Invisible browsing VPN Review 2019 – VPN that Ensures Online Safety
Invisible Browsing VPN started its operation in the year 2003. The brand was initially providing proxy service to its users. Since 2010, the provider expanded its service by offering online privacy services to its subscribers.
At present, ibVPN offers its services in 57 countries through 180+ servers worldwide. Although this number doesn’t match the extensive list provided by the best VPN service, it may be sufficient for many users.
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Through our ibVPN review, you can discover the pros and cons of provider in detail.
- 180+ servers in 57 countries all over the world
- 15 days money back guarantee
- 5 Simultaneous connections
- Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Routers, Linux and Smartphones
- Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Routers, Linux and Smartphones
- Excellent protocol support of PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP, Stealth VPN
- Remote Assistance and Live Chat available
- Offers browser extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox
- Free trial available (for 24 hours- no credit card needed)
- Variable performance
Invisible Browsing VPN Plans & Pricing
ibVPN or invisible browsing VPN offers users a neat little pricing plan that is designed especially for VPNRanks readers.
This is one of the all-in-one packages that ibVPN offers, which is priced at yearly basis, and includes complete access to all 180+ ibVPN servers across 57 countries. All three plans come with multi-protocol support, and guarantee complete compatibility for all devices (including smartphones).However, each VPN package differs in terms of number of servers available, simultaneous connections, and certain additional features.
Invisible Browsing VPN also offers a package that only has SmartDNS and proxy, but no VPN service. This package is specifically designed for users looking to unblock streaming services and websites.
With ibDNS, you can easily unblock 300+ streaming channels. Interestingly, users can also avail torrent VPN plan that you can experience through your browser extensions. If you do not want to use their app, you can surely try out the said feature.
The price that ibVPN charges for a one-month subscription might seem slightly steep, but the 12-month subscriptions are comparatively much cheaper. We have tested ibVPN to check if it is worth spending and we have to admit that even these prices are nothing against the features and services that it is providing to its users!
Unique Selling Proposition of Invisible Browsing VPN
There is a chance that my editor will disagree with me on this (and probably edit this part out), but ibVPN does not have a unique selling proposition as compared to the best VPN providers in the industry. It has DNS service but you don’t get access to ibVPN DNS services for free unless you either buy the one of the two high-end packages that ibVPN offers. The other way to access get ibVPN’s DNS service is to subscribe separately to it – hence my reluctance towards considering it a unique selling proposition.
Some ibVPN reviews will argue that ibVPN’s hyper-segregated pricing plan is its unique selling proposition, but I don’t buy that. Creating an over-complex pricing plan cannot be equivalent to delivering a unique feature good enough to be a selling proposition.
ibVPN Servers Review
ibVPN has some neat server management going on. At the time of writing this invisible browsing VPN review, the VPN service provider had 180+ servers up and running in 57 countries.
This is an industry where competition is evolving rapidly and if you have less than 100 servers you will have a tough time attracting in customers when you stand against other VPN service providers who have over 200 servers.
One could argue that a server is only as good as the load it can take or the IPs that it can offer. ibVPN seems to be offering no more than 2000 dynamic IPs.
The way we see it, (and other ibVPN reviews will agree with me) segregating customers on the basis of their need for a VPN will help ensure that customers have to share their servers as little as possible.
Considering the fact that ibVPN is the only VPN service to create such a complex assortment of package plans, we think this is a very bold approach on the part of ibVPN since most VPN service providers choose to offer flat package plans that only differ with respect to subscription duration – and We can appreciate the method behind the madness.
Invisible Browsing VPN Speed Test
To carry out this speed test, we used Invisible Browsing VPN’s Ultimate VPN package (VPN + SmartDNS + Proxy). While using a 100 MBPS internet connection, we obtained the following ping, upload and download speeds.
In comparison, while using a 100 MBPS internet connection, I connected ibVPN to its US Houston server and obtained the following results.
If you can stand the extra ping, ibVPN.
Invisible Browsing VPN New Addition in DNS Channels
ibVPN is consistently working hard to include more and more TV and radio stations in its list of DNS channels. Currently it offers more than 300+ channels, of which, six channels from Italy, Romania, Australia, United States and Netherlands were added recently. You can select one of the packages that offer both VPN and DNS services, if you are interested in both.
With ibVPN’s DNS you can unblock more than 300+ channels from all over the world including the top entertainment, news, business and sports channels from the US and the UK.
The Kill Switch option provided by the ibVPN is a bit different from other VPN providers. The others only give you the option to disconnect all the network activities when your connection drops. ibVPN, however, lets you choose whether you want to kill the entire connection or just cut off access to specific applications.
So if your VPN connection ever drops, you cannot only halt the internet connection but you can also stop the applications until your VPN connects again.
If you are looking to unblock the content in a few specific regions, you can use ibVPN’s proxy servers. ibVPN offers proxy servers on all of its available servers. However, you should note that the proxy servers won’t be able to protect you from the surveillance and hackers.
Invisible Browsing VPN has recently launched its very own browser extension. The extension is compatible on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. The browser extensions are available in the Ultimate VPN, Standard VPN and ibDNS packages. You can also sign-up for a free trial, which is applicable for 24 hours, and try out the browser extension. Another great thing about ibVPN’s browser extensions is that it provides you access to the Guest Mode. The Guest Mode allows you to use the extension, even if you don’t have an ibVPN account. The feature does not allow you access to all of their servers and the only disadvantage is that you are getting disconnected after every 10 minutes.
Also, their browser extensions allow you to take control over WebRTC leaks. In other words, when using the suitable browser extension for you, you can enable or disable WebRTC.
TOR over VPN
Invisible Browsing VPN offers another feature that adds an extra layer of security. When you subscribe to their ultimate package, you get the option TOR over VPN. What it does is that first encrypts your data and routes it through VPN server, then sends it over a TOR node. This adds extra security to your data security and you won’t require any additional software to use TOR.
In order to contribute to your online experience, few months ago, ibVPN announced the launch of their new protocol – Stealth VPN. Stealth VPN protocol contributes to your online freedom and is very hard to be detected by firewalls or other web applications that might try to block/stop your traffic generated through a VPN server.
In order to be invisible, Stealth VPN will make the traffic generated through VPN appear like normal web traffic (HTTPS). To sum things up, Stealth VPN is a suitable solution for those of you living/traveling in countries like China or Egypt, where censorship stop you from accessing your favorite content.
ibVPN Customer Support Review
The ‘Help Center’ link located at the top of the page leads to ibVPN’s customer support page. There is a separate ‘Contact’ link as well – located in the footer of the webpage.
- How to Setup
- Knowledge Base
- Remote Assistance
- Contact Support
ibVPN is owned and run by Amplusnet. Romania based Amplusnet has been offering online privacy solutions (through ibVPN) and custom software development services (Amplusnet Offshore Development Center) since 2003.
The physical address of the company is:
- 1 Decembrie 1918 Nr.52 Ap.1
- Tirgu-Mures, Mures 540743
ibVPN offers VPN and DNS services with package plans ranging from 1 to 12 month subscriptions.
The FAQ is a one-page help section with answers for common questions on accounts, trials, technical specifications, payment refunds and logs. Other ibVPN reviews might argue that ibVPN could have done with a larger FAQ section but we feel that the current size of the FAQ section is sufficient. It addresses all the areas that a FAQ section should address with concise and comprehensive answers.
How to Setup Invisible Browsing VPN
The ‘How to Setup’ page is essentially the tutorial page and gives you a table full of tutorials to help you setup your ibVPN. On the setup page, you can find all their apps and you can choose the one that is suitable for your devices.
Invisible Browsing VPN Forums
ibVPN offers its own forum section where users can inquire about different issue or have a general discussion. There numerous topics you can check out on Invisible Browsing VPN forum. Also, you can always send your suggestion on UserVoice.
The knowledgebase section is more of an extended FAQ section. We were not satisfied with the quality, presentation and size of the knowledge base.
The way ibVPN uses the Remote Assistance feature swept me off my feet. The feature lets you get a Remote Assistance appointment for a 30-minute duration. ibVPN lets you select the day and time for Remote Assistance from a large number of available time-slots.
ibVPN uses TeamViewer to run Remote Assistance so expect that you will have to download it before you can get ibVPN to help you through that method.
Just about every VPN service provider offers remote assistance these days, but placing it on top as a help center feature is a wise way to go about it.
The LiveChat is only online for 24 hours every day but the LiveChat widget at the lower right of your screen. If there is a disconnection and the technician is not online, the chat window will ask you to leave your name, email address and question, and get back to you on email as soon as a customer support representative becomes available.
We tested it out and noticed that response time for such queries is usually no more than one to two hours and very rarely goes beyond that.
In case a customer support representative is available for assistance, the LiveChat window will indicate the time you will have to wait by displaying the number of people in queue before you.
ibVPN Payment Methods Review
ibVPN’s check-out page asks you to provide basic information and asks you to select your desired payment method from the list provided at the right side of the webpage.
The VPN service accepts
- Credit Cards via Gate2Shop
- Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express via Avangate
- Blackcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Dogecoin and some other cryptocurrencies
- SMS payment (Exclusively for Romanian Users)
- Perfect Money
- Paymentwall-Credit cards, SMS, Webmoney, Paysafecard, AliPay, iDeal, Openbucks, Qiwi Wallet, MOL and others
Once you have selected your preferred payment method, clicking on ‘Go to payment’ redirects you to a new webpage depending on the payment method you selected. Basically, you will be forwarded to the payment gateway of the selected payment method. We found it slightly uncomfortable that we were required to enter in most of our information twice – once before and once after clicking ‘Go to payment’.
All payment methods come with a 15-day money back guarantee. According to our ibVPN review, ibVPN does not access to your bank account details, as all the payments are processed via their payment providers.
ibVPN’s Compatibility Review
ibVPN’s ‘How to Setup’ page shows that ibVPN offers extensive compatibility with Windows, Mac, Android and Linux platforms.
In addition, ibVPN also provides tutorials for setting up its service on DD-WRT routers in their knowledgebase section. ibVPN clients are available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows.
Here is what the Windows Client Dashboard looks like:
As you can see, there are information about your status (connected/disconnected), the server or the protocol you have selected + options to enable KillSwitch/ibDNS. The sidebar allows you to navigate through the app’s menu.
From the server menu you can select the desired server and the protocol you want to use for your connection.
Also, the app allows you to use some pretty useful features like:
- Fastest server – this feature allows you to connect to the fastest server based on your location
- Fastest Favourite – you can always create a favorite servers list and, by using the fastest favorite server, you can connect to the fastest favorite server. Please note that in order to have this feature active, you need to have at least two favorite servers selected from the server list.
- Rotating Favorites – based on you favorite servers list, you can rotate the favorite servers based on a time frame that you select (5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 60 min). Please note that in order to have this feature active, you need to have at least two favorite servers selected from the server list.
- Fastest P2P Server – Just like the fastest server feature, this one allows you to connect to the fastest P2P server, based on your location.
From this menu, you can select your privacy preferences, the behavior or your KillSwitch preferences.
From here, you can easily enable ibDNS and choose the suitable server according to the channel’s location you wish to unblock.
The Wizard menu is actually a complex feature implemented in order to contribute to your online experience. The wizard quickly sets the best security and privacy options to fulfill your online needs.
Invisible Browsing VPN Tutorials Review
I am a big fan of the ibVPN tutorial page. You can access it by entering the ‘Help Center’ and clicking on ‘How to Setup’. The web page is highly well structure and well presented.
The tutorials are presented with screen-shots and are in extensive detail. Processes have been explained with just enough detail to ensure that users do not get confused. We guess this is what ibVPN was doing for most of its 10 years.
Tutorials are available for Windows, Mac, Android, Linux platforms as well as DDWRT routers – for every available protocol.
ibVPN Protocols and Encryption Review
ibVPN offers PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP and Stealth VPN available for Windows and Mac. However, only PPTP and L2TP are supported ibVPN offers all protocols but SSTP for Windows XP users.
The ibVPN knowledge base provides details on the general encryption standards that exist for each of the four VPN types that ibVPN offers, but does not provide any specifics on whether or not (or to what extent) ibVPN’s encryption is based on the same standards.
Therefore, we decided to look up Customer support and leave them a ticket asking about encryption protocols.
- PPTP protocol runs at 128 bit encryption
- L2TP protocol works at 256 bit encryption
- OpenVPN protocol runs with 256 bit encryption /1024 for authentication
- SSTP protocol 2048 bit encryption – it provides the strongest encryption
- SoftEther with AES 256 bit encryption
According to our ibVPN review, it does not keep any logs. In addition, ibVPN records personal information provided by the user as well as from cookies, as per the normal Standard-Operating-Procedures of the internet – and uses them to remarket its products and services.
So expect a submission of your email address to be a voluntary click on the ‘add me to mailing list’ button. Our ibVPN review reveals that the service complies with GDPR regulations in true letter and spirit. This is because you can get enough information about data collection process and its application.
ibVPN Torrenting/P2P Review
Our ibVPN review unveils that the service supports P2P activities of its users. However, you cannot choose every server to perform your torrenting tasks securely and anonymously from anywhere. Still, you can select any server of your choice from a comprehensive list of P2P servers stress-free.
The service allows torrenting on 21 servers in nine countries. These countries include; Netherland, Canada, Luxemburg, Sweden, Hong Kong, Russia and Lithuania.
ibVPN Money Back Guarantee / Refund Policy Review
Our ibVPN review discloses that the users may avail 15 days money back guarantee exclusively. This way they can explore its pros and cons in detail. Moreover, they can make the right decision about your online privacy accordingly.
ibVPN Free Trial Review
According to our ibVPN review, the service offers a 24-hour free trial benefit to its users. This trial has all the features one gets in the paid subscription of the service.
Moreover, you can enjoy its generous 15 days money back guarantee to check the performance of the service according to your own terms.
ibVPN Reddit Review
According to our ibVPN review, the service has a strong presence on popular platform Reddit. Still, users from all around the world prefer to use Reddit VPN than ibVPN. We expect that the provider will add more features in its armory by our next review.
By doing so, ibVPN will be able to improve its current users’ base to another level.
Additional Services of Invisible Browsing VPN
ibVPN continues to tot ibDNS as its additional service. The ibDNS service costs the same as the low-level VPN packages provided by ibDNS. Starts from $4.95 for a month and goes to $36.95 for a year.
The prices for ibDNS are tolerable – but if we had the money for a one month ibDNS subscription and saw that a one month VPN subscription comes for the same cost, we would probably go for VPN and ditch DNS altogether. Why? Because DNS offers accessibility but it comes without any privacy and security coverage. We really do not see the point of offering DNS services alongside VPN services when the DNS costs the same as VPN.
There are also some other security features provided by the service.
NAT firewall can acts as the first line of defense against hackers, malwares and other online threats.
To understand how NAT firewall works, one must understand that VPNs encrypt every bit of information that leaves your device. This encrypted data cannot be read by any device that does not poses the right cipher key. This includes your own router.
Since the router cannot read encrypted data, it passes the data back without detecting the IP address attached to it. This way, even malware and other threating entities can end up on connection.
This is where ibVPN’s NAT firewall comes in. It filters out unusual activity from the internet and only sends the correct information to your device.
The double VPN technology allows you to establish a chain of VPNs. This makes your connection impossible to trace. In simple words, through this feature you can make a VPN connection from a VPN connection and so on.
This gives you an extra layer of encryption. In addition, since your real IP is already encrypted, the second server has absolutely no information about you.
You can even create your own unique mixture of tunneling protocols and stop cyber snoopers from tracing your digital activity.
However, keep in mind that creating a VPN chain might slow down your connection.
When you use Sock5 proxy, your information is routed through a proxy server. This server also generates an alternative IP address for you.
This feature uses proxy server to establish UDP or TCP connection to come up with IP addresses. The biggest benefit of SOCKS5 is that it provides authentication. This means that only authorized users are allow to access the server.
The SOCK5 proxy servers are more secure than other privacy servers and they are best fitted for downloading torrents. Hence, by using ibVPN’s SOCK5 proxy feature, you can perform P2P activities securely and with optimum speed.
To be honest, ibVPN has a very reliable service, an impressive software that has stood the test of time (and trial), adequate prices, and a very professional server setup that can be trusted to provide impenetrable online privacy and freedom.
ibVPN offers a number of packages and plans, that are fairly confusing if you ask me. So we asked ibVPN to chalk up a neat little plan that we knew new and veteran VPN users would love. ibVPN’s all-in-one package appeal to VPN users looking to settle for limited VPN services on account of a limited budget.
Besides offering VPN services, it is also possible to purchase Invisible Browsing VPN DNS service. In my opinion, ibVPN could have fared better if it had sold its DNS service under a different corporate flag or through a different website.
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