- IP Address
- Internet provider
- NOT SECURE
- Your Internet provider can track your Internet activity.
When picking a VPN service there are multiple criteria for evaluation, starting with questions like who owns the company behind it, whether your provider keeps logs and what happens with the data you share. Two further measures are usually on the top of the remaining list: the type of security the service provides and the connection speed you can achieve while using it.
On these two fronts, a newcomer protocol, WireGuard, offers the possibility for significant improvements to existing solutions for VPN services. While it is still in its test phase, and requires formal reviews and further audits before being ready for prime time, WireGuard clearly offers improved security and better speeds over currently-preferred protocols like OpenVPN.
Implementing WireGuard in our applications and offering its use through our service was a key priority for us last year. In a pioneering move we integrated it in our Android, iOS and macOS apps last December. Since then, feedback from our subscribers who have tested the solution have been overwhelmingly positive. As Windows was not officially supported by WireGuard at the time of our initial launch, adding the option to our app remained on our to-do list. After a recent release by the team behind the protocol, we are now happy to offer the test use of WireGuard in all of our applications.
The WireGuard protocol is currently under heavy development and should
be considered experimental. At this time we do not recommend using
WireGuard except for testing or in situations where security is not
critical. We keep our WireGuard VPN servers completely separate from our
OpenVPN servers to ensure there are no security risks.
Existing subscribers can start testing WireGuard simply by downloading the latest version of our Windows application and enabling WireGuard in the Settings (please see our guide and FAQ for more information). If you are not using IVPN yet, you can take advantage of our 3-day obligation-free trial option to test the service.
We have further news
regarding our WireGuard implementation: As a VPN provider with a chief
focus on privacy protection, we have considered and evaluated the
possible risks of using the protocol during our tests. Security experts
in our team have identified and solved multiple issues – including
users’ public IP being stored in
memory indefinitely, the lack of real dynamic IP allocation and no
‘identity-hiding forward secrecy’ offered – and have taken significant
steps towards eventually recommending WireGuard as a default VPN
protocol to use. If you are curious about these technical solutions
please review our article Using WireGuard for Privacy Protection.
If you have any feedback, questions or concerns about WireGuard for IVPN, our team is standing by for your message.
Looking forward to hearing your test impressions.
Nick Pestell &
the IVPN team
IVPN’s core mission is to help people control what information they share with others. Our VPN service solves a key privacy problem by encrypting your traffic, making it inaccessible to your ISP and anyone else who may wish to surveil your online activity.
However, there is a lot more going on in terms of privacy violations when you are connected to the Internet. Thousands of companies track your movement across websites, profile your activities and sell that information to advertisers or the highest bidding data brokers.Continue »
From the start of IVPN, almost 10 years ago, we engineered our systems to not log any data that could be tied to an individual user account. Until now our customers had no way to verify this but today we’re proud to announce the results of an independent audit conducted by Cure53.
Below is an excerpt from the conclusion (Download the full unredacted report from Cure53’s website)
“To conclude this Cure53 audit and verification of the IVPN privacy-related claims yielded very positive results. The outcomes of this March 2019 audit, paired with fluent communications as well as the general handling of every aspect discussed during the assessment, attest to the considerable dedication to privacy matters at the IVPN project. Based on the findings, it is safe to say that all of the IVPN’s privacy statements could be verified as truthful within the defined scope. The requirements for both general security claims to be considered appropriate were successfully well met for all VPN gateways.”
When we setup IVPN and configured the our systems not to log, it required a lot more than directing logs to the null device. We have a complex configuration of scripts that set up and tear down dynamic configurations for port forwarding, multi-hop etc. These scripts communicate and store state information without persisting any data to disk, one of many design decisions we’ve made as a security-focused company.
Cure53 was able to identify only one issue which they classified as ‘low’ impact and which they said “does not negatively impact this conclusion”. The issue was that our DNS servers temporarily cache their responses to improve performance however none of this data is related to a customer IP address or user account in any way and is only stored temporarily until the cache timeout. This means that if an adversary had access to a DNS server they could see what domains had been recently resolved but not which customer IP had sent the request. Regardless we decided to disable the caching so this issue has been fully mitigated.
We expect this report to provide another strong signal that we take our customers privacy and security very seriously and are dedicated to being as transparent as possible. If you have any questions relating to this audit please do not hesitate to contact us.
VPN services, like IVPN, exist to protect the privacy of their customers. The focus of this mission is to stop ISP’s, governments or other potential adversaries snooping on your activities and using the information gathered for their benefit.
We believe this list should also include corporations that collect data on you through uninvited, unconsented and unknowable ways. The list starts with Facebook and Google, but does not end there; many services rely on revenue from targeting ads based on behavioral data harvested from your activities.
VPNs alone can’t make you completely invisible to all these threats; encrypting your traffic and masking your IP is just a part of the solution. There are two specific things a VPN provider could do, however, to fight this problem:Continue »
In November 2009, almost 10 years ago IVPN was launched. We knew that in order to become the most trusted provider we had to demonstrate our security expertise and execute flawlessly and consistently over many years. On day one we launched a full mesh multi-hop network using Linux policy based routing with all VPN gateways passing strict CIS benchmark compliance, an industry first. In January 2015 we introduced the IVPN firewall which is integrated deep into the OS using Microsoft’s WFP API and independent from the app itself. Even if the app crashed we could guarantee no data leaks. In September 2016 we took a strong stance against corrupt ‘pay for play’ affiliates. In the past few years we have launched dozens of new features specifically to improve our customer’s security. Today we are more excited than ever to launch what we believe is the future of VPN technology, WireGuard!
We’ve recently released new versions of our desktop and Android apps with a new ‘Pause VPN’ feature. Based on feedback from customers, we discovered that some were disconnecting temporarily from the VPN in order to connect to various services that were blocked whilst connected e.g. some payment gateways etc. When disconnected these customers were sometimes forgetting to reconnect after completing their task, leaving them in an insecure state until they remembered to manually reconnect. This could be hours or more, representing a serious privacy threat. Whilst being disconnected for even a few seconds is unacceptable for many of our hardcore privacy customers (who we don’t expect to use this feature) we felt it was important to mitigate the risk of being left insecure for those who want to disconnect and understand the risk of doing so.
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