With the growing threat of cyberattacks and online privacy becoming a major concern, the use of virtual private networks is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, according to a recent study, approximately 68 percent of adults in the U.S. say they have — at some point — used a VPN either for personal or professional use — an estimated 142 million people.1
So where do you start if you want to join the ranks of the digitally protected? We’d suggest looking at our roundup of the best VPNs available.
Today we’re giving you a detailed breakdown of the pricing and services of a popular VPN brand — IPVanish. Here you’ll get a look at some of their key functions, and an analysis of their pricing and features. For more information on this service, take a look at our full IPVanish review.
IPVanish has been a player in the VPN game for nearly a decade. Founded in 2012 by Mudhook Media, the service has grown from a windows-only client with 32 servers to over 1,600 servers accessible on most major platforms.2
Did You Know: A VPN works by establishing a secure, encrypted connection between two computers through the internet. This prevents internet service providers from throttling your speed, streaming services from using geo-restrictions, governments from interfering in your traffic, and bad actors from getting their hands on your data.3
Before we get into the pricing breakdown, let’s take a look at some of IPVanish’s unique features that will definitely make you want to give them some serious consideration.
As far as VPNs go, IPVanish is on the pricier side of reasonable, but that still means you’re only going to be paying around $10 per month. For context, if you check out our guide to NordVPN’s pricing and services — an industry-standard service — you’ll find their month to month costs are similar, but slightly higher.
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So IPVanish offers two service packages — the stand-alone VPN and VPN+Storage. Each package is offered with either a monthly or yearly subscription. As with most services, you’ll save a decent amount of money going with an annual subscription — about $40 a year for the standalone VPN package and a little more than $30 a year if you add storage to your service package.
Another bit of good news — if you purchase an annual plan, it’s fully refundable for up to 30 days. So you can purchase either IPVanish package, use it for a month, and then decide if it’s right for you. If the answer is no, no worries! We really like the flexibility of this 30-day money-back guarantee, almost as much as we liked the free version we found reviewing ProtonVPN.
Did You Know: IPVanish offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on their annual subscription service.
And a quick note on the VPN+Storage package. You’re going to be getting 500 gigs of cloud backup from SugarSync, a third-party partner of IPVanish. You’re going to have access to secure file storage, sharing, syncing, and backup. All files are secured by AES 256 encryption your transfers will use Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. Super secure, super fast.
Right now IPVanish is running a pretty deep discount on both their standalone VPN and VPN+Storage service packages. And if you go with an annual subscription to either, the savings are petty significant. Check out IPVanish’s latest deals and discounts breakdown below.
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Your savings on the standalone VPN monthly package with the deal is $6.50, and if you choose an annual subscription you’ll save $58.50. If you go with a monthly subscription to IPVanish’s VPN+Storage package, you’re going to save $7.15, and if you pick an annual subscription to that package, you’ll save $65.
Keep in mind though, these savings are only for the first month or first year, depending on which pricing structure you choose. After that, they’ll revert back to their regular prices. Still, not too bad for the protections and bonuses offered by IPVanish.
Did You Know: There are two types of IP addresses that currently coexist online. IPv4 and IPv6. Version four addresses are 32 bits long, and version 6 IP addresses are 128 bits.4
And speaking of those protections and bonuses – let’s take a look at IPVanish’s quick hits list.
IPVanish is in the minority of VPNs here, offering kill switch functionality. This means that if your VPN service is ever interrupted, your internet connection will also disconnect. This prevents your true IP address from ever becoming exposed.
Just like we saw when we tested Surfshark, another great VPN for world travelers, IPVanish’s Scramble function prevents governments or ISPs from recognizing OpenVPN protocol traffic. Great for folks who travel abroad often.
Split Tunneling is a relatively new technology that allows you to tell your VPN which traffic you want routed through it, and which traffic you want routed through your regular ISP. Great for keeping speeds up — you can use a server halfway around the world for one particular download while browsing social media locally.
IPVanish is available on all of the major mobile platforms including iOS and Android. They also offer connect-on-demand functionality where the VPN kicks into gear whenever the device tries to connect to an unsecured, unrecognized WiFi network.
Did You Know: Unsecured WiFi networks are a treasure trove for identity thieves and hackers. If you’re on an unsecured network without any protection, your most personal data is extremely vulnerable.
First of all, we really love how user-friendly IPVanish is. It seems like a lot of folks are intimidated by VPNs — they think you need to be a computer expert to properly deploy one. That couldn’t be further from the truth with IPVanish VPN. In our experience, we found their user-friendly setup and interface to be extremely simple to use and understand.
We also love how seriously IPVanish takes their user’s privacy. Since 2017 they’ve been what’s known as a zero-log service provider, meaning they do not keep track of their users’ traffic or activity. Simply put — even if the company wanted to violate your privacy, they couldn’t.5 There’s simply no record of your use. Torrenters — breathe easy.
At the end of the day, we think IPVanish offers a great bang for your buck. There certainly are cheaper VPNs out there, but you’re not going to be getting those features that make IPVanish really unique, and you certainly won’t be getting the bonus options you’re getting with IPVanish’s VPN+Storage package. Overall, we think this is a great service, and well worth the cost of entry.
For VPN access alone, IPVanish costs $4.99 for the first month and $9.99 for subsequent months. If you choose their VPN+Storage package, it’s $5.95 for the first month, then $10.99 each month after.
Yes, right now both annual and monthly subscriptions are more than half off for the first month or first year.
Yes, IPVanish offers full refunds for 30 days, but only on their annual packages.
Yes, in our experience IPVanish offers their services at a more than reasonable price.
No, IPVanish is a zero-log service provider.
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