Torrenting & P2P
Summary : Very good on all aspects but maintains minimal logs.
IronSocket comes out as a premium VPN service provider and started out as a company named HideMyNet.com (HMN) from Hong Kong. However, with a very recent overhaul, albeit in a very major way, you have it now as IronSocket. As you are very likely to notice through the review, IronSocket does provide excellent services in the whole lot of ways. However, lacking in custom software is where it takes the hit. Despite that, the presence of some additional services such as HTTP Proxy, DNS Proxy, and SOCKS5 Proxy servers is anything but commendable to their already magnificent service.
This IronSocket VPN review will take you through everything that you need to know.
- Affordable pricing
- Excellent speeds, both download, and upload
- Superb encryption techniques employed
- DNS Proxy, HTTP Proxy, and SOCKS5 Proxy
- Hong Kong-based, with no international pressure
- Bitcoin as payments
- We didn’t like its ‘no logs’ policy, which actually does a fair bit of logging
- VPN clients’ features can largely be improved too
As far as infrastructural aspects of IronSocket VPN are concerned, it turns out to be very well laid out. As such, it boasts of a network that consists of about 30 servers in 5 continents across the face of Earth. Also, they are service that has been on the growing side of things and thus, more servers are added to the network each day.
Protocols that used to implement services of IronSocket include OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, and SSL. These are also generally the most common protocols over which, VPN service providers usually offer their services.
It is fair to say that IronSocket does provide an excellent all-round performance in all the major spheres where we tested it in. Our speed tests, which were carried out with a 20Mbps connection, show a fair bit about the great speeds that this VPN is capable of providing. Also, something to take note of was the amazing upload speeds that it meted out.
IronSocket provides subscribers with dedicated IPs, as well as static IPs that are shared in nature. Also, the IP tests and DNS leak tests, run on it, were all well tackled, returning totally clean results from both.
As for users who plan on using this VPN service, you would be glad to know that it does not place any restrictions on the number of concurrent connections a single user can have, at a single point of time.
Being based in Hong Kong, a country that is perhaps known to have the least number of cyber laws that are restrictive in nature, as well as barely any presence of censorship and data retention policies, it is slightly worrying considering that IronSocket VPN goes around keeping plenty of personal details of users. Despite it no usage logging policy, this is basically what it claims to do –
- We store the IP address of the individual VPN server (in our network) used by you;
- We store time and date information showing when you connect and disconnect;
- We store a numerical value that shows the total bytes transferred per session
On the domain of technical security, IronSocket’s efforts are good with the implementation of SSL alongside 256-bit AES encryption technique and 2048 bit key certificate. With L2TP too, there’s implementation of 256-bit AES encryption while PPTP is known to use 128-bit encryption over ‘GRE’ Protocol #47. As for our recommendation, we suggest the use of OpenVPN these days.
One thing that we greatly liked in IronSocket’s service was that it allowed all connection out of TCP port 443, which is used by SSL traffic (using https://). Besides, it also had provisions for HTTP Proxy and DNS Proxy services.
All of these, sum up well on the technical aspects of security offered by IronSocket.
IronSocketVPN does provide clients and applications that can be used for access to its services. It has clients for Linux, Mac and Windows desktops, and PCs while Android, iOS, Windows Mobile also have apps for access.
HTTP Proxy and DNS Proxy services can be configured with a wide range of devices too, such as Xbox360, PS3, PSVita, Wii, AppleTV, Roku, and Boxee. There is also extensive support for DDWRT and Tomato routers, and may be used.
Customer support from IronSocket happens to be very well planned out. Support is usually available in the form of ticket-based email system and provides 24/7 support. We were also impressed with the response time to our queries, which were all very promptly responded to and also explained matters well.
FAQs and the presence of a blog certainly help, which IronSocket does not fail to include. Its privacy policies were also very transparent and easy to locate, which cannot be said the same of other VPN service providers.
IronSocket, just like most VPN providers in the foray, provides three subscription plans for its users, those being monthly, semi-annually and an annual plan. All features provided are applicable to all the three plans, and also you will save more if you opt for a package that’s of a longer duration.
It accepts major forms of payment systems like Paypal, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, JCB, Discover, and also Bitcoin, which preserves anonymity.
As a backup, IronSocket also entitles users with a 7-day money back guarantee policy!
VPN Squad did not notice any major form of dissatisfaction or alarming news regarding the services of IronSocket VPN.
From what we figured out, it seemed as though IronSocket was largely underrated when compared to other VPN services in the market, but did not lack in any domain of service.