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Ivacy

3.2/5 (11 reviews)
Best price
$ 9.95 /Pro Month
Software type
SaaS
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Release date
Jan 1970
Quick description

Ivacy features, pros & cons

Key features

  • Data encryption
  • Killswitch feature
  • Netflix unblock

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • No log policy
  • Cross-platform product

Cons

  • Fewer functions for MacOS
  • Refund issues
  • Vendor descriptions misleading
Pricing

Ivacy pricing

Ivacy VPN
$ 9 95
per Month
  • 1-Month Subscription
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Ivacy VPN
$ 40 00
per Year
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$ 54 00
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Review

Ivacy VPN review: Stay anonymous, fast and safe

Ivacy VPN has been on the market since 2007, which is surely a plus as it has stood the test of time and now is more trustworthy than some new product. The main office is located in Singapore, so the company itself is subject to the Singapore jurisdiction. This VPN is a nice example of its kind - it protects user data, preserves anonymity and offers lots of extra features, e.g. many locations and servers, killswitch, NAT firefall, split tunneling, no logs etc.

Specifications:

Vendor PMG Pte. (website)
Newest version (for Windows) Ivacy VPN v.5.1.0.0 out September 2019
Operating systems Windows, Linux, Android, iOS
Installer file size 22.1 MB
Menu languages 5
Countries 54
Extra features 8 protocols, NAT Firewall, Split Tunneling
License Subscription
Pricing $9.95 (1 Month, 5 Devices)
$40.00 (1 Year, 5 Devices)

There are 5 languages ​​to choose from: English, German, French, Spanish and Russian, although only English works properly for some reason, other versions certainly require revision. Ivacy supports the following operating systems and browsers: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome and Mozilla. It also works on the following devices: Blackberry, Smart TV, Openelec, Kodi, wi-fi routers and gaming consoles. Here is a brief overview summary.

Windows ✔️ Eye Countries No Netflix ✔️ Credit card ✔️
Mac ✔️ Logging ✔️ BBC iPlayer ✔️ PayPal ✔️
Linux ✔️ KillSwitch ✔️ Tor ✔️ Cryptocurrency ✔️
iOS ✔️ Encrypting ✔️ Torrent ✔️ E-payments ✔️
Android ✔️ Firewall ✔️ 24/7 Support ✔️ Money refund ✔️

Servers and locations

It should be mentioned, that even though Ivacy advertises 50+ countries / 100+ locations / 1000+ servers on their website, that’s not quite true. We’ve been using Windows desktop VPN version, and as of February 2019, there was access to 54 countries and 73 locations. In most cases, it is one city per country, while several Ivacy servers are there in top countries. For instance, Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec), Malaysia (Johor Baharu, Kuala Lumpur), USA (Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Houston, Georgia, Washington, San Francisco, Ohio, Seattle). We should also add that all locations work with good speed and stability.

Safety tools

Encryption is a reliable tool to ensure data security and an obligatory feature for any VPN these days. Ivacy VPN offers 256-bit AES encryption standard, working through various encryption protocols.

IKEv2 UDP TCP P2P SSTP PPTP OpenVPN L2TP
Ivacy VPN ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Some important information about the protocols. The most secure protocol is Open VPN, it provides high level of security and allows to see digital certificates. SSTP and L2TP are also secure - the first is able to connect to HTTPS sites through 443 port with encryption, the second encrypts user data twice. PPTP protocol is the fastest but because of lower level of encryption. IKEv2 and L2TP protocols are considered the most stable. L2TP has a compatibility mode with devices that support NAT. The smallest amount of resources is used by the SSTP protocol, but also encryption is minimal.

Moving on to the issue of jurisdiction. As we mentioned, Ivacy HQ is in in Singapore. There are several international organizations for collecting and sharing Internet users’ data: 5 Eyes (Australia, Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand), 9 Eyes (5+ Denmark, France, Netherlands, Norway) and 14 Eyes (9+ Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden). Fortunately, Singapore is not a member of any of these alliances, so no need to worry about such legal matters.

Internal security. Ivacy VPN has NAT firewall settings (network address translation method) as one of inside user security tools. Basically, this means you a free to choose specific settings for VPN sessions, up to re-mapping (hiding) your IP address. Also, there’s a killswitch function. It is useful for instances, when unexpected disconnections happen, even few seconds of which could endanger your data for tracking it down. Turn on the Killswitch and in case you lose connection, all Internet activities will get shut down forcefully and immediately. Unfortunately, killswitch only works in Windows version of Ivacy VPN.

Static IP (dedicated) is the feature that could provide access to closed networks. Its advantages are: remote access security, online banking security, FTP security, database server support. Using special Ivacy subscription, users can select IP addresses from 7 countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong (SAR), Singapore, United Kingdom, United States. Note, that it is only available as an extra feature to main program ($1,99 per month).

There’s also split tunneling aimed at dividing traffic between VPN connection and local Internet/LAN at the same time. Find out how to configure this feature and more details about it on this page.

Torrent VPN, Netflix VPN and other services

Unlocking restricted content is crucial for any VPN software. Ivacy is no exception, and so it provides access to 82 services. Let’s test the most popular ones. Netflix works just fine with Ivacy VPN, BBC iPlayer - no problems either. Tor browser works steadily, no errors. Torrent works well, download speed a bit decreased, but connection is stable.

Installation & interface

The file size for installation on Windows is 22 MB, the size of installed program is 88.4 MB. Installation process is typical: accept license terms, choose destination folder, confirm … in few clicks you will have VPN ready to launch.

Windows & Mac. It should be noted, that Windows and MacOS interfaces have no differences. The interface itself is quite compact and comprehensive both for beginners and advanced users.

Android & iOS. Ivacy VPN Android app is free to download in the Play Market. With regular updates, high connection speed, feature set, visually pleasant interface, one can say Ivacy is a solid VPN app. It contains tabs like Internet Killswitch, Split tunneling, Multi port, Protocols, About, App Feedback, Share Now, TV Login, Log out. Ivacy VPN for iOS/iPhone/iPad version follows the classic Ivacy template: same style, colors and the main panel layout.

Ivacy VPN: performance testing

Following our routine checklist for testing VPN services, we conducted a series of tests, connecting to every single 73 locations available and measuring the results. Let’s summarize.

Speed tests. To determine how the connection speed varies depending on a server, we used Speedtest.com. As our location is Europe, the more remote locations tested, the slower speeds we got, this is normal. To ensure correct data, we painstakingly repeated each measurement 5 times for each location and then calculated the average result. In that manner, we measured ping, upload speed and download speed. Let us give a short excerpts to prove the point.

Ping (milliseconds):

Country City 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Denmark Copenhagen 43 43 43 43 44 43,2
France Paris 49 48 48 50 49 48,9
Taiwan Taipei 270 270 270 271 271 270,4

Download (Mbps):

Country City 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Philippines Manila 130,8 84,36 82,43 78,63 75,55 90,3
Spain Barcelona 159 75 83 85 83 97,5
Mexico Mexico 191 80 83 67 68 98,1

Upload (Mbps):

Country City 1 2 3 4 5 Average
Japan Tokyo 5,36 8,41 2,52 7,68 1,52 5,1
Germany Frankfurt 3,7 4,47 4,26 4,93 4,06 4,3
Nigeria Suleja 16,07 7,41 3,69 16,38 16,32 12

Once again we remind that we did the same for all 73 locations. Total average speed results you will find below in a final summary.

HTML5 Geo tests. A set of standard tests to determine user’s geolocation. Ivacy VPn demonstrates rather mediocre results in these tests. In most cases, IP address changes and the real one cannot be tracked, but sometimes we receive inadequate results. Let’s highlight three of the most frequent scenarios we faced conducting geolocation tests.

1 - Islamabad, Pakistan was chosen from the list of connections in VPN. As you can see, it failed as Dubai, UAE was the detected location for unspecified reason.

2 - Houston, USA was selected but Dearing, Kansas, USA was detected, a location that is not even on the list of locations provided by Ivacy.

3 - We selected Warsaw, Poland to connect from, and the same location was shown in the test - a positive result. The same happened in 55% of all geo-tests.

DNS leak tests. All available servers passed DNS tests successfully, except for some errors in establishing connection or undetected locations.

IP address tests. A basic test to check if user IP address - the one selected in a VPN - is properly certified and really registered in respective location. 11 out of 73 were not, which tells us about 75% positive results.

IP blacklist test. A common test that runs an IP address through 70 known databases and determines whether it is "clean" and won’t be banned by providers or other 3rd parties. So, according to this Blacklist check service by Whatismyipaddress, IP addresses by Ivacy were not detected in 69 lists on average, which is very good.

To finalize results for all 73 locations, here’s an excerpt of results from 5 locations (to illustrate our process), and average results of all conducted tests and average connection speeds.

Country City DNS tests IP  tests Geo tests Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Blacklists check
1 Australia Melbourne Pass Pass Queensland, AUS 73,01 4,26 69
2 Belgium Brussels Pass Pass Charleroi, BEL 99,28 71,96 70
3 Brazil Sao Paulo Pass Pass Kansas, USA 92,96 8,36 69
4 Canada Toronto Pass Montreal, CAN Kawartha Lakes, CAN 104,37 26,70 69
5 Indonesia Jakarta Pass Pass Kalimantan, IND 3,01 1,88 69
73 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Total / Average 98% 75% 55% 60 25 98%

Pricing

1-year use of Ivacy VPN will cost you $40, which is a fair price among competitors. Note: there’s no trial, only 30-days refund guarantee if you’re not happy with the product. Their pricing policy is the following:

1 month $9,95
1 year $3,33 per month = $40
2 years $2,25 per month = $54
5 years $1,33 per month = $80

So, the idea is to sign up for 1 or 2 years right away and save money. Please, refer to Ivacy purchase page to choose your preferred package. Business VPN version price is by request. 

Generally, all prices are loyal, and the longer period, the cheaper it is. Although, few users’ feedback points that things might not be so bright in this area. Several payment options are allowed to purchase: credit card, PayPal, Alipay, Bitpay, cryptocurrencies, Dotpay, Neosurf, etc.

Technical support

In addition to help materials and guides online, available channels to communicate with Ivacy team are: email, live chat and social networks. Live chat works all the time 24/7. Technical support responds quickly (up to 5 minutes) and tries the best to help you solve user’s problem. Positive impression is left by the Feedback tab within VPN program, a proof that company cares about their product. For many, a drawback is the fact that there is no account management on the website. On the other hand, communicating in live chat is fast, clear and productive.

Conclusion

To conclude, this VPN is a highly-performing, well-designed and stable product. Considering the wide range of functions, no logs, high speeds, multiplatform and affordable price, it leaves a positive impression and can be recommended for anyone searching a VPN service. And although we wish there would be less pop-up banners, the app is absolutely worth its money.

  • Competitive pricing
  • No log policy
  • Cross-platform product
  • Data encryption
  • Killswitch feature

  • Fewer functions for MacOS
  • Refund issues
  • Vendor descriptions misleading

FAQ

What is Ivacy VPN?
It is a virtual private network (VPN) service for secure web surfing. Ivacy lets users hide their location, change it to another country or city.

How to use Ivacy?
Launch the app, in the main window find “Smart connect” tab, specify the country and city, then choose server location and click Connect.

How to setup Ivacy VPN for Windows 10?
There are no special settings for Windows 10. Purchase and download Ivacy, install it, use it as usual.

How to set up Ivacy for torrents?
There are no special settings for torrents. You just have to purchase Ivacy, install it and connect to a server. Then use torrents.

Is Ivacy the best VPN for torrents?
Ivacy is optimized for P2P connection, but only users will decide whether it is the best.

How do i know if Ivacy is working?
Open main Ivacy window and check if “You are now protected” is displayed. When Ivacy is active, you should see the name of server, country and connection time there.

Why is my Ivacy not working?
Probably, you’ve used up all the free trial days and haven’t purchased the subscription.

How to watch Netflix with Ivacy?
Launch the VPN, navigate to Streaming tab, choose Netflix US and then you should be able to login to Netflix with user ID.

Does Ivacy come with a Netflix account?
No, a user should have a Netflix account. Ivacy only unblocks Netflix library.

How do I cancel Ivacy VPN?
Go to the main window and click Turn Off button.

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3.2/5 (11 reviews)
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Ivacy VPN has a very good price.

This software has a very good price. I mostly use it for streaming and see it provide a qualitative connection. There is a high speed in both ways. I also download roms. I like it and I will continue to use it in the future

Pros:

  • A stable connection
  • A high speed.

CONS:

  • No for me.
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
3
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
3.0
TJ K, 2019-09-26 22:20:52

It works well and provides a qualitative connection.

I have not any problems with Ivacy VPN. It works well and provides a very hight speed. I have a very good speed rate (on different servers) and all-time is almost the same as my network. And pings were very small.

Pros:

  • A hight speed

CONS:

  • No
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
ccateni 28, 2019-09-25 21:29:19

Its work is worth more than it costs.

This program is installed on my computer for more than 2 years and I plan to continue to use it. What can I say? It`s not a perfect VPN and I very much doubt that it exists. Its work is worth more than its price. In my opinion, this is a great service for the money. All its issues were temporary and quickly resolved. It, also has a good speed.

Pros:

  • A good speed
  • All issues were quickly resolved.

CONS:

  • No critical flaws and other do not matter
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Mr Deer, 2019-09-16 00:42:47

This is the worst VPN

It`s a winner in my award "Worst VPN" !! There is a lot of trouble. Many servers are non-working and frequent connections dropping. My CPU is permanently loaded with this program (it takes more than 35% of the processor resource). And there is DNS leak... I sent a request to return my money because that`s impossible to use it. Ivacy has an advantage: it`s cheap, but disadvantages multiply it by zero.

Pros:

  • Cheap

CONS:

  • Many non-working servers
  • DNS leak
  • CPU usage
OVERALL
1
Quality
1
Ease of Use
1
Functionality
1
Ability
1
OVERALL
1
Quality
1.0
Ease of Use
1.0
Functionality
1.0
Ability
1.0
Avoid!, 2019-08-11 20:12:38

Cheap and effective

I use it not a very long time, but and not a few days. Three months ago, was the day when I started to use the VPN service. I mostly use it for streaming from England to Canada. There are a stable connection and fine speed all the time. I really like their Chrome extension, because I can simultaneously use two browsers: one through the VPN and second for direct path. Their Support (via chat) is nice and has a fast response. Also Ivacy VPN has a small price.

Pros:

  • Chrome extension
  • Stable and fast connection
  • Good support.

CONS:

  • No
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Ian, 2019-08-06 15:23:12

It can`t connect to any server.

This is an unserviceable program!! I installed it on my iPad and I got all the services Ivacy. It`s joke: the application does not work at all! I want to connect but it cannot do that! I tried many different servers but the result is the same. I bought one month but because it does not work I want to get the money back.

Pros:

  • No.

CONS:

  • No connection
OVERALL
1
Quality
1
Ease of Use
1
Functionality
1
Ability
1
OVERALL
1
Quality
1.0
Ease of Use
1.0
Functionality
1.0
Ability
1.0
???, 2019-05-10 06:57:31

Good cheap VPN.

I believe that things can be both cheap and good at the same time. That`s why I have chosen Ivacy VPN 8 months ago. I have not had any serious errors during this time. Ivacy VPN has one issue - random server disconnects after 2-3 hours. But this is not a problem for me.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • No serious errors

CONS:

  • Server disconnects after 2-3 hours
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
3
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
4
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
3.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
4.0
Pete, 2019-04-25 01:19:41

It doesn`t worth its money

It is a very cheap software. But I would not pay even the money, because it`s not worth it. Ivacy VPN has several problems: First, it never connect via mobile networks, only wi-fi. Second, I have a slow speed through the VPN. Thirdly, unstable connection (falling or impossibility connecting).

Pros:

  • A very cheap software

CONS:

  • It does not connect via mobile networks (bug)
  • Slow VPN
  • Unstable connection.
OVERALL
2
Quality
2
Ease of Use
2
Functionality
2
Ability
2
OVERALL
2
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
2.0
Functionality
2.0
Ability
2.0
Yasir, 2019-04-07 10:58:38

Since then I found Ivacy VPN I don`t need any other

In my opinion, Ivacy is a really nice VPN. I have tried different VPN programs but did not found I was looking for, because they all had some drawbacks that didn`t allow me to stop looking for. But since then I have found Ivacy VPN I don`t need any other. Because it`s fast, has an excellent stable connection (no dropping), has a simple interface and I haven`t had any problems so far.

Pros:

  • It`s fast
  • Has a stable connection
  • Has a simple interface
  • I have not had any problems since then.

CONS:

  • None
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
peter e, 2019-01-11 21:58:53

It gave me only disappointment.

I used this software a year ago. And it was a very bad experience ... It was a pathetic, poor connection, very unstable and gave me only disappointment. I had wanted get my money back and I canceled the license within the time frame, but they were trying to keep the money! Only when I demanded a refund using PayPal, I got them. I would not even be paid $ 1 per month after that experience.

Pros:

  • No.

CONS:

  • A poor connection, A very unstable
  • The problem with refund.
OVERALL
1
Quality
1
Ease of Use
1
Functionality
1
Ability
1
OVERALL
1
Quality
1.0
Ease of Use
1.0
Functionality
1.0
Ability
1.0
A Google User, 2019-01-07 12:10:44

Ivacy increases CPU usage.

Ivacy has a strong impact on CPU: there is a high processor usage. I use Windows 10 on my PC, but Ivacy VPN is compatible with it. In my opinion, the program is too swollen and possibly mining there is in.. I hope, you will not do such things again.

Pros:

  • Stable speed.

CONS:

  • Too swollen
  • High CPU usage
OVERALL
3
Quality
2
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
3
Ability
2
OVERALL
3
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
2.0
Peter Smith, 2018-12-23 17:55:18

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