Last year there were quite some updates for IPVanish. They included important features that improved security when downloading torrents. With all these new tools came a fresh new look that made the software even easier to use. We tested it thoroughly, and we came across very interesting results.
Safety and Privacy Details
Does IPVanish Save Torrent Logs?
IPVanish adopted a zero log policy in 2014. This means they don’t register any user activity. With this intelligent move, they started attracting more users. As a result of that, they have been growing a lot since then. For torrent users, not having their activity recorded is one of the most important things to look for in a VPN.
Even if the government asked IPVanish for any kind of log activity, they wouldn’t have anything to give them, as they don’t keep any records. Because of that, IPVanish cannot identify their users. This provides the peace of mind that every user looks for in a VPN.
The User Interface
The interface looks nice, and the main window allows the user to connect to a server in a couple of seconds. This tab is actually called the “Quick Connect“. It’s simple, at the bottom right, the user chooses the country he wants to connect to. After that, the software will select the best server available in that country. To do so, it considers the connection of each user.
Besides being able to connect to the VPN very fastly, there’s also a lot of useful info, such as real time speeds, the amount of data downloaded and uploaded per session, etc. They’ve made the IPVanish VPN software really simple to use. The users who don’t want to get into server details can do everything from this main window, connecting to the VPN without any extra effort. But if you like to do select your favorite servers manually, then keep reading.
The Server List
After sorting the locations in the way you like the most, it’s time to connect to a server. And you can do that in two ways:
1 – Click on the country you want to connect to, and the software will automatically select the best server in that country.
2 – Click on the number on the right side. This is the number of servers in each country. For example, the Netherlands alone has 67 servers. This way, you will be able to see every server available in that country. And you can select the one you want manually. The advantage of this option is that you can see the “Ping” and “Load Capacity” of each server.
Features and Settings
They have been very busy updating their software with some very important tools. Let’s have a look at the new visual and features of IPVanish.
The Kill Switch
DNS Leak Prevention
Block Lan Traffic
IPV6 Leak protection
Obfuscate OpenVPN traffic
IPVanish is compatible with the main Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Ubuntu, etc…
Recently, the number of simultaneous connections increased from 2 to 5. According to them, this was one of the most requested things from the users. Now it’s very easy to connect to a desktop computer, a laptop, tablet, mobile, etc… at the same time.
DNS Leak test: Every test came out clean. This is thanks to the DNS Leak Protection integrated in the software.
Torrent address detection test: The download of files in uTorrent with IPVanish went without trouble. The IP detected in the tracker was the one belonging to the VPN server.
We achieved great download speeds with IPVanish, the highest we got. These were our results:
Torrent Speed Tests
When making this IPVanish review, our biggest surprise was the speed: almost no losses! This is what every VPN provider promises and only a few can deliver. All the providers we recommend did very well in the speed tests (otherwise they wouldn’t be on our list). But IPVanish has the highest VPN speed we saw. We even went a bit further and tried it in servers from different continents from where we are. Once again we were very happy with the minimal speed losses in some servers that are so far away.
What we like about IPVanish VPN
- No logs are kept
- Great 256-bit encryption for OpenVPN
- Kill Switch
- The best speed we saw in a VPN
- Shared IPs
- Free NAT Firewall
- Regular software updates
- More than 40.000 IP addresses
- A great number of servers and locations
- 5 simultaneous connections
- 7 days money back guarantee
What could be improved
- IPVanish has a 24/7 ticket system support. But it would be better to have a live chat so that users can have immediate answers to their questions.