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 of the providers offered 24/7 customer service support. They both had form options for submitting questions and both of them offered large FAQ sections on there websites for the Do it yourself customer. PIA got back to me much quicker when I submitted question via their form. I received responses to my emails in less than 20 minutes, whereas IP Vanish between 2 to 3 hours to respond to my questions via the forms. Both PIA and IP Vanish provided satisfactory answers to the questions that I posed for them. There was not a lot of difference between the two VPN services here 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 did.

Pricing

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

Let’s go with IP Vanish’s best rate and see how they compare to PIA. Using IP Vanish’s 30% off coupon code makes them 0.7% 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 vs PIA’s $5.99/month so this is 4.7% more expensive. The real big difference is price is if you go with the annual plan. IP vanish is 26.7% more expensive than PIA. IP Vanish’s plan is $4.54/month vs PIA’s $3.33/month.

So in summary, PIA has better pricing than IP Vanish’s, but only by the slightest margin when using IP Vanish’s 30% 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 they do none the less still do it. If you are going to be using IP Vanish make sure that you take advantage of their 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 with payment options is their 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 is that this is not as economical of 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 their service. But in pretty much every other way there is no difference between the two services.

Privacy

Both VPN’s offer the industry standard 256 bit AES encryption and protocols (PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec). Where the differ is in the number of servers and countries that each one offers. PIA offers 3200+ different server options in 24 different countries, whereas IP Vanish offers 700 + servers in over 60 countries. PIA gives you the options of many servers in a few countries and IP Vanish gives you fewer server options, but they 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 have more servers, but fewer countries that 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 that were completed.

Before VPN Activation

PIA has a slightly higher average download speed at 6.90Mb/s vs IP Vanish’s 6.68Mb/s and 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 a upload speed of 1.08Mb/s contrasted with IP Vanish’s very similar numbers of 6.28Mb/s for a download speed and 1.10Mb/s upload speed.

Summary

After both of the VPN’s were turned activated there is virtually no difference in download and upload speeds between PIA and IP Vanish. PIA has a slightly higher difference between there pre and post activation download speeds as compared with IP Vanish’s. I would give an ever so slight advantage to IP Vanish because they didn’t cause as much of a drag once the system was activated as compared to PIA. As I said though this is ever so small of an 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 from around the globe and most of the servers showed consistency in server location broadcasting, but for each of them they had one server that showed different servers than the one that I selected. For example IP Vanish when I selected Seoul, South Korea it was showing places in the USA and South Korea as the servers home. Since they both did this there was not difference between the performance of the two services this one comes out with no obvious winner.

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Platform’s Supported

Both PIA and IP Vanish support the main platform’s offering downloads for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. IP Vanish offers a couple of additional platform’s that they support in Chromebook and in router set up. So, because of this additional platform’s that IP Vanish supports they beat out 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 VPN’s 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 VPN’s were engaged. Using the three different websites for comparison I found that there was no DNS leaks for either service and they were only broadcasting from one server location. I have an asterisks beside one of the websites on IP Vanish’s review because the website said that there was a leak, but as I reviewed it I could not see where is was leaking from. It only showed one server on the website. Since both of them preformed so well here there is no advantage or disadvantage to either.

Summary

As would be expected when both VPN’s were disengaged they had DNS leaks, but after the VPN’s were turned on neither one of them experienced a leak at all. Since both of them preformed 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, which IP Vanish did better on the

speed tests and platform’s supported and the test categories where there was no difference was privacy, IP locations and DNS Leak test. The two VPN services both performed very well, PIA does edge out IP Vanish, but it is ever so slight. These two both provide great VPN Services.

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