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IPVanish is an unregistered VPN provider. This means that it does not keep any record of your contact information or browsing activity.

We investigate the privacy policy in depth to ensure the accuracy of the company's claims. We discovered that it was written very clearly and transparently. Expressly declares that it does not maintain traffic or even metadata records:

"IPVanish does not collect, monitor or log any traffic or use its VPN service on any platform."

In short, the IPVanish registration policy is private and transparent as possible. The only information collected is an email address and a payment method for processing transactions.

VPN no:

• Register user traffic or use the VPN service

• Sell or rent user information to third parties.

We are pleased to note that there is nothing to worry about in the document. It is a mandatory registration policy that prioritizes anonymity, privacy and security of the user.

Given that most VPN logging policies follow at least server load or login information for maintenance purposes, this makes IPVanish a premium VPN for privacy.

Competing VPN providers reassured their clients by investing in external audits by independent third parties. We would like to see IPVanish do the same to check your registration practices.

FBI cooperation

The IPVanish review would not be complete without covering the 2016 data exchange incident, when the former owners of the Highwinds Network Group cooperated with the FBI in providing information that should not have been in accordance with the "no-registration" policy. .

What worries about this issue is not bringing a criminal to justice, but the information provided by IPVanish was only available because the company was recording information that the privacy policy did not explicitly mention.

It was able to determine the intended user from the record of the IP address they used and the time they used it.

At the time of the case, the IPVanish registration policy was very similar to the current policy. In other words, the company could not access this metadata without violating its registration policy.

Details of the case, specifically the ipvanish cyber monday crimes investigated, are not an interesting read. We have read the official statement and have specified all relevant information, but we have not linked it due to the annoying nature of its content.

The following excerpt shows information that IPVanish could share with the FBI based on a user "with IRC traffic using IP 209.197.26.72, port 6667":

The seriousness of the crime in question certainly justifies IPVanish's decision to hand the records over to the FBI, but it does not at all justify the fact that these records exist in the first place.

Fortunately, this issue has been resolved. IPVanish was acquired by StackPath in 2017 and its new management ensured that no records were stored.

The current owners are very clear: This accident took place under previous management. Stackpath was unaware of the incident when it acquired IPVanish, and, unlike the previous administration, strictly adheres to the no-registration policy.

We firmly believe in leading IPVanish when they assure that the company does not collect user records. However, we'd like to see a comprehensive external review of your registration policy and infrastructure to put this incident firmly into the past.

Who owns IPVanish?

IPVanish is one of the longest commercial VPNs available, founded in 2012 by Mudhook Media and part of the Highwinds Network Group.

In 2017, it was acquired by Stackpath, a CDN company, cloud services, and firewall. Two years later, Stackpath was acquired by online media giant J2 Global.

Stackpath has focused on getting VPN services up and running for many years, and has a lot of experience in the region. The company has many other VPN services, including StrongVPN and Encrypt.me.

In short, IPVanish has changed ownership several times in the past few years. This can be considered a drawback: it takes some time for the VPN provider to establish the trust, and this trust is effectively restored every time you are under new management.