With a history dating as far back as 2007, Identity Cloaker still looks and works like a piece of software stuck in the previous decade.
Identity Cloaker is a Czech-based “Internet Privacy Protection Service” with a mission to “protect you from Internet spies and prying eyes!” Although the app does exactly what it says on the cover, Identity Cloaker still manages to underdeliver in pretty much every other aspect.
This is a perfect example of an online privacy tool that puts its focus exclusively on security at the expense of everything else and fails as a product in the process.
Now, let’s take a closer look at how Identity Cloaker manages to (barely) impress and disappoint all at the same time.
Security and privacy
Security-wise, Identity Cloaker offers the following feature package:
- Military-grade Rjindael AES-256 encryption cipher
- SSH tunnel (SOCKS proxy)
- OpenVPN and L2TP protocols
- Kill switch
These security credentials should be enough for more than just basic browsing – the SSH tunnel feature also allows users to bypass censorship tools employed by countries that heavily restrict online freedoms. On top of that, Identity Cloaker’s encryption and protocol selection are on par with what the best products on the market have to offer, while the kill switch feature will block your web traffic in case your VPN connection drops.
That said, a solid set of security features does not a great VPN make.
Does Identity Cloaker log your data?
Short answer: some.
- Contact information including email address
- Demographic information such as preferences and interests
- Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
Even if we take into account the fact that Identity Cloaker is based in the Czech Republic, which isn’t a member of any surveillance group, collecting personally identifiable information like your name and email address could raise alarm bells for hardline online privacy proponents.
Speed and performance
Speed should be one of several essential factors for anyone shopping for a premium VPN. After all, having your connection secured isn’t always enough – performance also has to be up to snuff when it comes to streaming, torrenting, and gaming online.
Speed test results
Before running Identity Cloaker speed tests, our baseline connection speeds were as follows:
We then connected to several Identity Cloaker servers from Europe and measured drop-off percentages in different regions around the globe.
- Download: 63 Mbps (78% drop-off)
- Upload: 8 Mbps (95% drop-off)
- Download: 18 Mbps (93% drop-off)
- Upload: 2 Mbps (99% drop-off)
- Download: 3 Mbps (99% drop-off)
- Upload: 0.65 Mbps (99% drop-off)
While certainly disappointing, these numbers are not very surprising. After all, Identity Cloaker has a relatively limited server network with potentially thousands of users connected to a single server at any one time.
With these results in mind, we can’t recommend Identity Cloaker to anyone looking to stream geo-blocked content, download large files, or crush their enemies in online games.
At the moment, Identity Cloaker operates 32 servers in 16 countries and offers a total of 534 unique IP addresses.
Compared to the largest players of the VPN industry, Identity Cloaker’s server fleet is comparatively tiny. With 500+ IP addresses to choose from, this selection is highly limited and thus might be very susceptible to blocking by streaming platforms, not to mention a very noticeable negative impact on speeds.
Ease of use and multi-platform support
The Identity Cloaker app is available on the four most commonly used platforms:
- Android (pre-release version)
While the dated interface looks like a blast from the distant past, the app itself is quite straightforward and easy to use. What’s more, you can run it from a USB stick or memory card without installing anything on your device.
Options-wise, Identity Cloaker is pretty customizable – you can toggle the kill switch feature, swap between different encryption modes (or turn off encryption entirely), or even make it play a sound in case of a connection failure, with plenty more options available to dedicated VPN geeks.
Overall, Identity Cloaker is certainly not a looker, but it’s enough to get the job done. At least if the job is to secure your web traffic without getting a headache.
Unblocking Netflix and other streaming platforms
When it comes to accessing geo-blocked streaming services, we bring both good news and bad news.
The good news: Identity Cloaker can unblock Netflix.
The bad news: the speeds are so bad that we weren’t able to stream without buffering even in SD quality.
Unfortunately, our efforts to access other streaming platforms like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go from Europe didn’t result in much success either. If you’re looking for a VPN capable of streaming geo-blocked shows in HD while connected to a server on another continent, we strongly recommend you to keep looking.
P2P and torrenting
Identity Cloaker allows torrenting on the majority of its servers, except those located in the US, UK, and France. That being said, transfer of copyrighted materials is prohibited.
This, paired with a 30GB/month bandwidth limit (which might be a conscious decision on the part of the developers to disincentivize heavy torrenting), make Identity Cloaker an extremely unattractive option for any serious P2P enthusiast.
Online censorship in China and elsewhere
Theoretically speaking, Identity Cloaker can be an acceptable solution for bypassing VPN blocking techniques like China’s Deep Packet Inspection. The SSH tunnel (SOCKS5 proxy) feature paired with the L2TP protocol will help mask your VPN connection as regular HTTPS traffic, giving you access to the unrestricted version on the web.
That said, Identity Cloaker‘s speeds leave so much to be desired as to disqualify this tool from being useful for users with slow internet connections.
If you’re looking for a top-notch anti-censorship VPN, make sure to browse our best-of list for your respective country.
In terms of customer support, Identity Cloaker offers a relatively modest array of options:
- Email support
- FAQ section
- Support ticketing system
- Knowledge base
After looking over Identity Cloaker’s outdated knowledge base (where the last official post dates back to 2011) and surprisingly barebones FAQ sections, we can confidently conclude that your best bet at getting help is to submit a ticket to the support team.
While the lack of live chat service is quite disappointing, our guess is that this is due to Identity Cloaker being a small and relatively obscure VPN provider. Nonetheless, customer support is another area with a noticeable need for improvement.
Identity Cloaker offers the following subscription plans to its potential customers:
- 10-day trial for $5.57
- 1-month plan for $14.54/month
- 3-month plan for $11.20/month
- 6-month plan for $9.33/month
- 12-month plan for $7.47/month
Payment methods include credit cards and PayPal with no anonymous payment methods available. Subscribers can use up to 20 devices simultaneously with their Identity Cloaker account but are slapped with a 30GB/month bandwidth cap.
Cost-wise, Identity Cloaker is an unreasonably expensive service considering its barebones features and the disappointing bandwidth limit. With dozens of better products with far smaller price tags on the market, it’s hard to recommend Identity Cloaker to any price-conscious user.
That said, those willing to give it a spin can make use of the paid 10-day trial and a 14-day money-back guarantee.
Identity Cloaker seems to be competent at two things. Namely, encrypting your connection and slowing down your internet. And the latter part its gravest disappointment (you may have noticed we use this word a lot in the review).
If not for atrocious speeds, Identity Cloaker might be a solid middle-of-the-pack VPN.
As things stand now, however, it’s an underwhelming tool that fails to fulfill its potential, at best. Or an outdated and overpriced piece of abandonware that should have been discontinued a decade ago, at worst.