IVACY VPN Review 2020 | Realistic Truth of the IVACY VPN

IVACY VPN Applications

The sign-up process is similar to other VPN services. You can choose a payment method, and hand over the money. In return, you will be provided with a welcome mail and a link to set up your password.

The client interface is just like the other VPN applications. At first, a large connect button appears on the screen. It connects you to the nearest server; you can also choose one from the list.

You can filter the search by cities or countries. There is no search box, no options for sorting or filtering.

IVACY VPN includes apps for Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android. A toolbar on the left-hand side allows you to choose servers for specific tasks. There are options for unblocking activity-dubbed channels, to access restricted sites, and so on.

Unblocking is for bypassing the national and corporate firewalls that prevent you from viewing certain content.

IVACY has one unique feature that’s known as Smart Purpose Selection. It lets you define the purpose of connection and it automatically connects you to the best (possible) server to attain the best experience. However, this feature is accessible only for Windows Systems.

Do IVACY logs in my private information? 

As I read the privacy policy I found out that IVACY does not log any of the traffic data. Normally the service providers claim that they don’t log your data, but as you go through the privacy policy you find out that they do record at least some data and delete it afterward.

IVACY differs from the other services in this regard. IVACY boasts an excellent privacy policy that clearly states everything that it records and that it does not.

The privacy policy clearly states that “We strictly do not log or monitor, online browsing activities, original IP Addresses, browsing history, outgoing traffic, connection times, data you have accessed or DNS queries generated by your end”.

There is some information that IVACY like other VPN services needs for providing service to the users. These are:

  • Name of the user.
  • Email Id of the user.
  • Payment method (preferred).

By any means, you won’t be able to stay anonymous, even if you want to. That’s because of the payment methods offered by IVACY. However, you choose from credit card, PayPal, BitPay, Alipay, payment by Cryptocurrency, and so on.

There is no way to verify this information. Other VPN Service providers are constantly putting themselves to privacy and security audits; TunnelBear had three audits of its website, infrastructure, applications, etc. IVACY hasn’t gone through any audits yet.

IVACY has a kill switch 

A kill switch automatically stops your internet connection if your VPN connection is momentarily lost. Without a kill switch or network lock feature your privacy would be compromised.

In absence of a kill switch, a server resetting could cause your IP address leaked. A kill switch thus protects your privacy.

IVACY client has a kill switch to make sure that you remain safe if your VPN connection is lost momentarily. IVACY VPN offers a kill switch for Android and Windows Systems only. So if you own Apple devices, I can’t recommend it.

 IVACY VPN Subscription Plans 

Previously it was a bit pricey. IVACY VPN has revamped its prices, and the services are affordable now.

You can choose from 1 month, 6 months, one year, and a two-year plan. Like other models, the monthly price lowers as the commitment term increases.

Monthly subscription will cost you 9.95 dollars. 6 months subscription costs around 30 dollars –it falls to 5 dollars per month.

Unusual extras include dedicated IP addresses in places like Australia, Canada, UK, the US for an amount of 1.99 dollars per month, and support for port forwarding at 1 dollar a month.

 IVACY offers you 30 days money-back guarantee, in case you change your decision.

It is to be noted that for a 1-month subscription the guarantee period is limited to 7 days. Moreover, you won’t get refunds if you pay with Cryptocurrency (via CoinPayments).

Refunds take a minimum of 2 days but if payment is made using a credit card, it can take 40 hours or more.

Ivacy VPN offers 3 days trial for just 2.50 dollars. It includes all the features of the regular service, but you need to make an extensive search to find it.

Keep in mind that these trials are not properly listed on the website, so you may need to call the customer service to set one up. Though IVACY offers exceptional service at reasonable prices, you can save a few bucks with the special coupons.

BENEFITS of IVACY VPN

As you subscribe to IVACY VPN services, you can choose between an unlimited or indefinite number of servers and connect up to 5 devices at a time.

This is impressive since most of the providers allow up to 2 or 3 simultaneous connections. The data transfer rate is exceptional; there is no speed throttling too.

Moreover, IVACY enables torrenting on dedicated peer-to-peer servers. It includes servers for Kodi and offers unlimited bandwidth. You can stream or torrent as much as you want.

IVACY Customer Support 

IVACY has 24/7 customer support on various mediums. The live chat gets activated within seconds. You can get solutions via email, Facebook messenger, and a contact number. The team at IVACY VPN provides a detailed solution in a professional manner.

The customer support is always available if you have any queries, or run into problems. The email support is slow but acceptable. You can expect replies within a maximum of three hours. It is thus better than the expensive competitors.

Customer Support Ratings

If you buy IVACY VPN from Amazon, you will that they have been rated with 3.2 stars from a total of 81 reviews. It was a mixed review though, with around 40% of customers giving five stars.

Overall, users have mixed experiences. I would say that my own experience with customer support was positive. I got my queries answered in minutes.

FAQs on IVACY 

How to Download and install IVACY Android App? 

Ivacy VPN employs standard encryption protocols like IPSec, IKev2, TCP, VD, and L2TP.

Before you start, you need to consider the following:

  • You have an active internet connection.
  • You have a Premium IVACY VPN Subscription. If you have not subscribed to it, you can subscribe to IVACY VPN now.

You need to follow the following steps to install and download the IVACY android app on Windows Operating System.

  1. First download IVACY VPN from the official website.
  2. Next, open the file that you have downloaded.
  3. A “Terms on Agreement” message pop-up in your window. Click on the “I Agree” box.
  4. Then you need to select the Install option.
  5. The installation process starts in a matter of seconds.
  6. You can see the IVACY icon on the desktop once the installation process finishes. Then press the Finish Option.
  7. Click on the Launch Ivacy option to launch the application on your system.

How to connect to IVACY VPN Servers?

There are a total of 275 servers located in 100 countries and over 12000 IP Addresses are available. Unlike NordVPN or TorGuard, the server is not expansive, but it is well distributed.

Ivacy has strategically positioned servers. Though most of the reputable VPN companies ignore the continent of Africa, IVACY has six locations.

 It also serves continents with suppressive internet censorship like Russia, Turkey, and China.

Follow these steps to connect to an IVACY VPN Server: 

  1. (First) check the country or city box depending upon how you want to filter your server search.
  2. Press the button in the middle of the screen.
  3. Then select the VPN server you want to connect to.

What are VPN Protocols? What are the protocols used in IVACY VPN

VPN performance depends largely on the protocols being used. These often act as a tunnel through which the traffic is passed. IVACY VPN employs protocols, each with its own features and strengths.

Of the hundred VPN services available online, some of them offer better protection while others offer a more number of IP Addresses to choose from. But none of them can offer a better combination of encryption and security systems as IVACY VPN does.

On Windows System, you can choose from OpenVPN (TCP), OpenVPN (UDP), L2TP/ IPSec, and IKEV2 protocols.

On iOS System you can choose between IKEV2 and IPSec protocols.

On Mac the only protocol that is available in IKEV1, which is not secured and updated one.

How can you change protocols in IVACY VPN? 

Follow these steps to change protocols:-

  • First, click on Settings in the left pane.
  • From the options below the Connection Tab, choose your desired protocol.

What has split tunneling?

This allows you to send a portion of traffic through a VPN tunnel, at the same time you can send the traffic elsewhere. As you enable split tunneling, you can connect with resources both on your LAN as well as your VPN.

Enabling split tunneling will allow you to connect to company servers like Email and database via VPN and the traffic will be directed through the ISP.

How to use Split Tunneling in IVACY VPN?

IVACY VPN allows the user to choose which part of the data traffic goes through the VPN and which part of the traffic is directed through the secured channel of the VPN.

Follow these steps to enable Split tunneling feature with IVACY Android App:-

  • Tap on the hamburger option in the left portion of the screen.
  • Click on the second option from the list i.e. select the Split Tunneling Option.
  • Switch on the Split Tunneling Option. You will get a list of apps on your phone (Android).
  • You can choose and add the apps you want to use the VPN with. Check the boxes given with each of the apps.

How to activate Internet Kill Switch on IVACY VPN Android App

A VPN kill switch is a special feature that automatically disconnects your device (laptop, tablet or desktop) from the internet till the VPN connection is restored.

In general there two types of kill switches:-

  • Active kill switch that’s designed to inform as you get disconnected from the VPN service.
  • The passive kill switch prevents the device from sending traffic, the moment is stopped receiving signal from the server

Follow these steps to enable kill switch option on IVACY Android Application (5.6.0):

  • Tap on the Hamburger button in the left portion of the screen.
  • Click on the second option from the list i.e. Internet Kill Switch Option.
  • Internet Kill Switch is now activated.

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