ibVPN is a VPN provider owned by a Romanian company – Amplusnet. This provider offers a variety of features for a small price. ibVPN does not limit their service with VPN but we will be focusing on their VPN features and quality.
ibVPN offers a great variety of plans to choose from. There most popular plan is called Total VPN and costs $69.95 for a year. Another VPN package named Ultimate VPN costs $82.95 for an annual subscription. The latter plan differs from the Total VPN package only by offering 17 servers more though the country count is the same and allowing a second simultaneous connection. There are also two additional plans the first one is dedicated for P2P traffic and a DNS package that is dedicated for streaming and bypassing geo-restrictions. The last plan is not a VPN and does not encrypt your data traffic. In our opinion making Ultimate VPN have more servers does not provide any significant advantages over the most popular plan. However, we consider their main plan to be highly lacking since only one connection is allowed per account which in our opinion is too little. Therefore, an additional plans that offers more simultaneous connections is very important although the price increases dramatically: from $69.95 (1 connection) to $169.95 (3 connections). There is also a free trial for anyone who wants to test the VPN before fully committing into buying it. Nevertheless, it lasts only 6 hours and it would be really hard to receive a reliable impression of the overall quality of their service.
Depending on the package you pick you may choose from a total of 80 servers in 34 countries (Ultimate VPN). It should be enough to bypass most of the restrictions you may face online and provide the required security to stay anonymous. If you are not interested in the variety of servers but rather the ability to use torrents and decide to choose a package dedicated for that, you will be able to choose from 9 servers in 6 countries.
ibVPN uses PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP protocols to provide a VPN service that can be used on any device that supports VPN. However, SSTP protocol is only available for Windows Vista and later version of the operating system. Furthermore, it works only with the servers in US, UK and Turkey. 256 bit encryption is used along with every protocol except PPTP that runs only 128 bit encryption. Also OpenVPN has 1024 bit authentication key.
You should find your preferred payment option without much of a hassle since ibVPN provide quite a few payment options to chose from, including PayPal, Credit Card, Perfect Money, Paymenwall, Bitcoin, etc. We highly value that they accept Bitcoin since it is the option that offers the biggest anonymity of them all which goes along the idea of the VPN.
Besides reading information on FAQ and ibVPN knowledge base you can contact support by opening a ticket, writing an e-mail or by contacting a live support that is available 24/7. We found out that the response is very quick and insightful. Moreover, there is a possibility to arrange a remote assistance with a support team member which can be a great help sometimes.
The ibVPN software is very simple and at the same time offers all the main features that a good VPN client requires to have. You can easily switch between servers, protocols, server load and basic user information. The software also has very important features like kill switch that protects your IP from getting exposed in case the VPN connection unexpectedly drops.
Considering all the trouble government goes to obtain information about us, no log policy is crucial for any VPN provider. However, ibVPN can not brag about it since they keep information with connection length, date, time and the VPN server you have connected to. Fortunately, the information is kept for 7 days only and normally should not be used against us. However, it still can be and we should be aware about it.
After testing the speeds during the free trial period we were pleasantly surprised that the speeds were very similar to our original bandwidth without VPN. However, regularly using the service after the free trial we have commonly had issues with the speed being terribly bad and we were only barely able to browse internet.
The first impressions that ibVPN leaves are really great. However, as you keep using their VPN you start experiencing issues with your VPN speeds and the lack of simultaneous connections allowed by their main package. That is why we consider NordVPN and other providers that offer more than one simultaneous connection with their main package and more reliable connection speeds to be better option when looking for a VPN provider.