IVPN briefly:

  • P2P allowed: Yes (however not on U.S. servers)
  • Business location: Gibraltar
  • Number of servers: 73
  • Number of nation areas: 29
  • Cost: $100 per yr
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: 256-bit AES + 4096-bit RSA
  • Data authentication: AES-256-GCM
  • Handshake: TLS-auth

We haven’t checked out IVPN in almost two years, and the service has modified quite a bit in that point. The firm has extra nation areas, extra servers, and extra options together with an experimental model of the WireGuard VPN protocol for Windows—the primary of its sort, so far as we’re conscious.

While quite a bit has modified for IVPN, a number of the key factors about this service haven’t. It’s nonetheless formally primarily based in Gibraltar, the CEO and CTO stay the identical, and regardless of the rise in service the worth can also be the identical—which nonetheless stays a bit of on the excessive facet.

Note: This assessment is a part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for particulars about competing merchandise and the way we examined them.


IVPN for Windows with an lively connection.

Features and companies

The present IVPN app is a large enchancment over the earlier design. The tabbed interface on the prime is gone. This is the place you’d change between IVPN’s single-hop and multi-hop connections. Instead, the brand new IVPN options two easy buttons on the backside to change between the 2 choices. The nation record has the ping time for every location, with a inexperienced or crimson indicator telling you at a look what sort of speeds to count on.

IVPN now has an anti-tracker function, which went stay in June 2019. It permits you to cease web sites from monitoring you, in addition to block adverts. IVPN handles all of this on the corporate’s DNS servers, which prevents third-party adverts from being referred to as if you land on an internet site.

IVPN’s advert blocking additionally sports activities a “hardcore mode” the place you fully lower off Facebook and Google. This makes each of these companies inaccessible, however in case you don’t need them monitoring you, then it’s in all probability a good suggestion to avoid their companies anyway.

The most fascinating change, nonetheless, is the addition of WireGuard. The new VPN protocol, which is alleged to make use of “state-of-the-art cryptography,” is already in Mac and Linux builds of varied VPNs comparable to Mullvad for Linux, IVPN for Mac, and NordVPN for Linux. This, nonetheless, is the primary time we’ve seen WireGuard on Windows.

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IVPN’s connection settings allow you to change to utilizing the WireGuard protocol.

That’s not a shock as WireGuard on Windows growth is in its very early levels. IVPN is utilizing model 0.17 of WireGuard in its app, together with some particular modifications you possibly can examine on IVPN’s site. Given that we’re not even at a 1.0 launch but, I wouldn’t suggest WireGuard on IVPN for mission-critical duties, however if you wish to strive it out it’s there.

I didn’t run any velocity exams with the brand new protocol because it’s so early in its growth. Playing round with it, nonetheless, I noticed some combined outcomes, with some areas overperforming and others not a lot. There could possibly be a bunch of things contributing to this so I’ll wait to run formal exams till WireGuard on Windows is extra mature. Still, for these inquisitive about WireGuard, IVPN’s implementation is one to strive.

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