to contact support and tell them about your situation, but rest assured: you will get your money back.

So, a hassle-free refund process from the IPVanish account dashboard vs. a 30-day money-back period from NordVPN… it’s a tie here.

Payment Methods

For payment methods, there’s a clear winner between the two.

IPVanish offers the usual payment methods which allow you to pay with your credit card or Paypal.

NordVPN offers the same payment methods and more… some of which even include various cryptocurrencies.

Just a heads up – it’s 2019 now, folks. Limited payment methods are a thing of the past, and if you don’t accept cryptocurrencies as payment then you will lose market share of privacy seekers.

We have to hand the win to NordVPN on this one.

Device Compatibility

When it comes to the device compatibility, IPVanish bests NordVPN – the former offers a connection to 10 simultaneous devices as opposed to the latter’s 6.

Both provide the option and instructions on how to manually set up your router at home (or office), so you can have unlimited devices using the VPNs.

In case you’re not technically not adept, you can also opt-in to buy pre-configured routers from both VPN providers’ sites.

NordVPN, however, edges this comparison because they have more compatibility with various versions of Windows as well as various devices like BlackBerry, Raspberry Pi, etc.

Sign-up Process

If you’re paranoid about compromising your privacy, you would want to sign-up anonymously; providing a little less information than usual.

Well, you’re in luck because both offer a fair and hassle-free sign-up process. In addition, IPVanish offers a little bit of a discount on your subscription in case you take too long to decide whether you want to go with it or not – it pays you forward for being indecisive. Cool beans.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 for both. Just remember that you remain a bit more anonymous with NordVPN since they accept cryptocurrencies.

Product Interface

It’s difficult to be objective in this particular area since users have their own preferences.

But, if you’re looking for a VPN that’s easy to use on the outside, you can rest easy knowing that both offer an amazing user interface and experience.

There’s your usual sign-in page, server list and connect button for both. For NordVPN, there are quick launch buttons available to connect to the fast server possible and even some recommendations on what to watch on Netflix!

Alternatively, if you’re into visuals, IPVanish’s beautiful interface provides a graph that is readily accessible. It’s cool to visually see how your connection measures up with all the green and light green waves.

As for user experience, both do not disappoint. This varies from one user to another, so at the end of the day, it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Customer Support

Not all people know how to use a VPN initially (even though it’s fairly easy). On top of that, your identity is always at risk. As such, 24/7 customer support is a must for a VPN provider available in the market.

Satisfyingly, both provide outstanding customer support. Both have real representatives waiting on the other line for inquiries.

As for waiting time, NordVPN outmatches IPVanish on this one, since you might have to wait up to 2 to 3 minutes as opposed to NordVPN’s almost instant response. To be fair, it may not be as fast as NordVPN but it is commendable.

We would take a second or even a couple of minutes in live chat delay as opposed to email and ticket support.

Product Documentation

Apart from the usual inquiry on customer service, VPN providers usually document information regarding the services they provide, instructions on VPN use or other things of concern.

There is a huge range of content you can go through with both NordVPN and IPVanish.

As expected, you can find some privacy issues being discussed on both so that’s another plus. You get to know what’s going on in the industry in addition to all the bulk of technical guides.

Logging Policy

Do you value privacy greatly? If your answer is yes, you might want to focus reading on this one.

Most VPN providers nowadays claim to have a no-log policy on their website. But if you’re wary and you like to be cautious, you know that there’s always more than what meets your eyes.

You can never be 100% safe with VPNs. Promises are great but if they fail to protect your anonymity, where’s the good in that?

No-log policies mean that your activity or your connection is not monitored and recorded. This means, in theory, you are safe to log into important services and browse the web without watching your back at all times.

The safety of NordVPN’s no log policy has been “verified” – it’s been audited and tested to be free from logging by PwC. The recently-acquired PwC certification is sure to give you a certain sense of security as it did with us.

As for IPVanish, we cannot say the same.

For starters, it’s based in the US. As you may know, the country has one of the strictest privacy laws around the world (in fact, the US is the founding party of the Five Eyes Alliance). They may claim to honor their flawless no-log policy, but is it really the case?

Years ago, IPVanish lead the US Homeland Security to an arrest of a Comcast user. This goes to show that while they may have vocally expressed their desire to uphold their no-logging policy, this incident clearly falls short of that promise.

Fast forward to the present, the company went under major ownership change and promised the same thing again.

Both may advertise no-logging but words and representation alone without proof is simply not enough. When you take that into consideration, NordVPN boots IPVanish out of this category.

IP and DNS Leak Test

If your VPN provider clearly shows leaks in your IP and DNS information, do yourself a favor and just throw your subscription away.

You can rest assured because both showed no leaks – tried and tested.

Always remember that if your IP and DNS is leaked, you risk exposing yourself to possible intrusion and privacy invasion. The least you can do to prevent that from happening is to get a premium VPN.

Encryption and Protocols

Most encryption and protocol standards are safe for the average user. Usually, it’s down to preference.

Keeping your information safe means encrypting all the data. Most VPNs offer the standards; both offer 256-bit AES encryption.

If you’re looking for the real deal, you got it.

In addition, NordVPN also offers IKEv2/IPsec as protocol choices so you’re not out of options. This goes the same with IPVanish, which offers IKEv2/L2TP. Both also offer OpenVPN which is pretty much the industry standard as far as open-source goes.

You can feel confident in whatever your online activities may be since both VPN providers will encrypt your data even when you’re connected to public networks.

Kill Switch

If you’re paranoid about detection through the leaks of any kind, don’t worry – both VPNs utilize a kill switch.

The kill switch is readily available so your connection will drop immediately as soon as there are issues between you and the VPN server.

Just make sure your kill switch is enabled and you’re good to go.

Jurisdiction

As a VPN user, you must ensure that your VPN provider stays away from trouble. Five, Nine, Fourteen Eyes – you always have to check where your VPN operates.

We are pleased to inform you that NordVPN operates in Panama, so it’s 100% certain that it operates outside of the jurisdiction of any surveillance alliances.

A little trivia: Panama operates independently and is often non-compliant with privacy or transparency laws so there’s no chance of intrusion to your privacy.

But for IPVanish, this does not look too well. Being based in the US means a lot of things – and investigations.

Security and Policy Audits

There are numerous reasons to subscribe to a premium VPN and one of those reasons in 2019 should be transparency. If your premium VPN provider is willing to undergo an extensive audit regarding its services, great. But if not, there are other ways to prove it. Take PIA‘s court defense for example.

As expected, NordVPN has an answer. They have been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, one of the “Big 4” auditing firms in the world. What’s more convenient is that the audit documents are available for public viewing, thus solidifying its claims with transparency.

IPVanish, on the other hand, does not have an independent audit to boast but they made a statement about their continuous commitment to privacy and other precedents.

In their blog, they’ve stated that:

“Prior to the acquisition, the StackPath team performed an independent audit on the IPVanish platform to ensure that no previous traffic records or VPN logging systems existed. No history of logging was found during this audit.”

There might have been an audit of some sort prior to its acquisition, but it pales in comparison to NordVPN. Also, given its past controversy, users might have reservations subscribing to IPVanish. It’s hard to trust your VPN when you know there’s some history of privacy breach involved and its new owner claiming it didn’t happen.

Business Acumen

When you weigh down these two VPNs based on their business practices, it almost seems like an unfair comparison.

NordVPN was founded by Tefinkom & Co., S.A. in Panama sometime in 2012, and there’s no question that it’s one of the best VPNs available in the market today.

IPVanish, on the other hand, was founded by a subsidiary of Highwinds Network Group in Florida in the same year. The company was acquired later acquire by StackPath in 2017.

VPN companies tend to work in the shadows where they don’t share information about their employees – especially their founders or officers. With NordVPN, this is the case.

StackPath (IPVanish) is a private company as well, but their officers’ names are publicly known.

One major downside to IPVanish is its history and the Internet does not forget.

IPVanish was asked by the US Government (asked, with no warrant) to provide the IP address and timestamps of a Comcast user. Users were left disappointed because while IPVanish claimed to provide utmost anonymity to their users, they kept extensive logs of all activities. While this was before the acquisition by StackPath and its new CEO claiming that there are no logs, how do we go about verifying and trusting this information post-factum?

Winner: NordVPN

Our final say?

It’s an overwhelming victory for NordVPN.

NordVPN has more servers vs. IPVanish, 100% Netflix unblocking, dedicated torrent servers and proven transparency with audit documents from a well-respected auditor.

IPVanish may have tried to put up a fight, but it comes nowhere near the top-tier VPN in this comparison.

With all these facts we’ve given, you now have all the information you need to make a smart decision.

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The Full Breakdown

  • Safe torrenting – You can torrent all you want without detection on both.
  • User interface – Both visuals and experience are user-friendly and satisfactory.
  • Product documentation – It’s the usual basic tips and instructions for both, but it helps.
  • Surf the net securely and without prying eyes – Both offer no IP or DNS leaks. Also, a kill switch for both is readily available.
  • Customer support – Superb, responsive live chat on both. Even though IPVanish’s customer response is a little bit slower than NordVPN, it still keeps up.

The main differentiators and why NordVPN is the winner vs. IPVanish are on the sidebar.

The Best VPN for Kodi

In case you weren’t aware of it before reading this, Kodi is an open-source multi-platform software that brings the theatre to your living room. It was first released in June 2004 and hit mainstream audiences in December 2016, facing fierce criticism when questions regarding its legality started to surface—Kodi in its unmodified state is 100% legal; it’s simply a software solution designed to stream content across different devices.

Today, Kodi is one of the most popular media players around, something helped by the fact that it’s completely free, open-source, and has a lot of additional functionality and capability thanks to the various add-ons available.

One type of add-on you can add to Kodi is a VPN and this is what we are going to be covering today!

Why Use a VPN With Kodi?

A VPN—virtual private network—adds an entire extra dimension of functionality and usability to your Kodi box… at least, it does if you pick a good one!

When used with Kodi, a VPN encrypts all internet traffic and tunnels it through one of its intermediary servers via the location you’ve connected to. When you do this, you can unblock content that’s geographically restricted—e.g. watch content that’s only available in the U.S. whilst physically located in the UK—and protects you from vulnerabilities that are inherent in third-party Kodi add-ons.

Choosing the best VPN for Kodi is very important, though—choose anything other than the best, and you may find it hard to stream any content at all.

The best ones have lots of servers located around the world that are fast and always being updated. This means that there will always be a server available that’s fast enough to stream content and can get around geographic filters.

Things Look for When Choosing a VPN For Kodi

When it comes to choosing a VPN to use for Kodi, there are factors that are more important than others; for example, it’s not exactly vital you need a kill-switch during your usage, is it? Instead, here’s what you should be looking for in a good VPN for your Kodi usage:

Server Choices

You need plenty of international choices. If a VPN only offers one server in each country, it’s likely to be blocked by Netflix. After all, it’s easy to target one server; it’s not so easy when a VPN has hundreds of servers per country, and regularly refreshes their IP addresses and servers.
Look for VPNs offering such high server counts and such.

Fast Speeds

Good streaming requires good internet speeds. If a VPN throttles your speeds too much, you can say goodbye to any ideas of streaming content via Kodi. Make sure whichever VPN you opt for, its servers are up to scratch.

Strong Encryption

Consider your protection. Ensure whatever VPN you use offers strong encryption; if you’re accessing less-than-legal materials, you don’t want to be hit with copyright infringement notices and the like.
Check out some of our top VPN recommendations below; they all offer extremely strong encryption protections.

Multi-Logins

Got more than one person wanting to use Kodi on your VPN? Or perhaps you simply want to watch multiple things/access multiple files? A good VPN should offer multiple concurrent logins. Does the one you’re looking at not offer the option? Avoid it – there are plenty who do!

These requirements are essentially the same when you’re looking for the best VPNs for Netflix since both products face issues around content restrictions.

5 Best VPNs to Use with Kodi

There are many VPNs available for Kodi and we’ve narrowed them all down to 5 we think are the best.

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN tops virtually every list we do, including our general top VPN list. It’s a great all-around VPN that’s suitable for any and all usage, including on Kodi devices for seamless and effortless streaming.

Reliable for unblocking geo-blocked content on services that include BBC iPlayer, Netflix, and HBO, ExpressVPN’s servers are always being updated, with new ones added and older ones that have been geo-blocked removed. We’ve personally never had trouble accessing BBC iPlayer from here in the States—there’s always a server that’s working.

ExpressVPN also scores full marks when it comes security, boasting AES 256-bit encryption used alongside the trusted OpenVPN tunneling protocol with other options available.

There are native apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux through a command line. For Kodi devices based on Amazon’s Fire TV, there’s a native app available on Amazon’s own app store. ExpressVPN has plenty of tutorials available, too, for other Kodi devices.

To make the job infinitely easier, consider installing ExpressVPN on your router if you are using one that supports VPNs. When you do this, all devices that are connected to your router, including Kodi, will have their traffic tunneled through ExpressVPN on your chosen server. This eliminates the need to set up ExpressVPN natively on each device.
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2. NordVPN

NordVPN is another great all-rounder that regularly features highly on VPN review lists, including our own.

At the time of writing, NordVPN offers a massive 5,923 servers operating across 62 countries, 1,926 and 681 of which are in the U.S. and UK respectively meaning that NordVPN is by far one of the best VPNs for Kodi and that you will always find a server that’s suitable for getting around geoblocking. All these servers have respectable speeds making them perfect for streaming.

For installation on Kodi, Android users can download an APK file directly from the NordVPN website or use Google Play. At the moment, there’s no Linux version, however, it can be manually configured. Again, just like ExpressVPN, NordVPN supports router installation on models that support OpenVPN which means you can use it with your Kodi device without having to install it natively.

In terms of security, NordVPN uses AES 256-bit encryption alongside the OpenVPN tunneling protocol that provides comprehensive and sturdy protection of your IP address, traffic, and identity. NordVPN doesn’t log any information, either. In addition to a native Android app, there are also apps for Windows, macOS, and iOS.
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3. IPVanish

When we tested IPVanish ourselves, we found it demonstrated excellent performance levels that are more consistently reliable when compared to others in the same bracket.

So far as Kodi is concerned, IPVanish’s native desktop, Android, and iOS apps will work in the background and provide secure, unrestricted access to geo-blocked Kodi content through add-ons. For Kodi users who have it sideloaded or installed on a smart TV, Fire TV Stick, console, or set-top box, installation requires a little more work.

If you are using a Fire TV Stick, IPVanish’s app is configured and optimized to be seamlessly used with the Fire TV Stick’s remote control, making it much easier to select from over 1,000 different servers that are fast enough to handle streaming video content, alongside up to 9 other simultaneous connections.

IPVanish uses AES 256-bit encryption alongside OpenVPN and doesn’t log anything, meaning your privacy and security is always protected.

You can try it now for 7 days risk-free thanks to their 7-day money-back guarantee. There are three different plans to choose from, starting from $10 per month when billed month-to-month, or $6.49 when billed for 12 months at $77.88.

4. CyberGhost

Launched in 2011, CyberGhost has managed to grow from relative obscurity to a service used by over 20 million people in just over 7 years. Based in Romania, it falls outside of any international agreements that facilitate the collection and sharing of data and intelligence (e.g. 5 Eyes.)

While CyberGhost doesn’t natively support Kodi installation through Linux (you’ll have to configure it yourself), there’s an Android app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It cannot be sideloaded or downloaded through an APK, so anybody wanting to use Kodi and has a version of Android without the Google Play Store will need to undertake manual configuration.

CyberGhost categorizes all its servers that support bypassing geoblocking by which video streaming services the server works on. So, if you want a server that’s Netflix or BBC iPlayer-friendly, they can be found easily. All servers are completely secure and offer fast speeds that are more than suitable for the handling of even the most intense video streaming.

CyberGhost offers a 14-day no questions asked money-back guarantee for its month-to-month plan and a whopping 45-day money-back guarantee for plans that have been pre-purchased for 6 months or more.
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5. Private Internet Access (PIA)

PIA is one of our favorite VPN providers. Although they’re based in the U.S., they have come out victorious in not one, but two court cases where they refused to release data and information it held to the authorities. Even if PIA lost their court cases and was forced to disclose information, it would be of very little use to the authorities because PIA has a strict anti-logging policy that it follows to the letter.

For Android and Linux-based Kodi devices, PIA offers a version that works with the OpenELEC Linux distribution (on Raspberry Pi, for example) and an APK file that can be downloaded from the PIA website and installed on Android devices that don’t have a Google Play Store. Both apps are very lightweight and easy to use.

There’s plenty of choices when it comes to servers and locations, and they’re all fast enough to handle streaming HD content. In terms of security, there’s both AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption available, alongside the OpenVPN tunneling protocol.

PIA offers a 7-day money-back guarantee and its monthly rolling plan is a budget-friendly $6.95. Subscribe for two years and pay only $69.95, a monthly price of $2.91.
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Unlock Kodi’s True Power With a VPN

When using a VPN with Kodi, it’s not so much about privacy and logging, as it is about fast servers and unblocking content from other countries.

You want to be using one that’s available at a budget-friendly price point, has plenty of choices when it comes to servers that are fast and suitable for streaming, and can be used just as easily with Kodi as it does with any other device.

We’ve highlighted 5 VPNs that we regard as the very best VPNs for use with Kodi. There are others available, however, many of which you can find we’ve reviewed elsewhere on the website. Be sure to have a browse, and see if you find the perfect one for you!

Best VPN for macOS

macOS is the second most popular operating system in the world. Although it isn’t quite as widely used as Windows, there are still plenty of options in terms of VPN services out there.

Picking the best VPN for MacBooks and iMacs is no different from picking the best one for your Windows-based machine. At the end of the day, the best VPN services in the market are compatible with macOS; they’d lose out on a huge market if they’re not!

You might think that using a VPN for privacy and safety-related purposes is not necessary on macOS due to the reputation it has for being largely impenetrable. This is far from the case, however—macOS systems are increasingly being targeted by criminals.

As the popularity of Apple products is higher than ever before with more and more people relying on macOS, this is a trend that’s only going to increase.

Simply put, it’s now more important than ever to get the best VPN for macOS if you own an Apple device.

Why Use a VPN?

There are two main reasons why more people are beginning to use VPNs – online security and privacy concerns. VPN usage is now widespread, and no longer a shady practice or niche area for the more technologically savvy.

What’s more, there are plenty of other reasons to use a VPN besides security. Whether you’re trying to access U.S. Netflix from Europe or want to unblock websites that have been restricted by your government, getting a VPN is the right thing to do.

People who own an iMac, MacBook, or any other product that uses macOS need a high-quality VPN service just as much as Windows users. Unfortunately, there are a lot of VPN providers out there who provide a decent native app for Windows and then just reproduce a half-baked version for macOS that doesn’t do a good enough job.

In some cases, this can be dangerous as they can expose your information to people who are watching such as your ISP.

The VPNs listed here have been chosen because they fit a variety of needs, run seamlessly, are easy to use, and well-designed. Given that these are characteristics that make Apple’s macOS-backed products so popular, it’s no coincidence that the five best VPNs for macOS meet these criteria too.

Our Picks: The 5 Best VPNs for macOS

We have combed through virtually every VPN available on the market to not only determine which are the best overall, but also handpick the best options for macOS users.

1. ExpressVPN: The all-around best VPN for pretty much everything

ExpressVPN is easily the clear winner and by far the best VPN for macOS. Often featured at the top of every VPN-related list, ExpressVPN is a leading service that does just about everything… and then some.

You’ve probably heard of ExpressVPN already. We only feature it on every top list we compile!

With over 2,000 servers located across 148 different locations—from the U.S. to Australia and virtually everywhere else in-between—you won’t be restricted by choice or stuck with servers that don’t work.

Connected to a U.S. server that isn’t working with Netflix? Report it to ExpressVPN and move on to a different one. They’ll get it sorted and you’re guaranteed to find a server that works.

The speeds of these servers are nothing to be concerned about, either. You will notice very little in terms of speed reduction when connected to most of their servers; ExpressVPN does not throttle your speeds up or down and their servers are blazing fast.

Torrenting and P2P activities are allowed, and the servers are quick enough to handle it.

ExpressVPN is compatible with all devices through router support and a range of native apps (yes, there’s a dedicated app for macOS!). You can easily protect all your devices. Installation and setup are easy and only takes a couple of minutes once your payment goes through.

Speaking of payment, there’s a whole host of payment methods for you to choose from, including Bitcoin for anonymity.

If you still aren’t 100% convinced, we recommend giving ExpressVPN a spin anyway; they offer a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. At $12.95 month-to-month or $99.95 ($8.32 per month) annually, you get true value for money.

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2. NordVPN: Slightly cheaper than ExpressVPN but just as good

Just like ExpressVPN, NordVPN always manages to place at the top of VPN lists. As a renowned provider of a trustworthy, robust, and secure VPN service, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the best VPNs for MacBooks and iMacs.

NordVPN has managed to gain trust due to its location in Panama, a jurisdiction that falls outside the scope of interference from authorities such as the U.S. and UK governments and intelligence agencies. They guarantee that no customer information or usage data will ever be collected or distributed to third-party organizations.

The sheer size of its service has also helped to make it hugely popular. No matter what you want to do with your subscription to NordVPN, you can probably do it. Need double security? Use their double VPN servers. Are you based in a country that monitors internet usage? Their obfuscated servers will provide additional protection.

Not only are there lots of different types of NordVPN servers, there are also plenty to choose from. The NordVPN network is huge and they truly provide global coverage. This means you will always be able to find a server suited to Netflix, for example.

As we mentioned above, NordVPN comes with all the same bells and whistles as ExpressVPN but with a slightly lower price point. Their one-month rolling plan is $11.95, but you can save a lot more by subscribing for one, two, or three years.

As you can see in the picture above, if you choose a 3-year plan billed at a mere $107.55, it will only cost you $2.99 per month—that’s less than your average cup of coffee!

It’s slick, packed full of features, and has a great native iOS app. Try NordVPN risk-free by taking advantage of their 30-day money-back guarantee.

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3. Hotspot Shield: A brilliant option for the privacy-conscious

You may have heard of Hotspot Shield on social media. They’re famous for using social channels to advertise their service, including on Snapchat and Tinder. It just goes to show you how broad their user base must be.

Hotspot Shield’s premium offering is both affordable and private with strict adherence to current best practices (e.g. strong encryption and use of OpenVPN) alongside their promise not to collect and distribute user data.

They currently offer over 2,500 servers in almost 30 locations around the globe. When we tested them in our comprehensive Hotspot Shield review, they turned out to be fast, responsive, and great on performance overall.

If you want to use a VPN on your macOS device primarily because you want to play games, stream a lot of content, or participate in P2P activities, Hotspot Shield won’t weigh you down.

With a single subscription, you can connect up to five different devices to the Hotspot Shield network at the same time. From MacBooks to iPhones and games consoles, Hotspot Shield works with every device when you set it up on your router.

If you simply want to protect your macOS device, there is a native macOS app.

At $12.99 per month for a rolling subscription, their pricing is similar to ExpressVPN. A 3-year subscription gets you down to $3.49 per month, which makes it one of the cheapest VPNs on the market without losing out on quality.

You can try out Hotspot Shield risk-free with their 7-day money-back guarantee.

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4. CyberGhost: A VPN service that’s always evolving

Millions of people around the world rely on CyberGhost to deliver a reliable service packed with brilliant features. They are by far one of the best VPNs for macOS and have a native app that installs quickly and seamlessly.

In under 10 years, CyberGhost has gone from a startup known only by a few people to a name known around the world. We love how they’re always keeping up with the times and constantly introducing new features for their loyal users.

Like many leading VPNs, CyberGhost is located outside of the 5, 7, and 14-Eyes agreements that compel nations such as the U.S., UK, and Canada to share intelligence and information with each other.

Rather, it’s based in Romania, a country that does not fall under any of these agreements. It also operates a guaranteed zero-logging policy, as well as using OpenVPN and AES-256 encryption. This means your information is safe and will never be compromised when using CyberGhost.

CyberGhost supports Netflix, torrenting, and P2P, so it’s always easy to find a suitable server—they’re all fast, perform well, and capable of streaming or downloading lots of content.

For as little as $2.75 per month—virtually nothing, really—you can take advantage of all these features and more with a premium CyberGhost subscription. If you prefer to pay monthly and don’t mind spending more, you can pay $11.99 per month.

If you do decide to go ahead and invest in CyberGhost, you can always get your money back within 30 days thanks to their 30-day no strings money-back guarantee.

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5. IPVanish: Blazing fast and designed for macOS

With an app designed specifically for macOS, IPVanish delivers a brilliant service for Apple fans. When we tested IPVanish as a whole, we found that it’s a ridiculously fast and nifty VPN that automatically connects you to the fastest server.

With its blazing fast speeds, you’ll be able to stream media, download files, and participate in P2P activities without those annoying lags.

IPVanish operates its service over three protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP. It doesn’t log any of your information or activities.

The more time you buy, the cheaper IPVanish gets. Their monthly rolling plan starts at $10.00, which makes it the cheapest out of all the VPNs featured on this list. This drops down to $3.74 when you purchase a 2-year subscription.

There’s a 7-day money-back guarantee if you’re interested in taking it out for a spin.

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So, which VPN do we recommend?

It should come as no surprise that the VPN we recommend for macOS is ExpressVPN. It’s just about the best VPN service going for virtually anything. When in doubt, go with ExpressVPN. It’s a good rule of thumb.

Having said that, any of the VPNs featured on this list will get the job done. What makes the best VPN for you depends on your individual circumstances and what you want to use it for. Some VPNs are great for privacy, while others are better for streaming content and P2P torrenting.

It’s all about doing your research and finding out what works best for you and falls within your budget.

If you want more recommendations, see our top 10 list of the best VPNs.

Best VPN for iOS

iOS is the second most popular mobile operating system after Android. This is pretty incredible considering that it can only be used on Apple products like the iPhone and the iPad. Want another jaw-dropping statistic? It’s used by over a billion people around the world each day.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re one of the billion. Since you’re in such good company, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a VPN for your iOS device. The wide range of options means that choosing the best VPN for iPhones and iPads is a relatively straightforward process.

The trick is to ensure you’re going with the best VPN for iOS that meets your personal requirements and expectations. While all VPNs are similar, they do differ in terms of certain features and functionality that may suit different needs.

Choosing the best VPN for iOS is pretty much the same as picking the best VPN overall; most good VPN providers have a native iOS client in addition to their Windows and MacOS offerings.

Why Use a VPN on iOS?

Although Apple’s iOS products are pretty safe and stable, there are still security and privacy risks when you use them. Let’s not pretend Apple’s own App Store isn’t riddled with suspicious applications.

In today’s digital world and general tech climate, it’s good practice to use a VPN throughout your day-to-day to shield your online activities; VPNs are no longer only used by people up to no good—they are increasingly being used by regular people who simply want to ensure their security and privacy online.

In addition to improving your privacy, using a VPN also enables you to access restricted content on streaming services, get around government-backed censorship, and share your views online without fear of state persecution. They also hide your online activities from your ISP and other parties who may be snooping on you, meaning you can avoid bandwidth throttling and other nasty ISP practices (if yours does this.)

What Makes a VPN One of the ‘Best’?

While no one VPN is the same, there are certain features and characteristics which all the best VPNs share. These are—

  • Seamless setup: One-click installs and plug-in-and-play functionality is always nice to see. Given that iOS users are more likely to want a seamless and functional experience, this is an important factor in our picks for the best VPNs for iOS devices.
  • Privacy: The best VPNs will always make your privacy their #1 concern. Strong encryption (e.g. AES-256), good tunneling protocols (e.g. OpenVPN), and an anti-logging policy means that your activity is kept secret and cannot be compromised.
  • Bypass blocking: Whether it’s state-mandated censorship or simply streaming U.S. Netflix content in the UK, the best VPNs for iOS will consistently let you bypass any form of blocking with relative ease.

These are just three of the most important factors. Others include speed, torrenting, where the VPN’s company is located, and payment methods, among other things. These are all accounted for in our list below.

Our Picks: The 5 Best VPNs for iOS

These are what we believe are the very best VPNs for iOS devices. Whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, these VPNs are brilliant solutions that will do everything you could possibly need.

1. NordVPN: The best VPN for iOS devices

NordVPN is a VPN service that has a functional app made specifically for iOS. Personally, we prefer NordVPN’s app over ExpressVPN’s because it’s more well-designed and offers more flexibility.

From the main page in the app, you can see important information displayed next to the ‘quick connect’ feature that tells you information such as the best server closest to you and how full it is.

Although the app may be better (in our opinion) than ExpressVPN’s, it could still be better—this is something all VPN providers can learn from.

NordVPN also has plenty of servers with thousands of locations spread out across the world. You can connect up to six devices to the network at any given time with one single subscription, and all servers we tested in our comprehensive review of NordVPN demonstrated great results.

As far as security is concerned, NordVPN uses AES 256-bit encryption, double data encryption by routing your traffic through two servers, and OpenVPN. They also operate an anti-logging policy and an automatic kill switch, something that ExpressVPN doesn’t have (as you will see below.)

Slightly cheaper than ExpressVPN, NordVPN’s pricing starts at $11.95 for a month-to-month subscription. You can opt to pay $107.55 for 3 years, which works out at $2.99 per month. If you aren’t impressed by the service, you have 30 days to get your money back under their unconditional money-back guarantee.

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2. ExpressVPN: Hands down one of the very best VPNs across the board

We’ve featured ExpressVPN at the top of every single review we’ve done so far aside from this one, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s an amazing VPN that delivers the very best in terms of functionality, service, and safety.

At the time of this review, no VPN company does better than ExpressVPN and it looks like they’ll safely hold on to their crown for a while longer.

With a native iOS app, ExpressVPN is the perfect accompaniment for any iOS device.

Located in the British Virgin Islands—far outside the jurisdiction of any international intelligence-sharing agreements such as 5 Eyes—ExpressVPN boasts a huge network of servers that span across the world. Currently, there are well over 2,000 servers across more than 100 countries.

The service is fast and ideal for streaming, boasts top-of-the-line encryption, and uses OpenVPN and traffic obfuscation. To say you’re safe while using ExpressVPN would be an understatement.

It’s worth noting that there’s no ‘Network Lock’ (kill switch) on the iOS app and you cannot change from OpenVPN to another tunneling protocol. This could be a dealbreaker for some users, which is why we gave it our #2 spot despite its other features.

It’s very easy to install ExpressVPN on an iOS device. Simply head to the App Store, download the app, and sign in. Within a matter of seconds, you’ll be connected to the ExpressVPN network.

Because it’s a trusted VPN service at the top of its game, ExpressVPN’s pricing starts at a relatively steep $12.95 a month, or $99.95 if billed annually. This comes out to about $8.32 a month, which we think is a quality investment for a reliable service that’ll get rid of your online-induced headaches.

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3. Private Internet Access (PIA): Proven anti-logging policy

PIA has certainly been around the block – plenty of time to prove itself as a serious VPN service worthy of our notice. When they say they have a robust anti-logging policy, they’re not just paying lip service. It’s a fact that’s actually been proven twice in court where the authorities failed to force PIA to hand over information on its users.

Not that any information handed over would have been much use, though—PIA uses 256-AES encryption (and 128-AES) which protects traffic alongside the industry standard OpenVPN protocol. All this in addition to a kill switch that protects you if your connection to PIA drops makes for a very safe and secure VPN service.

In our comprehensive testing of PIA’s desktop application, we were very impressed by the speeds we managed to pull, and it’s the same story when using the iOS app; we didn’t see any huge loss of download and upload speeds.

Through PIA’s native client that runs on iOS 9 and above, you can quickly and seamlessly connect to the PIA network on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Although the app is a little bit basic, it does what it needs to do—connect you to the PIA network and provide a reliable service that protects your privacy. While it would be nice to see more features, it’s not a deal breaker by any means.

PIA’s pricing is on the low side at $6.95 on a month-to-month subscription. There’s a 7-day money-back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied.

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4. IPVanish: Great speeds and native client

Just like PIA, IPVanish has a native client for iOS that supports devices running iOS 9 and higher. It works across the entire range of iOS devices without any fuss and automatically connects you to their most suitable server whenever you’re connected to the internet (you can disable this in the app.)

Unlike NordVPN and ExpressVPN, IPVanish has a couple of extra features built into the app such as the ability to see the ping and load times in real-time.

In terms of security, IPVanish ticks all the right boxes. As well as utilizing strong encryption, users of IPVanish’s iOS app can choose which tunneling protocol they want to use such as IKEv2 and IPSec.

The downside is that OpenVPN isn’t available at the moment; nor does the app come with a kill switch. On the bright side, IPVanish doesn’t collect your online activity data while you’re connected.

One place where IPVanish falters a little is the lack of servers compared to other providers. They are also based in the U.S., a country that falls within the 5-Eyes agreement. Under previous ownership, IPVanish had a history of logging. Today, they claim that they do not log anything.

Pricing for IPVanish starts on the more expensive side at $10 per month and you can file for a refund within 7 days. It gets cheaper the longer you subscribe for; 2 years costs $3.74 billed once at $89.99.

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5. CyberGhost: A service that constantly gets updated

Romanian-born VPN service CyberGhost is loved by millions of people worldwide because of the consistently reliable and private service that’s always being updated with exciting new features.

Although it was founded in 2011, CyberGhost already has a robust network of over 20 million users. This makes it by far one of today’s most interesting VPN services.

CyberGhost has a native app for iOS that looks rather slick and allows you to seamlessly connect to the CyberGhost network. Although there’s limited functionality through the iOS app, you get all the same features that you get with the desktop app, including a kill switch.

When you first fire up the CyberGhost iOS app, you’ll spot a simple and intuitive interface that lets you connect with one click, access servers that work with streaming services such as Netflix, and choose which location to connect to.

With a guaranteed anti-logging policy, AES-256 Encryption, and OpenVPN, CyberGhost keeps your browsing activity secure over its super quick network that’s more than capable of handling modern-day mobile computing.

At $2.75 per month when you subscribe to CyberGhost for 3 years, you can take advantage of all these impressive features through their intuitive iOS app. If you’re unsatisfied, you can get your money back within 30 days of your purchase.

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What VPN Do We Recommend?

You might be surprised to read that it isn’t ExpressVPN we’re recommending this time around… the winner is NordVPN!

NordVPN has the very best app for iOS devices by far—it looks good, it’s quick, it connects seamlessly, and there’s a kill switch. You get access to all the same quick servers as you would on their desktop app. Not to mention the server choices you get:

ExpressVPN’s iOS app definitely came close, but it doesn’t include a kill switch. Unfortunately, this is enough for it to lose its usual top spot—a kill switch is something that we expect to see on all VPNs.

The lack of a kill switch on many iOS VPN apps seems to demonstrate that VPN providers don’t deem it as a necessary inclusion on iOS – probably because most people are just going to use iOS VPN apps for streaming – but this does alienate a huge section of a VPN’s user base.

If you’re going to download a VPN on your iOS device, go for NordVPN—you won’t be disappointed.
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IPVanish VPN Review

“The World’s Best VPN Service” – That’s a bold claim!

Upon opening the IPVanish website, one of the first things you would see is their bold claim of being “The World’s Best VPN Service”.

You’ve heard and read a few things about IPVanish, but we just can’t take all of those as gospel truth.

In this review, we will investigate if IPVanish can indeed live up to their claim.

IPVanish VPN Specs & Offers

VPN Name IPVanish
Leak Test No Leaks
Logging Policy No Logs
Speed Fast
Torrenting Torrenting & P2P Allowed
Netflix Unblocks Netflix
Jurisdiction Inside Five Eyes
Servers / Countries 1300 / 60
Max Connections 5
Kill Switch Has Kill Switch
Anonymous Payment Methods Not Available
Free Trial Available
Refunds 7 Days
Customer Support 24/7 Live Chat, Email
Price Starting From $4.87

IPVanish Pros

Servers and Locations: 40,000 IPs, 1300 servers, 60 countries? Yeah, we like it!

40,000+ IPs. You probably won’t run out of IPs.

IPVanish lists around 1300+ servers (up from 1,000 since 2018) on their website; these are spread around more than 60 countries around the world.

Around 90% of their servers are based in the North Americas and EU regions.

This is great for users since most of them will want to connect to those servers anyways.

Looking at their server count alone, we are not exactly convinced that IPVanish deserves the title of “The world’s best VPN service”.

IPVanish also features a nice filter function within the program.

By server count alone, IPVanish isn’t taking the title of “The World’s Best VPN Service” since ExpressVPN has roughly double the amount.

It is a little disappointing that IPVanish doesn’t offer so many servers, but it’s probably because it’s a vanity metric.

What good is a server count if the servers don’t work?

Server count alone is not the only metric of a good VPN.

VPN Speed and Performance: Superfast

IPVanish uses tier-1 fiber optic servers to provide the highest grade speeds.

IPVanish Does Not Throttle

The company also claims they protect you from throttling!

Despite the relatively limited server count that IPVanish has to offer our tests have shown that this is well compensated by the speeds that their servers can produce.

The results were definitely above average.

This isn’t so bad as far as speed goes, in fact, these are speeds that VPN users should be expecting when they pay for more expensive VPN services like IPVanish.

This should be great news for those who use VPN for P2P sharing of large files and for torrenting. The speeds that we see here are considered pretty decent as far as VPNs go.

Despite the fast speeds that IPVanish provides, this is still not included in the fastest VPNs that we have tested.

But even with that said, IPVanish remains to be a strong competitor.

Torrenting Policy: Torrent away!

Download away!

Those who use VPNs for torrenting are in for some great news, torrenting works absolutely fine on IPVanish’s servers.

As mentioned earlier, speed tests came up with more than decent results.

These speeds translate well on torrenting performance, we were able to have stable downloading connections while downloading through IPVanish.

Server selection wasn’t a problem as most, if not all servers allow for torrenting.

We just wish that for the price point, IPVanish would start to offer dedicated P2P servers for even faster downloads.

If you prefer VPNs with dedicated P2P servers, we recommend these torrent-friendly VPNs.

Device Compatibility: Use IPVanish on just about anything

IPVanish performs strongly in terms of device support, most of the bases are covered by IPVanish (Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android).

Apart from those mentioned, their website offers configuration support for platforms such as Linux, Chromebook, Amazon FireTV and even routers.

Off the bat, IPVanish VPN allows up to 10 devices to be simultaneously connected to their network per subscription.

Plenty of device options.

Using a VPN router would allow for even more devices to be connected and should you use this for a home setup, your guests could also take advantage of the privacy that a VPN has to offer.

More than that a VPN router would also allow unlisted devices to be compatible with a VPN, like the PlayStation and the Xbox.

Sign-Up Process: Straightforward (with a hidden discount)

Signing up is pretty straightforward, you would be asked to enter an email address, a password and your payment details (credit card information).

After which, you can download and start using the VPN.

Product Interface: Easy enough to use

Upon downloading the software for PC, it takes as little as two steps, just enter your login credentials and click “connect”.

The menu might seem daunting for users that are unfamiliar with VPNs but it’s rather intuitive, the user’s focus is easily drawn to the green “connect” button.

Really nice looking UI!

After a connection has been established between your device and the VPN, the user will then see a few stats on download speeds and upload speeds.

In our opinion, the UI is beautifully made and the generated graph can be quite pleasing to look at.

Customer Support: Talk to a real person! (mindblowing, right?)

Fast, responsive and honest support.

Today, VPN services aren’t just about sheer performance anymore, 24/7 support is now a definite criterion for a good VPN provider.

In fact, a VPN provider’s service can really make it or break it form some users.

It’s a great thing that IPVanish has very decent 24/7 live support.

I made an inquiry on their live chat and it took about 3 minutes before I received a reply from their end.

Three minutes might not sound like a long time, but this is far from the fastest support we’ve seen from a VPN provider.

Top-tier VPN providers like ExpressVPN and NordVPN would return answers within a few seconds.

Nonetheless, 3 minutes is still not bad and is still within what we would consider as fast response time from a VPN provider.

We will take a 3-minute wait any day over filing a ticket or sending an email just to get support.

Product Documentation: How much time do you have to read?

Support knowledge base features 6 categories.

Their website offers much to know about VPNs, IPVanish’s services, and some technical know-how for users to read and consume.

Their online self-help categories include a well-documented FAQ section, some troubleshooting guides and setup guides for different devices

There’s nothing over the top here, just the basics that an average user would need to know and want to know.

IP and DNS Leak Test: Passed with flying colors

Generally speaking, if your VPN shows leaks in IP and DNS, the only thing you should be doing is to get rid of it.

IP and DNS leaks are the easiest telltale signs that your VPN has vulnerabilities.

It’s a great thing though that IPVanish VPN passes these tests and this is a great assurance that your online identity should not be exposed.

Encryption and Protocols: Pretty damn secure

When we talk about 256-Bit AES encryption, we’re talking about the real deal on cybersecurity.

This is the same security standard used by government agencies and banks around the world to secure their data.

This level of encryption fends off potential hackers from even attempting to access your data as this level of encryption is deemed virtually unbreakable even with the world’s fastest computers combined.

This level of security is the same thing that IPVanish uses, this is their safeguard for an utterly secure connection.

Locks = secure. It makes perfect sense!

IPVanish also uses different security protocols to add more layers of protection.

An option for OpenVPN can be used with IPVanish; OpenVPN has become the industry standard for security protocols as its open-source platform is constantly updated by security experts around the world.

These security features allow IPVanish users to feel confident about their online activity even when using internet connections on public networks.

Kill Switch: We’ve found one!


The kill switch is easy to find within the IPVanish VPN program. It’s a sad reality that even the best VPNs can experience some hiccups like connection drops every once in a while.

This leaves a risk for your IP address, or worse, your identity to be exposed when browsing the internet.

A kill switch would detect these connection drops and would automatically disconnect your network or shut down your access to the internet before you become vulnerable to any leaks.

The kill switch ensures that all of your internet traffic is encrypted through the VPN at all times.

This is a strong feature that IPVanish utilizes to complete their set of security measures.

IPVanish Neutral Points

Pricing & Plans: New, cheap price

The price is reasonable… but think about the (lack of) features.

IPVanish does not belong to the club of unreasonably expensive VPNs but neither does it belong to the ranks of cheaply priced VPNs.

A monthly subscription goes for $10 a month, an annual subscription will be setting you back at $6.49 with annual billing of $77.99.

During the early ages of VPN providers, IPVanish was one of the providers to look out for and this level of pricing would have been really reasonable.

But with today’s growing standards, a lot of the competition has already overtaken IPVanish’s performance as a VPN Provider.

This is not to say that IPVanish is not a good service, it’s just that it could be a bit pricey for what it is.

They used to offer a pop-up that would give you an extra 20% discount, but no longer.

Today, they’re simply offering a 50% discount which brings the 1 Year package down to just $39. At $3.25 per month, the price is on the “extremely cheap” side of things, rivaling that of NordVPN.

At the end of the day, the price is significantly cheaper now than before.

Netflix Test: IPVanish Works… Barely

The Netflix test would really make it or break it for some users, some VPN patrons would even subscribe to VPNs just for this purpose.

Unfortunately, IPVanish does not work with Netflix.

Support confirms no Netflix.

We refused to believe at first that a VPN this pricey couldn’t bypass Netflix’s subscriptions but a quick inquiry on their live support channel has confirmed that it indeed does not work.

This does not necessarily mean that IPVanish is incapable of accessing geo-restricted content; Netflix is just really a tough nut to crack for most VPN providers, except the best of the best.

Despite the disappointing fact that IPVanish can’t access Netflix geo-locked content on their services, IPVanish is still able to grant users access to a host of other streaming services and websites that have geo-restrictions.

Maybe you’d be interested in some other services?

On the other hand, IPVanish lists some additional websites you’re able to access with the product such as Crunchyroll or ESPN.

Payment Options: Popular methods available but no crypto yet

Plenty of payment options available.

With cryptocurrencies being a trend nowadays, it’s kind of disappointing that IPVanish does not accept bitcoins as a mode of payment.

Again, this could put off VPN patrons that value total anonymity. IPVanish has indicated on their website that they only accept major credit cards and PayPal.

We’re living in 2019; this kind of payment option offered is already considered very limited.

Apart from that, you already have to input your credit card information just to proceed with the 7-day trial.

Refund Policy: A one week grace period

No questions asked… except whether you’re sure you want to cancel!

Upon purchasing a subscription with IPVanish, our credit card was billed right away for the amount of the monthly plan.

We wanted to see if IPVanish stays true to their word when it comes to their money-back guarantee.

On your account page on the IPVanish website, you can access the options to your subscription, the link to cancel is written in a smaller font right at the bottom of the menu.

It’s very easy to cancel your subscription.

We went on to cancel our subscription to verify the money-back guarantee.

Should you cancel your subscription with IPVanish, they would give out a final offer which is a bit hard to resist.

This allows you to get a 3-month subscription for just $10. Now, that’s cheap!

It’s not a bad deal!

For the sake of testing, we still went on with canceling our subscription; we received a confirmation e-mail immediately after the cancellation.

IPVanish Cons

Logging Policy: No logs? Not exactly…

With IPVanish being based in the United States, it is imperative that they should have a strict no-logs policy.

No logs? For real?

Their website claims that they have absolutely no logs and do not track any activity of their users.

But maybe they are not telling the whole truth…

Read on to find out what we mean!

IPVanish as a Business

We’re not entirely sold on this company.

IPVanish was founded in 2012 by Highwinds Network Group, a tech company based in Florida.

It was acquired in 2017 by StackPath and reportedly had 139 employees generating $4.6M in revenue in the same year.

In early 2019, J2 Global acquired several VPN brands to expand on their cybersecurity and internet solutions portfolio. IPVanish was part of the acquisition along with Encrypt.me, SaferVPN, and StrongVPN. J2 Global also owns PCMag and Mashable so you’ll most likely see these VPNs on these sites.

Jurisdiction: And here’s where it all falls short

One of the first things users look for in a VPN service is the provider’s country of jurisdiction.

The United States isn’t one of the countries that’s known to be friendly when it comes to anonymity, the CIA, FBI, and other government intelligence and security agencies have access to data that these VPN providers keep.

Despite having a no-logs policy, IPVanish somehow led the US Homeland Security Investigations department to an arrest.

Post-acquisition, the new owner of the platform assured that there is strictly no-logging involved.

The previous executive and legal teams are also no longer with IPVanish or its new owner.

Netizens doing illicit things on the network should really take this into consideration.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

IPVanish VPN Conclusion: Decent provider, but not for the paranoid

Our main reservation with regards to IPVanish is their history and current jurisdiction in the United States.

We know a lot of our readers would also share the same sentiments.

But then again, when we look at all the other features that IPVanish has to offer, we believe it’s a decent VPN service. IPVanish uses security standards that can easily match any of the top-tier competition and that’s really one of the main reasons users stick to this VPN. The cost isn’t expensive and there are ways that we can get IPVanish for a bargain price; at that rate, IPVanish is still a VPN service that should be given a fighting chance…

But honestly, we would rather go with the VPNs on our top 10 list, which provide roughly the same pricing for all of the features we want.

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