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Summarize this content to 100 words IPVanish is a US-based VPN offering impressive speeds and no shortage of North American servers. However, its apps don’t exactly have a reputation for being visually appealing. We’re going to take a deep dive into everything IPVanish, from testing its server speeds to fine-combing its zero-logs policy. The aim? To find out what’s new, where there’s room for improvement, and if it’s still one of the best VPN services for 2024.IPVanish – Server network and coverageIPVanish offers roughly 2,200 servers across 50 countries. These are perfectly respectable numbers and likely to be more than enough for most people’s needs. While there are VPNs with far larger server networks, bigger isn’t always better. More servers can mean less load but doesn’t guarantee higher quality, be it in terms of hardware or bandwidth. The cost of maintaining a larger server network can also be reflected in higher subscription prices.Still, you might find that IPVanish doesn’t provide servers in a specific country which may be a deal-breaker if you’re trying to unblock a particular website or service. What’s noticeable is that more than 1,400 servers (65 percent of IPVanish’s network) are located in North America, covering 23 cities. This is great if you live in the US or Canada and want to find a very fast server nearby, or if you’re traveling abroad and want to access your usual websites and services from home.One small point is that there can be some discrepancies between the server locations listed on a VPN’s website and those available in its apps. This tends to be due to the pace at which VPNs add and remove servers. IPVanish states it has a server in Flagstaff, USA but this was no longer available at the time of review (sorry Flagstaff readers!). It works both ways though because it now offers a Pakistan server that’s not listed on the website. IPVanish – Speed and PerformanceIPVanish excels in the speed arena, particularly due to the very fast WireGuard protocol that it implemented in 2021. Like any quality VPN service, IPVanish offers unlimited bandwidth. This is one of the many reasons why we recommend you use a paid VPN over free VPNs, which almost always throttle user bandwidth, making streaming and gaming a serious challenge, if not impossible.Many VPN providers claim to be the fastest on the market, so these claims should always be taken with a generous pinch of salt. Indeed, I ran tests to get an idea of the speeds IPVanish offers. I connected to servers in three different locations: Valencia, Spain (400 miles from my location); New York, USA (3,700 miles); and Tokyo, Japan (6,200 miles).These three server locations were each tested nine times (three mornings, three afternoons, and three evenings) to generate an average connection speed for each location, as well as a global average. Tests were carried out on MacOS over a wifi connection using the WireGuard protocol.Unsurprisingly, my connection was twice as fast (277 Mbps) when not connected to the VPN. For the uninitiated, a VPN routes your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to the VPN server before forwarding it to its destination. The extra steps in the data routing process results in slower speeds unless you’re already suffering ISP throttling.However, we don’t use VPNs with the expectation of a faster connection. Instead, they’re primarily to browse anonymously or bypass content restrictions. Keep in mind that the speeds you experience may differ. Influencing factors include your base internet connection, the distance between the server and your actual location, the server load, and VPN protocol used.As you can see from the results, the further the VPN server from my physical location (and the further data had to travel), the slower the speeds. The good news is that even when connecting to servers further afield, IPVanish is usually more than fast enough for more bandwidth-intensive activities such as streaming and online gaming.As an example, Netflix recommends a minimum of 3 Mbps for 720p resolution streaming, 5 Mbps for 1080p HD, and 15 Mbps for 4K. You can therefore expect to be able to stream in high resolution without having to contend with much in the way of lag or buffering. This is particularly the case when you connect to a low load, low ping server close to your physical location.You can also use IPVanish for online gaming as there are usually plenty of low ping, low load servers. Of course, you’ll get better speeds when not connected to a VPN, but if you need to access a server in another country or hide your actual IP address to avoid DDoS attacks, a VPN is the way to go.IPVanish – Unblocking and Streaming CapabilitiesAlthough not the best unblocker of content I’ve come across, IPVanish has steadily improved in this respect. With it, I was able to securely access multiple Netflix libraries including the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany. While I also had success with Netflix Australia, it took several attempts to find a server that worked.It’s worth keeping in mind that using a VPN to bypass geographic restrictions is often a process of trial and error. It’s also a fluid situation with VPNs that fail to work with one platform one day able to work the next (and vice versa). Aside from Netflix, IPVanish successfully unblocked the BBC iPlayer and ITVX, although it has long struggled with Amazon Prime Video and Hulu and this remains the case as of my latest tests.IPVanish – Security FeaturesIPVanish stands out from most VPNs in that it owns and operates its server hardware (as opposed to renting it), reducing the risk of third-party interference. It uses 256-bit AES encryption to secure your data, which is the industry standard and considered to be virtually unbreakable. This makes IPVanish suitable for more security-sensitive activities, be it online banking or bypassing strict government censorship.IPVanish supports the following VPN protocols:WireGuardIKEv2IPSecOpenVPNWhen it comes to activities that require a faster connection speed such as streaming, WireGuard is your best bet. It’s known for its lightweight codebase (4,000 lines of code compared to the roughly 70,000 of OpenVPN), making it easier to audit and optimize.IPVanish also provides DNS leak protection, ensuring DNS requests are routed through the VPN. This prevents your ISP from seeing what you’re doing online based on DNS queries. I ran tests on IPVanish servers in multiple locations and didn’t observe any DNS or IP leaks.Another security feature offered by IPVanish is a kill switch which can be found on its desktop and mobile apps. This cuts your internet traffic should the VPN connection drop unexpectedly, preventing data from being exposed. Needless to say, this is a very useful safeguard to have.IPVanish continues to add to its security offering, recently introducing a Threat Protection feature. Available for Windows, Android, iOS, and Fire TV (and currently in Beta for Mac), it claims to protect your device from ads, trackers, and malicious websites. IPVanish continues to add to its security offering, recently introducing a Threat Protection feature.Using an iOS device, I accessed an online adblock test on Safari with no ad blocker activated. Needless to say, my browser pretty much laid out the welcome mat as 136 of 140 ads made themselves at home. Next, I switched on IPVanish’s Threat Protection which blocked 42 of 140 ads. Better, but still far from ideal.Not to be discouraged, I used Brave browser which stopped 136 of 140 ads in their tracks. So while the new Threat Protection feature of IPVanish is a nice extra to have, there are better options for blocking ads.IPVanish – Privacy and Logging PoliciesIPVanish operates what it calls a zero-logs policy and doesn’t record any of the following:The websites you’re visiting / content you’re viewingYour IP addressConnection timestampsDNS inquiriesThis means that IPVanish can’t see what you’re doing online and therefore can’t be obliged to share identifying data with authorities upon request. IPVanish also operates its own DNS servers for improved protection.Despite the above, IPVanish does keep some aggregated data. This includes device data (device model, OS version), crash reports, session lengths, and protocols used. However, none of this data is tied to individual accounts. IPVanish doesn’t keep any connection logs (IP addresses used, timestamps for each action) unless you consent to this for troubleshooting.It should be noted that IPVanish is headquartered in the United States which is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance. While the US…

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