IPVanish

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IPVanish VPN
IPVanish VPN logo.png
Original author(s)Highwinds Network Group, Mudhook Media, Inc., StackPath
Initial release2012
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Fire TV, Linux
Available inEnglish
LicenseSubscription business model, Commercial
Alexa rank10,340[1]
Websitewww.ipvanish.com

IPVanish VPN (also known as IPVanish) is a commercial VPN service based in the United States.[2]

While providing end-to-end network encryption, IPVanish allows its users to appear in one of more than 60 different countries. When connected to the service, a user’s true IP address is masked by a decoy IP address which is supplied by IPVanish and shared among their users.[3] IPVanish has desktop clients for Microsoft Windows and macOS as well as apps for Android, iOS, and Fire TV. Alternatively, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Linux, and DD-WRT routers can be configured to use IPVanish. Each subscriber is allowed to use the service on up to 10 devices at the same time.[4]

History[edit]

IPVanish was founded in 2012 by Mudhook Media Inc., an independent subsidiary of Highwinds Network Group in Orlando, Florida.[5][6] The VPN service started with 32 servers and a client for Windows operating systems.[7] In later years, software support was expanded to include macOS, iOS, Android, and Fire TV. The VPN owns and controls a private fiber-optic network of tier-1 servers.[6] IPVanish owns roughly 90% of its points of presence (POPs), where the company controls the data center and hardware, or "the rack and stack." It should be noted, that its infrastructure is leased from third-party operators in regions "where it doesn’t make sense to have our own gear," such as Albania.[6] In 2017 Highwinds Network Group was acquired by CDN company StackPath which included IPVanish as part of the acquisition.

Logging controversy[edit]

According to a June 2018 article by TorrentFreak, court documents have shown that IPVanish handed over personal information about a customer to the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) in 2016.[8] The customer was suspected of sharing child pornography on an IRC network.[8] The information, which allowed HSI to identify the customer, consisted of the customer's name, his email address, details of his VPN subscription, his real IP address (Comcast) "as well as dates and times [he] connected to, and disconnected from, the IRC network.”[8] The logging of the customer's IP address and connection timestamps to the IRC service contradicts IPVanish's privacy policy, which states that "[IPVanish] will never log any traffic or usage of our VPN."[8][9] In 2017, IPVanish and its parent company was acquired by StackPath, and its founder and CEO, Lance Crosby, claims that "at the time of the acquisition, [...] no logs existed, no logging systems existed and no previous/current/future intent to save logs existed."[8] The story attracted attention on Reddit, when the court documents were posted on the /r/privacy subreddit.[10]

Technical details[edit]

Features[edit]

IPVanish VPN offers several features, including[11]:

Encryption[edit]

For encryption, IPVanish uses the OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec technologies in its applications, while the L2TP and PPTP connection protocols can also be configured.[12] IPVanish supports the AES (128-bit or 256-bit) specifications, with SHA-256 for authentication and an RSA-2048 handshake.[13]

Servers[edit]

IPVanish owns and operates more than 1000 remote servers in over 80 cities.[14] Although the largest concentration of VPN servers is located in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, IPVanish also maintains a presence in Turkey and Hong Kong.[15] The company suspended operations in Russia as of July 2016, due to conflicts with the company's zero-log policy and local law.[16][17] As part of that zero-log policy, IPVanish maintains its headquarters in the United States, which does not have mandatory data retention laws.[18]

As of October 2018, IPVanish servers were located in over 54 countries,[19] including:

Privacy policy[edit]

As per its Privacy Policy, IPVanish says that it “does not collect or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network service”.[20] To create an account, users are required to provide a name, e-mail address, and payment method.

Uses[edit]

IPVanish funnels the internet traffic of it users through remote servers run by the service, hiding the user's IP address and encrypting all the data transmitted through the connection.

Like other VPN services, IPVanish also has the ability to bypass internet censorship in most countries.[21] By selecting a VPN server in a region outside of their physical position, an IPVanish user can easily access online content which was not available in their location otherwise. IPVanish can be used to play games that are regionally-restricted due to licensing agreements. In their 2017 review of the service, IGN named IPVanish as “one of the best gaming VPNs.” During a speed test of the VPN with League of Legends, the reviewer noted a ping drop of just one millisecond.[22]

Recognition[edit]

IPVanish VPN has generally received positive reviews by online publications and industry associations, but is often recognized for being more expensive than the competition.[23] In 2016, IPVanish was awarded the Silver Award for Startup of the Year from the Info Security PG's Global Excellence Awards and Lifehacker AU rated the service as its #1 VPN.[24][25] PC Magazine rated IPVanish “excellent” in an April 2017 review, praising its nonrestrictive BitTorrent practices while noting it as one of the more expensive VPNs.[16]

In a 2018 review highlighting IPVanish ‘zero logs’ policies and nonprofit support, CNET ranks IPVanish as one of the best VPN services of the year.[26] The reviewer also noted that its integrated plugin for Kodi, the open-source media streaming app, is unique to the VPN industry. TechRadar rated the service 4 out of 5 stars in their March 2018 review, commending it for its powerful features while criticizing its “lethargic support response”.[27] An annually-updated TorrentFreak article reviewing the logging policies of VPN services lists IPVanish as an anonymous provider.[5][28][29] In 2017, VPN comparison website, VPNCompare awarded IPVanish its 'Editor's Choice' badge for continual positive service dating back as far as 2013. [30]

Related media[edit]

In September 2015, the ex-husband of Phillip Morris USA tobacco heiress, Anne Resnick, was accused of hacking his estranged wife’s phone to spy on her during the divorce proceedings.[31] During the deposition, the husband plead the Fifth Amendment 58 times when questioned about bank records indicating subscriptions to mSpy as well as IPVanish.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "IPVanish review: A U.S.-based VPN that could stand to go a little faster". PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  3. ^ Henry, Alan. "Five Best VPN Service Providers". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
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