PureVPN vs IP Vanish

PureVPN vs IP Vanish

Executive Summary

PureVPN and IP Vanish performed similarly when comparing pricing, IP locations, speed tests and WebRTC leaks. Both VPN’s under performed when comparing the IP location and WebRTC though. They were subject to inconsistent IP locations and a IPv6 leak on the WebRTC, but they both performed at the same level. PureVPN out shined IP Vanish in numerous areas. These were: customer service, payment, privacy and platform’s supported. IP Vanish had a superior performance when testing the DNS leak. We are left with giving PureVPN a recommendation but with a caveat. Both PureVPN and IP Vanish under performed with the IP location and WebRTC tests, so they would need to be reviewed carefully and PureVPN failed the DNS leak test. But since PureVPN outperformed in considerably more areas than IP Vanish they get our recommendation here.

Recommendation

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PureVPN IP Vanish
Customer Service Live Chat, Email,Q and A Forums Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Youtube Email Support / Q and A forums

Facebook, Twitter

Pricing Monthly – $10.95

Six Months – $8.95 Monthly

Rate Billed $53.70 every six months

Annual – $5.99 Monthly Rate

Billed Annually – $71.88

Bi-Annually – $3.25 Monthly Rate

Billed Bi-Annually – $78.00

7 Day Money-back Guarantee

3 Day Non-refundable Trial Option for $2.50

Monthly – $10.00

Three Months – $8.49 Monthly Rate Billed $26.99 every three months

Annual – $6.49 Monthly Rate

Billed Annually – $77.99/year.

7 Day Money Back Guarantee

Payment Visa

MasterCard

American Express

PayPal

Bitcoin

And 47 others

Visa

MasterCard

American Express

Paypal

Bitcoin

And 15 others

Privacy Encryption – AES 256 bit

Internet Kill Switch – Yes

Jurisdiction – Hong Kong

Logging Information – Does not keep logs

Protocols – PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2, SSTP, OpenVPN-DUP and OpenVPN-TCP

Server Locations – 750

Countries – 141

Unique IP Locations – >88,000

Encryption – AES 256 bit

Internet Kill Switch – Yes

Jurisdiction – USA

Logging Information – Does not keep logs

Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP

Servers Locations – 950

Countries – 60

Unique IP Locations – >40,000

Platform’s Supported Windows

Mac

Linux

iOS

Android

Many other options as well

Windows

Mac

Linux

iOS

Android

Chromebook

Routers

DNS Leak Test 3 different websites tested, leaks found on each website.  3 different websites tested, no leaks found.
IP Locations Hid original IP, But three servers showed multiple locations Hid original IP, but one server showed multiple locations
Speed Average Download Speed – 7.44Mb/sec

Average Upload Speed – 0.93Mb/sec

Average Download Speed – 6.28Mb/sec

Average Upload Speed – 1.10Mb/sec

WebRTC Leaks Leaked Ipv6 address

Didn’t leak Public IP Address

Leaked Ipv6 address

Didn’t leak Public IP Address

Customer Service

PureVPN has one of the fastest responding customer service teams that I have dealt with. They have a live chat option that allows you to get a response with in a very short amount of time day or night. I have tried their live chat option as various times throughout the day and night and I was always met with customer service rep very quickly. They also offer many other ways of contacting their team via email, Facebook and twitter. If you want to go at it alone they have and FAQ section as well as an Q and A forum that you can peruse through. IP Vanish offers email support as well as a fairly extensive Q and A forum to get answers from. I found that they had a fairly timely response with their email, but I was still waiting around for a couple of hours to get a response. They have a presence in social media, but it looks as though it is more for sharing news than for customer service. PureVPN’s customer service availability and multiple contact options has PureVPN receiving the upper hand over IP Vanish.

Pricing

For pricing we have two ways of comparing between PureVPN and IP Vanish. PureVPN offers a flat non-discounted rate where as IP Vanish has two different rates and sometime even more than that depending on when you are visiting their website. Their most common rate is a twenty percent discount off their base rate. This is achieved by entering the discount code SAVE20NOW. This discount is only applicable though for your first billing cycle and for new customers. So, if you are purchasing a one month plan your first month is an $8.00 charge with the months after that going up to a $10.00 charge. The same would apply for the semi-annual and annual billing amounts. So, as is shown in the chart above we have a can see that IP Vanish is significantly cheaper during the first billing cycle because of the coupon discount and then it is still cheaper than PureVPN on the monthly and semi-annual rates, but become more expensive when you move to the annual rate. And then PureVPN becomes considerably cheaper once we get to the bi-annual plan which IP Vanish doesn’t have an equivalent for. So, upon reviewing all of this information I would have to say that neither PureVPN or IP Vanish has an edge here. PureVPN is cheaper if you purchase on a longer term one year or two years, but IP Vanish is cheaper in the shorter term and when you use their discount which applies to the first billing cycle. So with both of these considerations this one is more or less a tie.

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Payment

PureVPN and IP Vanish both accept the big six for payment options: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, PayPal and Bitcoin. Where they differ though is in the secondary payment options that are offered. PureVPN has 47 other secondary payment options that they offer, whereas IP Vanish offer’s 15 secondary payment options as well. There is no difference in the primary payment options so, we will have to look at the quantity of secondary payment options to come up with a differentiation here. PureVPN has over three times as many secondary payment options compared to IP Vanish so, this give PureVPN the better rating here.

Privacy

One of the most important if not the most important options is privacy. The main reason that we purchase a VPN service is to protect ourselves online. So, with this in mind we are going to look at a few different criteria here: Encryption, Internet Kill Switch, Jurisdiction, Logging information, Protocols, Servers (number of, countries located in) and Server Types.

PureVPN and IP Vanish has the same results when it comes to encryption, internet kill switch and logging information. Both services use the industry standard AES-256 bit encryption, both offer an internet kill switch and both state that don’t log any information. So there are no logs being stored to be collected or shared later on.

PureVPN has two more protocols than IP Vanish, they are in 141 countries versus IP Vanish’s 60 countries and they have over 88,000 unique IP addresses compared to IP Vanish’s over 40,000 unique IP addresses.

IP Vanish had more individual servers available with 950 servers compared to PureVPN’s 750 servers.

Both PureVPN and IP Vanish struggled with the jurisdiction. PureVPN is located in Hong Kong and IP Vanish is located in the United States of America. So, both of these countries are notoriously known for the monitoring of people’s internet history’s. So, they could both be compelled in extenuating circumstances to give over what ever records they have. Hong Kong while technically separate from the rest of China it is still under the jurisdiction of the Chinese. And the USA is home to the NSA and thanks to the disclosures from Edward Snowden we know that the US administration has tapped people’s communications via phone, text, email, internet history etc. So, this is a potential area of concern for both companies.

While both PureVPN and IP Vanish compare fairly similarly with many of the different privacy metrics PureVPN has a slight edge over IP Vanish due to having a larger number of protocols available, available in more countries and a larger number of unique IP address at their discretion.

Platform’s Supported

PureVPN and IP Vanish are both available on the five main platform’s: Windows, iOS, Mac, Linux and Android. They also both offer options available for routers and Google’s Chromebook. Where PureVPN really shines though is in the number of secondary options that are available. They have over another 40 options that are available to be used on other different devices. The complete list of their devices and servers can be found here. Both PureVPN and IP Vanish have the same main platform’s being supported, but PureVPN has such a large secondary list of devices and platform’s supported so they received the thumbs up here versus IP Vanish.

DNS Leak Test

We used the following three sites to determine the if we were having a DNS Leak or not: www.dnsleaktest.com, www.dnsleak.com and www.dns-leak.com.

Before VPN Activation

We tested the for a DNS Leak before the VPN’s were launched and as would be expected we were having a DNS Leak on all three websites. PureVPN showed between four to six different servers being shown and IP Vanish was showing between two to four different servers being detected.

After VPN Activation

Both of the VPN’s services were turned on and then tested for a leak afterwards. PureVPN showed a DNS Leak on all three websites and actually increased the number of servers that were detected on www.dnsleak.com and www.dns-leak.com. IP Vanish showed no DNS leak on the three websites. Although on www.dnsleak.com it said that there was a leak, but only one server was being detected so this was treated as not leaking.

Summary

IP Vanish destroyed PureVPN with no DNS Leak and PureVPN actually increased the number of servers that were showing in two of the cases. This is problematic for PureVPN because the primary reason for getting a VPN is to hide ones self on line and having a DNS Leak doesn’t provide you with privacy, So with IP Vanish having no DNS Leaks they handily outclass PureVPN here.

IP Locations

For PureVPN we did four location tests and IP Vanish we did five location tests where we chose different servers across the globe to see if they were actually broadcasting from where they said they were broadcasting from. We used the website www.iplocation.net which is an aggregate site that brings together five different sites to check the IP Locations and compare them.

PureVPN had a four different locations tested: Vancouver, Canada, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Warsaw, Poland. In the first three locations tests we showed that one of the five websites on the aggregate displayed a location that wasn’t where we had selected. The fourth one showed that all five locations were broadcasting from Warsaw, IP Vanish was tested using 5 different locations: Los Angeles, United States, Frankfurt, Germany, Jakarta, Indonesia, Auckland, New Zealand and Seoul, South Korea. When using the South Korean server this displayed a location different than what was selected in four of the five websites available on www.iplocation.net. With both VPN companies the true IP location was not revealed.

Here both services: PureVPN and IP Vanish had multiple websites that were showing a different broadcasted location versus what was selected from the VPN. Because of this neither service rated better than the other. We more or less have a tie.

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Speed Tests

Here was a list of four different websites we used to do the speedtests: www.speedtest.net, www.speedtest.org, www.speedof.me and www.speakeasy.com/speedtest. We looked at the download and upload speeds of our internet before we launched both PureVPN and IP Vanish. Then we did a test after each of the VPN’s had been turned on. We wanted to see how much of a reduction turning on the VPN’s would have on our download and upload speed.

Before VPN Activation

Before PureVPN was turned on we had an average download speed of 7.83Mb/s and an average upload speed of 0.96Mb/s, where as IP Vanish had an average download speed of 6.68Mb/s and an average upload speed of 1.13Mb/s.

After VPN Activation

After PureVPN was turned on we had an average download speed of 7.44Mb/s which was a reduction of 0.39Mb/s and an average upload speed of 0.93Mb/s which was a reduction of 0.03Mb/s. IP Vanish had an average download speed of 6.28Mb/s which was a reduction of 0.40Mb/s and an average upload speed of 1.10Mb/s which in turn was a reduction in the speed of 0.03Mb/s.

Summary

Here we saw a large difference between the download and upload speed between PureVPN and IP Vanish, but this can be attributed to the tests being done on different day and at different times. We are more concerned with looking at the difference between the download and upload speeds before the VPN’s were launched and after they were launched. For all practical considerations the reduction in download speeds and upload speeds between PureVPN and IP Vanish is zero. Both of the services saw a small reduction download and upload speeds, but since neither one had an pronounced advantage against the other we have no clear victor using this metric.

WebRTC Test

We used three different web pages to check and see if we had a WebRTC leak or not. We used www.ipleak.net, www.browserleaks.com/webrtc and www.whatismyipaddress.com/webrtc-test.

Before VPN Activation

Before either PureVPN or IP Vanish were launched we did a test to see what was showing and as would be expected in each of the three websites we had Public IP addresses and IPv6 addresses showing our real location. Not much of a surprise there.

After VPN Activation

We turned on each of the VPN services to see how well we were protected from a WebRTC leak. What we found out was that each of the services protected us from disclosing our Local IP address or our Public IP address. Where we ran into problems was with the IPv6 address. In both cases PureVPN and IP Vanish displayed the original IPv6 address.

Summary

Here PureVPN and IP Vanish performed with the exact same results. The local IP and Public IP addresses were protected when they VPN’s were turned on. But we ran into problems because the IPv6 address was not being hidden. So because the two VPN’s had the exact same results we had no way of differentiating them using the WebRTC leak test. They both received the same rating here leading to another tie.

Conclusion

PureVPN and IP Vanish performed similarly when comparing pricing, IP locations, speed tests and WebRTC leak tests. PureVPN outperformed when comparing customer service, payment options, privacy metrics and platform’s supported. IP Vanish’s strongest performance came with the DNS Leak test. So, here was have PureVPN rating better than IP Vanish on a number of different rankings. So, due to this they receive our recommendation here, but it is with a caveat. In areas of most concern for privacy DNS leaks, IP locations and WebRTC leaks PureVPN either performed worse than IP Vanish or they both under performed. This is something that needs to be considered.

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