IronSocket Review

Overview:

IronSocket is the most recent identity of HideMyNet.com, which was established in 2005 and soon began developing a reputation for leading VPN and DNS proxy technologies that enabled users to anonymously serve the net and unblock censorship filters in almost any location. The Hong Kong based company now has more than 50 servers across some 36 countries, meaning that users can easily become virtual citizens of those countries to access websites on the same level as natives. The site is also Positive SSL Secured and has met the Security Scanned requirements of Trust Guard.

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Privacy:

Users of the IronSocket service will be pleased to discover that the site does not log or record accessed content, nor is member personal information sold or traded for commercial purposes. However, those visiting the site are still subjected to the collection of certain information, such as their IP address, browser type, operating system and time of visit. Certain information is also collected while the service is being used, including the user's IP address and the server that they connect to. However, this session information is regularly purged from the company's servers, usually after 72 hours.

Features:

Those signing up for IronSocket benefit from a vast range of services with the ability to get three simultaneous VPN connections as well as unlimited use of Smart DNS, HTTP and SOCKS5 proxies. The company's comprehensive packages allow users to make the most of encrypted private VPN services, with geo-restricted content being unblocked and public Wi-Fi/hotspot protection also provided.

The IronSocket solution allows for global access to such online platforms as Netflix and Hulu, with P2P optimization also enabling genuinely private downloads. HTTP, SOCKS5 and DNS Proxy are all included in the package, as are OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP support. No activity logs are kept for any service, and customer and technical support can be sought on a 24/7 basis.

From Argentina, Australia and Brazil to Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States, there's already a wide range of countries in which IronSocket has servers.

Speed:

An impressive level of performance is delivered across IronSocket's international servers - easily enough to simultaneously browse the net, Torrent and stream, thanks to the minimum of three connections available at once. The Smart DNS Proxy easily unblocks streaming content, while members can use servers that have been optimized for use with Torrent applications. The company's current generation hardware produced especially amazing upload speeds in our comprehensive tests, in which we scrutinized several of the site's overseas servers.   

Pricing:

A simple, easy to understand trio of pricing plans is currently offered by IronSocket, and of course, you'll pay less per month the longer you commit. The lengthiest, 12-month package offers the best long-term value at just $4.16 per month, although in the (we think unlikely) event that you aren't impressed, a 7-day money back guarantee allows you to back out of your agreement pretty quickly and easily.

OptionsCost Per MonthTotal CostSavings

1 month

$6.99

$6.99

0%

6 months

$5.99

$35.95

Save 14%

1 Year

$4.16

$49.95

Save 40%

Customer Support:

Most of the information that you will ever need can be easily found on the IronSocket website - there's a very useful and easy to grasp “Getting Started Guide”, for example, as well as an FAQs section covering some of the most routinely asked questions about the firm's VPN and DNS services. If you do need help from the customer service team, a support ticket system is in operation, and we often found assistance forthcoming within a couple of minutes.

Ease of Use:

The signup process at IronSocket is fairly routine, with only a couple of personal details being requested. If you're concerned about your chosen payment method revealing more information about you than you're comfortable with, the site also gives you the option of paying with Bitcoins. The extensive step-by-step setup guides on the site further add to the generally convenient experience. If you are seeking a good all-round VPN service, we would happily recommend IronSocket. 

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