Last update: 12.13.2018
Ivacy is not the most popular VPN service but it is one of the most solid. Here’s what we’ve managed to learned.
Our Ivacy VPN review proudly presents to you “The most advanced VPN” as claimed by PMG Pte. Ltd. based in Singapore — the stepfather of this VPN service. The origins of this VPN can be traced back to Russia. As is often the case with VPN service providers, little is known about either of the companies behind Ivacy.
Ivacy VPN has been around for more than 11 years now and has managed to lure around 200 thousand users into its online privacy circle. If you compare this number to the 150+ million users Hola VPN or the 44 million of ZenMate, that doesn’t seem like a lot. However, unlike these hyper-popular VPN services, Ivacy doesn’t offer a free version, making the size of its user base very reasonable.
This VPN service has 450+ servers in 100+ locations in 50+ countries. Unfortunately, although it’s based in an exotic country (Singapore), this is not one of those offshore privacy havens. Singapore is a partner of the Five Eyes international surveillance alliance. The Five Eyes has earned the attention of privacy-conscious people when Edward Snowden leaked those infamous top-secret NSA documents back in 2013.
With Ivacy, you get a good level of security, performance, and an awesome list of features. As such, it is a great VPN service for virtually anyone, except, perhaps, enemies of 5/9/14-Eye states.
All in all, this VPN may not be perfect, but it certainly offers great value for money.
Security & Privacy: Is Ivacy VPN safe to use?
So, is Ivacy VPN safe to use?
We strictly do not log or monitor, online browsing activities, connection logs, VPN IPs assigned, original IP addresses, browsing history, outgoing traffic, connection times, data you have accessed and/or DNS queries generated by your end. We have no information that could associate specific activities for specific users.
This is how “no logs” should work.
You can clearly see that Ivacy keeps no usage and no connection logs. This is great news. However, if you go on reading the policy – and you should always read it word by word – you can see that your name, email address, and the payment method you used to purchase a plan are also collected. This would be concerning, but of course, it doesn’t have to be a real name, a real email address, and you can pay in BitCoin if you wish.
Does it really matter that Ivacy VPN is based in Singapore? With this VPN, probably less than with some others. Even if the authorities were to demand logs, Ivacy VPN would probably shrug its shoulders and wish them good luck. However, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for those engaged in truly security-sensitive activities.
This VPN offers all the best and most popular protocols, including OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, and IKEv2. Being the father of the popular Split Tunneling feature, Ivacy can’t leave this useful security feature out of its palette either. With split tunneling, you can decide what traffic to send through your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or a protected VPN tunnel.
Furthermore, you also have an internet kill switch as well as IPv6 leak protection, which is off by default.
All in all, our Ivacy VPN review has found that despite the mysterious background, Ivacy VPN offers good online security and privacy features. It also seems that they have a true no logs policy. But we still don’t consider a Five Eyes-friendly country the best basis for a VPN operation.
We do miss some extra security features, like Tor over VPN or multi-hop (as seen with NordVPN or Perfect Privacy). These can provide an extra layer for those who need it, but they’re features very few premium VPN services offer anyway.
Our Ivacy VPN review finds solid download and upload speeds. They’re good enough to use this VPN for seamless streaming from platforms that include Netflix US, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime. It’s also great for use with Kodi. Please note that speeds depend on more than just the VPN service: your hardware, baseline speeds, distance from the chosen VPN server, and other factors play an important role as well.
Ivacy VPN has 450+ servers in 50+ countries, which is not bad coverage, but we’ve seen better too. While you can find lots of complaints on the web about horrific speeds and annoying connection drops, these may be things of the past. While doing research for this Ivacy VPN review, we found that it had gone through some serious changes.
Let’s see the numbers now. Our baseline speeds right before connecting to Ivacy VPN were as follows:
It’s always important to view VPN speeds in relation to your base connection speed. That’s the only way to judge how much your download and upload speeds may drop for you. So, these were the results of our tests using the default IKEv2 protocol:
New York, United States
London, United Kingdom
While these speeds may not be enough to be fined for speeding on the virtual highway, you can still enjoy HD and even 4K quality streaming. Online gaming, torrenting, and other general VPN activities should be totally fine too. Of course, keep in mind that we had a base speed of approximately 300Mbps. So, if your speed is 30Mbps, you may not get good enough speeds for 4K, for example.
If speed is of great importance to you, we suggest that you check out our best VPN picks before making a decision.
How to download and install it
Ivacy VPN offers a great range of clients covering all major platforms and more. You can fundamentally use this VPN with Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox. But, you can also use the detailed guides on the website to configure it for other supported platforms like Linux, Blackberry, Smart TV, Openelec, Routers, Consoles (Xbox), and Kodi.
You can either mouse over the Our Apps menu at the top and select your desired client. Or, click the orange Download Apps Now button to end up on the Downloads page, where you can choose the platform. Another way for you to get on with your download is to scroll down the page and find the link for your client in the Products section of the footer.
Finally, you’ll also find Get Ivacy or Get Ivacy Now buttons on the website, which will redirect you to the purchase page. Here, you need to choose a pricing plan and buy your subscription.
Once you download your installer, the installation process won’t take a minute. Very simple indeed. A few Next buttons and you should be ready to use your Ivacy VPN to protect your online activities.
We conclude this part of our Ivacy VPN review by saying that the clients look quite nice and they are all very easy to use.
How to use Ivacy VPN
When you launch this app for the first time, you may think that you can use it for free. Why? Because unlike most other VPNs, Ivacy only asks you to log in when you try to connect to a server.
That’s when you’re prompted to log into your premium account. Connecting to an automatic or optimal server is just a click away on the Smart Connect screen. All you need to do is click the Power button.
If you prefer a certain server, click the drop-down menu for more locations. Ivacy VPN offers you a choice between Country or City servers. Select the desired radio button and choose a server.
We found it a bit annoying that it requires an extra click to connect to a server. So, it’s not enough to select it from the list, you still need to press the Power button to connect.
Once you’re connected to an Ivacy VPN server, you will see your new location, the time you have spent on this server as well as some basic information about your connection (No Logs, Encryption Enabled, Hidden IP, and Secure Browsing).
There’s another annoying extra click on this screen — a small window pops up at the bottom. “Did it work?” Ivacy wants to know. Well, mostly it does work and you can just click Yes every time. If for some reason, the connection were to fail, you get a warning pop-up anyway: “There’s a problem with the connection, please try again later.”
But this is not the last useless click we encountered when running tests for this Ivacy VPN review.
The Ivacy VPN menu
Let’s see now what the menu has to offer you!
The Smart Connect (default), Secure Download, Streaming, Unblocking, and Dedicated IP options represent the purpose of your VPN use. It’s actually a great feature, allowing you to choose from different purposes and connect to optimized servers.
If you select the Streaming option, for example, two lists of servers are presented. One sorts servers by media streaming platform (Select Channel), and the other one sorts by country (Select Country).
Here, on the Select Country screen, it’s enough to click on a server location or the Power icon, and you’ll momentarily connect to your chosen server.
On the Select Channel screen, you can select from dozens of online media streaming centers, including Netflix US, Amazon Prime US, ABC, HBO Go, and more.
The Settings menu offers some general preferences and security customizations. However, there are minor differences between the Ivacy apps for various device-types in terms of what settings are available and what they are called. The desktop app has two sub-tabs.
On the General sub-tab, you can change general settings like whether you want your VPN app to start up automatically with your system, redial automatically if the connection drops, or protect you from IP/DNS leaks.
On the Connection sub-tab, you can choose your VPN protocol, as well as toggle the Kill Switch and Split Tunneling on or off. Our Ivacy VPN review team has found that the default protocol is IKEv2, which is fine.
Changing the VPN protocol is somewhat cumbersome. First, you need to go back to the home screen and disconnect from the server you are currently connected to. Strangely, you can’t do this from the Connection sub-tab, although it does show you a warning pop-up. After disconnecting, you need to go back to this Settings tab, change the protocol, go back to one of the purpose options for server choice, and finally, click the Power button to connect.
You have very similar tabs on the mobile apps as well, but they may be grouped differently. For instance, you can choose an optimized server for streaming, secure downloading, or unblocking. Tap the Purposes tab, and choose from the options. For the rest of the settings, you need to tap the Menu icon in the mobile app.
Basically, these clients are quite straightforward to use and relatively neat as well. Our Ivacy VPN review team agrees that this service is ideal both for beginners or intermediate VPN users. More advanced users may want more freedom and more options for customization.
Ivacy VPN for Netflix
Yes, you can use Ivacy VPN for Netflix US and many more media streaming services, including ESPN US, Spotify, Hulu, Sky, Amazon Prime US, and BBC iPlayer. This is what Ivacy claims on its website and it delivers on the promise. However, user reports suggest that you may have issues at times.
To stream Netflix US or any other major channels, choose and connect to a dedicated server. Open the Menu on the left and go to the Streaming tab.
The dedicated Netflix US streaming server proved to be pretty fast compared to other US servers. This is what the Netflix speed test (fast.com) showed:
This speed is more than enough for seamless 4K streaming. We were quite satisfied with Ivacy on this front.
Even if you fail to stream a channel, no need to panic. You can always use the live chat support to help you with accessing Netflix US or any other services. They’ll probably provide you with a server to connect to, which will actually work.
Of course, Netflix and other providers are also cracking down on spoofed IPs and VPN services. Therefore, there’s no permanent solution. If Ivacy stops working for you in this regard, try the support or choose one of the other reliable streaming VPN providers, like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, or PrivateVPN, which are among our best VPN for Netflix picks.
Ivacy VPN for Kodi
First off, before you start wondering — no, Kodi is not illegal. Kodi is an open-source media center/player. As long as you use it to access official channels, you’re a good citizen in the eye of the law.
You can use Ivacy VPN for Kodi, as promoted on the Ivacy website. As a matter of fact, there’s even a dedicated Ivacy VPN Kodi add-on, which is a very nice touch. You will find detailed installation guides on how to install Kodi on different devices and how to install this VPN on Kodi.
You may have issues with accessing certain services — neither Kodi nor Ivacy are in any way perfect. You can find more choices on our best VPN for Kodi article.
Ivacy VPN for Torrenting
Optimized P2P servers, but choose carefully.
Good news for BitTorrent users: you can use Ivacy VPN for torrenting. As a matter of fact, this service has optimized P2P servers (outside the UK, Mexico, India, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, France, Brazil, Egypt, Hong Kong, Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Czech, Finland, Jordan and Kuwait). Make sure you always choose the right server for your intentions.
Ivacy is both secure enough and fast enough to be a very formidable VPN choice for torrenting. Perhaps the only reason why it’s a level below the very best is the lack of a free socks5 proxy.
If you’re wondering whether there’s a better choice, please read our best VPN for torrenting post as well.
Ivacy VPN works in China
China and its Great Firewall have become the preeminent icons of online censorship and surveillance. So when we mention China, we usually mean other countries with long-standing censorship traditions like Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia as well.
Since China cracked down on VPNs and now only allows state-approved services to operate behind its Great Firewall, lots of VPN apps have left the race. With that said, we’re glad to inform you that Ivacy VPN works in China.
This means that you can use Ivacy VPN in China to access censored and geo-restricted pages, stream videos, play online games, and whatever else you want to do on the internet.
However, before you hastily install Ivacy, you need to know that this won’t be that easy this time around. As a matter of fact, using Ivacy VPN in China requires manual configuration. For instance, you’ll need a dedicated installer for your desktop. Don’t worry though, the configuration steps are quite straightforward for all clients.
Unfortunately, the “how to set up Ivacy VPN in China” information isn’t available yet on the official website. But still, it’s not like you’re left in the dark. You can always contact the support team to help you out with the process. Speaking of which, let’s see how Ivacy’s live chat support performs.
Live chat support
Another plus for Ivacy VPN is that they provide good quality support over live chat. You can access the live chat window through the official website if you click the hovering Chat button or Chat now window header in the bottom right corner of your screen.
If you visit the Support page on the website, you will also find a good knowledge base.
The VPN apps also offer help. You can, for example, read FAQs, submit a support ticket, or send feedback to the support team if you choose the Help menu.
Pricing: One of the best on the market
Without a doubt, Ivacy VPN offers one of the best prices on the market right now. Of course, it is hard to keep up with all the VPN pricing changes, but we do our best to update our reviews to show you the freshest possible prices.
This VPN service has no free version. Nevertheless, we can count the 30-day money-back guarantee (7 days for the 1-month plan) as a 30-day premium free trial, right? But it’s prices are totally affordable when compared to other competitors.
Just make sure you’re aware of the conditions. If you want to make sure you get all your money back, you should read the Refund Policy very carefully. We did that for this Ivacy VPN review. Therefore, we would like to stress that refund is only possible if you paid via PayPal or credit card.
Speaking of payment methods, Ivacy VPN offers dozens of them. Apart from the usual credit card and PayPal options, you can choose Bitcoin, Blackcoin, Dash, Ethereum, various Paymentwall options, etc. Yes, this VPN offers anonymous payment options, which is yet another layer of security.
When you are purchasing your chosen plan, you can also select optional add-ons, such as Port Forwarding for $1.00 per month and a Dedicated IP for $1.99 per month.
The Ivacy VPN “almost free” trial
Would you like to have a chance to try this VPN almost for free? Well, you can! Our Ivacy VPN review team has found out that for $2.50 you can actually buy a 3-day trial. But this deal isn’t really advertised on the website. You need to contact the live chat support to get the link and information. Or, you can also find it through a Google search.
This 3-day Ivacy VPN trial should work on all common platforms. It has unlimited bandwidth, 5 simultaneous devices, all servers (including P2P optimized servers) as well as the Kodi add-on.
Ivacy VPN according to Reddit
Although you will find dozens of threads and comments on Reddit about Ivacy VPN, most of these are too old to be of interest or help. The majority of these reddit.com threads are lifetime subscription and other Ivacy promotions anyway.
We only found one thread interesting. The user in question was using Ivacy VPN for torrenting (qBittorrent) and was occasionally experiencing connection drops. Of course, the torrenting part is irrelevant here because the user wasn’t connecting through some Ivacy SOCKS5 proxy. Either way, this thread is already one year old, so it may not be an issue anymore. However, we did find more users reporting similar issues with connection drops after a few hours of use. Thank god, there is a kill switch. Remember to switch it on for the best level of security and privacy.
Conclusion of Ivacy VPN review
When writing this Ivacy VPN review, we discovered that the service certainly has good security and privacy features, including split tunneling, IPv6 leak protection, and a kill switch. It has all the basic features to make sure that your anonymity is protected at all times. This VPN service is also serious about its no logs policy and keeps no logs of your internet usage or connections. In other words, no one can link you to any traffic or find out your physical location. Sounds secure enough?
This VPN has various speeds, but in general, you can use it for anything you please, including torrenting, accessing geo-restricted websites, and streaming videos. As for Netflix US, Kodi, and other media streaming services. If you encounter any issues, you can always turn to the live chat support for help, and it will likely sort your issue out.
Because of the generous pricing, it may be a good choice for beginners or even intermediate VPN users. If you are looking for something even more secure for your needs, you should read our best VPN services post for more insight.
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