ibVPN will mask your public IP while relocating you to another country of your choice.
It will safely tunnel your Internet connection through the default OpenVPN protocol and a strong AES256 encryption.
This should help you become fully anonymous while doing your daily activities on a public/private WiFi. (browsing the web, torrenting, online banking)
That makes them the perfect solution for the 90% of Americans who fear for their online information.
Hopping on the hotel WiFI seems harmless enough. Until you realize that (a) their terms of service don’t protect you, and (b) that hotel WiFis are a common target for hackers.
Let’s find out it ibVPN is truly worth your money.
ibVPN claims a “strict no-logging policy” on their website.
But literally, every single VPN company we’ve reviewed says the same exact thing.
So how do you know if they’re legit or not?
According to their terms, ibVPN does not collect any specific user activity. That’s important because many VPNs do track some of this data.
And most of these companies still need to abide by their countries laws. If their government forces them to hand over data, and they have activity information logged, you’re screwed.
This very reason is why your VPN’s home jurisdiction is such a huge deal.
2. Romanian Jurisdiction (Outside of 14 Eyes)
ibVPN is owned and operated by Amplusnet SRL, who’s out of Romania.
Believe it or not, that’s great news.
Romania is NOT on the list of governments included in the 14 Eyes surveillance alliance.
Why does this matter?
Because several governments around the world have aligned their espionage efforts.
That means if one country collects sensitive information on their people (Hi, NSA!), they can and will share it with countries around the globe to support World Peace. (Or something.)
The unofficial 14 Eyes allegiance includes most developed nations in the free world.
But Romania’s position outside of this alliance means that the chances of ibVPN turning over personal data to the world are slim to none.
3. OpenVPN + 256-bit Encryption
ibVPN uses the industry leading 256-bit AES encryption standard. This is as secure as it gets.
No known supercomputers have been able to get anywhere close to cracking it. So your connection is virtually impenetrable.
ibVPN also defaults to the OpenVPN protocol to create each connection. This standard is also state of the art, recommended by most security experts and used by the best VPN companies in the market.
There are two reasons, however, where you’d want a different protocol.
The first is your mobile device. OpenVPN works flawlessly on Androids, but not so much on iOS devices.
The second reason is for older computers or connections. Depending on your setup, OpenVPN might not cut it.
That’s why ibVPN offers several different protocol options you can switch to, including PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol)/IpSec (Internet Protocol Security), and SSTP.
ibVPN also provides simple explanations and setup guides for each if you do need to switch away from OpenVPN.
4. No Leaks or Malware Issues
VPNs are supposed to create secure connections. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
A little “VPN” icon or green check mark often shows up when you connect through their servers.
So you think you’re golden.
However, DNS leaks can undermine your security without you even noticing.
Your ISP will be able to pick up on which sites you’re visiting or which files you’re downloading.
And many times, those helpful little ‘extras’ you use are among the worst offenders.
For example, up to 70% of Chrome extensions from VPN providers leak your DNS. That’s more than two-thirds!
Every VPN we review gets the same treatment. After purchasing and signing up, we’ll connect to their servers. Then, we’ll use six different tests to triple-check that none of your data might leak.
We put ibVPN through the same routine, and we’re pleased to say that it passed with flying colors.
- https://ipleak.net/ (none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/check-ip/ (none found)
- https://ipx.ac/run (none found)
- https://browserleaks.com/webrtc (none found)
- https://www.perfect-privacy.com/dns-leaktest/ (none found)
- http://dnsleak.com/ (none found)
Next, we’ll also take their installation files and run it through a malware check to make sure they’re also squeaky clean.
VirusTotal.com came back with green “Cleans” across the board.
5. Most Servers Unblock Netflix
Switching your server locations with the click of a VPN button used to be one of the best ways to stream content from different countries.
That way, you could bypass licensing restrictions and watch any country’s content from the comfort of your couch.
But then Netflix started cracking down on this workaround in the last few years.
The good news is that ibVPN servers in Miami and New York worked. Hooray!
But unfortunately, we can’t share the same excitement for the ones in Chicago, Canada, or the Netherlands. All three of these failed.
Two out of five is still a good performance in today’s anti-VPN streaming world. So consider this a Pro.
6. Torrenting is 100% Allowed
Torrents allow you to download massive files at lightning speeds.
They’re not just for illegitimate uses, either.
Torrents can also carry their own risks. Connecting to a VPN, first, before accessing them gives you an extra layer of security to keep your private information to yourself.
However, not all VPNs support it.
While others have restrictions that force you to use specific servers.
ibVPN has 35 servers that allow torrenting. The good news is that you can set their desktop application to automatically connect to torrenting servers every time you use the service.
These torrent and P2P applications are available in Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Russia, and Sweden, according to their website. Here’s a quick set-up guide for getting started.
Please just be advised that you’ll need their Premium Torrent VPN or Ultimate VPN packages.
You can also check out our top torrenting VPNs to narrow down the list.
7. Supports Multiple Devices + TOR
ibVPN supports almost every device imaginable.
They cover the basics like Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. But they will also connect with both major Smart TV’s and even game consoles, too.
- Kindle Fire
- Boxee Box
- Apple TV
- LG Smart TV
- Sony Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- LG WebOS Smart TV
- PlayStation 3
- PS Vita
- Xbox 360
If you’re trying to connect a few of these devices at the same time, you can even arm your DD-WRT VPN and Tomato USB routers. Both OpenVPN and PPTP protocols work on these.
They’ve also helpfully assembled setup instructions for each type of device.
The only drawback is that ibVPN doesn’t provide a Linux app directly. Instead, you’ll have to create workarounds with Ubuntu using OpenVPN and PPTP. Get ready to get your hands dirty.
Just last year, ibVPN also added TOR support.
The TOR network will forward your traffic signal across ‘relays’ and ‘nodes.’
But it’s not foolproof. There are often a few loopholes to de-anonymize TOR users.
TOR-enabled VPN servers largely solve this equation.
You can connect directly to it through ibVPN by going to the following servers:
- Netherlands – tornl.ibvpn.com
- Singapore – torsg.ibvpn.com
- US – torus.ibvpn.com
Once again, though, you’ll need to upgrade to their Ultimate VPN package to get full access.
8. Very Simple To Use App
Both installation and connection through the ibVPN desktop client was a breeze.
The installer was painless, and the app fired up instantly without any noticeable lags or errors.
I loved the set-and-forget features the client provided.
For example, you could set the kill switch to trigger automatically when your connection drops. That way, nothing from your session ends up in the wrong hands.
Then, you can also further customize automatic connections based on your own personal preferences:
- The fastest server
- to a US or UK-based server for accessing services in these locations
- A server that supports torrenting and P2P file sharing
- Bypass China’s Great Firewall (for China-based users)
1. Not The Fastest Browsing Experience
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for security.
A leak-free connection is awesome. But you also can’t afford to wait three minutes for a simple page to load.
So post-virus scan, we next conduct a series of speed tests. Every VPN will inevitably slow you down a little bit.
“A little bit” is tolerable. It’s worth the extra security.
Too much, though, and your entire internet session can go down the drain.
ibVPN came out somewhere in the middle of the pack. They weren’t fast enough to make our Top 12 fastest VPNs list. But they were a little better than the slugs at the bottom.
Performance did vary wildly, though.
The EU test we conducted wasn’t so bad. It only came out around ~20-30% slower than our normal connection.
EU speed test:
- Ping: 41ms
- Download: 64.66 Mbps (33% slower than 97 Mbps benchmark)
- Upload: 41.06 Mbps (22% slower than 53 Mbps benchmark)
But our US test on a server in New York was a nightmare. Download and upload speeds here dipped to 75-85% slower.
U.S. speed test:
- Ping: 147ms
- Download: 15.70 Mbps (84% slower than 97 Mbps benchmark)
- Upload: 13.44 Mbps (75% slower than 53 Mbps benchmark)
Overall, these results put them at only 47 out of 74. Not great.
2. One Connection Only
ibVPN’s basic plans only allow for one single device connection at any given time.
That’s kind of disappointing, to be honest.
Most other VPNs will at least throw in at least three connections in their basic plans.
You can get five if you upgrade to the Ultimate VPN plan. (They also have a Multi VPN package, presumably for organizations and large groups, that provide 100 connections.)
Many of the extra features, like access to P2P servers and TOR, are also locked up inside the Ultimate VPN package.
Otherwise, they have over a hundred servers located in most major cities around the world.
Built-in Kill Switch
Thankfully, one awesome feature included in all plans is the kill switch.
These prevent your browser from connecting to the internet if your VPN connection isn’t stable. That way, you can inadvertently give away your real IP address.
Customer Support Experience
If and when you need help, ibVPN offers an extensive Help Center and FAQ section.
But if you need personalized support, they offer everything from support tickets, to email, and even live chat.
It’s great that they offer all of these options. But are they worth it? That’s the main question.
First up, we went straight to live chat to see how quickly and accurately they’d answer our questions.
The support rep helped us within seconds.
Next up, we wanted to send over an email to clarify a few points about their service.
And a few hours later, we received an in-depth email that both answered the question, while also providing helpful links to learn more.
Quick, easy, and efficient. Exactly what we like.
ibVPN Cost, Plans & Payment Options
The all-in, Ultimate VPN option, provides access to all of their servers and features. The pricing here starts at $10.95 for one month and is discounted heavily at only $29.04 ($2.42/month) for a full year.
They also offer individual packages, including a Premium Standard VPN, Torrent, Business, and combination ibDNS option. The price for these packages starts at $4.95 per month, or as low as $3.08 a month if you’re willing to purchase the annual plan.
Each package comes with a 15-day money back guarantee on all plans. So you could conceivably start with the low month-to-month option to try it out and even get your money back within the first few weeks if you’re unhappy.
They’ll accept almost all forms of payment, including “over 50 international payment options, including Credit/Debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Maestro and more), eWallets (WebMoney) and many other (AliPay, Perfect Money, BitCoin, Yandex, Bank Wire Transfer and more).”
BUT, they do not accept PayPal curiously. That’s kind of odd, considering they’ll accept cryptocurrencies for anonymous payments.
Do I Recommend ibVPN?
ibVPN has a lot to like.
They have a decent total number of servers, along with a strict no-logging policy, allowing torrenting, working with Netflix, and can be configured for use with DD-WRT routers and TOR.
A massive drawback, though, is the speed. Our EU tests weren’t terrible, but the US ones kinda were.
The best VPN services we’ve reviewed don’t force users to sacrifice speed like this.
Other major issues included the need to sign up for the Ultimate VPN plan to get full access to these wonderful features, along with the fact that you can’t use PayPal.
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2 user reviews for ibVPN
For the price I am really satisfied with the service. I mostly use it for web browsing and love the convenience of the Firefox extension. I did notice some of their servers were slow, but there are usually enough in a region so you can switch and find a better one, and I think it's gotten better recently.
Awful Customer Service
They are not online during offpeak hours (only email support available), and their response is always “restart your computer and router and try again in 12 hours). In the end it turned out to be an issue with their servers, and they would not offer a credit for the 48 hour downtime. Awful service.