Invisible Browsing VPN (ibVPN) is a low-priced Romania VPN provider. They’re been in the game a long time, though they tend to fly a bit beneath the radar.
Torrent users are welcome on their network and IBVPN actually offers a dedicated ‘Torrent VPN’ package, which gives access to servers in torrent-safe locations.
IBVPN has tried to embrace the new ‘logless VPN’ movement (though somewhat unconvincingly). Even so, they may be worth a look as they’re about an average-quality for the low-priced VPN category.
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Pricing & Subscription Plans
IBVPN’s VPN plans are a bit unique, compared to the one-size-fits-all approach most VPNs use.
They offer 1 ‘Ultimate’ package that includes every server location and up to 5 simultaneous connections. The ultimate plan is priced at $4.83/month for 1-year subscriptions and $10.95 at month-to-month.
In addition to VPN service, the ‘Ultimate’ plan includes:
- SmartDNS (for unblocking streaming sites)
- SOCKS5 Proxy
- Bittorrent allowed
But they also offer cheaper one-off plans that might be a good fit for certain users depending on their use case. These are:
- The standard plan: It’s a VPN only plan without the proxy, torrents or SmartDNS. You also get only 1 connected device at a time.
- Torrent Plan: Torrents are allowed, and it includes the SOCKS5 proxy. You get access to limited server locations (mostly in torrent-friendly countries).
- SmartDNS Plan: This is a SmartDNS-only plan. It can’t be used for torrenting and doesn’t even have VPN access.
All the one-off plans are priced at:
- $4.95/month (month-to-month)
- $3.08/month (annual)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, FireTV | Protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, Stealth | Kill-switch: Yes | DNS Leak-protection: Built-in
IBVPN recently rebuilt their software from the ground up. In my opinion, it’s both well-designed and easy to use.
IBVPN Windows Software
You get easy access to key VPN options, like your choice of VPN protocol. You can also select ‘Favorite Server’ locations for faster access, or auto-connect to the fastest server in a location.
And of course IBVPN has a built-in kill switch to guard against accidental disconnections.
IBVPN apps for iOS & Android
Every IBVPN subscription includes their mobile apps (available for iOS and Android devices).
Though the feel of the mobile app is a bit different from the desktop software, you still retain most of the functionality.
For example, the mobile app includes:
- Access to all server locations (for your plan)
- Unlimited speeds and bandwidth
- IPv6 leak protection
- Kill-switch (Android)
However you do lose some features, like choice of VPN protocol (this is true of most mobile VPN apps).
Support for other devices
The IBVPN Android app works natively on tons of popular streaming devices, such as:
- Nvidia ShieldTV
- Android-based Kodi boxes
IBVPN can still be used to protect other devices that can’t natively run their app. You can do this by setting up a VPN-enabled router to protect devices like:
- Raspberry pi
- XBOX One
- FireTV, AppleTV or Roku
IBVPN’s Best Features:
Let’s walk through the highlights of IBVPN’s service — the standout features that make them unique.
IBVPN was one of the first to embrace SmartDNS technology and they built it right into their VPN app.
Basically, SmartDNS tricks geo-restricted streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify into thinking you’re located in the USA (or wherever the service is based).
Best of all, it doesn’t use encryption so you get 100% of your downstream speed. IBDNS is included with the ‘Ultimate’ plan as well as the SmartDNS package.
6 VPN Protocols including ‘Stealth’
Most VPN providers offer the same 3 VPN protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP & L2TP. But IBVPN throws in several others, including the windows-only SSTP as well as SoftEther.
But our favorite is their StealthVPN which disguises your VPN traffic as regular HTTPS web traffic (so you can slip through firewalls undetected).
Advanced Security Features & Leak-protection
- DNS, IPv6 & WebRTC Leak Protection: Thanks to flaws in popular operating systems (especially Windows), VPNs can occasionally leak identifying information like IP addresses, even when a connection is active. But IBVPN has built defensive technology into their software to plug the 3 most common leak types.
- Kill-Switch: IBVPN’s desktop software has an app-level killswitch, which lets you specify any apps (like uTorrent) or running processes that should close if the VPN disconnects.
- Tor-over-VPN: When a VPN just isn’t secure enough, IBVPN has special Tor-over-VPN servers that let you connect directly to a Tor node from their VPN server for added anonymity.
Logging Policy & Privacy
Does IBVPN Keep Logs?
Currently, IBVPN claims to be a ‘non-logging’ VPN service. This is a notable change from their previous practice of keeping metadata logs for 15 days.
ibVPN does not collect or log any traffic or use of its Virtual Private Network service.
We cannot relate any specific activity with any specific user. If any legal notices are forwarded to our legal department we will comply with that notice. However, we cannot be compelled to hand over information which we do not have.
However this isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem. While they claim not to log any ‘traffic or use’ I consider that to be a murky guarantee. Several VPNs that actually do keep logs have tried to separate ‘Traffic’ logs from metadata logs that can include things like IP addresses and connection timestamps.
By contrast, other services like ExpressVPN & IPVanish specifically state that they don’t record metadata or IP addresses in their log files.
Bottom Line: Take IBVPN’s ‘no logs’ claims with a grain of salt.
Using IBVPN for Torrenting
IBVPN advertises specific ‘Torrent’ plan and does have many of the features we’d want to see in a torrent-friendly VPN, including:
- A No-logging policy
- Kill-Switch built into the software
- DNS and IPv6 Leak protection
- Included SOCKS5 Proxy
So all the ingredients are there. Lets dive into the specifics:
Does IBVPN allow torrents?
In their help documentation, IBVPN clarifies their BitTorrent/P2P policy by saying the following:
We support torrents and P2P applications through servers located in Netherlands, Luxembourg, Canada, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden.-IBVPN Support
And here’s the screenshot:
It’s important to note that torrents are restricted to these specific server locations. BitTorrent downloads may be actively slowed or blocked altogether on non-p2p servers.
In order to access these p2p-enabled servers you need to subscribe to either the ‘Torrent plan’ or the ‘Ultimate plan’.
Bottom Line: Yes, IBVPN allows torrenting on their network (but only on specific servers).
Conclusion and Verdict
Overall, IBVPN is a decent option as a cheap VPN provider. Their revamped VPN client is much-improved and now on par with many of their larger competitors.
You’ll also appreciate the SmartDNS feature if you frequently travel (or live) outside the US and want access to your favorite shows.
As far as BitTorrent goes, IBVPN is a fine option, but not great.
Personally, I think you’d prefer Private Internet Access if you don’t need Netflix support, and NordVPN if you do. Both of these VPNs are available for under $4/month if you choose the longest subscription option.
But IBVPN does have a 24-hour Free Trial, so you might as well give them a shot and see how you like it.
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