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 updates 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 file sharers this is great news, 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 one user shares the same IP 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.

Features

They have been very busy updating their software with some very important tools. Let’s have a look at the new visual and the new features of IPVanish.

In the Connection menu you can see the main functionalities they included in the software:

configuration menu

In our opinion, the most important update is the introduction of the Kill Switch for Windows. It’s a great addition, especially for the ones who want to download torrents anonymously.
We tested this feature several times and it worked without problems. We recommend all users to have 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.
If you would like to read a bit more about this feature, have a look at the article we wrote about the importance of the Kill Switch.

Another important update that we are excited to talk about in our IPVanish review 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 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).

Finally, 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.

IP Settings Menu

We also like the IP Settings Menu, where you have options to control the IP assigned to you. In the first place, you can program it for a periodic change, and it will change the IP with an interval of time at your choice. The minimum interval is 45 minutes. This means that you can have a different IP address every 45 minutes, or more. But keep in mind that this periodic change is not the best choice for torrenting. While the VPN changes the IP automatically, the connection will be interrupted, and the real IP can be exposed, even if it’s only for a few seconds. Therefore, we recommend not activating that option.

After that, they even give you a tool where you can verify the IP you are using, to make sure your real one is not shown.

Finally, they give you the option of using 3rd party DNS servers. We recommend that you use the ones from IPVanish, which are selected by default.

Menu to change the IP address

One great advantage of this provider is the free NAT Firewall. This is very rare, others have it as a paid 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 Selection

In the Server Selection Menu, you can choose a server in different ways: By List, Map or Filter.
We liked the list option because we could organize servers by country, response time, load, and favorite servers. In the following screenshot of the List option, we organized the countries by Response time. As you can see, the Netherlands has the fastest servers (considering our location). And here there’s another recent update in IPVanish, the QuickConnect. If you click on one of those countries, IPVanish will choose the best server for you in that country.

But you still have the option to select a server manually. As you can see, every country has a number of servers, and in the case of the Netherlands, there are 40. If you press on that number, you will see all the servers for that country, and you will be able to choose one manually. This is useful for users who have favorite servers and don’t want the software to choose for them.

We tested this feature for every country. It is as described, the server that the VPN software selected automatically was always the fastest one.

automatic server selection


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. To be more precise, they have more than 40.000 IP addresses and 700 servers.

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 protocol)

Torrent Speed Tests

File sharing without a VPN
Without VPN
IPVanish torrenting test
Connected to IPVanish (OpenVPN 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), 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 in the US and Canada for example.

Server Locations

IPVanish has an impressive number of more than 700 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.

IPVanish server locations

Compatibility

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

In 2016 there was another important update, the number of simultaneous connections increased from 2 to 5. According to them, this is 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.

Price

IPVanish price

As most services normally do, the annual subscription has the biggest discount. 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. The annual subscription is quite cheap, especially when we consider the quality and speed of this service.

They accept many payment methods, such as Credit Card, PayPal and Bitcoin.


What we like about IPVanish VPN

• No logs are kept
• Great 256-bit encryption for OpenVPN
• Free NAT Firewall
• Kill Switch
• The best speed we saw in a VPN
• Shared IPs
• Regular software updates
• More than 40.000 IP addresses
• A great number of servers and locations (700 servers in 60 countries)
• 5 simultaneous connections
• 7 days money back guarantee

What could be improved

The improvement suggestions we had were included in the last updates. They added more multiple connections. It’s great that we have to think a bit to find things to improve, it means they are updating the software according to their user’s requests. But, like any other product, there is always something that can improve. Here is our current suggestion:

• IPVanish has a 24/7 ticket system support, but it would be nice to have a live chat support.

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 the best 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 torrenting experience with this provider. After reviewing IPVanish, we had no doubts in giving them the title of the fastest VPN available. They really have great speeds on so many different servers. It’s ideal for users who want anonymity combined with great speeds.

With the recent updates in their software, such as a Kill Switch, a DNS leak prevention and more simultaneous connections, they improved a lot, becoming a very complete VPN service.
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.