Archives for January 2017

OpenVPN Encryption Levels

Over the past several months, some subscribers have had difficulty using light-encryption and no-encryption profiles with OpenVPN.  Up until now, the solution has been to use only strong-encryption profiles.

We have found a solution to this problem now and have updated our light- and no-encryption OVPN profiles.  To get the updated profiles for the VPN servers you use, go to https://ironsocket.com/network#ovpn.  It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re using the latest release of the OpenVPN client.

Protecting Your Data from Cybercrime

During the past year nearly 700 million people were hit by cybercrime. A main vector for this is public Wi-Fi: the networks that are available for anyone to use in hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, airports, libraries, etc.

Many computer, tablet, and smart phone users are unaware of the danger they expose themselves to when they connect to these public networks without adequate protection.  Even if the web site you want to open is encrypted, you are not protected from hackers that are snooping on the network.  These networks can have devices connected to it that are doing the snooping or even worse, the network itself can be a honeypot waiting for the unsuspecting victims to connect.

When you’re connected to unsecured networks, all the information that your device sends and receives is completely visible to everyone else who is connected to the same network.  There are several tools that anyone can download for free that allow the user to capture all of your network traffic.

A good solution to this problem is to use an VPN utility.  Connecting to a VPN server will create a private tunnel through the public network.  Snoopers will be able to see that you are using VPN but your network traffic, and sensitive, private information will not be visible to their tools.

If you are an IronSocket customer and have not yet done so, take the time to configure your laptop, tablet, and smart phone with one of our VPN tools.  If the thought of doing this seems challenging, then contact our diligent customer service team and they will assist you to get things working.

Network Additions for December

Here are the additions we’ve made to our network for December:

  • Added Sling TV (USA)
  • Added Movistar (formerly Yomvi – Spain)
  • Added DirecTV Now (USA)