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|Price starts from||$6.49||$3.49|
|Devices per license||10||5|
|Privacy and security features||IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols||AES 256-bit, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN.|
|Torrenting, Netflix, HBO|
|Money Back Guarantee||7 days||7 days|
|Setup time||11 minutes||-|
|Number of servers||1,100+||3059|
|Payment Methods||PayPal, Visa/Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, JCB, Delta||Paypal, Visa/Mastercard, American Express, Bitcoin, AmazonPay, WebMoney, YandexMoney, Zcash|
|Usability and Support||24/7 Email,FAQ, Knowledge Base||Forum, Email, Knowledge base, Video Tutorials|
|Best For||Privacy, Travel, Sports||-|
|Platforms||Windows, Mac, Android, IOS||Windows, Mac, Android, IOS|
|Visit Site||Visit Site|
IPVanish and PIA are among the best VPN providers on the global market. They are reliable, quick and easy-to-use. Both of them are headquartered in the US and have a vast network of servers in different locations. Both are compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Both allow P2P, give 7-day money back guarantee and promise to keep no logs.
However, IPVanish and PIA have their own peculiarities. We are here to compare every important aspect to find the differences between the VPNs and pick the winner. Interested? Then keep on reading.
IPVanish vs. PIA: Compare Prices
One of the things which usually matters is the price of a service. And PIA appears to be more affordable. Therefore, one month with PIA will cost you $6.95, while IPVanish wants $10 for the same interim. A yearly subscription on PIA is $39.95 ($3.33/month) and on IPVanish is $77.99 ($6.49/month) which is almost twice as expensive.
However, IPVanish may be a better choice since you can use it on ten devices per license while PIA allows only five. Also, note that IPVanish accepts banking cards and PayPal payments only. Meanwhile, PIA offers a greater diversity of payment methods, including cryptocurrencies. It might be important if you want to remain anonymous with your purchase.
Privacy & Security
Privacy and security are among the top criteria for selecting a VPN. Therefore, the level of encryption and protocols selection matters a lot.
Both compared VPNs use AES-256 cipher to encode the traffic coming from and to the users’ devices. However, PIA is set to 128-bit AES encryption by default, and you may want to change it to a stronger 256-bit AES before launching.
PIA and IPVanish use OpenVPN protocol by default. In addition, IPVanish is protecting its customers with L2TP/IPsec, and IKEv2 protocols while PIA offers L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, and SOCKS5.
One more thing worth of mentioning is the VPNs’ log policy. In fact, both companies say they don’t keep logs and thus, cannot have any compromising information about their users. Be aware that both providers track some data and this is users’ email addresses and payment information.
Servers Network and Speed
The number of servers and their locations is an essential characteristic of VPNs since it influences speeds and possibilities to unblock geo-restricted content. IPVanish and PIA are entirely different from those. So, IPVanish operates 1,100 servers in 60+ countries while PIA offers 3000+ servers in more than 30 states.
We wanted to check how fast are the services. So we selected servers in the same locations: one in Europe and one in the US. The results allowed us to choose the winner.
A European IPVanish server appeared to work somewhat faster: download 83.10 Mbps, upload 42.99 Mbps. PIA’s server at the same location demonstrated the following speeds: download 81.23 Mbps, upload 39.45 Mbps. Apparently, the difference is not that big, and the providers are quite similar.
However, the results of testing the US servers were more impressive and in favor of PIA. So, PIA server demonstrated the following: download 78.10 Mbps, upload 36.99 Mbps. IPVanish server in the US download speeds were 35.3 Mbps and upload 25.1 Mbps.
Torrenting and Streaming
When choosing a VPN, many users want to have a reliable service to protect their anonymity while torrenting. Capabilities to give access to geo-restricted content may also play a significant role. So, let’s have a look at what PIA and IPVanish have to offer.
Although PIA doesn’t directly say that it allows torrenting, it does. It is easy and well-protected. The company also supports unlimited P2P file-sharing on its servers. Plus, you may enjoy Firestick, Kodi, Hulu, Popcorn Time with PIA. However, Netflix is no longer available with PIA which is not surprising – the streaming giant is very tough on VPNs.
IPVanish is also great for streaming and torrenting on every single device you have. But unlike PIA, the company is more straightforward and encourages users to torrent with 100% privacy.
What makes IPVanish really special is the ability of a few US-based servers to unblock Netflix. It also unblocks Hulu and HBO Go and works well with Popcorn Time and Kodi.
IPVanish vs PIA: Ease of Use
It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced VPN user or have no clue how they work. You do need a simple solution. So, we decided to check how easy it is to configure and use the networks.
To our surprise, it wasn’t hard to see that IPVanish is easier to use. Once we’ve installed it, we got a simple and intuitive interface window. It looks the same on a computer and smartphone or tablet. That makes it easier to use the network on different devices.
PIA appears to be messy. In fact, the desktop app looks overwhelming. All the advanced settings might confuse new users. The mobile app is simple, but it seems entirely different from the desktop version.
Another thing which we want to point at is the possibility to select servers. Therefore, with IPVanish you can pick a specific server while PIA allows selecting a country only. It is not necessarily bad, but we would prefer to have a choice when one server is running slower, for example.
The last but not the least is the level of customer service VPNs offer. To compare those, we checked the providers’ websites, read customers’ feedback and also tried to get hold of their support teams. Now, we are ready to share the results.
Both VPNs have solid knowledge bases on their websites. However, the one that IPVanish offers seems to be less complicated. They have divided all issues into six categories so you won’t have any problem finding an answer to any question regarding the service. Plus, there is FAQ section with six questions only.
PIA seems to have more information, but you need to be patient to find what you need. Our recommendation is to scroll their page down and find Resources section there. This is the best way to access their support portal, tutorials, and blog.
If you want to get hold of the companies’ human beings, you must complete their online forms. The only difference is the number of departments you can get hold of. Plus, we had to wait 2 hours to get an answer from PIA and about 15 hours to hear from IPVanish. Significant difference yet not critical.
For quicker support, IPVanish offers an online-chat window which has two roles – a search section and the chat itself. First, you are encouraged to type your question, and the system will offer a set of articles with potential answers. If you are not satisfied, write a message. Note that live chat is available from 09:00 – 18:00 MST, Monday to Friday and you need to log in first.
PIA decided to go an original way. It has a separate Twitter account devoted to customer support. There, you can leave your query and get a competent answer.
Frankly speaking, it was not easy to decide which provider is better. Both IPVanish and PIA have their advantages and downsides. But still, our applause goes to PIA for many reasons.
First, they are more affordable (two times cheaper, in fact). Second, PIA offers two types of encryption and a good choice of protocols. Finally, PIA has more servers (all of them support torrenting) and provides higher speed. And it is essential for a VPN. So, if you can survive without Netflix and tolerate a few inconveniences with the interface, PIA might be the right choice.