A VPN service with a lot to like, ibVPN offers all the features you expect from a top provider - including double VPN and Smart DNS - for a price that's lower than most competitors'. Excellent privacy and a good selection of servers combined with great performance make it an easy recommendation.
- Strong encryption and security options
- Good server performance
- A feature-rich client with many advanced options
- Supports P2P (with dedicated servers)
- Works with Netflix and BBC iPlayer
- Free trial
- Complicated client app
- Confusing price plans
- Fairly small server network
The ibVPN Speed Test
Invisible Browsing VPN’s website makes a front and center claim that their service is “praised all over the world for its speed and support.” I’m not quite sure how much praise they actually get but, based on what I’ve seen, they got the speed part only partially right.
My tests have shown their servers can indeed more than hold their own on the download side of things (which, arguably, is the most important metric to most of us). But, uploads are a different story.
Download performance is impressively consistent across the board. With closest server speeds of 95.7 Mbps and all other tested location hovering well above 60 Mbps, the connections were more than fast enough to handle large downloads and high definition streaming.
Not nearly as impressive is uploading. Speeds are all over the place and, more often than not, slower than I would expect. Of the eight locations I have tested, half clocked in below 30 Mbps – not fantastic.
If you want to stick with Invisible Browsing VPN regardless and privacy is not a huge concern, you can connect to all their server locations via proxy. Using a proxy means your connection is not encrypted but, without that overhead, the link will be faster.
Finally, please note that I intentionally test with a quick 500 Mbps down and 150 Mbps up internet connection. Those are speeds no VPN provider can currently reach, and they let us see how well the servers perform without having to worry about hitting ISP imposed speed limits.
In other words, a large discrepancy between VPN and no VPN results is expected.
Invisible Browsing VPN is based out of Romania and has been around since 2010, though the core team has worked together for another seven years before that on a proxy only service. With this much experience behind them, ibVPN has a good understanding of what people look for in a VPN provider. It’s no wonder they currently have over 500,000 users worldwide, a number that just keeps on increasing.
Privacy and Security
When it comes to privacy, ibVPN is as good as it gets. They do not collect or log any connection or traffic information whatsoever. In their own words:
We cannot relate any specific activity with any specific user.
Only a valid email address is required to sign up for ibVPN’s service. No name or any other personal information is needed. BitCoin and several other cryptocurrencies are available as payment options.
On the encryption front, the Invisible Browsing VPN client offers six protocol/encryption pairings. As far as I can tell, you cannot mix and match, meaning you are unable to increase your encryption level with your preferred protocol as you please.
Out of the six pairings, one has 128-bit encryption (which is pretty light, and the client does state that), 4 have 256-bit encryption (a good balance between download speed and security) and one has 2048-bit encryption. The latter uses SSTP as its protocol. If you’re looking for strong encryption with another protocol, that is not something ibVPN currently provides.
ibVPN offers all the features you would expect from a top tier VPN provider, as well as a few extras. A Smart DNS service is one of those. While it doesn’t do much for privacy, this service is ideal for streaming geo-blocked content. In my tests, both US Netflix and the BBC’s iPlayer were unlocked when using it.
Another feature that stands out, though I see more and more providers offering this, is a double VPN. ibVPN does not go out of its way to promote it, but it is there. There are six double VPN connection options using servers in the US, the Netherlands, and Singapore. What this means is that you can connect to the US through the Netherlands, to the Netherlands through the US, to Singapore through the Netherlands, etc.
I found the client software to be fully featured and easy to figure out and use, albeit sometimes unstable on Windows (but far from a deal breaker). The software is available for all the main platforms. There are even extensions/add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
Something the client does that I thought was especially nice, which few other services do, is show real-time load next to each server option. This feature takes all the guesswork out of which server to connect to.
As most VPN providers do, Invisible Browsing VPN limits the maximum number of simultaneous connections. They set that number at three if you get the Ultimate plan, and at one for lower tier accounts.
Given that the Ultimate plan is only $2 per month more than the other options, and offers additional features like proxies, browser extensions, and allows P2P, I think it’s worth the extra expense. Even then, it’s still cheaper than most competitors. If these connection numbers are not enough, you may have to resort to installing ibVPN on your router, which is supported.
Other than that, ibVPN’s service is unlimited. There are no limits on bandwidth, data transfer or server speed, or on the number of server switches.
Looking through the Terms of Service, two additional things jumped out at me that anyone using P2P should be aware of:
- You agree not to use a robot, such as ReGet, GetRight, Go!Zilla, or any similar programs, to download content continuously in an unattended or attended basis.
- You agree to use the Service for peer-to-peer file transfer or torrent downloads only on the servers located in Luxembourg, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Lithuania and Hong Kong.
ibVPN offers a variety of support options, including Live Chat, Email, and a ticket system. Live Chat is provided through their website and is said to be 24/7 for both technical and sales issues. I found that to be accurate. Anytime I tried, someone was there to answer my questions.
The support team is made up of ten people. All responses I have received have been complete, knowledgeable and definitely did not follow a pre-determined script. Invisible Browsing VPN’s website also includes fairly large Knowledge Base and FAQ sections, which address the more common issues. There also exists a community forum.
All subscriptions come with a 15-day full money back guarantee. I have sifted through all policies, and there do not appear to be any strings attached to the refunds, such as a maximum download amount or a maximum number of connections. This lack of restrictions means you can spend the first 15 days throwing everything you got at the service to make sure it fully meets your needs.
You can also test drive ibVPN for 24 hours completely free before making any payment whatsoever. A free trial is something very few providers do and well worth taking advantage of. If you’d like, you can access the signup page for it directly by clicking here.
You can also test drive ibVPN for 6 hours completely free before making any payment whatsoever.
Server Location Countries
Invisible Browsing VPN currently provides 173 servers at 97 locations in 47 countries. Those are very respectable numbers that should be more than sufficient for the majority of users. If you would like to dig deeper, this is the most up to date list of ibVPN’s servers.