Ivacy is headquartered in Singapore.
Initially opening their doors (er, servers) in 2007, they’ve since expanded to over 200 servers across 100 different locations.
Ivacy has also been one of the early innovators in the market, unveiling a “split tunneling” in 2010 that would allow you to decide which traffic is sent through an ISP.
At the beginning of this review, we’ll dive into some quick background information to give you a brief overview. Then we’ll get into the technical jargon, customer service, and pricing.
Here we go.
Ivacy VPN Review (Summary)
|PROTOCOLS:||OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IKEv2|
|LOCATIONS:||100+ countries, 700+ servers|
|SUPPORT:||Live Chat (24/7)|
|EASE OF USE:||Very Simple|
|PLATFORMS:||Win, Mac, Android, iOS|
Ivacy Quick Facts
Ivacy’s network spans 100 different locations, offering up more than 200 servers in 80+ different countries.
In truth, that’s a little low compared to some other VPN services we’ve already reviewed. HideMyAss! (besides having the best name to say) has over 700 locations alone.
The good news though, is that Ivacy does have servers in most major cities and countries around the globe.
Ivacy also has applications for most major devices and operating systems, including Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS.
Ivacy’s VPN service is also configurable for popular game consoles, Linux networks, even Smart TVs and Blackberry devices (you know, in case your dad wants to use a VPN).
They’ll allow 5 multi logins from different devices. Or you can always set up a router and connect as many devices as possible.
Thankfully, there are zero limits with Ivacy. That means you can switch between as many servers as you’d like. And there’s absolutely no data limit either.
Ivacy features a ‘kill switch’ feature that will automatically kill whatever online stuff you were up to if your connection is dropped.
And they feature a 7-day money back guarantee. So you can give them a test drive over the course of a week, and still get your money back if things don’t work out for whatever reason.
Available Protocols: OpenVPN, SSTP, PPTP, L2TP and IKev2
“What could go wrong?”, you think.
“It’ll only take a second”, you claim.
So you whip out your mobile while waiting for that vanilla latte. The problem, is that the network you’re about to connect to might be an ‘evil twin’.
Here’s how it works.
Someone turns their computer into a network access point, and gives is a real-enough sounding name (often imitating popular, well-known ones like “T-Mobile” for instance). When you connect, you’re actually connecting through their computer. And they now will gain access to all of the information you used to login, as well as your browsing activity.
That means when you pull out a credit card or run a few quick transactions, all of that data gets logged because the connection is unencrypted.
Unfortunately, this example of ‘WiFi’ eavesdropping is one of the most common (and oldest) tricks in the ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack playbook.
Now compare that to a normal web session on a legitimate network. You pull up a bank’s website and all of the activities during your entire session will be encrypted by an SSL certificate.
These create special keys on each access point, so that no one else can monitor or gain access to what’s happening after you get on the site.
The same underlying SSL technology is used to power OpenVPN, which is the go-to protocol for all major (and legitimate) VPN providers. Ivacy is no different, defaulting to OpenVPN whenever possible.
If you’re unable to use OpenVPN for some reason (like device restrictions), Ivacy also has other common protocol options available, including PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, and IKEv2.
Some of these other protocols, like IPv6 for example, have known security vulnerabilities. In this case though, Ivacy attempts to fix this issue by sending that data and traffic through a VPN anyway.
Let’s revisit that coffee shop example for a second.
Because public WiFi networks are some of the most common places that people can gain access to your online activities.
Even hotel and airport WiFi’s, which you would think were rock-solid, are often susceptible to attacks. (In some cases, these institutions are the worst offenders – tracking every single action you make on their networks and often selling your information to third-parties.)
Many public networks though are susceptible to bad behavior. Hackers can run automated systems on these networks to monitor and attempt to ‘brute-force’ their way into your accounts.
Brute force attacks will target a specific website’s login page and attempt to crack the username and password combinations by running through endless variations until they eventually land on the right one. They test one letter or number at a time, and continue cycling through, adding more digits until they eventually figure out how to gain access.
These attacks are the culprits in some of the most common you hear about every single day on the news. For example, brute force attacks are one of the leading ways people gain access to WordPress websites (which is the single biggest platform on the internet). They’re also the method that’s commonly used to hack into celebrity iCloud accounts and leak… well, private, photos and videos.
Brute force attacks work well when encryption is weak.
In other words, when there are only so many possible combinations of letters and numbers, it’s only a matter of time it takes to break. Generally speaking, the weaker the encryption, the faster it can be cracked.
All encryptions can eventually be cracked. But if they’re strong enough, it might take decades (or centuries) to do it. That’s why 256-bit encryption is considered the strongest possibly available on the market today. It’s so strong, that it’s used by government agencies and the cream of the crop security companies.
Ivacy prides itself on their use of 256-bit encryption, which means your connection through them should be nearly impossible to hack.
Zero Logging (Yay!)
Your VPN usage is never, truly, anonymous.
There’s always someone, somewhere, that will known when you connect or disconnect for example.
Most VPN providers will, if forced by court order or by aggressive governments, divulge some user activity.
But the important part – for you – is to make sure that your VPN provider doesn’t track individual traffic or browsing activities.
Ivacy, thankfully, doesn’t track this information. So they won’t know which websites you access, or what you’ve downloaded during each session.
Customer Support (Live Chat)
Ivacy offers 24/7 support availability through live chat, email, and their online knowledge base.
To get a feel for how receptive and detailed their support is, we also went through some social channels to look for any blemishes on their record.
Turns out, things look pretty good!
We couldn’t really find very many complaints or issues. And the only one we did find, turned out to be a user error… which we’re now calling public attention to. How embarrassing, Dan! 🙂
Plans & Pricing
Ivacy only offers a single plan.
Which is good news, because that means you get each and every feature that they offer. The only difference in their pricing tiers is how long you’d like to prepay for.
The other good news, is that they’re currently running an incredibly low promotional deal. So if you’re OK signing up for two years, you can get it for only $1.66/month.
That’s about $40 bucks all-in… which is STILL less than what you’d pay with most other companies after just a few months. So it’s almost like you’re getting a year and a half free in comparison.
- Billed $11.95 each month
- Billed $39.95 annually
- Billed $29.95 annually
Ivacy Speed Test
Want to see how their connection speed fares?
We performed a quick test while streaming content on Netflix to see how they stack up (I wish every gig paid me to watch Netflix all day). To monitor speed, we used speedtest.net.
US Server (New York)
- Ping: 115ms
- Download: 45.86mbps
- Upload: 43.92mbps
- Ping: 42ms
- Download: 53.04mbps
- Upload: 25.39mbps
Asia Server (Hong Kong)
- Ping: 261ms
- Download: Test Failed
- Upload: Test Failed
- Ping: 50ms
- Download: 53.24mbps
- Upload: 33.36mbps
Re speed test: Always take such speed tests with a grain of salt as they simply rely on too many variables. However, since we’ve tested 20+ VPN services so far, we have an average that we can compare to other VPNs.
Now you’ve had a chance to look at Ivacy’s highlights and detailed features. You know all about their available protocols. You know all about their rock-solid encryption. Their support and pricing also looks pretty good.
So if you’re willing to give their 7-day money back guarantee a spin, let’s chat through how to setup and get connected ASAP.
Ivacy VPN Step-by-Step Setup
Start by purchasing the plan you want, and then logging into your brand-new account.
The first thing you will come across is your Account Information that you just entered, along with a brief overview of the different types of Support options.
Click on the Support drop down to reveal the Downloads tab below.
Go ahead now and press this Downloads button to bring up the list of VPN clients that you can choose from.
You will be taken to this page with various device option downloads for the client. Select the right device in order to begin downloading the software.
Now run through the installation process that you’re well aware of already. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Once you’ve finished, launch your new VPN client – the “Ivacy Monitor”.
This is the “Ivacy Monitor” page that will come up once you’ve launched the client. Notice on the Dashboard tab it gives you a spot to login to your account. There is no special code, just go ahead and use your account username and password.
Here’s what you’ll see after clicking Quick Connect:
After logging in, you can also click the Personalized Selection tab and change how your “Monitor” connects.
The Purpose drop down will help Ivacy choose the best server for your desired objective. So it’ll scan their network to decide on which one is the best for Security vs. Download speeds at that particular moment in time.
The Protocol drop down will default to Automatic (which usually means they’ll start with an OpenVPN, unless otherwise indicated). You can also change this to manually select a new protocol, too.
Click on Browse All Servers to choose from the variety of locations servers offered by the client! After you have chosen your server of choice, click Connect Now and you are using Ivacy Monitor!
The Split Tunneling option below Personalized Selection in the left-hand sidebar will let you decide which data gets sent through your VPN service, and which can be sent through an internet server provider.
There is still a lot to like about Ivacy, despite the fact that their network is among the smallest ones available at only 200+ servers in 100+ locations.
First, there’s the state-of-the-art encryptions and all major protocols available. They have a kill switch and split tunneling if you’d like to flip back-and-forth between VPN and ISP. Then there’s the strict, zero logging policy that ensures your browsing activity and data can’t be associated with your account.
They’re also among the cheapest providers out there, coming in with a two-year deal currently that’s less than six months at many other places.
They’re worth a shot. Especially with that 7-day money back guarantee.
- Very cheap/affordable
- Nice UI (easy to use)
- Connects quickly to different servers