Invisible Browsing VPN

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IbVPN (Invisible Browsing VPN)
DeveloperibVPN
TypeVirtual private network service
Launch date2010; 12 years ago (2010)
Platform
Operating system
StatusActive
Websiteibvpn.com

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Invisible Browsing VPN (ibVPN) is a virtual private network service provider based in Romania, which has no mandatory data retention laws and does not participate in the Five Eyes or Fourteen Eyes alliances. ibVPN states that has no log policy and that is GDPR compliant for all its users.

The software is marketed as a privacy, security and IP masking tool. It encrypts the Internet traffic and sending it via a VPN tunnel from an ibVPN server IP using a strong AES-256 encryption...[1]. It allows its users to access geo-restricted services and websites, while remaining confident that their privacy is not breached.

History[edit]

ibVPN is owned and operated by Amplusnet SRL[2], a software company since 2003.

  • 2003 - Amplusnet SRL started to develop the first privacy solutions using different technologies.[3]
  • 2004 - They have released "Invisible Browsing", a Windows application based on public and private HTTP proxies.
  • 2005 - Invisible Browsing version 2 has been released, having in consideration its popularity at that time. It was using exclusively private proxies technology.
  • 2006 - Technical improvements have been made regarding the online anonymity features. Also, the first interface design changes have been made.
  • 2007 and 2008 - Many improvements regarding the proxy list, the IP hiding features and the browser cleaning functions have been made.
  • 2010, January - Invisible Browsing VPN has been launched, using VPN technologies. The main focus was on service quality, freedom, and choice of connectivity. The initial protocols implemented at that time were PPTP and L2TP.
  • 2011 - The first ibVPN All-In-One VPN client has been released for the first time, containing also SmartDNS feature.
  • 2012 - The iOS client has been released. Additionally, SSTP protocol has been added and it was using 2048 bits data encryption. Tens of extra IPs, remote setup assistance and a dedicated account manager has been introduced.
  • 2013 - The new and improved site has been released. The first Android and Mac OS X clients have been added. UserVoice forum was launched for extra-feedback.
  • 2014 - ibDNS (SmartDNS) comes out of beta as a standalone package.
  • 2015 - The first VPN server dedicated to gamers, based in Netherlands, has been introduced. Torrent servers were added to the VPN servers' network.
  • 2016 - The "Firefox ibVPN add-on" has been released publicly. Same year, Amplusnet SRL has launched the new Windows All-In-One client application. Amplusnet was introducing the application Kill Switch in their applications. SoftEther and SOCKS5 proxy have been added on their list of services.
  • 2017 - Many technological improvements have been added to their VPN clients. iOS lite app has been added. New Android client has been released compatible with Android TV. 2017 was introducing new features like: Double VPN, TOR over VPN, rotating favorites, fastest server.
  • 2018 - ibVPN site has been improved and re-designed. ShadowSocks and Stealth VPN have been added to their lists of features.
  • 2019 - Android version 3.0.0 has been released, which was including the proxy and smart DNS solutions integrated within the Android app.

Service[edit]

Invisible Browsing VPN (ibVPN) operates using wide range of protocols like: PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, IPSec, OpenVPN, ShadowSocks. For extra safety, to avoid censorship or to bypass GFW (Great firewall of China) ibVPN offers also Stealth VPN which masks the Internet packages as normal HTTPS traffic (encrypted). For advanced users, DoubleVPN and TOR over VPN features are also available.

ibVPN has desktop applications for: Windows, MacOS, also, mobile apps for iOS and Android including application for Android TV. Manual setup is available for wireless routers, NAS devices, Linux distros and other platforms[4]

According to TechRadar, they have plenty more features, from a no-logs promise to 24/7 support, and even an option for remote assistance[5]

As per Tips2secure website [6], the ibVPN program has been highlighted on: TorrentFreak, MakeUseOf, PC-Welt, ghacks and ZDNET. With their programs, the user can get access to multiple servers located in over 60 locations.

According to CompariTech ibVPN provides a secure, fast, and reliable service capable of unblocking Netflix[7]. Also, is suitable for torrenting using BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic allowed on all servers[8][9]

It seems that ibVPN is transparent on the review matter, as they are asking reviews from their users on Trustpilot[10]. Trustpilot algorithms are built to avoid fake reviews, making them a very trusted review site.

Technical details[edit]

Features[edit]

There are several features that ibVPN claim they offer:[11]

  • IPv6 leak protection;
  • DNS leak protection;
  • Shadowsocks protocol;
  • Stealth VPN (masking OpenVPN traffic as HTTPS traffic);
  • SOCKS5 web proxy;
  • Browser proxy extensions;
  • Unlimited P2P servers;
  • Rotating favorite servers;
  • Internet kill switch for extra privacy;

VPN Encryption[edit]

As it is described in PCWorld article, ibVPN offers the following encryption:[12]

  • ibVPN default protocol: IPSec
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: HMAC-SHA2-256
  • Handshake encryption: DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384

References[edit]

  1. The Best VPN - Rob Mardisalu. "ibVPN reviews & overview".
  2. "Amplusnet S.R.L."
  3. "ibVPN history on Amplusnet S.R.L."
  4. Best Reviews. "Main Features of ibVPN". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  5. TechRadar. "ibVPN Review". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  6. Tips2secure. "ibVPN Review: Does the Program Deliver on Its Promises?". Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  7. CompariTech. "ibVPN review: Does this small provider measure up?". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  8. VPNservicePro. "ibVPN Review - Jayden Hanson". Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  9. TorrentFreak. "Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2019?". Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  10. Trustpilot. "ibVPN - Complete VPN service". Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  11. The VPN Lab. "The VPN Lab - Reviews - ibVPN Review". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  12. PCWorld. "ibVPN review: A no-frills VPN with everything you need". Retrieved 2020-02-20.

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