IPVanish for Torrenting

Last year was a year of improvement for IPVanish. They included many updates in their software, and some of them are very important when it comes to torrenting. With all these improvements came a fresh new look, making the software even more simple to use. We tested it thoroughly (as we always do), and we came across very interesting results. You can check all the details in this IPVanish review:

Safety and Privacy

They 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 and 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 provider.
Even if IPVanish were asked by the government to handle 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.

They provide an unbreakable 256-bit encryption for OpenVPN and L2TP protocols, and PPTP comes with 128 bit. As we mentioned before, OpenVPN is the protocol we recommend, as it’s the safest one. There is the possibility of using OpenVPN with UDP and also TCP.

They use shared IPs, which means that one user shares the same IP address with thousands of other users, and one IP cannot be traced back to one individual user. The best providers use this system because of the increased level of security.

The User Interface

The interface looks really 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". At the bottom right, the user chooses the country he wants to connect to, and the software will select the best server available in that country automatically, considering the connection of the 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 it really simple to use to use the IPVanish VPN software. 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

The second menu is called the "Server List". The name is self-explanatory, it's a list of VPN servers. But it's not a simple list, this menu is packed with options to see and select servers. There are three main windows to view servers: By List, by Map or Filter.

We like the List option because we could organize servers by "Country", "Response Time" and "Load". As you can see on the image below, we organized the countries by "Response Time". This means that the countries are now organized by smallest response time. For us, the fastest servers are located in the Netherlands. Because this country is more tolerant regarding torrenting than most, IPVanish optimizes the servers in that location for torrent downloads, making them very fast. And the number is also much higher, so users don't overcrowd the same servers. It's a very nice detail from this VPN provider. 

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 choose the best server in that country automatically.

   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 see all the servers located 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.

In our opinion, the most important update is the introduction of the Kill Switch. It's a great addition, especially for the ones who want to download torrents anonymously. We recommend having this tool always activated. If there is a problem and the VPN stops working, the Kill Switch will interrupt the internet connection immediately, so that your real IP is never exposed. They even included a little reminder below the On/Off main button. This is because many users forget about the Kill Switch, and that can be risky. This way, the user always knows if it's enabled or not. Nice touch!

Another important update is the DNS Leak Prevention. With this option enabled you basically make sure that you are using the IPVanish DNS servers, and not your ISP's. This is a way of ensuring there are no DNS leaks. It gives more security to the users.

The Block Lan Traffic is like a Kill Switch on steroids. If this feature is on, your computer will not communicate with the local area network when the VPN is off. In simple words, with this option, you make sure that you only have access to the Internet when there is a VPN connection. This is quite unique among VPN providers and it's a great extra layer of security for torrenting.

The IPV6 Leak prevention. This was probably added because not long ago a team of researchers showed that many VPN services were leaking IPv6 traffic. Even though IPv6 can be manually disabled in Windows to avoid leaks, it's always good to have such tool to do it automatically.

Finally, the Obfuscate OpenVPN traffic is a useful feature for those who are in countries with strict internet policies, where OpenVPN connections are detected and blocked. In other words, this is a way of adding a layer of security against DPI (Deep Packet Inspection).

There's another detail worth mentioning. IPVanish uses a NAT Firewall without extra charge. This is very rare, other providers have it as a paid extra feature, but it's free with IPVanish. This is another layer of protection against hackers and botnets. Basically, it prevents attacks by blocking unwanted inbound traffic, it blocks any scan and does not allow connections from harmful software.

Server Locations

IPVanish has an impressive number of more than 850 servers in 60 countries, and you can connect using more than 40.000 IP addresses to help you mask your identity. They have servers in every corner of the globe and they allow torrenting in all of them. So, no matter where the users are located, they will always find a good connection nearby.

Compatibility

The software is compatible with the main Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Ubuntu.

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. If you want, you can even let someone you trust use your account at the same time you do.

Security tests

DNS Leak test: Thanks to the DNS leak prevention, every test came out clean.

IP Test: Same thing, the IP was always from the country of the server we were connected to. And because IPVanish offers more than 40.000 IPs, we frequently saw a different one, even when connected to the same server. What we mean is that most VPNs have one IP address per server. But IPVanish has several IPs for each server.

Torrent address detection test: When downloading a torrent with IPVanish, the detected IP was always the one from the VPN server, never our real IP address.

Speed Tests

We achieved great download speeds with IPVanish, the highest we got. These were our results:

Without a VPN connection
Without VPN
IPVanish download speed test
Connected to IPVanish (OpenVPN UDP protocol)

Torrent Speed Tests

File sharing without a VPN
Without VPN
IPVanish torrent test
Connected to IPVanish (OpenVPN UDP protocol)

When making this IPVanish review, our biggest surprise was the speed, almost no losses! This is what every VPN provider promises and just a few can deliver. All the providers we recommend did very well in the speed tests (otherwise they wouldn’t be on our list of recommendations), 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 based. Once again we were very happy with the minimal speed losses in some servers that are so far away.

Price

As most services normally do, the annual subscription has the biggest discount. The annual plan is quite cheap, especially when we consider the number of security features and speed of this VPN.

They offer a 7 day money back guarantee, which should be enough for the user to make a decision: to continue with the service or to have the money back. 

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

The improvement suggestions we had in our previous review were included in the last updates. It's great that now we have to think and focus in order to find things to improve in IPVanish. It means they are updating the software according to their user's requests. But, like any other product, there is always something that can get better. Here is our current suggestion:

• IPVanish has a 24/7 ticket system support, but it would be nice to have a live chat so that users can have immediate answers for their questions.

Conclusion

IPVanish did a great job by changing their logging policies and increasing security. It opened new doors for them and it also gave them a place in our list of recommended VPNs for torrenting. They surely care about their user’s safety and they are very clear about that in their terms.

We had such a great experience with this provider. After reviewing IPVanish, we had no doubts in giving them the title of the fastest VPN for torrenting. They really have great speeds on so many different servers. It’s ideal for users who want anonymity combined with great speeds. There are many arguments about which VPN is the best, but one thing is for sure, the name IPVanish is always present in those discussions.