If you have made your way here you probably know exactly what a VPN and a VPN service is, if not I shall give you a brief explanation. A VPN is a virtual private network and what that boils down to is a secure network link between 2 networks over the internet. There are many reasons why you would need this but some of the more ‘practical uses’ for this is anonymity, security and a handy tool to bypass pesky geotargeting systems.
IAPS was a great surprise find, I had not heard of them before and was really surprised by the service. IAPS have the biggest presence I have seen out of any provider tested so far. With servers in more than 151 locations they have an amazing footprint. I needed to trial the services so I picked up an account for UK, USA and South Africa. I have not seen any premium VPNs in South Africa so this was a pleasant surprise and one I was looking forward to testing (being a South African). The last thing to do was some testings, and this is the reason you are still reading!
There are a few basic tests that that I go through on each review, one is a test for streaming. Many people use a VPN service to to watch hulu.com from outside of USA or some other service that is geotargeted. I also test a single 100Mb file which usually shows a true reflection of the server and if there are many people utilising it, or in many cases, over-utilisingit. IAPS stood up to these well, very well in fact and to just leave it at well would be an understatment. They are the best performing VPN provider I have tested and they have a big lead on the others. I watched an entire Episode on Hulu and there was no buffer delay or any speed related issue which is a big plus for me. Below are results from my speed test.
The only issue that stops IAPS VPN from being the ultimate VPN service is two fold. The first and this is easy to get over; it is that you need to choose from the outset what country you would like to use and subscribe to it. You don’t get to just use any of their huge array of servers. The second is that if you are a bittorrent user or make use of P2P you you can not use the following VPN’s United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark and Australia. This again is not a huge issue but may be a deal breaker for some.
In conclusion : This is the best performing VPN service I have tested. The speeds I have achieved are the same speed as my standard connection, the only thing that was effected was the ping which is to be expected. The setup was painless and the support and communication I received from Jared was fast and friendly.
It is due to these factors that this is the first VPN service to receive ‘Editors Choice’[ed : See update] .
UPDATE : Do to numerous complaints I have received I am having to remove the ‘Editors choice’ and will be doing a follow up review in due course.