VPN Reviews

Ivacy VPN Review – Innovative Security Solution

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Ivacy is an established VPN service provider that has been around for more than 5 years. Launched in 2007, the service is brought to you by a Tortola, British Virgin Islands based company. The company takes the privacy of its customers very seriously and has even developed a custom VPN protocol HTUN (HTTP-Tunnel) to provide the best possible security and privacy to its customers. In this Ivacy VPN Review, we will look at important features of the service and decide if it is worth subscribing.

Server Locations and Site Access

Ivacy’s VPN servers are located at United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Netherlands. Although the choice of server locations is not as extensive as provided by the leading VPN providers, the service manages to cover some of the biggest VPN markets in the world. The service would allow you to unlock premium web based streaming services that are available only within these 5 countries as well as bypass all kinds of firewalls from just about anywhere. For instance, you would be able to unlock Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, Sky, Hulu, Demand 5, Spotify, RTL, SpaceCast, ABC, CBS, CTV, Bravo, CBC, E!, 4OD, Lovefilm, NBC, NFL, Film1, Deezer, Sportbox, NTV, Rara, RTL, Sport1, Russia TV, Ren-TV and O2TV even if you are travelling as well as access Gmail, Skype, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter from China, Brazil, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The company provides unlimited server switching with every VPN plan so it is possible to unlock premium local content from several different countries with just one subscription.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

Ivacy offers both metered and unmetered bandwidth plans to its customers. The unlimited plans are ideal for high speed and bandwidth consumption activities like downloading, torrenting, streaming (including HD and live streaming), VOIP and online gaming. Unlike many other VPN providers, the company has a high tolerance towards P2P activities which means you can use the service to anonymize your bittorrenting activities.

Privacy Settings

Ivacy offers top grade security for online activities like browsing, messaging, torrenting, ICQ, FTP and VOIP. The company delivers its service via PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN and HTUN (HTTP-Tunnel) protocol, which is a custom VPN protocol available only from Ivacy. The benefit of using HTTP-Tunnel protocol is that it cannot be blocked like PPTP and L2TP protocols since it masks all kinds of traffic (including P2P traffic) as normal web traffic. The service even offers a hotspot protection which enables you to secure your financial transactions, personal details and passwords while using free Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, airports, parks, book shops and libraries. On the downside, the OpenVPN and L2TP protocols are available only through the Russian server whereas the PPTP and HTUN are available from all locations.

Ivacy does not log the IP address of its customers plus it does not spy on users’ online sessions. The company records connection details (timestamp, bandwidth used) for a period of 31 days but they are used only for billing purposes.

Supported Operating Systems

Ivacy VPN works with Windows (7, XP, Vista), Mac OS X, Linux, Android Smartphones and tablets, iPads, iPhones, Smart TVs and consoles like Xbox 360 and PS 3. The company offers a custom client (Ivacy Monitor) for Windows and Mac but other systems and devices require manual configuration. The company also provides a browser based plugin (for Firefox and Chrome browsers) that works with Windows, Unix and Mac based systems. The service offers port forwarding (not available from US server) to speed up torrenting activities and double VPN feature to provide even more privacy and anonymity. The setup process is extremely simple thanks to the detailed instructions provided by the company.

Customer Support

The company offers 24X7 support through an email based ticketing system. The support staff is knowledgeable and makes it a point to respond to most queries within a reasonable time frame.

Pricing Options

Ivacy offers several different VPN plans for the benefit of its customers. The Unlimited XXL package with no speed and bandwidth restriction is available from 12.95 EUR per month (34.95 EUR for 3 months and 99.95 EUR for 12 months), the Unlimited Lite package with 50 GB monthly bandwidth limit is available from 9.95 EUR per month (24.95 EUR for 3 months and 89.95 EUR for 12 months) whereas traffic based packages are available from 0.5 EUR per GB (10 EUR for 20 GB and 20 EUR for 40 GB traffic). The company even offers a special package for 1 EUR per year (with 50 MB daily traffic limit) that allows maximum protection for basic online activities (browsing, emailing etc). The company provides a 7 day money-back guarantee so you can test the service to its full potential without fearing about losing your money.

Final Verdict

Ivacy offers a professional VPN service that delivers on most parameters. Although its unlimited packages are slightly expensive, the company offers a decent choice of server locations along with features like double VPN, port forwarding and custom VPN protocol. We definitely recommend that you check out the service for your security and privacy needs. For more information, please visit: www.ivacy.com.

August 12, 2013

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