Ivacy review

Ivacy’s straightforward approach, combined with its affordable pricing, makes it a viable option for those new to VPNs or those who need a simple, no-frills VPN service.

While it may not offer the cutting-edge features of some of its competitors, its balance of price, security, and ease of use make it a worthy consideration in the VPN market. But it isn’t the best for streaming and is a way off the fastest VPNs on the market.

Price

There’s a lot to think about when considering the price of a VPN. The value can be altered by several factors, most notably the subscription length, how many devices are covered, how many servers the VPN has and any additional features it offers.

Ivacy has three payment options: a 1-month option costing $9.95/month, a 12-month option costing $3.99/month or a 5-year option costing $1.00/month. The 5-year option is an excellent deal, and it comes with a password manager for free. Bear in mind that it comes with a $60 upfront payment.

Ivacy accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, Coingate, BitPay and various other payment systems.

Our findings suggest the 20 best VPNs cost, on average, $4.33/month for a 24-month subscription. With that in mind, Ivacy is very affordable, costing less than the average price for a VPN. Even if you don’t opt for the $1.00/month, 5-year plan, you would still be spending less if you opted for two 12-month plans costing $3.99/month.

Pros

  • Great price
  • $1/month 5-year deal
  • Subscription comes with a password manager
  • Streaming service specific IP addresses
  • Secure

Cons

  • Slower speeds
  • No 3rd Party audits
  • Low number of country server locations
  • Not many addons
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Device compatibility

An Ivacy subscription allows you to connect to up to 10 devices simultaneously. This is above the average, which our research shows is 8, for VPNs that limit simultaneous device usage.

Ivacy comes with a user-friendly interface and is available on several different platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Huawei
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Edge
  • Roku
  • Kodi
  • FireStick
  • AndroidTV

You can also download and install Ivacy onto a dedicated router to ensure the VPN covers all your devices.

Streaming Performance

Streaming services are constantly trying to block VPN connections from accessing their platforms. Most streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, MAX, BBC iPlayer and more, use increasingly complicated VPN-blocking techniques to prevent people from accessing their content when connecting via a VPN like Ivacy.

For some VPNs, these blocks can be challenging to get around. We put Ivacy through its paces over a month by trying to connect to four different streaming services using the VPN from within New Zealand. We chose US Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu and MAX:

Ivacy allowed us to connect to all four streaming services reliably. We could access different Netflix libraries worldwide and watch Hulu, MAX and BBC iPlayer’s content without many problems.

The only issue we encountered was that Ivacy was slower than other VPNs like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Surfshark. It took a bit longer for content to load, and sometimes, we ran into a few buffering issues, especially when trying to watch BBC iPlayer.

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Security Features

Ivacy comes with all the essential features you’d expect from a top VPN service:

  • Strong 256-bit encryption: With Ivacy’s top-level encryption, your online activities stay hidden from others who might want to peek at your data.
  • Split-tunneling: This feature lets you pick which apps/programs go through the VPN while others use your local network.
  • Safety switch: If your connection drops, this switch ensures your data stays secure and cuts off your internet to protect it.
  • VPN protocols: Ivacy uses TCP, UDP, L2TP, and IKEV protocols like IPSec for strong network protection.
  • Dedicated IP address: You get a special IP that stays the same, and you can set up a list of allowed IPs to keep your accounts safe from others.
  • Secure downloading: Ivacy detects threats in real-time, scanning and eliminating any potential malware or viruses in your downloads, ensuring your safety at every moment.

To test how secure Ivacy is, we ran it through several Domain Name Systems (DNS) leak tests.

A DNS leak test checks if your internet activity is exposed to others instead of staying private through your VPN’s secure network. It’s a way to make sure your online privacy is protected.

A DNS test works by sending a request to a server on the internet from your device. It then checks which DNS server (the system that translates website names into IP addresses) responds to this request. If the responding server is not provided by your VPN but by your internet service provider, your online activity could be visible to others, indicating your VPN has a DNS leak and is not 100% secure.

We used DNSleaktest.com when connected to a US server on Ivacy to conduct these tests. Our results showed that Ivacy is a secure VPN with no DNS leak issues, meaning it fully encrypts user data and allows customers to surf the web anonymously.

Privacy Policy

In its privacy policy, Ivacy states, “We strictly do not log or monitor online browsing activities, connection logs, VPN IPs assigned, original IP addresses, browsing history, outgoing traffic, connection times, data you have accessed and/or DNS queries generated by your end. We have no information that could associate specific activities to specific users.”

Similarly, it states, “Audits are an excellent way to determine if a VPN provider’s claims are true. To ensure impenetrable security, Ivacy VPN undergoes regular audits.”

This means it does not maintain or collect any information from its customers. However, these audits are not readily available to the public, and if they are, they’re hard to find.

Other VPNs like ExpressVPN and NordVPN undergo third-party audits from large companies like Deloitte to ensure they stay true to their no-logs policy. Ivacy hasn’t done this.

Server Network

Ivacy boasts 6,500 servers around the world. However, the number of servers a VPN has is not a true measure of the VPN’s global capabilities.

While having a larger number of servers helps when dealing with a large customer base, a VPN could have all of its servers in one location, rendering it useless.

To measure a VPN’s true global potential, the best metric is to look at how many countries the VPN has servers in. Ivacy has servers in 62 countries worldwide. This is well below the average, which, from our findings of the top 20 VPNs, is 73.

Another critical thing to consider is how many of Ivacy’s servers are virtual rather than physical.

There are two types of VPN servers: physical and virtual. Physical servers are straightforward. They’re physical hardware that is set up in a particular country. With these servers, your registered IP address and the server providing it are physically located in the same country. They’re generally more reliable than virtual servers as they are more powerful and can be customised.

Virtual servers act like physical servers, but they don’t have hardware dedicated solely to that server alone. They’re configured on existing hardware, shared with other servers, and the space is often rented.

Virtual servers are generally slower than physical servers as they share resources with other servers, and because they’re rented, it can take a lot of work to fix errors or issues. They are very good at allowing VPNs to provide IP addresses in countries where it’s impossible to build or install a physical server.

Ivacy wasn’t very open about how many of its servers were virtual and physical. However, when using the app, you can see that 9 of the 62 countries available on Ivacy rely on virtual servers.

While physical servers are the gold standard, virtual servers provide unique opportunities to supply IP addresses for countries where VPNs are illegal.

Ivacy’s virtual servers are actually based in a different country. The IP address will match the country you’ve selected, but the server will be in a country where VPNs are legal. This will allow you to get an IP address reliably in one of those locations without governmental interference.

We did a speed test of Ivacy’s virtual server for India using a wireless connection, and found that our internet speed dropped significantly. While it was still fast enough to watch streaming services and surf the web comfortably, it was a big drop in speed.

Download Speeds (Mbps)Upload Speeds (Mbps)
VPN Off303.08259.20
Ivacy virtual server101.0316.87
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Speed/Performance

We connected to multiple servers to measure Ivacy’s speed and initiated download and upload speed tests from New Zealand.

Of course, this is often affected by numerous factors, such as your internet connection speed and the protocol you use. So to accommodate this, we measured the speeds against our speed test results with a VPN turned off:

Download Speeds (Mbps)Upload Speeds (Mbps)
VPN off939.78519.86
Ivacy US server445.205.65
Ivacy UK server693.293.53

From our tests you can see a drop off in speeds when connected to a server on Ivacy. While this is to be expected with any VPN, Ivacy boasts slower speeds than other VPNs like ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

Ease of Use

Ivacy is incredibly easy to use. The interface is straightforward, and there isn’t much here that would be complicated for someone who hasn’t used a VPN before.

Ivacy includes a streaming section that will allow you to pick the streaming service you’re trying to watch, and the VPN will give you an IP address for that streaming service. There are over 100 streaming services to pick from here. And while it’s not necessary, it’s a nice touch and is something most VPNs don’t offer.

Ivacy is easy to use on all platforms; it’s relatively barebones and doesn’t have many customisation options.

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Customer Support

Ivacy boasts a 24/7 chat support team, so you can contact them with any questions or queries.

It’s comforting to know that if you’re having any issues with the VPN, you can contact them, and they’ll guide you through fixes and solutions.

When I reached out to them to ask them questions about their virtual server numbers, they replied within seconds.

Addons

Ivacy doesn’t come with many addons. If you opt for a 5-year plan at $1/month you get Ivacy’s own password manager for free. That’s it.

Ivacy: FAQs

Q: How many devices does Ivacy support?

Answer: Ivacy supports up to 10 devices simultaneously.

Q: Does Ivacy keep logs?

Answer: Ivacy maintains a strict no-logs policy, ensuring that your online activities are not recorded or monitored.

Q: How safe is Ivacy?

Answer: Ivacy is safe, providing robust security features like strong encryption and protocols to protect your online privacy and data.

Q: Is Ivacy worth it?

Answer: Ivacy is a great choice if you’re seeking an affordable VPN. It offers good value for money, though it may lack some advanced options and features found in other VPNs.

Q: Does Ivacy have a free trial?

Answer: Yes, Ivacy offers a free trial for 7-days.

Conclusion

Ivacy presents itself as a strong contender in the VPN market, particularly for those prioritising affordability and basic functionality over advanced features.

Its cost-effective pricing, especially the 5-year plan, positions it as an attractive option for budget-conscious users. The inclusion of a free password manager with the long-term subscription adds to its value.

With support for up to 10 devices, Ivacy surpasses the average VPN offering and caters well to families or individuals with multiple devices. The user-friendly interface across various platforms enhances its appeal for users of varying technical proficiencies.

In terms of streaming performance, Ivacy demonstrates reliable access to major services, albeit with slower speeds compared to some of its rivals like ExpressVPN and NordVPN. This might be a drawback for users seeking the fastest possible streaming experience.

The security features of Ivacy, including strong encryption and a no-logs policy, ensure a safe online environment for its users. The additional DNS leak test confirms its effectiveness in protecting user privacy. However, the lack of third-party audits and a limited number of server locations might be a concern for those seeking the highest levels of transparency and global reach.

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Patch Bowen
Patch Bowen is an accomplished technology journalist with a solid academic foundation, holding a degree from Auckland University. His expertise spans across a range of tech topics, with a notable focus on product reviews, industry trends, and the impact of technology on society. With his work featured on major New Zealand websites like Stuff.co.nz, thebit.nz, and The Press, Patch has established himself as a credible voice in technology media. His articles are known for their detailed analysis and practical insights, particularly in making complex technological concepts understandable for a broad audience. At ReviewsFire, Patch is renowned for his thorough evaluations and clear, informative writing style. He has a knack for identifying and explaining the nuances of the latest gadgets and digital trends, earning him a reputation as a trusted source for tech advice and information.
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