Full Review of IBVPN (with Speed Test)









Privacy/Logging policy





  • Very affordable/low price
  • 256-bit Encryption
  • Kill-switch (security)
  • SmartDns Included (top 2 plans)
  • Torrents allowed
  • Mobile App
  • Free Trial!


  • Tech support is limited
  • Temporary connection logs (low-risk)

ibVPN (short for ‘Invisible Browsing VPN’) is a Romania-based VPN provider. They set themselves apart by including features that most other VPNs charge extra for (SmartDNS, proxy service).

Above all, ibVPN is known for their extremely low prices. With plans starting as low as $3.08, they’re one of the world’s cheapest VPN services. Despite the low price, they offer solid security, features, and server selection making them a good choice for the value-conscious.

Website: www.ibvpn.com
Invisible Browsing VPN (Based in Romania)
Server Locations:
100+ servers in 39+ countries
OpenVPN (best), PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SmartDNS
ibVPN App for:
Windows, Mac, Android
Best Uses:
Media Streaming, Security, Torrents

Regular Price: $4.95-$12.95/month
Current Best Price: $3.08/month (claim this offer)

Coming soon…

Review Sections

  1. Summary
  2. Pricing/Plans
  3. ibVPN Software and Features
  4. Security and Encryption
  5. Privacy/Logging Policy
  6. Best (and worst) uses
  7. Conclusion

ibVPN Review Summary

ibVPN is VPN provider based in Romania (which may make them less vulnerable to exploitation by the NSA). Since Romania is part of the European Union, ibVPN is subject to EU data retention laws (though it’s unclear whether these laws extend to VPN services or just Internet Providers).

ibVPN is a popular choice as an all-around VPN provider, because of their rock-bottom pricing, torrent friendliness, and free SmartDNS bonus (with select plans).


Here’s what we like about ibVPN:


ibVPN is cheap. Dirt cheap. With 1-yr plans starting at $3.08 it’s hard to find a better deal.

Software + Security

ibVPN has their own custom VPN software, which works on Windows, Mac, and Android devices. It includes enhanced functionality like a VPN Kill-Switch, SmartDNS, and VPN  protocol selection. Users can choose up to 256-bit encryption which is the industry standard for high security communication.


Here are some things about ibVPN worth considering. They likely won’t affect or matter to all users.

Too many plans/packages

ibVPN has more than 5 different plans with different servers/features which can make it a bit confusing to choose the right one. Fortunately we clear this up in the pricing/plans section near the end of this review.

Logging Policy

ibVPN keeps temporary connection logs for 14 days. These are non-invasive records that are used mainly for troubleshooting purposes and to prevent abuse (they don’t monitor/log your online activity). But it’s worth being aware if you’d prefer a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs.


ibVPN has over 5 different plans so choosing can be a bit confusing. Basically their plans break down into a few categories:

  • Regional plans (best price, all servers in one region/continent)
  • Total plan (All countries included, + ibDNS)
  • Ultimate plan (Total Plan + exclusive servers + proxy)

You can find their pricing page here (screenshot below)

ibvpn pricing and plans
ibvpn pricing (premium plans)

we’ll look at their top tier packages first (Ultimate, Total, ibDNS, and Torrent)

Ultimate VPN Plan

This is their top of the line plan. It includes all feature and servers in 39 countries including private servers that are reserved only for Ultimate subscribers (so they should be faster). You also get ibDNS (smartDNS) included free ($4.95/m value).

Total VPN Plan

You still get full access to all 39 countries with ibVPN servers, the only difference between this and the ultimate plan is no SmartDNS, no exclusive servers. Still, I think the Total Plan is the best value because you get 95% of the features while saving $3/month.


This is ibVPN’s standalone smartDNS service. SmartDNS allows you to unblock geo-restricted video/audio streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and spotify. It allows you to stream at full bandwidth (speed) but you don’t get encryption. ibDNS is included free with the Ultimate and Total plans.

Torrent VPN Plan

Specifically designed for bittorrent users, the Torrent Plan gives you access to all of ibVPN’s p2p enabled servers in 10 countries. If you only want a VPN for downloading torrents and you don’t need access to USA vpn servers, the torrent package is the best value (as low as $3.08/month)

Regional Plans

ibVPN also offers regional VPN plans that give you access to server in a specific continent/area. They are:

  • US + UK VPN (14 us servers, 4 in canada)
  • UK + Ireland VPN (7 UK servers, 2 in Ireland)
  • EU VPN (28 servers in 19 European countries)

Each of these plans is priced at $4.95/month ($3.08/m with a 1 year subscription).

These are the cheapest plans ibVPN offers so if you’re on a really tight budget they’re worth considering, but unless you know you’ll never need access to a server outside your plans’ area, we recommend spending a couple extra $ and going with the Total plan (best value by far).

ibVPN’s Software and Features

ibVPN has created their own custom VPN desktop application with both a Windows and Mac version. They also have a mobile app for both Android/iPhone (or iPad).

Desktop software interface

ibVPN’s desktop software is intuitive and easy to use. We tested their Ultimate package for free thanks to ibVPN’s 6 hour unlimited free trial.

ibvpn desktop software (PC)
ibVPN desktop software (Windows)

The ‘General’ screen gives you easy access to the most used features. After you login you can:

  • Choose your VPN protocol (L2TP, PPTP, SSTP, OpenVPN)
  • Choose UDP/TCP (faster vs more reliable)
  • Choose your server location (over 50 available)
  • Connect/disconnect
  • Check your IP address to verify connection

Settings Menu

The settings menu gives more control over some simple software options such as:

  • Confirm software exit/close
  • Confirm server change
  • Auto login/Autoconnect on startup

Kill-Switch /Advanced Settings

In the advanced settings tab you can choose whether to auto-reconnect to ibVPN if your connection drops.

You also can optionally enable the Kill-Switch feature. IBVPN uses an app-level kill switch which lets you choose specific programs which will be instantly closed by ibVPN if your connection drops.

ibVPN has an app level kill-switch for extra security
Kill-switch settings

Using a kill-switch is completely optional but it’s a nice security feature we like to see in custom VPN software. Typical programs you might want to add to your kill-switch list include:

  • Web browser
  • Torrent software
  • Any software you never want routed unencrypted


ibVPN also sells SmartDNS service which allows users to unblock geo-restricted services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and HBOGo. It works slightly differently than VPN and allows you to stream media at full speed directly to your computer without a 3rd party server or VPN encryption slowing you down.

ibDNS is included for free if you buy the Ultimate VPN plan. Otherwise it costs $4.95/month.

You can easily turn ibDNS on/off using the desktop software. You can also use it with your mobile device but it requires a bit of manual configuration. They have step-by-step guides in their user tutorials however.

Most VPN subscribers don’t need SmartDNS, but if you don’t have much speed to spare already and need 100% of your available bandwidth to stream movies in HD, ibDNS should make a big difference.

Security and Encryption

ibVPN is an above-average vpn service as far as security features and encryption strength.

Security Features:


ibVPN’s desktop software (windows and mac) includes an app kill-switch that will instantly close whichever apps/programs you specify if the VPN connection status changes.

DNS Leak Protection

As of 2015 ibVPN now uses their own private DNS resolvers for all DNS lookups which means you don’t have to worry about your ISP intercepting DNS requests and possibly still monitoring your web-browsing history.

We found no leaks when we tested ibVPN for DNS leaks using DNSleaktest.com

Encryption Strength/Algorithms

ibVPN utilizes 256-bit AES encryption for all OpenVPN connections (which is the industry standard). This algo/strength combo is considered very strong and is considered by security experts to be unbreakable by brute-force (key guessing) attacks.

L2TP connections also use 256-bit encryption.

PPTP connections is limited to 128-bit, but PPTP has been considered vulnerable for years and should never be used for security-critical transmissions. Instead it’s a good choice for low-security uses (such as HD video streaming) where speed is important but security is not.

Analysis (good security)

I like that ibVPN uses the AES algorithm vs a a less secure (but faster) option like Blowfish. The addition of a kill-switch is also a nice feature and we consider dns leak protection a must these days (though far too many VPNs ignore this vulnerability). Fortuantely ibVPN has plugged that security leak.

ibVPN’s Logging Policy/ Privacy

Like most VPN providers, ibVPN does keep temporary ‘connection logs‘ to prevent abuse on their network and troubleshoot problems. They do not keep any activity logs or record your web history.

Log retention period: 7 days (good)

In ibVPN’s privacy policy, they state that they only keep temporary troubleshooting logs for a maximum of 7 days.

The logs consist of:

  • Time, Date, Location of VPN connection
  • Duration of connection
  • Bandwidth used

the excerpt direct from their privacy policy can be viewed here:

ibVPN's logging policy (as per privacy policy)
ibVPN’s logging policy


What’s interesting is they don’t even list IP address as being a data point that they record for the temporary logs. Without an IP address/account number, the data would not be able to identify an individual user, though it’s likely that all logged data is associated with your individual account id in the log file.

I consider 7 days to be a very reasonable length of time to keep these minimal logs of your connection history. Some other VPNs keep similar logs for 6 months or more (like Hidemyass VPN). 7 days make sense from a troubleshooting/abuse standpoint and isn’t long enough to meaningfully reduce subscribers’ privacy.

IBVPN also uses shared ip addressess (where multiple users are assigned the same ip address simultaneously) which makes it even harder to identify individual users by their VPN activity.

What ibVPN DOESN’T log.

ibVPN doesn’t record your actual vpn usage or web history.

They do not store any record of:

  • websites you visit
  • files you download
  • protocols/programs you use

This is far more privacy than most ISP’s will give you, and many internet providers worldwide actually record some (or all) of that information about you. By using a VPN, you can prevent virtually all logging/monitoring of your online activity.

Best Uses (and worst)

Not all VPNs are perfectly suited for every possible use. We list the most common VPN uses and rate ibVPN for each…

General Security (Great)

If you’re just trying to encrypt your internet traffic, guard against financial/identity theft, protect yourself on public wifi, etc, then ibVPN should be a good fit. They let you choose up to beefy 256-bit AES encryption and opensource(security verified and audited) OpenVPN connections.

Media Streaming/Unblocking (Great)

If you are primarily looking to stream HD movies/shows, prevent youtube throttling, or access VOD services like Netflix/Spotify/Hulu…

ibVPN should serve you well, though we recommend going with the Total Plan or higher since it includes SmartDNS service at no additional charge (lets you get maximum bandwidth when streaming from popular websites).

ibVPNs speeds are sufficient for streaming 1080 HD video to nearly all locations (except possibly Australia). If you need more speed, or want to stream in up to 4k resolution, we recommend IPVanish.

Torrents/Filesharing (Above Average)

ibVPN explicitly allows torrents, but they restrict p2p/filesharing to specific servers. In order to access filesharing servers you must purchase one of 3 plans:

  • Ultimate Plan
  • Total Plan
  • Torrent Plan

ibVPN’s desktop software does include a kill-switch which is a a recommended feature for bittorrent users. The only concern is their logging policy, which states that ibvpn retains temporary connection logs for 7 days.

7 days is a pretty short retention period and should be relatively safe, though we do recommend frequent downloaders choose a true ‘non logging’ VPN provider. If your VPN has keeps no logs, your torrent download history is virtually untraceable by 3rd parties.


ibVPN is a low-cost VPN provider based in Romania. They offer decent service and have a user-friendly privacy/logging policy. They have 7 different plans available so if you know exactly what features/server locations you need, you can save quite a bit of money with ibVPN.

They performed solidly in nearly every category, but when you compare them with Private Internet Access (their closest priced competitor) I think that PIA edged them in virtually every category. There are only 3 main reasons to choose ibVPN over PIA:

  1. If you need more server locations (PIA only has 20 countries)
  2. If you want a VPN that includes SmartDNS also
  3. If you don’t want a USA based VPN (ibVPN is Romanian)
What I like about ibVPN
  • Logging Policy – only 7 day connection logs (and no ip logging)
  • Security – 256 bit AES OpenVPN encryption and 2048-bit keys means ibVPN takes security seriously
  • Torrent Friendly – ibVPN allows torrents on specific servers. The kill-switch is a nice bonus
  • Free Trial – ibVPN is one of the only VPNs with a truly free trial (no payment required). Click here to get your free 6-hour trial.
  • Refund Policy – You can try ibvpn risk-free for 15 days thanks to their 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • SmartDNS/ibDNS – Bonus for HD streaming/unblocking included free with ‘Total’ or ‘Ultimate’ plans.
Possible Concerns
  • Confusing Plans/pricing – It probably won’t bother most users, but ibVPN has 7 different plans with different server restrictions, which might be confusing and makes it more difficult to choose a plan quickly.

Other than that there are no major negatives. ibVPN is a solid all-around VPN that doesn’t have any major weaknesses but also doesn’t necessarily stand out from the crowed other than their super-low pricing.

Verdict: Solid budget (low-cost) VPN option

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10 thoughts on “Full Review of IBVPN (with Speed Test)”

  1. ibVPN is the best VPN service I have used lately.
    I subscribed with them 4 months ago and I must say that I’m very impressed by the quality of the service they are providing. The apps are awesome, the speed is great and the support team is brilliant. Hope you won’t let me down, guys!

    • Indeed, most of our applications have been updated. We have worked hard to improve them and include useful features. We are glad that you like them :)

  2. ibvpn has some unique features that I like. for example, the ibdns channel is impressive. it is the service that most of my friends use.

  3. Very best VPN for me so far, i had trouble once with payment and they were kind enough to give me free trial package until matter was solved, Great guys there.

    They constantly update their apps this in the image is old for my windows

  4. Even though it sometimes I find it difficult to connect from Saudi Arabia, customer supports manages to get me connected within minutes. So thumbs up for their effort.

  5. I’m getting my series fix using the ibDNS. At first i didn’t know how to use it as being a complete noob when it comes to this kind of stuff, but i had a short chat with the support representative and he/she explained me what i needed to know so i was watching my favorites in no time :)

  6. ibVPN have come a long way since this review was posted “Last updated on November 25, 2015 By VPN University “. Thay have improved the AIO for Windows, got a light version of the MAC client on AppStore, a new and very good app for iOS, they recently released a new version for Android. Dies guys are working hard to keep up with the user’s demands. I highly recommend them.


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