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SecurityKISS Review


SecurityKISS is an Irish, free VPN service with paid plans available if you need more bandwidth. Read my SecurityKISS review to find out more!
Review of: SecurityKISS
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On November 24, 2016
Last modified:November 24, 2016

Summary:

SecurityKISS is an Irish, free VPN service with paid plans available if you need more bandwidth. Read my SecurityKISS review to find out more!

SecurityKISS Review: Pricing and Plans

SecurityKISS follows a similar approach to CyberGhost and Tunnelbear, with a free tier available. Naturally, the free plan comes with some restrictions. These include a 300 MB daily data cap, limited server locations, and slower speeds.

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SecurityKISS also has four paid plans available, but I was disappointed to see bandwidth caps on every plan except the “Emerald” plan. The Emerald plan is “coincidentally” also the priciest plan, at $10 a month.

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Prices for SecurityKISS’s plans are slightly below average, but the bandwidth limits included with these plans make SecurityKISS a bad option if you are looking to do any streaming or downloading. Additionally, certain locations (such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia) are only available with higher tier plans.

With SecurityKISS offering a free VPN, the absence of a money-back guarantee is somewhat understandable. If you do choose to cancel, SecurityKISS gives you a prorated refund of any remaining balance on your account.

SecurityKISS has an impressive range of payment options, including all the main credit cards, Bitcoin, Paypal, and wire transfer. I am especially happy to see Bitcoin, as this increases overall anonymity.

  • ProsPROS
  • Free VPN service
  • No account registration
  • Bitcoin accepted
  • Windows, Android, and Mac clients
  • ConsCONS
  • Located in Ireland
  • Connection logs are kept

SecurityKISS Review: Features

SecurityKISS as a company operates out of Dublin, Ireland. While Ireland isn’t as terrible as the UK when it comes to privacy laws, data retention is still a big issue. Ireland adheres to the Data Protection Act of 1988 (amended in 2003), which is largely outdated and contains vague statements such as:

“the data shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes” (section 2 (1)(c)(iv) of the Act).

Needless to say, tread carefully when using SecurityKISS!

The number of VPN servers you have access to with SecurityKISS depends on the plan you sign up for. Free users are given eight server options (three US, two UK, two French, and one German server). The most expensive plan lets you choose from 67 servers in 16 countries.

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You don’t need to register an account with SecurityKISS, and the amount of simultaneous connections depends on how many devices you install the software on.

SecurityKiss also provides an “exclusive tunneling” feature bundled into the VPN client. This is an option within the SecurityKISS client, which functions as an internet kill switch. When your connection to the VPN drops, so does your internet connection. This feature prevents any data leaks from getting through.

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SecurityKISS Review: Security and Privacy

SecurityKISS gives you the option of choosing between the OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec protocol. Those looking for maximum security will be happy to see the option for OpenVPN, but L2TP/IPsec also has advantages.

I mentioned earlier that SecurityKISS is an Irish company. This means it is subject to Irish data retention laws. While I haven’t seen any cases of SecurityKISS handing over user data to the government, this is something to keep in mind.

SecurityKISS encryption is rather measly with 128-bit Blowfish encryption and 1024-bit RSA certificates for sessions. While this isn’t terrible, I’d like to see an improved level of encryption (for example, AES-256) before recommending SecurityKISS.

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Another crucial aspect of any VPN is the logging policy that is in place. Although SecurityKISS claims a log-free environment, they do in fact keep connection logs containing your IP address, time of connection, and other details.

SecurityKISS’s policy on P2P activity and torrenting aren’t mentioned anywhere, although there is a broad “Prohibited Uses of the Service,” which says that all users should abide by copyright laws. Regardless, unless you are signed up to the Emerald plan (no data cap), you probably won’t want to do any torrenting anyway.

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The Website

The SecurityKISS website is relatively easy to navigate, but I will mention that the theme and overall design of the site seems a bit outdated. While the website quality obviously doesn’t have any bearing on whether SecurityKISS is a good VPN service, a professional, well-designed site doesn’t hurt!

I did notice that there is an official SecurityKISS blog with several articles on security, censorship, and geo-restrictions. This is a nice touch that keeps customers informed and engaged.

SecurityKISS Review: Support

SecurityKISS only offers email support and a live chat service (through Zendesk) that operates during regular business hours. There is also an FAQ section and multiple troubleshooting guides for various devices and scenarios. This level of support checks out for a free VPN service.

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To better understand the response time and knowledge of the support staff, I contacted SecurityKISS through the live chat service.

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As you can see, live chat was too busy to respond, and I was instructed to leave my email address to receive a reply. Unfortunately, I have yet to receive any response from SecurityKISS. I will update this accordingly when (if?) SecurityKISS replies.

SecurityKISS also runs a Facebook page, giving you another (and perhaps faster) way to get in touch with them.

The Process

Signing Up

Signing up for SecurityKISS is about as easy as it gets with any VPN service. You don’t need to create an account or register with SecurityKISS. Simply provide an email address for SecurityKISS to send you relevant information and pay, and you are all set!

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Of course, there are client IDs, which identify and track paid users for SecurityKISS. Your particular client ID is also how you get sent links to download SecurityKISS’s paid services.

The SecurityKISS Windows VPN client

The SecurityKISS Windows client is a very lightweight VPN client, with only a 2.58 MB installation file. The client could do with a slight rework, as the look and feel leave something to be desired.

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You can easily switch servers and view connection statistics from within the client, and the “exclusive tunneling” feature is essentially an automatic internet kill switch.

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The “exclusive tunneling” feature can be enabled from the client, although this requires you connect to a server first.

SecurityKISS Review: Performance

With SecurityKISS using OpenVPN, some speed loss will occur as a result of the additional security. Nonetheless, I tested out SecurityKISS’s free and paid plans to see how the service performs where it matters: speed.

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The graphs show the highest, lowest and average speeds for each server and location. See our full speed test explanation for more detail.

As you can see, I experienced a significant drop off in speed when connected to SecurityKISS’s service. While this makes sense with a free VPN, my results were horribly inconsistent. SecurityKISS seems to be just enough to do some standard web browsing.

DNS and IP leaks through IPLEAK.net checked out all clear, although I recommend you test this yourself each time when connecting to a VPN server.

Other Platforms

SecurityKISS has custom clients available for Windows and Mac. iOS users can also access SecurityKISS through standard L2TP or GuizmOVPN, an OpenVPN GUI, although this method does require a jailbroken iOS device. Jailbreaking an iOS device is a dicey proposition and you should proceed with caution.

SecurityKISS Android Client

Unlike iOS and other mobile platforms, Android users have an exclusive SecurityKISS app that you can download from the Google Play store.

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The SecurityKISS Android app is extremely easy to use, with the included server browser allowing you to quickly select and switch VPN servers.

SecurityKISS Review: Conclusion

I liked

  • Free VPN
  • Bitcoin payment accepted
  • No account needed for signup
  • Lightweight and simple client

I wasn’t so sure about

  • Bandwidth limits on paid plans
  • Need to jailbreak iOS devices to use SecurityKISS
  • Questionable customer support

I hated

  • Based in Ireland
  • Inconsistent speeds

SecurityKISS as a free option isn’t terrible, with the 300 MB/day data limit quite a generous amount when compared to other free VPNs. If you do enjoy SecurityKISS’s service, being able to pay in Bitcoin and without registering an account also adds a nice degree of anonymity.

On the other hand, connection speeds were largely inconsistent, and I never heard back from SecurityKISS regarding my support query. Couple these with the fact that SecurityKISS is subject to Ireland’s tough data retention laws, and it’s easy to see why SecurityKISS is a VPN you probably want to avoid.

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Thomas Ujj Born in Canada, raised in the U.S, yet somehow living in Hungary. I have a passion for anything technology related, gaming, freedom and privacy, food and Italian football team AS Roma.

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2 responses to “SecurityKISS Review

  1. The article describes a rare unbiased review of security kiss.

    *The choice of a vpn is beginning by a question:
    -Do you trust it ?
    *I did and do not regret it.
    -Why an irish based compagny ?
    *I have confidence in them.
    -How was the quality of the contact by e-mail ?
    *Nice support.

    *The tunnelling function is a windows_microsoft feature.
    *I agree that the protocol of encryption used could be updated , i asked it and i had none answer.
    *I asked that the site be updated with https _ it was done quickly and without trouble and i had a clear and long explanation.
    *You can use vpn+tor but not tor+vpn.
    *I have not found a DNS and IP leaks.

    #The data retention law(s) do not worry me a lot because they do know if they should react as u.s or u.k (ireland is NOT -afaik- a part of the five eyes) ; they will loose a lot of credibility and safety in the whole world for their expatriate _ and for themselves.

    *In the free version you cannot download a lot of data but an update could be done without trouble.

    Another crucial aspect of any VPN is the logging policy that is in place. Although SecurityKISS claims a log-free environment, they do in fact keep connection logs containing your IP address, time of connection, and other details.
    #I hope that they erase all after few days or weeks !

    *Are their uk/us servers safe ? That’s the point !

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