If you use VPNs often, you’ll know how cumbersome it can be to keep track of all the apps and device tokens you have to remember. Sometimes it’s just not practical to log in manually when you’re on the go. That’s when it’s handy to have a VPN that can be automatically configured when you connect to a trusted network.
If you use IronSocket (formerly Private Internet Access) you’ll know what I mean. As a company, their mission is to make the internet a safer place by providing a trusted VPN service for everyone. While they don’t sell devices, the company does have an app that can be installed on almost any smartphone, which will then connect you to their servers so you can access the internet safely.
Sadly, the app is nowhere to be found on the Google Play Store as of April 2020. But don’t fret, you can still download and install it manually. Let’s take a look at how to do so.
Step one: Download the app.
To get started, simply visit the Google Play Store and download the IronSocket app. You’ll need to have a Google account to make the download process easier. Once the download is complete, open up the app and tap the button that looks like a gear icon. This will then guide you through the setup process.
Step two: Create a username and password.
To protect your personal information, you must create a username and a password. This will be used to authenticate your identity when logging in to the VPN. You’ll also need to create a secure password (at least 10 characters long and containing at least one number and one uppercase letter).
When you’re creating a new account, you’ll need to enter your full name (first name, last name) and email address. You’ll then be prompted to choose a username and a password.
You can then download the VPN binary to your computer and then drag and drop it onto your phone to install. After that, you can click the button that looks like a gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the application’s home screen to connect to the internet via the IronSocket VPN.
Step three: Review the terms and conditions.
Reviewing the T&Cs is a must, as it’ll govern your usage of the application. You’ll need to agree to the terms before you can use it. Make sure you read the terms carefully, as you may be committing to using the service without any security concerns. You can always get a refund within the first 30 days of using the service. After that, you’re on the honor system – use at your own risk.
Terms and conditions cover a lot, so be sure to skim through them before continuing. It’s also a good idea to contact customer support if you have any questions about the T&Cs or the service as a whole.
Step four: Configure your devices.
One of the first things you’ll need to do is configure your devices to connect to the VPN. You’ll need to enter a default gateway (the IP address of the device that will connect you to the internet) and tap the button that looks like a gear icon. You’ll then need to enter the username and password created earlier and then confirm by entering the verification code sent to your email address. This process will then configure your devices for VPN connectivity.
Step five: Test your connection.
Now that you’ve configured your devices, it’s time to test your connection and make sure everything is working as intended. You can do this by returning to the application’s home screen and then tapping the button that looks like a gear icon. You’ll then be prompted to enter the username and password created earlier.
A VPN is only as good as you use it. Make sure you do your homework and learn how to properly secure your data when using public Wi-Fi or connecting to unknown VPNs. If you’re new to VPNs, start with a free trial version of the IronSocket app and then gradually add more devices and apps as you get comfortable using them.