NordVPN vs. IPVanish — Which VPN Is Better in 2024?

Tim Mocan
Tim Mocan Senior Writer
Updated on: May 24, 2024
Fact Checked by Katarina Glamoslija
Tim Mocan Tim Mocan
Updated on: May 24, 2024 Senior Writer

Short on Time? Here’s the Final Verdict:

  • 🥇 NordVPN  — Winner in Extra Features, Servers, Speeds, and Streaming. Provides access to more features than IPVanish (including an ad blocker and a smart DNS), comes with more servers, has much faster speeds, and provides significantly better streaming support.

NordVPN and IPVanish are among the top VPNs on the market — they come with really good security and privacy features, are good for torrenting and gaming, and have intuitive apps for all major platforms.

Both providers have essential VPN security features, including 256-bit AES encryption, a kill switch, and a no-logs policy — plus each VPN’s no-logs policy has been independently audited and confirmed.

In addition, NordVPN and IPVanish also have:

  • Perfect forward secrecy.
  • DNS and IPv6 leak protection.
  • Obfuscation.
  • Split-tunneling.
  • Tor (The Onion Router) support.
  • SOCKS5 support.

That said, there are some noticeable differences that make NordVPN the better choice. It comes with many extras, such as an ad blocker and malware protection, dedicated IP addresses (at a small additional cost), and a smart DNS. NordVPN also provides access to 6,266 servers in 111 countries, has really fast speeds, and works with all top streaming sites, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, and Max you use a VPN on devices that don’t natively support VPN clients — such as gaming consolex. On the other hand, IPVanish lacks many additional features that NordVPN includes, offers 2,400+ servers in 56 countries, has noticeable slowdowns on nearby and distant servers, and doesn’t work with popular streaming platforms like Disney+ and Max. That being said, one of my favorite things about IPVanish is that it allows unlimited connections (NordVPN only allows 10 connections).

I used many metrics to compare NordVPN with IPVanish, including security, additional features, privacy, servers, speeds, streaming support, P2P support, gaming, bypassing censorship, ease of use, plans and pricing, and customer support. Overall, I think NordVPN is much better than IPVanish, but I still recommend checking out the entire article to determine which VPN would be the best fit for your budget and your online habits in 2024.

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NordVPN vs. IPVanish — Quick Overview

NordVPN IPVanish
💸Starting Price $3.39 / month $2.19 / month
📱 Number of Devices 10 Unlimited
🔐Security 256-bit AES encryption,
No-logs policy (audited).
Kill switch,
Full leak protection,
Perfect forward secrecy,
RAM-only servers
256-bit AES encryption,
No-logs policy (audited).
Kill switch,
DNS leak protection,
IPv6 leak protection,
Perfect forward secrecy.
🌍 Number of Servers6,266 6,266servers in 111 countries 2,400+ servers in 56 countries
⚡️ Speeds Very fast on nearby servers, and fast on distant servers Noticeable slowdowns on nearby and distant servers
🎥Streaming Support Works with Netflix, Max, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and Disney+ Works with Netflix and BBC iPlayer
🔽P2P Support ✅ (4,500+ servers in 45+ countries) ✅ (2,400+ servers in 56 countries)
💻 Apps iOS,
Android,
Windows,
macOS,
Linux,
Android TV,
Fire TV,
Chromebook
iOS,
Android,
Windows,
macOS,
Android TV,
Fire TV,
Chromebook
❓Customer Support 24/7 live chat,
Email support,
In-depth support library
24/7 live chat,
Email support,
In-depth support library,
Phone support
💰 Money-Back Guarantee 30 days 30 days (long-term plans only)

Security — Either VPN Provides Great Security

256-bit AES Encryption No-Logs Policy Kill Switch Leak Protection RAM-Only Servers Perfect Forward Secrecy
NordVPN Full leak protection (DNS, IPv6, and WebRTC)
IPVanish DNS leak protection, IPv6 leak protection

Your data is safe whether you use NordVPN or IPVanish. They both come with industry-standard VPN security features, including:

  • 256-bit AES encryption. Makes all your traffic unreadable, so that nobody can spy on it. This is the same encryption level that banks and militaries use.
  • No-logs policy. Prevents the VPN provider from collecting your traffic, including your IP address, the websites you browse, and the files you download.
  • Kill switch. Shuts down all internet access if it detects that your VPN connection has dropped, which prevents traffic leaks.

I like how NordVPN also has an app-based kill switch in addition to its regular kill switch. This shuts down selected apps if the VPN disconnects. I tested it with 4 P2P apps, and it always disconnected me from the app when I disconnected from the NordVPN server.

NordVPN has full leak protection, while IPVanish only provides DNS and IPv6 leak protection — so you need to manually disable WebRTC in your browser to prevent WebRTC leaks. That said, I ran leak tests while connected to servers in 10+ countries for each provider, and I never experienced any leaks.

Also, only NordVPN comes with RAM-only servers, which is an advanced security feature that only writes data to the RAM, and not the hard drive. This way, every server reset wipes all data.

But, both providers have perfect forward secrecy, which changes the encryption key for each VPN session — this prevents cybercriminals from compromising past or future encryption keys, and using them to access your VPN traffic history.

Also, each VPN provides access to secure and fast protocols like IKEv2/IPSec and OpenVPN. IPVanish also uses WireGuard, which is a very popular, secure and fast protocol, and NordVPN has its own proprietary protocol NordLynx, which is built around WireGuard and super fast.

Finally, NordVPN also lets you secure your VPN account with two-factor authentication — this requires you to verify each login attempt with a security key or a time-sensitive code that’s generated by an app, preventing unauthorized access to your account.

Winner (Security): It’s a tie

I can’t pick a winner because both NordVPN and IPVanish are really secure — they come with industry-standard VPN security features, provide access to perfect forward secrecy, and have secure VPN protocols. NordVPN also has full leak protection (IPVanish is missing WebRTC leak protection) and lets you secure your VPN account with two-factor authentication.

Extra Features — NordVPN Wins This Round

Split-Tunneling Obfuscation Blocks Ads Blocks Malicious Sites Tor Support Smart DNS Other Features
NordVPN Double VPN, Dark Web Monitor, Tapjacking protection, Meshnet, dedicated IPs, SOCKS5
IPVanish SOCKS5

IPVanish has decent extras, but it just can’t compete with NordVPN, which is one of the most feature-rich apps on the market.

Both VPNs provide access to split-tunneling, which lets you pick which apps or websites use the VPN connection, and which apps or sites use your local network. However, IPVanish only has split-tunneling on Android, while NordVPN has it on Android and Windows.

And both NordVPN and IPVanish have obfuscation, which hides VPN traffic from your internet service providers to provide better privacy. However, neither VPN is able to bypass internet restrictions in countries like China.

However, only NordVPN comes with an ad blocker (called Threat Protection) that blocks ads, third-party trackers, and malicious sites. What’s more, Threat Protection can also protect you from malware-infected downloads, and you don’t need to be connected to a VPN server for it to be active.

Both providers allow Tor traffic on all of their servers, which means you can first secure your data with NordVPN or IPVanish before you access the dark web. That said, I like how NordVPN also has Onion Over VPN servers, which provide more convenience by automatically routing your traffic through the Tor network — I was able to browse dark web sites in my Chrome browser (it works in other browsers, too), and I didn’t need to download and use the Tor browser.

Only NordVPN comes with a smart DNS, which is a tool that lets you use a VPN on devices that don’t work with VPN apps — like certain smart TV models or gaming consoles. In my tests, I used a VPN on my Xbox without any problems.

And both VPNs provide access to SOCKS5 proxies, which are servers that change your IP address but don’t encrypt your traffic. Since there’s no encryption, these servers provide significantly faster speeds compared to VPN servers.

NordVPN also provides access to the following features, which IPVanish doesn’t have:

  • Double VPN. NordVPN has Double VPN servers that send your data through 2 VPN servers instead of 1 VPN server — this provides better security, as you get an extra layer of encryption.
  • Dark Web Monitor. This feature scans the web and sends you alerts if it detects that your NordVPN account login credentials have been leaked.
  • Tapjacking protection. This Android-only feature sends you alerts if it detects that malicious apps have added screen overlays, which attempt to trick you into performing actions that might compromise your data.
  • Meshnet. Allows you to connect up to 60 devices over encrypted VPN connections. You can use this feature to host secure virtual LAN parties, or to get better security while remotely sharing files between devices.
  • Dedicated IP addresses. For a small additional cost, NordVPN can assign you a dedicated IP address, which is only used by you. These IP addresses are useful for avoiding reCAPTCHAs and accessing bank websites, which normally block shared VPN IP addresses.

Winner (Extra Features): NordVPN

It’s hardly surprising that NordVPN comes out on top — it comes with a really good ad blocker, a feature that lets you access Tor sites in regular browsers, a smart DNS, and other extras, such as double VPN connections, a data breach monitor, dedicated IP addresses, and more.

Privacy — Both Providers Have Great Privacy Features

Logs User IP Addresses Logs User Traffic Audited No-Logs Policy Headquarters Open-Source Apps
NordVPN Panama (outside the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliances)
IPVanish The US (inside the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliances)

I think you get great privacy with both NordVPN and IPVanish, as they both have a strict no-logs policy that doesn’t collect your IP address or record what you do while connected to the VPN.

Also, it’s great that both providers’ no-logs policies have undergone independent security audits to prove they are true — NordVPN’s no-logs policy has been audited in 2018, 2020, and 2022, and IPVanish’s no-logs policy passed an audit in 2022. What’s more, NordVPN’s no-logs policy has also been proven true in 2018, when one of the data centers that housed its servers suffered a data breach, but no user data was compromised.

In addition, NordVPN also underwent other security audits — its iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS apps were audited in 2019 and no major security issues were found, and its NordLynx protocol also passed an independent security audit.

NordVPN is headquartered in Panama, which is a privacy-friendly country with no mandatory data retention laws and it’s outside the jurisdiction of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliances (a group of countries that share surveillance data).

On the other hand, IPVanish is located in the US, which is a part of the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliances — even so, if authorities ask the provider to hand over any user data, it wouldn’t have anything to share.

However, only NordVPN accepts cryptocurrency payments, which provide better privacy than regular payment options.

Winner (Privacy): It’s a tie

Both NordVPN and IPVanish provide really good privacy features. They have strict no-logs policies that have been verified in independent security audits. NordVPN’s apps have also been audited, and it also accepts cryptocurrency payments.

Servers — NordVPN’s Server Network Is Better

Number of Servers Number of Countries Virtual Locations P2P Servers Obfuscated Servers
NordVPN 6,266 111
(4,500+ servers in 45+ countries)

(100+ servers in 15+ countries)
IPVanish 2,400+ 56
(2,400+ servers in 56 countries)

(2,400+ servers in 56 countries)

Both providers have good server networks, but NordVPN’s server network is better — it has 6,266 servers in 111 countries, while IPVanish has 2,400+ servers in 56 countries. With more servers, you’re less likely to connect to servers that are overcrowded, which can cause slowdowns.

Each provider also allows P2P traffic on its servers — NordVPN comes with 4,500+ P2P servers in 45+ countries, while IPVanish allows torrenting on all of its servers in 56 countries.

And both NordVPN and IPVanish support obfuscation on their servers. NordVPN provides access to 100+ obfuscated servers in 15+ countries, while IPVanish supports obfuscation across all of its servers.

In addition, the two VPNs also support streaming and Tor traffic across all servers — but NordVPN also has Onion Over VPN in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Also, NordVPN provides access to double VPN servers in 5+ countries, which provide better security. This is a great feature for users who are uber-conscious about privacy.

And finally, NordVPN also has dedicated IP address servers — they’re available for a small cost, and you can get a dedicated IP address from 5+ countries, including the US, the UK, and Japan.

Winner (Servers): NordVPN

This was somewhat close since both VPNs have large server networks, but NordVPN ultimately has a larger server count — it has 6,266 servers in 111 countries, while IPVanish has 2,400+ servers in 56 countries. Both providers’ servers support torrenting, obfuscation, and Tor traffic, but NordVPN also has Onion Over VPN servers, double VPN servers, and dedicated IP address servers.

Speeds — NordVPN Has Faster Speeds

NordVPN Nearby Servers IPVanish Nearby Servers NordVPN Distant Servers IPVanish Distant Servers
Website load time Instantly 3 seconds 2–3 seconds 5–6 seconds
HD video load time Instantly 5–6 seconds 1–2 seconds 6 seconds
HD video buffering ✅(minor buffering)
4K video load time Instantly 8–9 seconds 4–5 seconds 13–15 seconds
4K video buffering ✅(minor buffering)
Time to download a 20 GB file 12–13 minutes 29–32 minutes 19–22 minutes 42–44 minutes

I had significantly faster speeds for all online activities with NordVPN. This is not very surprising, as NordVPN is one of the fastest VPNs on the market.

NordVPN, and had fast speeds on nearby and distant servers in my speed tests. On nearby servers, sites loaded instantly, HD and 4K videos loaded instantly and didn’t buffer, and it only took 12–13 minutes to torrent a 20 GB file. On distant servers, I experienced slowdowns but they were very minor — sites loaded in 2–3 seconds, HD videos in 1–2 seconds, 4K videos in 4–5 seconds (and there was only minor buffering at the start), and the same 20 GB torrent took 19–22 minutes to download.

However, I experienced pretty noticeable slowdowns connected to IPVanish’s servers. On nearby servers, sites loaded in 3 seconds, HD videos took 5–6 seconds to load and I experienced minor buffering, 4K videos loaded in 8–9 seconds and there was noticeable buffering, and a 20 GB file took 29–32 minutes to download. On distant servers, the slowdowns were even bigger — websites loaded in 5–6 seconds, HD videos took 6 seconds to load and they buffered frequently, 4K videos loaded in 13–15 seconds and there was noticeable buffering when skipping through them, and the same 20 GB file took 42–44 minutes to torrent.

Winner (Speeds): NordVPN

NordVPN is the clear winner. In my speed tests, NordVPN provided me with fast speeds for browsing, streaming, and torrenting on both nearby and distant servers. On the other hand, I experienced really noticeable slowdowns when testing both nearby and distant servers from IPVanish.

Streaming — NordVPN Has Much Better Streaming Support

Number of Streaming Services the VPN Works With Works With Netflix Works With BBC iPlayer, Max, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Smart DNS
NordVPN 10+
IPVanish N/A Only Netflix and BBC iPlayer

I think NordVPN is a much better VPN for streaming than IPVanish — NordVPN claims to work with 10+ streaming services, while IPVanish couldn’t provide me with an exact number.

Both VPNs work with Netflix, but NordVPN has support for more libraries. In Romania, I accessed Netflix Romania effortlessly with NordVPN; my US colleagues had similar experiences with Netflix US. With IPVanish, only my US-based colleagues could access their home library (I couldn’t use Netflix at all).

Also, NordVPN works with more top streaming services compared to IPVanish. NordVPN works with BBC iPlayer, Max, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. Meanwhile, IPVanish only works with Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

Finally, NordVPN also comes with a smart DNS, which lets you use a VPN on devices that don’t work with VPN apps. On top of that, it also has SmartPlay across all of its servers, which mixes VPN and smart DNS technology to provide you with even stronger encryption.

Winner (Streaming): NordVPN

NordVPN has much better streaming support compared to IPVanish — it works with 10+ streaming platforms, including top sites like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Max, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, and it has a smart DNS and SmartPlay. IPVanish, however, only works if you’re someone in the US wanting to use Netflix US or someone in England wanting to use BBC iPlayer, and it lacks a smart DNS.

Torrenting — Both VPNs Are Good Options

P2P Servers Works With Top P2P Apps Port Forwarding SOCKS5 Proxy Support Kill Switch No-Logs Policy
NordVPN 6,266 servers in 45+ countries ✅ (independently audited)
IPVanish 2,400+ servers in 56 countries ✅ (independently audited)

I think both NordVPN and IPVanish are really good VPNs for P2P traffic. NordVPN allows torrenting on 6,266 servers in 45+ countries, while IPVanish supports P2P traffic on all of its servers (2,400+ servers in 56 countries).

What’s more, both providers work with popular P2P clients, such as qBittorrent, Vuze, and Deluge. I ran tests on those P2P apps while connected to both VPNs, and I never experienced any issues.

Also, I like how both VPNs come with SOCKS5 support — SOCKS5 proxy servers change your IP address but don’t encrypt your traffic, so you get very fast P2P speeds. NordVPN has 5+ SOCKS5 proxy servers in the US, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and IPVanish has 20+ SOCKS5 proxy servers in 10+ countries, including the US, the UK, and Singapore.

In addition, both provide strong security and privacy for torrenting. They both come with a kill switch and a no-logs policy that has been independently audited and confirmed. On top of that, NordVPN has a top-notch ad blocker called Threat Protection, which blocks malicious ads on P2P sites, stops you from connecting to shady torrenting websites, and protects you from malware-infected torrents.

Finally, I also ran several leak tests before I started torrenting with each provider — fortunately, I never suffered any leaks. Plus, I ran torrent IP leak tests as well to make sure P2P apps can’t reveal my real IP address while connected to each VPN. Again, the results always displayed each provider’s IP address, and not my real IP address.

Winner (Torrenting): It’s a tie

You get great P2P support with either NordVPN or IPVanish since they both have large P2P server networks. Also, each provider works with popular P2P apps, has SOCKS5 support, and provides strong security and privacy while torrenting.

Gaming — Either VPN Is Good for Gaming

Ping on Local Servers (Romania) Ping on Distant Servers (the US) Lag-Free Gaming Anti-DDoS Protection Router Support Cloud Gaming Support
NordVPN 20–22 ms 139–143 ms ❌ (only minor lag, not game-breaking)
IPVanish 21–25 ms 172–181 ms ❌(noticeable lag sometimes)

I used NordVPN and IPVanish while playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — NordVPN was faster, but IPVanish’s speeds were also decent. Both VPNs provided me with good ping on local servers. On distant servers, I experienced higher ping with IPVanish, while NordVPN maintained lower, more stable ping. Also, I had lag with both VPNs, but it was more noticeable with IPVanish (on the plus side, I only experienced it 30% of the time).

It’s also great that they protect you from Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, but only IPVanish has anti-DDoS protection on all of its servers — this way, if someone tries to DDoS you while you’re connected to IPVanish, they wouldn’t be able to do it. Unfortunately, they might be able to disconnect you from NordVPN’s servers.

Also, you can manually configure both VPNs on your router — this way, you can use them to game on devices that don’t natively support VPN apps, such as Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

However, only IPVanish comes with cloud gaming support, which means you can use this VPN to access platforms that stream video games to portable devices, such as smartphones and laptops. With NordVPN, there’s no guarantee that it will work with cloud gaming services.

Winner (Gaming): It’s a tie

I really like NordVPN and IPVanish for gaming. For starters, they provide good, stable ping on local servers. On distant servers, NordVPN only has minor lag — IPVanish also lags, but it’s more noticeable (luckily, it doesn’t happen all the time). In addition, both providers allow manual router setups. IPVanish also has anti-DDoS protection on all servers and provides support for cloud gaming.

Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option

Obfuscation Works in China
Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option
Works in Russia
Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option
Works in Iran
Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option
Works in Indonesia
Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option
Works in Saudi Arabia
Bypassing Censorship — Neither Provider Is a Good Option
NordVPN
IPVanish Maybe

While both providers come with obfuscation, neither are good in restrictive countries. NordVPN doesn’t work in restrictive regions, while IPVanish works in Indonesia, it may work in Russia, and it doesn’t work in places like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

Instead, I recommend getting ExpressVPN because it consistently works in restrictive countries without any issues — it’s the best VPN for getting around government censorship in 2024.

Winner (Bypassing Censorship): None

I can’t recommend either VPN. NordVPN doesn’t work in restrictive countries, and IPVanish doesn’t work in most restrictive regions. Instead, I suggest trying ExpressVPN because it always works without any problems in restrictive regions.

Apps & Ease of Use — Both VPNs Are User-Friendly

iOS App Android App Windows App macOS App Linux App Smart TV App Router Support Other Apps
NordVPN ✅ (Android TV, Fire TV) Chromebook
IPVanish ✅ (Android TV, Fire TV) Chromebook

I’m very impressed with each VPN’s cross-platform support. They have apps for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Android TV, Fire TV, and Chromebook — however, only NordVPN has a Linux app. In addition, both providers support manual router setups.

Both NordVPN and IPVanish have good mobile apps — they have quick-connect features that automatically connect you to the fastest server, are easy to navigate, and provide helpful explanations for all settings and features. That said, NordVPN’s mobile apps are more feature-rich than IPVanish’s iOS and Android apps.

Apps & Ease of Use — Both VPNs Are User-Friendly

And both VPNs have good desktop apps — they even let you connect to servers via a digital map, which I sometimes found quicker than scrolling through the server menu. And each provider’s desktop apps work well, as I didn’t experience any bugs or crashes while testing them,

Finally, you can manually configure each VPN’s service on your router. Both NordVPN and IPVanish provide helpful tutorials that make the setup process easier.

Winner (Apps & Ease of Use): It’s a tie

I think both NordVPN and IPVanish have great apps — they’re available for all major platforms (the only difference is that IPVanish lacks a Linux app), and they’re very simple to use. On top of that, both providers support manual router setups.

Plans & Pricing — Both VPNs Are Affordable

Starting Price Free Plan Simultaneous Connections Payment Options Money-Back Guarantee
NordVPN $3.39 / month 10 credit/debit cards
PayPal
Google Pay
cryptocurrencies
30 days
IPVanish $2.19 / month Unlimited credit/debit cards
PayPal
Google Pay
30 days (long-term plans only)

While NordVPN provides better value, IPVanish is more affordable — in addition, it’s also one of the few VPNs that supports unlimited connections, which means you can use it on as many devices as you want. NordVPN, on the other hand, only allows 10 connections, which is on the lower end of the industry average of 5–10 connections.

NordVPN has a 1-month, a 1-year, and a 2-year plan for several tier-based subscriptions. The Standard subscription, which starts at $3.39 / month, provides access to all VPN features, and is the one I recommend. The Plus subscription adds a password manager (NordPass), and the Complete subscription adds a cloud encryption platform, which is called NordLocker.

IPVanish has a 1-month, a 1-year, and a 2-year plan — its longest plan provides the best savings and starts at $2.19 / month.

Both VPNs accept multiple payment methods, including credit/debit cards, Paypal, and Google Pay. But NordVPN also accepts cryptocurrency payments.

Finally, both providers come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, but IPVanish’s refund only covers its long-term plans (there’s no refund for the shortest plan).

Winner (Plans & Pricing): It’s a tie

NordVPN and IPVanish offer flexible and affordable pricing plans, accept multiple payment methods, and have 30-day refunds — but IPVanish only backs its long-term plans with its money-back guarantee. However, IPVanish also supports unlimited connections, while NordVPN only allows 10 connections.

Customer Support — Both VPNs Provide Great Customer Support

Live Chat Email Support FAQs Tutorials Troubleshooting Guides Phone Support
NordVPN ✅ (24/7)
IPVanish ✅ (24/7)

NordVPN and IPVansh offer multiple customer support platforms. They each provide access to great support libraries that are full of helpful frequently asked questions (FAQs), tutorials, and troubleshooting guides. Even better, both providers have many support articles that include screenshots and even video guides.

Each VPN I recommend offers great 24/7 live chat support, with friendly representatives capable of answering all inquiries.

I also tested each VPN’s email support, and had good results — it usually took less than a day to hear back from each VPN’s email support team, and the replies I received were always informative.

IPVanish is also one of the only VPNs on the market that has phone support. Its phone support is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (UTC -6) in the US, the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.

Winner (Customer Support): It’s a tie

I’m happy with both NordVPN and IPVanish’s customer support — they have helpful, in-depth support libraries, 24/7 live chat, and responsive email support. IPVanish is also one of the few VPN providers that has phone support.

 Overall Winner: NordVPN

NordVPN is really secure and good for privacy, has 6,266 servers in 111 countries, and works with all top streaming sites, such as Netflix and Disney+. It also provides great P2P support, has fast speeds on all servers, and comes with tons of useful extras, such as an ad blocker, malware protection, and a smart DNS.

IPVanish allows unlimited connections, has strong security and privacy features, and is good for torrenting. It also comes with 2,400+ servers in 56 countries, user-friendly apps for most devices, provides good gaming support, and is pretty affordable.

While both VPNs are good, I ultimately think that NordVPN provides much better value — it has way more extra features than IPVanish, provides access to more servers, has much faster speeds, and works with more streaming platforms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is NordVPN better than IPVanish?

According to my tests, yes. NordVPN outperforms IPVanish overall because it provides access to more additional features, has a much better server network, provides significantly faster speeds, and works with a lot more streaming sites. That said, both VPNs provide good value when it comes to security, privacy, torrenting, gaming, ease of use, plans and pricing, and customer support.

Which is better for torrenting — NordVPN or IPVanish?

Either VPN is a great pick for torrenting — NordVPN has 6,266 P2P servers in 45+ countries, and IPVanish allows torrenting on 2,400+ servers in 56 countries. In addition, both VPNs work with popular P2P clients, provide strong security and privacy while torrenting, and come with SOCKS5 proxy support, which changes your IP address but doesn’t use encryption, so you get much faster P2P speeds.

Do NordVPN and IPVanish work with Netflix?

Yes, but I think NordVPN is much better for Netflix than IPVanish. In Romania, NordVPN allowed easy access to Netflix Romania, while IPVanish did not. My US colleagues were the only ones who could use Netflix with IPVanish.

On top of that, NordVPN also has overall better streaming support. It consistently works with 10+ other streaming platforms, including top sites like BBC iPlayer, Max, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ (IPVanish is only compatible with BBC iPlayer).

Which is faster — NordVPN or IPVanish?

I had significantly faster speeds with NordVPN than I did with IPVanish. In my speed tests, NordVPN maintained really fast speeds for browsing, streaming, and torrenting on nearby servers, and fast speeds for all online activities on distant servers (I only experienced very minor slowdowns). While IPVanish provided me with decent speeds, I still experienced pretty noticeable slowdowns on both nearby and distant servers.

Are NordVPN and IPVanish both safe to use?

Yes, both VPNs provide strong security. Each VPN comes with industry-standard VPN security features, such as 256-bit AES encryption, a no-logs policy that has also been audited and verified, and a kill switch to prevent traffic leaks. In addition, both providers have secure VPN protocols and perfect forward secrecy, which is an advanced feature that changes the encryption key for each VPN session.

NordVPN also provides access to more security features — it has full leak protection (IPVanish doesn’t have WebRTC leak protection), RAM-only servers (every server reset wipes all data), and the ability to secure your VPN account with two-factor authentication. Also, NordVPN has Threat Protection, which protects you from malicious ads, shady sites, and malware-infected downloads.

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Tim Mocan
Tim Mocan
Senior Writer
Updated on: May 24, 2024

About the Author

Tim Mocan is a Senior Writer at SafetyDetectives. He has 5+ years of experience researching and writing about cybersecurity topics, and he specializes in VPNs. Prior to joining SafetyDetectives, he worked as a contributor for other VPN review websites and as a content writer for several VPN providers. Throughout his freelance writing career, he has also covered other niches, including SEO, digital marketing, customer loyalty, home improvement, and health and rehab. Outside of work, Tim loves to spend his time traveling, playing video games, binging anime, and using VPNs (yes, really!).