From the beginning of this year, I’ve been busy reviewing some of the big names in the VPN industry, and I can tell you it’s been fascinating and fun. However, for this review, I decided to take a different approach. Since World Cup is the biggest thing at the moment, I decided to hang online and read World Cup VPN user reviews to find out which VPN service deserves my review time. You know what? I ended up with this Ivacy VPN Review.
Ivacy is a competent VPN service based in Singapore that begun offering VPN services back in the year 2007. It has 450 servers in more than 100 locations. It employs the industry’s best VPN encryption protocols to provide its users with top class best internet security and privacy. As a matter of fact, it’s among the cheapest VPN services I’ve ever come around that gets the job done notwithstanding the pocket-friendly pricing.
But why is Ivacy not so popular?
Maybe it’s reluctant. You see, when a VPN has one of the most affordable pricing in the industry coupled with meaningful performance, that’s a solid base. What with being the first VPN Company to introduce a unique feature like Split Tunneling? It should be angling for a space on the VPN high table. They seem to be a little bit laid back. The top management is somehow missing in the picture. The VPN Industry is about trust, and so we expect the generals to lead from the front and exude confidence.
However, going by their recent initiatives such as aggressive pricing and offers, they seem to be taking the right trajectory.
Ivacy VPN Review begins with the Ivacy website?
My first instance with the Ivacy website elicited some nice feeling. I must say it’s professional. The choice of that blue color and the simple but yet elaborate design makes it user-friendly. You can navigate easily around to quickly find whatever interests you. All essential sections as regards pricing, features, apps, support, and even the blog are readily available at the top side. In short, it’s a job well done.
How compatible is Ivacy VPN?
Ivacy works with all the major platforms from Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and Mac. They also have invaluable setup guides for Smart TV, Blackberry, OpenElec, Kodi, Game consoles, and routers. The Ivacy client is easy to setup even if it’s your first instance with a VPN and the features are fantastic.
Ivacy VPN is among the cheapest VPN services
Ivacy is among the cheapest VPN services I’ve ever come around. And yet it has competitive features so that their pricing does not compromise their quality of service. Delving deeper into their pricing structure, I submit that Ivacy have a single pricing package with different plans that mainly vary with the length of term that you sign up. If you sign for a more extended period, you get significant discounts and save a lot.
The monthly plan is priced at $8.95/month. If you opt for the yearly plan, the price drops to $3.00/month helping you save up to 66%. According to Ivacy, their best seller is the 2 year-plan that’ll cost you $1.99/month and see you save up to 78%. All the plans come with 30 Days-Money Back Guarantee.
If you think the 2-year plan at $1.99/month is cheap, wait until you hear this…
Ivacy just introduced a limited 5-year plan offer for $1.4/month. This makes it the most competitive pricing that you can get from a premium VPN service.
⇒Which Payment Methods does Ivacy VPN Support?
Ivacy VPN allows a wide range of payment options ranging from PayPal, Payment with all the major cards (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER NETWORK, JCB, Diners Club and Alipay), Bitcoin and many other forms of payment.
As you can see, Ivacy has gone all the way to ensure that they have a payment option for anyone interested in their service. It’s a decisive move, and I believe it’s working for them as more payment options could correlate to an increase in subscriptions.
Ivacy – Number of Servers and server locations
The number of Servers and server locations are among the determinants of whether a VPN service can penetrate the market effectively. People require VPNs for varied reasons, however, the speed of the VPN is central whether you are going to stream, torrent or even browse the net. One indisputable fact is that a VPN will lower your connection speeds as a result of encryption. And so, the ideal VPN is one that losses minimally so that you cannot differentiate when using the VPN and when not.
One way of ensuring you get the best VPN speeds is connecting to the nearest server to your location. And so technically speaking, a VPN with many server locations takes the day.
Another critical issue to consider is unblocking content. To do so, you require a VPN server that’s in the same location as the particular service that you intend to unblock. So that, if you are looking at unblocking Netflix USA, you require a server in the US. In the same token, a UK server would suffice for BBC iPlayer.
⇒So how does Ivacy fair on the server issue?
Ivacy has 450 servers in more than 100 locations. Though some of the leading VPN services like NordVPN with 4300 servers, ExpressVPN with 2000, and CyberGhost with 2000 are out of range for Ivacy, I like that Ivacy servers are spread meaningfully across the globe in 52 countries as follows:
⇒VPN Servers in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.
⇒Ivacy VPN Servers in ASIA:
Brunei, China, HongKong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and UAE.
⇒Australia Ivacy VPN Server Presence:
Australia and New Zealand
⇒Servers in South America:
Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela
⇒Ivacy has sizeable Server Presence in Africa:
Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, and South Africa
Is Ivacy a strictly No logs VPN service?
Before we answer the above question, it’s better off to begin by interrogating the location of the VPN Service.
Privacy-invasive laws riddle some VPN locations, others experience high levels of surveillance, while others go as far as banning the use of VPN service altogether.
The only issue with Singapore is that it’s a member of the 5 Eyes Alliance. That means there could be intense Government surveillance.
That would mean that even though their base (Singapore) is a “5 Eyes” location, the fact that they do not keep logs of your online activity is helpful because even if they were to be pressured to release your traffic logs, they wouldn’t have any to surrender.
Performance (Speed, DNS, WebRTC tests)
Several Speed tests at speedtest.net reveal a VPN service with above average speeds. Over and over again, I reiterate that Ivacy pricing is cheap compared to the service that they provide. I did stream the world cup without any buffering or any lags in HD quality. And many of my friends have alluded that indeed Ivacy is helping them stream the world cup with no stress.
Testing for leaks at ipleak.net, I can categorically state that I never witnessed any DNS or IPleaks. They offer Secure DNS add-on to prevent any DNS leaks. They also force all IPv6 traffic through the VPN to protect you from IPv6 leaks at the source.
Ivacy Security and privacy?
Ivacy uses the standard military grade AES 256 encryption to secure your online data against hacking and logging of your online activities. In tandem, they implement a wide range of protocols that include PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, as well as IKEv2.
Ivacy have an inbuilt Kill Switch that is invaluable for ensuring your data is protected from unwanted exposure at all times. In case the VPN connection falls for whatever reason, and you get disconnected from the VPNs secure tunnel, the Internet Kill Switch shuts down all your internet activity to prevent your real IP as well as your data from getting exposed. The Kill Switch is among the features that I strongly advise my readers to consider before subscribing to a VPN service.
Ivacy’s association with the Split Tunneling technology
Ivacy was the first VPN service provider to introduce the invaluable Split Tunneling technology in the VPN market back in 2010. That goes without saying that they provide Split Tunneling to their subscribers.
I know some of you may be wondering what is Split Tunneling and what it does?
Split Tunneling is a unique piece of technology that gives you the option to choose which of your traffic should route through your ISP and which one to pass through the VPN encrypted tunnel.
So, what’s the importance of Split Tunneling?
Let me say:
Without Split Tunneling, you won’t be able to access both local and foreign web services simultaneously. Also, it’s a fact that routing all your data through the VPN connection consumes your bandwidth. And lastly but also important, you won’t be able to access LAN services when connected to the VPN.
Look at it this way:
Split Tunneling gives you the ability to stream foreign content like movies or sports, while you use web services from your local IP address. Furthermore, the speed of your local web service won’t be affected even when you download.
Isn’t Split Tunneling a great feature?
How many device connections do you get with a single Ivacy VPN Account?
The number of devices that a VPN allows a user to connect using a single account simultaneously has become another very competitive area. NordVPN used to be the champion here with six simultaneous connections, then, CyberGhost became the darling of subscribers who need many device connections with their 7 devices in total. As I’m writing this review, IPVanish just flexed its muscles with ten simultaneous connections.
Our subject Ivacy VPN allows five simultaneous connections using a single account. Five devices have been the standard with most premium VPN services. However, when the big boys flex their muscles, you are left with no option other than to flex yours too.
Does Ivacy allow P2P File sharing
Ivacy enables P2P on its network. In fact, they have optimized servers for P2P. Meaning, you can mask your IP with Ivacy and browse anonymously without the worry of being caught or being slumped with a DMCA. On the same token, you can quickly overcome the challenges posed by throttling and port blocking.
Does Ivacy work with Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer?
The answer is a simple YES. Ivacy works to unblock Netflix, Hulu, and the BBC iPlayer which is excellent news to ardent streamers out there. I was able to stream the three channels without much hassle. It’s also streaming the Russia World Cup 2018 perfectly without any buffering or lags.
However, you will have to work hand in hand with their customer support to be provided with the appropriate server that works with a particular streaming service at a given moment. Netflix is actively fighting against the VPN services, and they are continually blocking any suspicious IPs.
Ivacy Customer Support- fast, knowledgeable, and ready to assist
The above statement correctly describes the Ivacy Customer support. The Chat is helpful. I did contact them severally when I was signing up to when I had challenges connecting to Netflix. But all the time they seemed knowledgeable and were able to provide the solution with great ease.
Ivacy VPN Review Conclusion
Ivacy is a VPN service that will help you protect your valuable online data, provide you with online privacy and options to stream anonymously on Kodi, PopCorn Time, Torrents time, as well as Bitport. And it’s among the cheapest premium VPN services.
However, they need to flex more muscle and reach out aggressively.
You can check out their recent VPN deals here.