International Alliance PS Security used to be quite the peculiar provider a few years ago.
Allow us to explain: in the past, one could allegedly obtain a residential VPN service from IAPS in some remarkable locations — including the Vatican, Palestine, and even Saudi Arabia. These rarities were just a small part of an extensive server network.
However, it soon turned out that a vast majority, if not all, of those exotic locations were nothing more than masked servers operating out of the UK (for more info, check out Hacker 10’s investigative piece).
A lot has changed since then. IAPS has tried to clean up its act, no longer offering a plethora of unusual server locations (and rightfully so). It has also limited its residential VPN services to 59 countries, plus a great deal of US locations divided into separate states.
Due to the nature of a residential server, you will be paying much more for a static location. Those of you familiar with the subject know the benefits — but given IAPS’ past history with misleading customers, there is no way we can say for sure that each server offered by this provider is legitimately residential.
IAPS Security also provides specific services, from sneaker proxies to Netflix packages and even Instagram proxy services. Advanced solutions include a VPS, remote desktop renting, and others.
Do we recommend IAPS Security? The short answer is “no”. The combination of Washington headquarters, past notoriety, and overly complicated setups make this provider one you should probably avoid, even if you’re looking strictly for a residential VPN.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
IAPS Security has residential static VPN servers in 60 countries, plus a residential dynamic VPN based in Chicago, IL.
Ease of use is one thing IAPS Security doesn’t get right — the process is unnecessarily convoluted from the moment you visit the provider’s website to the final steps of configuring the VPN.
First off, IAPS’ homepage can barely be called as such. It’s more of an unimaginative advertisement, with the “cherry on top” being an audio file that plays automatically. You’d expect such antics from an annoying pop-up ad, not your VPN provider.
The website itself is sluggish and organized in a chaotic manner. Once you’re used to the counter-intuitive layout and proceed to purchasing, you’ll have to contact support if you want clear configuration instructions. Personal assistance is available via TeamViewer/Skype.
There are no native apps, so a manual setup is your only course of action. Arm yourself with patience, because there are around 30 steps to complete, including using Internet Explorer to download some certificates. In short, the website design isn’t the only thing that’s outdated.
All in all, IAPS Security definitely doesn’t earn any accolades for user experience.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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