Ivacy has been around since 2007 providing VPN services to people around the globe. While longevity could mean they have a great service, with more and more VPN providers popping up every year, does Ivacy have what it takes to be worth your money?
Low subscription costs are one of Ivacy's biggest draws.
While month-to-month subscriptions aren’t the cheapest on the market, it competes with other services.
Once you get up to their yearly and two-year plans, the costs drop significantly, making it one of the cheapest options available.
For additional monthly fees, you can unlock extra features such as a dedicated IP and port forwarding support.
There’s no free trial, but they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you have any problems with the service.
You can access Ivacy on Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, and KODI. If you are on a computer where you cannot download apps, browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox have you covered.
You can also manually configure the VPN on routers and smart TVs.
Ease of Use
Despite being an older VPN service, reviewers liked Ivacy's slick, clean user interface.
Once you log in, you’re welcomed by a large button to connect to the nearest server. If you want to connect to a different location, you can choose from over 100 locations.
Sadly, there’s no way to set favorites and you get no extra information about the servers -- such as ping time or traffic loads.
You can change popular configuration options on the sidebar without having to dive into a bunch of menus. For example, there’s Secure Download for P2P downloads and a streaming mode which allows you to choose which server to use by country or activity. Reviewers found this handy for streaming region-locked content from platforms like Netflix or Hulu.
You can connect up to five devices -- a similar offering to other big VPNs on the market.
Ivacy doesn’t offer much in the way of customization, but they offer some useful features, such as:
- Internet killswitch
- P2P support
- Military-grade encryption
- Split-tunneling - allows you to choose which apps get sent through the unencrypted tunnel and which do not.
- Multi-Port - find the best port for your system
- Different VPN protocols including OpenVPN UDP, TCP, L2TP, IKEV
Privacy and Logging
If you want even more anonymity, you can also pay via Bitcoin or other types of cryptocurrencies.
Also, thanks to the internet killswitch, reviewers found no signs of DNS or IP leaks.
Reviewers had mixed results with Ivacy’s overall performance. Some had issues with connecting to servers while others experienced inconsistent speeds even on servers near their location.
When working properly, the overall speeds were average in the US and Europe. Unfortunately, speeds were pretty much unusable on the Asia servers.
If you need help, Ivacy offers 24/7 live chat support. Reviewers found agents available within a few minutes in most cases.
But live chat isn’t your only option. You can also reach out through social media if you have any issues.
Finally, you can also contact the company via email or search through their help and support section for common issues.
Despite being around since 2007, Ivacy remains a relative unknown in the VPN market. While they offer excellent prices, zero-logging policy, and decent features, their performance is their biggest flaw.
For people who are using VPNs for streaming and gaming, slow performance can be the biggest factor in whether people use a service.
TechRadar states, “Ivacy offers a pile of advanced features for a seriously low price, but we also noticed significant issues with connection reliability, speed and the Windows client…”
PC Mag adds, “Ivacy can (probably) get the job done for you, but in the bountiful field of VPNs there are simply better options.”