PureVPN VS IPVanish

by Alice Woods - -

A Virtual Private Network also known as VPN[1] is a tool developed to protect private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship. It allows Internet users to send and receive data while remaining anonymous.

These days the VPN offerings are massive, so no wonder users get lost while choosing one.

This is why our researchers continue to review and compare the most popular VPN services for you to choose the right one. Check out our Privacy section to find out more.

PureVPN and IPVanish are both well-known and popular VPN services. If you are choosing between these two, you are on the right page!

PureVPN VS IPVanish

PureVPN or IPVanish? 

Lets’ check the reviewed features and which VPN demonstrates better rates.




PureVPN offers reasonable monthly price and great discounts for long-term subscriptions.


Both VPN providers offer military-grade encryption (AES 256 bit), but PureVPN also includes 1st party DNS servers, NAT firewall and Split Tunneling, offering strong protections.


PureVPN offers more privacy and security features.


IPVanish demonstrates better performance rates and speeds.


IPVanish offers superior platform support and also allows up to 10 simultaneous connections.

PureVPN Overview

PureVPN[2] is a commercial virtual private network on VPN service users based in Hong Kong. Pure VPN was first released in 2006 and today is used by more than three million Internet users all around the world.

PureVPN has more than 2000 highly optimized servers in more than 140 countries and 300000 IP addresses.

Pure VPN disconnect

The table below provides users with PureVPN’s main pros and cons.




Offering one of the widest geographical reaches

Performance hits and slowdowns

PureVPN offers users lots of places to connect and is relatively inexpensive if you choose to prepay for two years. However, it has mediocre performance and protection rates.

A very informative user interface

Previous instances of DNS, IPv4 and IPv6 leaks

Easy setup

Rough reviews by third-parties

IPVanish Overview

IPVanish[3] offers users private connections and fast speeds. It has more than 1000 servers and covers more than 60 countries.

The tool was released in 2012 by Mudhood Media Inc. based in Orlando, Florida.

The software supports Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, as well as Amazon Fire, Linux, Chrome OS, and open-source routers. 


The setup took about three minutes. Users do not need to provide the company with their real name, but they need a valid email address to create an account.




Excellent software

Relatively low-performance rates

Excellent software with a wide range of server locations. However, could seem expensive

A wide range of OS and router software

High price

Many servers locations

Based in the US


PureVPN also offers a variety of plans users can choose starting as low as $1.32 if purchasing a long-term 5-year subscription. This includes up to 5 simultaneous connections.[4]

All plans include 31-day money-back guarantee. Users can pay using various payment methods, including Credit Card, PayPal, Alipay, CoinPayments, PaymentWall, BlueSnap and Gift Cards. All the payments are secured by McAfee.

When it comes to IPVanish, the service offers a 7-day money-back guarantee, and flexible payment methods, starting at $6.49 per month.[5]

Just like PureVPN, IPVanish offers various payment methods such as Credit Card, PayPal, Alipay, GiroPay, Sofort, CoinPayments, and others.

IPVanish also offers an impressive number of 10 multi-logins.

To sum up, PureVPN offers more flexible plans, lower prices, and better refund policy.


PureVPN is based in Hong Kong which is outside the European Union and United States laws, or any other infamous surveillance governments.

However, PureVPN does not provide zero logging policy and could log some user connection time and bandwidth used. The service does not keep logs of visited websites, downloaded files or software users.

IPVanish is based in the United States which may turn off some customers, as the USA is a subject to 14 eyes and data retention laws.

The service also allows anonymous payments methods and signup, zero logs policy.

When it comes to the jurisdiction, we would definitely recommend you PureVPN as it is based outside EU and US laws.


PureVPN also uses a military-grade encryption AES-256 protocol. The VPN service also supports all the major protocols including OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, and IKEv2.

Users’ privacy is also protected by PureVPN’s connection which includes the switch from one IP to another.

It is worth mentioning that PureVPN owns and manages its own DNS servers. PureVPN also offers dedicated IPs for an extra $1.99 per month and dedicated IP with DDoS protection for an additional $2.25 per month

The service offers 2000 servers in more than 140 countries.

Pure VPN connect

Just like PureVPN and most of the other top-rated services, IPVanish also provides military-grade AES-256 encryption. It also supports IKEv2/IPsec, Open VPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP protocols.

The company has more than 1100 VPN servers in 60 countries.

It also includes SOCKS5 web proxy.

IPVanish Screenshot

All in one, PureVPN demonstrates better protection and security features.


PureVPN released a new exclusive feature set for maximum security, privacy, and anonymity.

The new features include Virtual Router feature that enables users to turn the Windows desktop or laptop into a router that allows being connected up to 10 devices.

PureVPN also allows proprietary software with their own code for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux. In addition, various consoled, Smart TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and other devices are also compatible with PureVPN.

Split Tunneling allows users to choose which data to send through a VPN and which through the original IP. Other features include

  • NAT Firewall
  • DDoS protection,
  • Ozone Layer Protection,
  • SOCKS5 Proxy available
  • Kill Switch.
  • IP address Masking
  • Anonymous Browsing
  • DNS Leak Protection
  • IPV6 Leak Protection
  • Web RTC Leak Protection
  • The built-in Ad Blocking

As you can see the feature set is very comprehensive.

When it comes to IPVanish, the service is much more basic.

It offers basic VPN features, such as user-friendly apps across the major platforms, unlimited server switching and bandwidth.

IPVanish also provides a unique feature SOCKS5 web proxy that masks personal IP address while users make P2P and VoIP connections.

All the of the offered plans include a decent set of features:

  • Zero traffic logs
  • Anonymous Torrenting
  • Unlimited P2P Traffic
  • SOCKS5 web proxy
  • Access to Censored Apps & Websites

As you can see PureVPN offers more security and privacy features.


It is worth mentioning that PureVPN has one of the best VPN infrastructures.

However, when on the speed test it was a bit slow compared to IPVanish.

PureVPN demonstrated an average of 12% speed loss.

The VPN service has a steady and reliable connection, we did not need to reset it.

IPVanish is also not the best player in the industry when it comes to performance. However, it demonstrated an average of 10% speed loss, which is slightly better than PureVPN. In addition, IPVanish provides users with fast connections when it comes to international connections to the US or UK.

All in one, IPVanish demonstrated better performance rates than PureVPN.

Netflix Access and BitTorrent support

Netflix unblocking is an important feature nowadays. PureVPN allows limited US-based content, however, IPVanish does not offer any access to Netflix content.

When it comes to P2P support, PureVPN support file sharing in more than 80 countries, while IPVanish allows torrenting on all of their servers in 60 countries.

Client software

PureVPN has a simple and easy to use interface. The desktop version looks colorful and bright, while the mobile version is darker and offers more options.

The main window displays at both, mobile and desktop versions include the main options to ‘select mode’ from Stream, Internet Freedom, Security / Privacy, File Sharing, and Remote / Dedi Ip.

The interface is simple and easy to understand and use.

PureVPN Android

The IPVanish’s user interface is dark and ominous-looking. Users can access the feedback and configuration details thought the interface. The interface is very intuitive.

The VPN provides native apps for Windows, macOS, iOS< and Amazon Fire TV platforms.

Even though PureVPN offers browser extensions, IPVanish wins because it offers superior platform support, easy to use interface. It also allows you to connect up to 10 devices.

IPVanish Mobile

The final verdict

PureVPN is a full-featured VPN service that provides users with quality self-managed and owned servers and locations around the world. It is also not expensive and offers exclusive features such as split tunneling.

  • Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, plus Chrome & Firefox extensions.
  • Allows 3rd-party connections: Yes, for Above, plus Linux, BlackBerry, open-source routers.
  • Simultaneous connections: Up to 5 devices.
  • User data required: a real name.
  • Supported protocols:L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, IKEv2.

IPVanish VPN offers users an excellent software for all devices including PCs, Macs, Android smartphones tablets, iPhones, iPads and Amazon Fire TVs, it also could be set up to other platforms, such as Linux machines, Windows Phones or Kodi.

However, it is relatively expensive and is based in the US that might turn off some customers due to the US law regulations. 

  • Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV.
  • Allows 3rd-party connections: Yes, for Above, plus routers, Linux, ChromeOS, Windows Phone, Kodi.
  • Simultaneous connections: Up to 5 devices
  • User data required: valid email address
  • Supported protocols: IKEv2/IPsec, Open VPN, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP.

To conclude

As you can see IPVanish is a great choice for those, who want to connect many devices at the same time. It also has one of the greatest assortments of server locations and has excellent software for all devices.

Still, PureVPN is a winner because it offers more comprehensive security and privacy feature set, is outside EU/US Jurisdictions and works with Netflix. Finally, it offers on

About the author

Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at Reviewedbypro.com. She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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