Even though IPVanish achieved slower speeds than Norton Secure VPN during our virtual private network speed tests, I can still reach faster speeds with IPVanish. How? Simple.
At $10 a month and $78 for a year (or $62. 30 with the discount for CNET readers), IPVanish can’t beat Norton on price right now, but the $2. 30 more you pay a year for IPVanish instead of Norton is well worth the ability to not get stuck in overloaded server traffic and be unable to watch Netflix.
And IPVanish is reaching those speeds with 1,500-plus servers in 75 locations, about the same number of servers as Norton Secure VPN’s 1,500 across 29 countries.
Norton offers what it calls bank-grade encryption — standard AES-256 — but offers no kill switch, which would prevent network data from leaking outside of its secure VPN tunnel in the event the VPN connection fails. I’d generally consider a lack of kill switch a deal breaker.
But with limited server options and a few deal breaker security issues, it’s clear that the Norton Secure VPN from NortonLifeLock still has some work to do before it can meet the high standards set by its sibling security products.
In terms of speed, Norton’s are on par with other midtier VPNs: During my testing, it achieved only about 43% of the average 187-megabits-per-second speed achieved on a 1-gigabit-per-second-capable fiber connection during testing, while still maintaining an average of around 81Mbps globally.
I’m also not as confident in IPVanish’s leak security as I am with other VPNs, after reviewers at CNET’s sister publication ZDNet detected a partial DNS leak during testing.
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Norton also didn’t mask my IPv6 address, and I experienced DNS leaks during testing — major security red flags from a product that is supposed to mask your browsing activity.
While I appreciate that IPVanish comes with a standard kill switch feature, I always retain some caution when a VPN is headquartered in the US, and reserve my higher recommendations for those outside of international intelligence-sharing rings such as Five Eyes.
Compared to high-profile VPN speed players like ExpressVPN, it’s tempting to paint IPVanish’s speeds as sluggish, since it cut our internet speeds by about 65% when I tested it.
Norton VPN vs. IPVanish: Which VPN is faster and more secure? https://t.co/wf3lfSo37i— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 3, 2020
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