The most alarming aspect of this VPN was the DNS interception. There were, however, no DNS leaks, and the fact that a VPN was being used was never exposed via the various DNS leak tests done on several websites. The interception may not result in any actual hijacking/poisoning, but it is totally unnecessary for it to occur at all.
Regarding speed, the average drop was around 60% which can be significant depending on the user’s base speed. There was no instance of an increase in download and upload rates (though this is very rare) for any of the tested servers. With an impressive infrastructure in the US, a better rate was expected than what was available for the North American servers but the download and upload speeds dropped by 75% and 81% respectively. The local server (Pretoria, South Africa) showed a drop of around 14Mbps for both metrics and had a latency of less than 10ms. This is a great indication of there being a physical server locally (which sometimes hasn’t been the case for other VPN services). With most of the latencies being over 0.5 seconds long, gaming is not a feasible option for any user living in the same country as the tester.
The speed was tested with the several protocols available. Only the OpenVPN protocol provided decent speed. It seems as if there is an illusion of choice with the available protocols as IKEv2 only works on some servers and the others are slow or outdated.
The servers performed better on some of the local and long-distance checks. Some of them had the odd increase in upload speed while others maintained a healthy rate between local and international points. Depending on the location, some users may experience decent or even impressive rates.
There are no designated servers for P2P activity/streaming etc. As a result, a user can just select any server for their desired activities but may have to cycle through them to find an optimized one which can be bothersome.
IPVanish does not have impressive unblocking abilities regarding some streaming platforms but it does work in unblocking geo-restrictions for Netflix. However, once again the user may need to cycle through the servers to find the right one to unblock the international Netflix they desire. It will also automatically update the location when on YouTube and suggest local videos.
The performance was impressive when streaming 4k or 8k videos on Youtube. There was no buffering and skipping ahead in the video had minimal load time (on average 1 second). The streaming quality was equally impressive on US Netflix.
IPvanish can allow 10 simultaneous connections and can work on Amazon Fire Stick and Kodi. This is for streaming without any geo-restrictions straight to the user’s TV, however, it does not perform well in the task of unblocking.
The performance of IPVanish can be satisfactory for a user with specific desires. It is sufficient for someone who wants to stream on very specific platforms or perhaps torrent with anonymity. The speed will also differ with location and the user should know/test how the servers fare in the country they live in before committing.