IPVanish and its VPN services are the result of a culmination of talent and the need for safe surfing. Director of Communications Lawrence Traynor did an interview with us and told us all about how his company excels thanks to the talent of the whole team and their efforts to help keep the internet a place where people can safely access the websites and services they want to use. This VPN provider is one of the companies that strives for full protection to its users, while keeping things simple and affordable. While expanding its server and IP capacities, IPVanish makes sure that its users can connect using all of the VPN protocols available on a fast and reliable connection.
Right now, the team is working hard on a Mac client for its software, while it’s continuing the expansion of its services and company. Discover more about IPVanish and its services in our interview with Lawrence.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your role at IPVanish?
My name is Lawrence Traynor and I’m the Director of Communications at IPVanish VPN. I manage all aspects of our marketing and branding in coordination with our Operations, Development, Support and Marketing teams.
How do you guarantee the speed and security of all of your servers worldwide?
We have an international team of some of the best networking and security experts in the world. Every person on the IPVanish team brings their own unique set of skills and expertise and it’s really a collaborative team effort all around. We’re extremely passionate and proud about what we do and work around the clock, literally 24 hours a day x 7 days a week x 365 days a year, to deliver our customers what they deserve—fast, secure and reliable VPN access. And after 15 years of hard work and dedication, we’re proud to say that IPVanish is now the fastest VPN in North America and Europe with security and quality of service that is among the very best in the business.
Why should we pick IPVanish as our VPN service and not, for example, HideMyAss?
It’s simple. IPVanish is the best deal on the market. We offer the fastest full-featured VPN service in the world for the lowest price. All of our customers get unlimited monthly VPN access, uncapped speeds, free IPVanish client software, 24×7 support, and two simultaneous connections which allows you to secure your home device and mobile device at the same time.
I mentioned the IPVanish team earlier. This is a team that you can believe in. Our group has been working together and accomplishing huge networking, content delivery and security feats for 15 years. We’re brought together with the common goal of delivering our customers the best VPN service in the world, period. This means the fastest speeds, the best security, the best tech support and the most competitive pricing anywhere for our subscribers.
I should also mention that all our servers support all VPN protocols. This makes it especially beneficial for tablet and smartphone users. They don’t have to figure out which server has which protocol, as is the case with providers like HideMyAss and Strong VPN.
What logs do you keep of people using your software?
We don’t register any activities of our users while they’re connected to one of our servers and IP’s; we don’t log where you go on the web or what you do on these different websites or other internet services. We respect our customer’s right to privacy and don’t think it’s anyone’s business what someone else does.
This is the only information we collect from your sessions using our VPN services: the timestamp (this is the date and server time) of the connection to us, duration of the connection, the IP address used for the connection and the amount of bytes used. This helps us troubleshoot any connectivity issues a customer may have. We regularly clear this tiny amount of support data that our systems remember out.
What routers do you recommend to be used with your VPN service?
We recently partnered with FlashRouters to give our subscribers a variety of options for reliable, custom-build DD-WRT routers. These routers will show up on your doorstep pre-configured with your IPVanish VPN account. This makes it super easy to get up and running with encrypting your entire home or office network through your IPVanish connection. You can tie pretty much any Internet-enabled device to your FlashRouter/IPVanish setup, anything from your Xbox 360 to your Apple TV.
May IPVanish be used for gaming and SaaS apps?
Absolutely. IPVanish can be used for gaming and SaaS apps.
Do you know what type of setup you will be able to offer for Windows 8?
The IPVanish software is already Windows 8 compatible. However, this is for L2TP and PPTP connections only. OpenVPN has yet to release a stable driver and setup for Windows 8. Once it’s ready, we’ll integrate it into the software right away for our customers.
How will your VPN service further adapt itself to the increasing internet usage on smartphones and tablets?
From an innovation standpoint, we have some of the best minds in the business here at IPVanish. Also, we work closely with our customer base worldwide to recognize their needs and have a full development team to build solutions for those needs.
From a network standpoint, we have one of the largest, most redundant VPN networks in the world… and we’re constantly investing substantial resources to continue building out our network. In August alone, we added 7 servers total in Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, Madrid, Spain, New Delhi, India and Miami, USA. Today, our network stands at 54 servers in 20 countries and will continue to grow.
As I touched on earlier, all of our servers support all the protocols, which makes it easy for tablet and smartphone users to connect and configure. They don’t have to figure out which server has which protocols, like HMA or Strong VPN.
How do you see the importance of using a VPN evolving over the future?
With government regulations, ISP bandwidth throttling, traffic shaping, geo-IP blocking and unsolicited marketing becoming more and more prevalent these days, VPNs will absolutely become more and more critical. Every individual has a right to free-flowing information on a free internet, and we’re a viable tool for protecting that right. Also, as free Wi-Fi connectivity becomes more and more prevalent, so will hacking attempts and personal data theft. IPVanish protects you by creating an encrypted tunnel through these public networks to pass your traffic through.
For which purposes do you use your VPN service yourself?
I use IPVanish on all of my devices for the peace of mind it brings. Every single time I’m connected to the Internet, I know that my identity and data is anonymous and secure.
What may expect from IPVanish in the coming weeks, months and years to come?
Our development team is working on an IPVanish Mac client as we speak, so expect an announcement on that soon. In broader scope, we’re dedicated to the continued build out of our VPN network and will be (and are now) making huge investments to make that happen. Given our passion and team of resources here at IPVanish, you can expect us to be continuously adding new features to the service to give our customers the best VPN experience available anywhere.
What other tips do you have for people who want to use the Internet in a secure way?
First and most importantly, get secured with an IPVanish VPN connection. Going online without encryption just doesn’t make sense anymore. Secondly, make sure to take the time to understand all the threats out there. Change your passwords regularly to something difficult to hack and make sure to use up-to-date anti-virus software.