Private Internet Access vs IP Vanish

Private Internet Access vs IP Vanish

Comparison Chart

Private Internet Access IP Vanish
Customer Service Limited Chat Support

Large DIY library for support

Email Support / Q and A forums
Pricing Monthly – $6.95

Six Months – $5.99 Monthly Rate Billed $35.95 every six months

Annual – $3.33 Monthly Rate

Billed annually – $39.95/year.

7 Day Money Back Guarantee

Monthly – $10.00

Three Months – $8.49 Monthly Rate Billed $54.98 every six months

Annual – $6.49 Monthly Rate

Billed Annually – $77.99/year.

7 Day Money Back Guarantee

Payment Visa

MasterCard

American Express

Paypal

Bitcoin

In-store Gift Cards

And 6 Others

Visa

MasterCard

American Express

Paypal

Bitcoin

And 15 others

Privacy Servers – 3268

Countries – 24

Encryption – PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec

Encryption – 256 bit AES

Servers Locations – 700

Countries – 60

Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec

Encryption – 256 bit AES

Speed Average Download Speed – 6.31Mb/sec

Average Upload Speed – 1.08Mb/sec

Average Download Speed – 6.28Mb/sec

Average Upload Speed – 1.10Mb/sec

IP Locations Hid original IP, but some servers showed multiple locations Hid original IP, but one server showed multiple locations
Platform’s Supported Windows

Mac

Linux

iOS

Android

Windows

Mac

Linux

iOS

Android

Chromebook

Router

DNS Leak Test 3 different websites tested no leaks 3 different websites tested no leaks found.

Comparison Video

Customer Service

Both providers offered 24/7 customer service support. They both had forms for submitting questions and both offered large FAQ sections on their websites for the do-it-yourself customer. Private Internet Access (PIA) got back to me much quicker when I submitted questions via their form. I received responses to my emails in less than 20 minutes whereas IP Vanish took between two to three hours to respond to my questions via the forms. Both PIA and IP Vanish provided satisfactory answers to my questions. There was not a lot of difference here between the two VPN services with what they offered. I would give a slight, be it ever-so-small, edge to PIA because they had a faster response time to my queries than IP Vanish.

Pricing

At first glance the obvious advantage goes to PIA for being much cheaper than IP Vanish. Its monthly rate is 30.5 percent cheaper than IP Vanish’s, its six-month rate is 29.4 percent cheaper and its annual rate is 48.7 percent cheaper. What isn’t quite as obvious, though, is that IP Vanish has a bunch of different coupon codes that can be used to reduce its VPN’s price. They can be found here or in the chart below.

Let’s go with IP Vanish’s best rate and see how it compares to PIA. Using IP Vanish’s 30 percent off coupon code makes its service 0.7 percent more expensive than PIA. So this is essentially the same price. IP Vanish’s monthly cost is $7.00 and PIA’s cost is $6.95. IP Vanish’s six-month cost is $6.29/month versus PIA’s $5.99/month so this is 4.7 percent more expensive. The real big difference in price is if you go with the annual plan. IP Vanish is 26.7 percent more expensive than PIA. IP Vanish’s plan is $4.54/month versus PIA’s $3.33/month.

So in summary, PIA has better pricing than IP Vanish but only by the slightest margin when using IP Vanish’s 30 percent off coupon — and why wouldn’t you use a coupon that saves you money? Here once again, PIA only slightly edges out IP Vanish but it nonetheless still does. If you are going to be using IP Vanish, make sure you take advantage of its coupons. Otherwise you are paying more than you have to and that would be a real shame.

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Payment

PIA and IP Vanish accept payment from the major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover), PayPal and Bitcoin. They both offer other payment options; PIA has six of these different options and IP Vanish has 15 different options. The one thing that really distinguishes PIA from IP Vanish in terms of payment options is its opportunity to pay with department store gift cards. This gives you complete anonymity. You can go out and purchase a gift card from a department store with cash and then use it to purchase PIA’s VPN service. This provides you with an anonymous option for privacy protection. One thing to be aware of, however, is that this is not as economical an option as paying with the other options, as shown in the image below.

PIA access slightly edges out IP Vanish because of the anonymity that can be achieved by using the department store gift cards to purchase its service. But in pretty much every other way there is no difference between the two services.

Privacy

Both VPNs offer the industry standard 256-bit AES encryption and protocols (PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec). Where they differ is in the number of servers and countries each one offers. PIA offers 3,200+ different server options in 24 different countries whereas IP Vanish offers 700+ servers in over 60 countries. PIA gives you the option of many servers in a few countries while IP Vanish offers fewer server options but are spread out across the globe with more countries available. There is no clear winner here. Both provide the same encryption and protocols with PIA having more servers but located in fewer countries than IP Vanish. This one is a draw.

Speed Tests

Below we have a side-by-side comparison of PIA and IP Vanish’s speed tests.

Before VPN Activation

PIA has a slightly higher average download speed at 6.90Mb/s versus IP Vanish’s 6.68Mb/s. There was no real difference between the upload speeds. The difference was 0.02Mb/s which is for all practical purposes zero.

After VPN Activation

PIA had a download speed of 6.31Mb/s and an upload speed of 1.08Mb/s contrasted with IP Vanish’s very similar numbers of 6.28Mb/s for download speed and 1.10Mb/s upload speed.

Summary

There was virtually no difference in download and upload speeds between PIA and IP Vanish after both of the VPNs were activated. PIA has a slightly higher difference between its pre- and post-activation download speeds as compared with IP Vanish’s. I would give an ever-so-slight advantage to IP Vanish because it didn’t cause as much of a drag once the system was activated as compared to PIA. As I said, though, this is an ever-so-small advantage.

IP Locations

PIA and IP Vanish both hid my actual IP address, but they both showed in one case that they were broadcasting from multiple locations. So I selected four different servers offered around the globe. Most of the servers showed consistency in server location broadcasting, but each of them had one server showing different servers than the one I selected. For example, IP Vanish — when I selected Seoul, South Korea — showed places in the USA and South Korea as the server’s home. Since they both did this there was no difference between the performance of the two services, so this one comes out with no obvious winner.

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Platforms Supported

Both PIA and IP Vanish support the main platforms, offering downloads for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. IP Vanish offers a couple of additional platforms it supports in Chromebook and in router setup. So, because of the additional platforms IP Vanish supports, it beats PIA here.

DNS Locations

Below we have a chart contrasting the similarities and differences between PIA and IP Vanish when a DNS leak test was completed.

Before VPN Activation

PIA and IP Vanish both showed multiple servers being detected with many DNS leaks happening before the VPNs were activated. This would be considered normal.

After VPN Activation

PIA and IP Vanish both passed the DNS leak test with flying colors after the VPNs were engaged. Using the three different websites for comparison, I found no DNS leaks for either service and they were only broadcasting from one server location. I have an asterisk beside one of the websites on IP Vanish’s review because the website said there was a leak, but as I reviewed it I could not see where it was leaking from. It only showed one server on the website. Since both of them performed so well here there is no advantage or disadvantage to either.

Summary

As would be expected, when both VPNs were disengaged they had DNS leaks, but after the VPNs were turned on neither one of them experienced a leak at all. Since both of them performed so well here there is no advantage or disadvantage to either.

Conclusion

Here we have PIA edging out IP Vanish. PIA ranks better in the customer service, pricing and payment categories while IP Vanish did better in the speed tests, platforms supported and the test categories where there was no difference in privacy, IP locations and DNS leak. The two VPN services both performed very well; PIA does edge out IP Vanish but ever-so-slightly. These two both provide great VPN services.

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