|Payment:||Credit Card, Paypal, Bitcoin|
|Protocols||PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN|
IronSocket is a Hong Kong-based VPN provider. They used to go by the name HideMyNet. Their VPN service doesn’t come with a client, but it offers fast servers and a nice jurisdictional layering selection, given that they are headquartered in HK.
Pricing and Plans
This is among the many services that price their plans according to subscription length. All of the plans are unlimited and allow three connections at once. You can add more connections for an additional monthly fee.
- One month for $6.99
- Six months for $35.95
- One year for $49.95
You can pay for your subscription with PayPal, credit cards and Bitcoin. If you want another anonymous option, you can use a gift card from any of a number of different vendors to pay for your subscription, even Starbucks.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
This service doesn’t offer a free trial, but there is a seven-day money back guarantee.
Privacy & Anonymity
IronSocket doesn’t log your activity, so this service should be suitable for those who are particularly concerned about privacy. The anonymous payment options give them another advantage in this regard.
However, they do collect the time and date you connected, your IP address, your server selection and the number of bytes you transferred. This is retained for seventy-two hours before being purged. The company says they will not hand data over to third-parties or law enforcement without a valid legal order to do so.
Torrenting is allowed on selected servers, with those servers being optimized for P2P. It is prohibited on some servers, so be sure to check before you download your configuration files.
There’s a ticketing system available on the site for support requests. The information on this site is excellent, however, so basic configuration questions shouldn’t require a support ticket at all.
Setting up the OpenVPN GUI is not particularly difficult. IronSocket gives instructions for a variety of different devices on their site. Once you have the client installed, all you have to do is download the configuration files for the server you want and you can connect.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
IronSocket offers connection instructions for all major operating systems, mobile operating systems, routers and much more.
IronSocket Baseline Speedtest
IronSocket VPN Speedtest
The speed test for IronSocket gave very good results. They came back at nearly 20Mbps, compared to our 44Mbps baseline. This is definitely a fast service.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
IronSocket concealed both our DNS and IP addresses.
- Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, routers, more
- OpenVPN, L2TP, Dynamic DNS
- Peer-to-Peer allowed
- Accepts Bitcoin
- Wide compatibility
- Excellent instructions on site
- Anonymous payment methods
- Good jurisdiction
Areas for Improvement
A custom client would really take this service to the next level.