An account with Ivacy VPN costs $8.95 per month, making it one of the most affordable VPNs I've yet reviewed. The average cost of a month-to-month VPN service is currently at around $10.50, well above what Ivacy charges. Ivacy is still pricier than Private Internet Access, however, as that Editors' Choice-winning service runs a mere $6.95 per month.
In the latency tests, Ivacy performed noticeably poorly and increased latency by 2,360 percent. This is the second-worst score I have recorded, after AnchorFree Hotspot Shield's abysmal 3,145.4 percent increase. TorGuard VPN had the best score in these tests, actually reducing latency by 6.7 percent. Ivacy performed much better in the international tests, where it increased latency by 292.5 percent. That's nipping at the heels of TunnelBear, which increased latency by 270.31 percent.
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I've read the reviews up on here and some of them make me laugh. Like the ones where the people have problems using Ivacy and say Ivacy is greedy. There is always somebody like that. Makes it so that an excellent product only gets a 75% rating. I think the other VPNs must be spamming this review page because those negative reviewers are plum loco. I've used Ivacy for 5 years and I have had very few problems. Sure it may go down 1-2 times a year for a few minutes. But all VPNs do. Just change servers if you get bent over that. Lately Ivacy has been perfect for like the last 2 years not going down for me at all. And this crap about slow speeds it nonsense. I download about 12 GB/ hour with my 100Mbs connection. If that isn't fast enough for you then I'm sorry for you you spoiled brat. And using Ivacy I'm way faster than the public DNS servers I choose to use. And those people who can't get Ivacy up and running are technophobes. And I always check out secure at privacy-check websites like IPVanish, PRC or DNSLeaktest.com. But hey there's always somebody who hates ice cream. Know what I'm saying? Ivacy has a 0 log policy. It allows P2P. It doesn't have any bandwidth limits. And here's the kicker: lifetime VPN for $80US(this article is sorely lacking having failed to mention that fact). Although Ivacy doesn't exactly advertise that fact. Ya have to be in the loop to know that, and now you're in the loop. So my 5 years with good 'ol Ivacy has cost me exactly $1.33US/mo(at this writing_Sept. '18)), and every month that figure falls because I'm lifetime. No other VPN costs so little. The other VPNs are scalping the foolish. Imaging paying $100US+ for VPN per year. Ok don't imagine it. Just sign up with 70% of the so called "Good VPNs". Reminds me of the whole telecommunication scam where people overpay for TV or phone service(I don't own a TV (arggggggh I have Kodi !)and I use Tello for Phone because I'm not made out of money, cheap you might say, working the system I say). Other VPN users are slaves to the grind I also say. Anyway Ivacy makes all the other VPN services seem greedy. I'm not worried about 5-eyes. Or lack of TOR compatibility. And I gave up Netflix aeons ago when their price jumped(I was grandfathered in because I was on the original plan but all things come to an end like my Netflix account, I don't suffer because I just ________ any movie I want and who uses VPN to stream Netflix or stream anything anyway?). Seems like the author of this review was grasping at straws to fill in the "Cons" section. I just want anonymity occasionally when I'm online because I like P2P. And no this isn't spam or fanboy ravings. It's just the facts. Have a good life.
Hide.me is a fast VPN that has apps for all major platforms including iPhone and Android. In the free version, you can only connect to three servers and get 2GB per month. Hide.me also does not have OpenVPN support, which might be a disappointment for security-conscious users. Hide.me does, however, support PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, and IPSec. While you only get 3 servers to choose from, you can download torrents without any restrictions (except for the data limit). Find out what real Hide.me users have to say here.
In addition to creating encrypted tunnels for your web traffic, many VPNs are packing in extra options to help stand out in an increasingly crowded space. It's not unusual to see ad-blocking, network-based phishing protection, and other security features included with your VPN. TunnelBear, for example, even offers standalone apps for ad-blocking and password management, complete with cute bears.
CyberGhost adheres to a no-logs policy, uses 256-bit AES encryption with perfect forward secrecy, and has a kill switch on its desktop clients. An app-specific kill switch is buried in the settings, dubbed “app protection,” which will only cut off internet to specified programs, e.g. a torrent client. CyberGhost Pro scored well in our speed tests and can even unblock US Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
This wasn't the only odd connection I had in my testing of Ivacy. Using the fast connect button, the app automatically selected a German VPN server for me. I prefer VPN apps that locate the closest available server. Someone who had never used a VPN before might be quite confused by Ivacy's choice in my case. Thankfully, a search box lets you peruse Ivacy's server offerings by country or even by city.
Netflix’s VPN ban is a blunt instrument put in place to appease copyright holders. It blocks VPN users no matter where they are located so long as a proxy is detected. This is not a fair policy to paying subscribers. Forcing users to turn off their VPNs could sacrifice privacy, especially those connected on unsecured public wi-fi networks or traveling abroad to surveillance-heavy countries.
When you look at VPN services for regular users, you don’t often see purpose-based server recommendations, such as “use this server for streaming and this one for downloading.” Ivacy VPN, a 10-year-old service officially based in Singapore, stands out by doing just that. (It’s not the only service to take this tack—CyberGhost has a similar purpose-based approach—but it’s still rare.)
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For the Mac, Ivacy offers just one app. You won't, however, find it in the official Mac App Store. You have to download it from the Ivacy website instead. We haven't had the chance to bring this app into the labs for testing just yet, but I will update this review once we do. The competition between macOS VPN apps is heating up, as nearly every single VPN company now supports the fruit-flavored computer maker.
While Public Wi-Fi is a real convenience, it also poses a threat to you privacy. Unsecured public Wi-Fi networks leave you very vulnerable to advertisers, criminals and hackers trying to steal personal data and information. Windscribe VPN for Chrome encrypts your internet connection to secure it preventing others from tracking your browsing activity and leaving invasive tracking cookies in your Chrome browser which compromise your privacy even after you disconnect.
I have been with Ivacy for about 2 years; I think it's a great service for what you pay. It is not gold-plated and sometimes got into some issues, but all of them were temporary and promptly resolved. So, if you need a perfect VPN, this is not for you (but arguably any VPN can be perfect). For what you pay it is already a great service and speed is good.