Ivacy VPN review – Stable but is it fast enough?

Founded in Singapore, IVacy has been giving us VPN service since 2007. Now the company operates in more than 50 countries with 200+ servers. In this review, we will take a close look at Ivacy VPN features and put this company in a harsh test to check if they comply with their promises.

Like many other VPN service providers, Ivacy VPN does also have assertive comments on their website stating that “they are the fastest VPN in the world”. Moreover, the general use purposes like torrenting, privacy, streaming, and zero log policy are some of the diverse needs to be met by the company itself. Let’s see if we will be happy with the results.

Biannual

2.04$/ Month
2.04$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Month

6.75$/ Month
6.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

6 Month

5.75$/ Month
5.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

Ivacy VPN country, server coverage, and performance

As of 2017 Ivacy VPN provides VPN service in 50 countries along with 200+ optimized servers in more than 100 locations. Below you can see the coverage map.

The dots on the map only covers the “Unblock website” purpose option. If you happen to choose other purposes, you will see that map will change.

The general overview of the coverage map simply gives us what we need from a VPN service provider. Yet, we are still looking forward to seeing more locations in some areas. For example, Ivacy VPN lacks so many locations in mid-USA as well as South American countries.

We are very aware that setting up optimized servers in locations takes time. However, there are plenty of big VPN service providers out there adding up more and more locations each month and Ivacy VPN should find a way to keep up with them.

Biannual offer

No logging! 5 simultaneous connection, 7-day money back guarantee, P2P allowed, great choice for torrenting and Popcorn time; Netflix and BBC iPlayer issue.

2.04$

I have used Ivacy VPN for around 2 weeks and my experience was fairly promising considering the speed and stability. Below you will see some of the performance tests I ran while using Ivacy.

Ivacy VPN speed test results

RegionDownload (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)Ping (Ms)
Mobile 4G2.143.279
Mobile Wifi5.595.264
North America
New York3.02
4.83298
Chicago5.813.16334
Florida5.242.1381
San Francisco2.132.64425
Los Angeles2.59Failed400
Canada - Toronto6.483.19299
Mexica4.62.71388
South America
Brazil2.6Failed537
Chile0.821.27531
Panama1.20.8297
Costa Rica1.490.82419
Europe
England12.434.94143
Germany9.320.48100
France1.6Failed143
Spain6.13Failed193
Netherland2.080.51138
Italy4.734.77128
Asia
Hong Kong3.12.22592
Japon1.741.58568
Malasia0.351.23624
Africa - Middle East - India
South Africa1.86Failed455
India17.214.63108
Jordan2.423.47308
Others
New Zealand1.11Failed748
Australia1.031.77709

We do stress the VPN connection speed when it comes to speed test. What other VPN review websites do is just connect to a server and find the best server around. In that way, the speed might look exaggerated. On the other hand, after we connect to a VPN server, we connect to the location we would like to test. Then, we ping back to our ISP to see the accurate results.

After testing so many locations all around the world, Ivacy VPN failed in some by getting disconnected and giving us poor speed results. In other words, Ivacy VPN is not the fastest VPN in the world. Yet, our browsing speed was fairly fast enough to have great surfing experience in any website we want.

After collection speed data from all over the world, Ivacy VPN has a long journey ahead to reach out its competitors in the market.

Ivacy VPN torrenting performance

People love to download free stuff. Torrent is one of the best ways to make this happen. On one hand, you can almost download any digital product you want with a single software, on the other hand, you would be risking your identity while doing so. In this sense, VPN service providers are a great help to hide our identity while torrenting.

I have tested Ivacy VPN to download a popular TV show around 250 MB. The download speed in the P2P server peaked up to 2 MB/S. It took less than 4 minutes to download the full show and the average speed was around 1.5 MB/S. As you can also see in the speed panel, I did not have any kind of disconnection issue.

Ivacy VPN passed the torrenting performance speed test with great values.

Ivacy VPN Popcorn time Experience – Is it fast enough?

Another platform where you can watch popular TV series, as well as any movie you want, is Popcorn time. This software helps you watch the shows while you are downloading it. In order to have a great experience with Popcorn time, you should be downloading the media file around 500 KB/Second. Below this, you will be having some lag issues. Above this, you can even watch the movies in full HD.

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According to our test, Ivacy VPN proved to be working great with Popcorn time. We had a smooth watching experience with around 700+ KB/Second download speed.

In the image below, you can see the download speed.

Popcorn time test was successfully handled by Ivacy VPN.

Ivacy VPN online gaming experience

Coming soon…

Ivacy VPN NetFlix and BBC iPlayer experience

Ivacy VPN has a dedicated feature helping you find the best server you actually need. This feature will show you a drop-down menu where you can select your VPN usage purpose. In this menu, I chose NetFlix in order to see if I could watch the USA Netflix out of USA.

Unfortunately, Netflix got me on the first try. It is to say, current Ivacy VPN “Netflix USA” server is no help to watch Netflix USA. Yet, I was able to watch the Breaking Bad in the second try.

If you happen to have the same issue, make sure to select “TV Watching – USA” purpose. Then, your problem will be solved.

The software is working great to watch Netflix. However, the video quality was not satisfying on my end. I was unable to watch the show in HD.

Is Ivacy VPN working fine to watch BBC iPlayer?

In order to watch BBC iPlayer shows, we must have a United Kindom IP address. Therefore, I chose “BBC iPlayer” purpose and connected to Maidenhead server.

I had the same issue…

Ivacy VPN is not working properly to watch BBC iPlayer shows.

The both issues made me come to a conclusion that Ivacy VPN is not watching their servers closely. A great feature like “purpose” is no help if not working properly.

Biannual offer

No logging! 5 simultaneous connection, 7-day money back guarantee, P2P allowed, great choice for torrenting and Popcorn time; Netflix and BBC iPlayer issue.

2.04$

Pricing and refund policy

When compared to other VPN service providers, Ivacy VPN is quite inexpensive. Especially, 24-month plan is a big steal if you do plan to use a VPN service in long term.

Each plan gives us same features.

Ivacy VPN has so many payment options. No matter where you are located, you will be able to complete your payment. If you like, you can also choose to pay with coins.

In a case the software is not working fine for your end, you can always as for a refund within 7 days. However, there are some important points I want to take your attention to.

  • The refund has to be claimed within 7 days.
  • If you breach any kind of Ivacy policy, and your account is terminated, you cannot ask for a refund.
  • In case you have consumed more than 30 GB of data or connected to Ivacy VPN servers more than 30 sessions, you cannot ask for a refund.
  • The payment methods: Paymentwall and Bitcoins are not refundable.
  • If you have already claimed a refund before, you cannot do it for the second time.

Same rules also apply for the renewals…

Ivacy VPN download desktop software and mobile apps

There are plenty of ways to use Ivacy VPN. It supports many popular platforms like iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. Besides such devices, you can also use Ivacy VPN on Blackberry, Linux, routers, smart TV, Kodi, and OpenElec.

Please refer to Ivacy download page to get more detail about other devices.

As a Windows user, I have downloaded the necessary set up file and finalized the installation. Once I had done that, a neat and easy to use welcomed me.

On the interface, the personalized selection will help us choose a purpose for a specific usage. Once we have done that, some server pins will appear on the map to choose from as seen below.

For the security purposes, you can always change your protocol settings. If you need high security, you can go for L2TP or in a case you just want anonymity as well as greater speed, you can either leave the protocol automatic or choose PPTP.

There is one another great feature in Ivacy VPN software. Actually, this feature was first introduced by the company itself: Split tunneling.

This feature helps us keep our online activities %100 secure.

The idea is super simple. You can add an application to the split tunneling. Once the tunneling status is enabled, each added application activities will run through VPN connection while other activities will keep on using regular ISP.

Biannual offer

No logging! 5 simultaneous connection, 7-day money back guarantee, P2P allowed, great choice for torrenting and Popcorn time; Netflix and BBC iPlayer issue.

2.04$

There are some other options you may want to make use of in the settings menu.

  • You can simply increase your security by enabling the “Redial Automatically”.
  • Auto connect will make sure that you are always connected to the desired VPN server just after your device is turned on.

Security menu

There are several options in Ivacy VPN software to enhance your privacy.

VPN mode option is a way to choose the encryption values for your connection…

Fast internet mode does not have any kind of additional encryption so that your connection speed will be fast.

Best of Worlds mode will encrypt your connection by 128 bit. This will slow down your browsing and download experience.

High-security mode is a way to give you the highest security by 256-bit encryption.

Changing security modes are not only options for your security enhancement. You can get more security measurements by switching from your own DNS to Ivacy VPNs, activating IPv6 protection, and turning the internet kill switch mode on.

Security protocols

Currently, Ivacy VPN provides 4 different protocols: PPTP, L2TP, SSTP and OpenVPN. While using the software, you can either leave the option to “Automatic” or choose any desired one.

Keep that in mind PPTP is the least secure one giving you the highest speed. Choosing other protocols will slow down your connection speed. In case you do not need extreme privacy, just leave the protocol option automatic.

Ivacy VPN for mobile devices

Ivacy VPN has one of the nicest looking mobile app in the market. It is super easy to use. Menu navigation is perfectly touched and it gives us better navigation while on mobile. Yet, speed performance was disappointing.

Before talking about performance, I would like to give you more detail about the mobile app.

Once you launch the app, Ivacy VPN will welcome you same as the image below. With a single touch, you can easily connect to a VPN server.

If you have the desired location, touch “Choose Location” and it will lead you to the country selection page.

Moreover, the same feature: “Purpose” can also be found in the mobile app.

If you like to use the VPN service on a special purpose, I strongly suggest you use this option. This will give you the best location and the server.

Lastly, there might be some points where you want to play with some settings. In the app, simply go settings and you will see some options like changing protocols, kill switch, split tunnel.

Besides the nice looking app, unfortunately, the speed performance on 4G and Mobile on Wifi could not meet my expectation. While I was getting 37,30 Mbps download and 4,17 upload speed on our normal fiber connection without VPN, the numbers dropped to 2,14 Mbps download and 3,3 upload on 4G and 5,59 Mbps download, 5,20 Mbps upload on Wifi+VPN.

Biannual offer

No logging! 5 simultaneous connection, 7-day money back guarantee, P2P allowed, great choice for torrenting and Popcorn time; Netflix and BBC iPlayer issue.

2.04$

Just like on the desktop software, Ivacy VPN did not perform well.

Free services from Ivacy VPN

Currently, there is no free service from Ivacy VPN.

Is Ivacy VPN working properly?

According to tests, Ivacy VPN is working properly on the desktop and mobile devices. There was no issue connecting to VPN servers. However, purpose feature in the software failed both in USA Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

Contrary to the stable and reliable servers, the speed performance was poor.

Customer support

As a blogger, I have asked Ivacy VPN to test their service. The software worked great on my desktop. However, I had some connectivity issues on my smart phone and I decided to connect to live chat. The answer was instant and my problem was solved within 2 minutes.

Besides, live chat support, there is a great page where you can learn more about technical issues, FAQ, guides etc…

 

Ivacy VPN logging policy! Does Ivacy VPN keep logs?

Here comes one of the most important part. Ivacy VPN has a super clear statement on their website about logging policy. The company only logs the email addresses to manage the billing and sending you to account credentials. Moreover, Ivacy VPN does not collect any data or monitor your activities meaning that when there is an authority request from the company, there is nothing they can give.

Biannual

2.04$/ Month
2.04$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

1 Month

6.75$/ Month
6.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

6 Month

5.75$/ Month
5.75$/ Month
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP
  • 50+ countries, 200+ servers
  • Unlimited bandwidth + P2P allowed
  • Zero logPlease read the TOS details to learn more about what kind of information is being collected
  • Simultaneous connections on up to 5 devices
  • 7-day money-back guaranteePlease read the refund policy below

Summing up!

When it comes to privacy and anonymity, Ivacy VPN is one of the top VPN service providers you can pick from. Stable servers, no-log policy, easy to use desktop software and mobile apps, 7-day money back guarantee and 5 simultaneous connection are some of the core features you will make use of Ivacy VPN. Yet, there is a chance that you will have some performance problem.

Except for the slow speed from Ookla test, IVacy VPN proved to be working great for torrenting and Popcorn time.

Last but not least, Ivacy VPN purpose feature is not working properly for the Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Surely, servers need more monitoring.

7.1 Total Score
Inexpensive VPN service

If you are looking for an inexpensive VPN service giving you high anonymity and security, you can always choose Ivacy VPN. The company has a great VPN solution for torrenting and great Popcorn time experience. However, this service is not super fast and its top feature "Purpose" is not working properly. If you are a big BBC iPlayer or Netflix fan, Ivacy VPN is not for you.

Performance
5
Software
6
Price
8.5
Customer support
9
PROS
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Great customer support
  • Inexpensive service
CONS
  • Slow speed performance on USA and Europa
  • Purpose feature is not working
  • Software does not remember the user ID and password
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