Honest review of Ivacy VPN.
A quick summary:
Ivacy is a privacy-friendly no-logs VPN service based in Singapore. As you will see in this review, it unblocks most major streaming services, is blazing fast, offers servers just about everywhere, and implements great technical security.
- Server Locations : 50
- Average Speed : 81.08 Mbit/s
- Simultaneous Connections : 5
- Jurisdiction : Singapore
- 30-day refund
- Split tunneling (not Mac)
- P2P allowed
- No logs
- Blazing fast speed performance
- Support wobbles on very technical questions
All Ivacy customers have access to all basic features this provider has to offer. As is common, however, heavy discounts are available to those willing to buy lengthy subscriptions up-front.
The dedicated IP addresses and a NAT firewall with port forwarding features require purchasing additional add-ons. This could be viewed as slightly annoying, but year+ packages are very cheap in the first place, and these are not features most users will likely use.
A 7-day money back guarantee is available for one-month subscriptions, and a 30-day money back guarantee for all longer ones. An exception is if you pay in cryptocurrencies, which are understandably not refundable.
I’m impressed to note that Ivacy is effective at unblocking my benchmark US Netflix and BBC iPlayer streaming services. And although not tested, it should also be effective at unblocking many others.
It should also be noted that if any services proves particularity difficult to access, paying a little extra for a dedicated IP address should fix the problem.
Speed and Performance
With a Weighted Speedtest Result of 81.08 Mbits/s and Max Speed/Burst Result of 258.28 Mbits/s, Ivacy is currently the fastest VPN service on my books making it ideal for streaming in HD.
Drilling into my data more deeply, Ivacy’s DNS lookup times Average 0.61 seconds and Max 1.95, while connection times Average 5.2 seconds and Max 6.0 seconds. All of which is about average for VPN services.
IP leak tests
I ran DNS and WebRTC leak tests using Ivacy’s Windows and macOS clients (I would love to also test for leaks in mobile apps, but for various technical reasons this is not possible at the present time).
Ivacy told me that to ensure IP addresses are not leaked via the WebRTC browser “feature,” users should use its Chrome or Firefox browser add-on in addition to its client software.
I would normally criticize Ivacy for not warning users more clearly about this, but in my tests I detected no leaks anyway. This includes any regular IPv4 and IPv6 DNS leaks, but also WebRTC (tested with IPv6) leaks even when not using a browser add-on.