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Bitcoin VPN Service Review: ibVPN

There are many different VPN providers out there, and each one tries to differentiate itself from the competition. In the case of ibVPN, there are a lot of things to like. It focuses on all the things one would expect while keeping the price more than competitive. Built-in torrent support and the ability to use TOR are two features many users will certainly appreciate.

ibVPN is a Solid VPN Provider

The first thing that comes to mind when using a VPN these days is whether or not its provider will keep logs of one’s internet activity. With ibVPN, that doesn’t appear to be the case, although only time will tell if that is true. We always give companies the benefit of the doubt, as the number of providers actually keeping logs despite stating otherwise is pretty small. It is unlikely ibVPN is one of them.

One thing we certainly like about ibVPN is how it doesn’t require a ton of personal information when signing up. There is a free trial to play around with, but most users will eventually upgrade to the paid service. Software clients are available for all major operating systems, including Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS. It is also possible to do a manual setup, use browser add-ons, or make use of a SOCKS5 server. There are many different options to choose from, ensuring that both novice and advanced VPN users will find a way to set everything up to their liking.

While ibVPN natively supports torrents, it is not something every server will allow you to do. There are a few servers located in Europe and Canada, where such connections are not a problem at all, and they all offer proper bandwidth regardless of your location. Do keep in mind a VPN will not make your internet go faster if your connection is slow to begin with. There is no noticeable throttling when using the compatible servers, though, which is what matters most to us.

Like most other VPN providers, ibVPN also provides smart DNS services. This tool allows people to access geo-restricted streaming sites such as Netflix, VUDU, Crunchyroll, and a few others. It is a welcome addition for those people who will gladly pay for content which can only be accessed in certain regions. This Smart DNS feature is included in most packages, but there is a “pure” VPN option as well. Do keep in mind a Smart DNS connection is not encrypted and should only be used for streaming purposes or other non-sensitive activities on the internet.

Subscription rates for ibVPN range from US$3.08 to US$4.83 per month. Buying a yearly subscription will result in getting a better deal. Users can select among the pure VPN, pure Smart DNS, Torrent VPN, or Ultimate VPN (Smart DNS and SOCKS5) packages. All of them will work on mobile and desktop devices alike, which is always good to see. One’s choice of package will depend on which use cases he or she has in mind. Some people will focus on streaming, whereas others will want to game or download torrents.

All things considered, we have no issues with ibVPN and thoroughly enjoy the service. It is good to see more competitive offerings in the VPN world, as this one comes at an affordable monthly price. The option to use Tor in combination with this VPN service only makes it more appealing, as it allows users to access the deep web without having to install the Tor browser itself. It’s an intriguing addition which few VPN service providers seem to be offering right now.

JP Buntinx

JP Buntinx is a FinTech and Bitcoin enthusiast living in Belgium. His passion for finance and technology made him one of the world's leading freelance Bitcoin writers, and he aims to achieve the same level of respect in the FinTech sector.

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