Review: Free Money at Your Fingertips? Review
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    Everyone loves a good shindig. But what if instead of chips and dip, your guests bring cash, crypto, and gift cards? Meet, a site that turns your internet bandwidth into the life of the passive income party. Only this time, it actually is passive because all you have to do is download an app on your devices. But hey, if you have some extra time to kill, will also pay you to take surveys. Here’s what to know about, how it works, and if you can actually make free money with it. 

    What is is a legitimate site that pays you to share your internet connection and take surveys. It used to be known as IPRoyal Pawns, which originally focused on creating a global network to help people and businesses gain unrestricted and uncensored access to the internet.

    But the company decided to become a full fledged Get-Paid-To (GPT) site that allows people all over the world to make passive income. So IPRoyal Pawns rebranded itself as, kind of like when Snoop Dogg tried to be Snoop Lion for a hot minute.

    But unlike our favourite rapper, made the name change official. So, whether you’re familiar with IPRoyal Pawns or, the money making site is the same old friend in brand new swag.

    Having said that, there are two different platforms for two different users. is for people like us who want to get paid to share our internet connection and take surveys. The other platform is, and it’s specifically for clients who want access our internet or conduct market research through paid surveys.  

    How does work? offers you a few different ways to make money. But first, you need to sign up and download the app onto a device like your PC, smartphone, or that dusty tablet you only use when your phone is dead. It’s compatible with Windows, MacOS, CLI, Docker, iOS, and Android. Once installed, you can start making money by sharing your internet, taking surveys, referring friends and family, or all of the above. 

    Get paid to share your internet pays you $0.20 per Gigabyte (GB) shared. Just download the app onto a desktop or smart device. The app is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once you’ve installed onto your device, it runs in the background selling your extra bandwidth to other users. 

    A single device makes an average of $10 USD per month. But who are these people and why the heck do they want access to our internet? What sinister coup d’états are they plotting? 

    Who is using your bandwidth and why?

    Calm down, the ‘others’ are not a secret world order trying to spy on us. They are clients that range from Regular Joes, like my husband who just wants to watch Hulu, to businesses dodging pesky virtual roadblocks like geo-restrictions and IP bans.

    You’re basically turning your device into the magic wardrobe from Narnia, giving people around the globe a digital portal to the entire world wide web. This free roam ability helps them access information that might be restricted in their area, and helps businesses optimize their marketing campaigns and scoop up data to help them improve their products and services. 

    But why stop there? The is like an episode of ‘Friends’—it’s better as an ensemble cast. To make more money, download the app on multiple devices, each rocking a different network with a unique IP. You make more money the longer you have the app running, the more devices it’s installed on, the more time you spend online, and the more GBs you share. 

    How does protect your privacy?

    While is out there converting your digital footprint into cold hard cash, it doesn’t cut corners on privacy or security. The only data it cares about is your IP address and your Pawns account information in order to pay you. 

    The rest of your personal data stays on lockdown. The app doesn’t even peep into your device’s storage, much less sniff around your personal messages or contacts. It also promises no trace of malware, adware, or spyware. And all internet traffic is swathed in layers of encryption, ensuring privacy for everyone in the Pawns family.

    Before IPRoyal clients can access your bandwidth, they must verify their identity and agree to constant surveillance. This way, ensures your internet connection isn’t being used by Walter White wannabes (or a secret world order).

    Get paid to take surveys 

    With an average payout of $1 per survey, it’s a straightforward way to make extra cash – albeit not much. No need to wrestle with complex points systems. And it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, you can take as many surveys as you want. Most surveys are usually just a few minutes long, but others can take up to an hour depending on how in depth they are.

    To get started, download, respond to a smorgasbord of surveys on a cornucopia of topics, and get paid. Imagine turning your thumb into a cash register? It really is that simple. According to the site, you could make up to $70 a month by taking at least 10 surveys a day.

    Pawns has partnered with a long list of businesses around the world who are dying know what you think about stuff. Answering surveys helps them with everything from launching their product line to figuring out their next marketing move.

    So while you’re waiting for your coffee or riding the bus, why not take a survey and make some cash? You’ve got time to kill.

    You won’t dethrone Elon Musk from richest man in the world, but you can at least make some extra money to cover your Twitter Blue account. Or something you actually care about like a free lunch from your favourite taco truck or your Netflix subscription. 

    Types of surveys to expect

    Just like the endless options on Netflix, there’s a diverse range of surveys you can take. The most common ones include:

    Consumer opinion surveys: Your views on products, services, or industries.

    Product surveys: Your input on specific company products.

    Market research surveys: Your behavior, preferences, and trends.

    Advertising and brand surveys: Your thoughts on ad campaigns, brand perception, or awareness.

    Political or social issue surveys: Your attitudes towards societal concerns or voting preferences.

    Can anyone take any survey? 

    The short answer is no. Most survey providers are not super picky – if you have an internet connection, you’re in. But sometimes companies only want to hear from a specific group of people, like users from a certain region, for example. Also, keep an eye out for age restrictions that can vary based on your location.

    Get paid to refer people

    To add a cherry ontop of your passive income cake, will also pay you to refer people to the patform. When you invite friends and family to join, you each get $1. Then to sweeten the deal, you get 10% of each of your referrals earnings whenever they cash out – FOREVER. 

    Each successful referral gets $1 added to their account right away upon sign up, but you won’t get your $1 bonus until they cash out their earnings. The real money-maker is that life-time commission. Each time your friend makes a withdrawal, you’ll pocket 10% of that payout. Say your friend banks $300 on and they cash it out, you get $30. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    How much money can you make by referring people?

    This is quite possibly the best referral program I’ve come across. Let’s break it down:

    You shared your unique referral code across all your socials. Out of hundreds of friends, 10 used it to join They each start earning $10 a month just by sharing their internet. 

    They also have some extra time to kill on their lunch breaks and while carpooling back and forth to work. So they pound out several paid surveys a month too. They each bring in $25 a month by completing 5 surveys a day, 5 days a week. 

    1. Number of referrals: 10 people
    2. You get $1 when they join and make their first withdrawal: $1 x 10 = $10
    3. They each make $10 a month sharing their internet: $10 x 12 months x 10 people =  $1,200
    4. They each make $25 a month completing paid surveys: $25 x 12 months x 10 people = $3,000

    How much will you get when they cash out their earnings?  

    1. Their total earnings: $1,200 + $3,000 = $4,200
    2. Your 10% commission: $4,200 x 10% = $420
    3. Plus $1 per first withdrawal: $10
    4. Your total earnings on 10 referrals in the first year: $430

    The more friends you invite, the bigger your potential earnings. It’s like creating your own cash-generating army, except instead of conquering territories, you’re conquering surveys and bandwidth sharing.

    How to cash out your earnings

    The minimum pay out amount is just $5 USD, which means you don’t have to wait very long to start reaping benefits – especially since the average user makes about $10 USD a month just by sharing their internet.

    Pay out methods vary by country. In Canada, you can cash out to your PayPal account, Bitcoin, or buy virtual gift cards. At the time of writing, the only two virtual gift cards available are a prepaid Visa and an Amazon gift card.

    Normally I would complain about the lack of choice, but the Bitcoin option makes up for it. You can send it to a super easy-to-use platform like Shakepay and cash out to your bank from there – it’s honestly the easiest app to use if you’ve never engaged with crypto before. 

    Protip: You can also earn passive income with Shakepay. Open the app, shake your phone, and they’ll give you free Bitcoin. Do this everyday, and it adds up. You can cash out to Canadian dollars if you want or keep it as is. You’re welcome. 

    Can anyone use

    Actually, no. You have to be the age of majority in the province or territory where you live. Not sure what that means? If you can legally drink you can join If you’re underage, then you need the permission of a parent or guardian. 

    Also, you have to have a residential IP address or you won’t able to share your internet or take surveys. Depending on who your service provider is, you may not be able to use yourself, but you can still refer people and make passive income off their earnings. 

    In my case, my IP address is considered commercial, so I don’t qualify to use the platform. I suspect it has to do with my service provider, Can Com. They buy access to Shaw’s network at wholesale prices and sell it to me at a deep discount. So because I’m connecting through a third party instead of directly through Shaw, that could be why my IP address is not supported.

    Keep that in mind if you use a discount provider instead of the telecom mafia (I said what I said!).

    How to join

    The sign up process is incredibly simple and only takes a few minutes. Click on the link and follow the instructions. They’ll send you an email with a link to verify your account. Click it then sign into your account.

    Once you’re in, you can download the app version compatible with your device. If you have multiple devices, download the app onto each one to increase your earning potential. 

    To make money with surveys, select from the available options on your dashboard. And don’t forget to refer friends and family like it’s your job. 

    Enjoy your free money (and your free lunch!).

    ✅Passive income that’s actually passive
    ✅3 different income streams
    ✅Awesome referral program
    ✅Low cash out threshold 
    ✅Can get paid in Bitcoin
    ✅Fast & easy sign up
    ✅Dashboard is easy to navigate 
    ✅Compatible with several operating systems
    ✅Available on desktop and as mobile app
    ❌Can slow down your internet
    ❌Surveys don’t pay well
    ❌Age restrictions to use the platform
    ❌IP address may not be supported, depending on your provider
    ❌Limited cash out options

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    Heidi Unrau is a senior finance journalist at Hardbacon. She studied Economics at the University of Winnipeg, where she fell in love with all-things-finance. At 25, she kicked-off her financial career in retail banking as a teller. She quickly progressed to become a Credit Analyst and then Private Lender. This hands-on industry experience uniquely positions her to provide expert insight on loans, credit scores, credit cards, debt, and banking services. She has been featured in publications such as WealthRocket, Scary Mommy, Credello, and Plooto. When she's not chasing after her two little boys, you'll find her hiding in the car listening to the Freakonomics podcast, or binge-watching financial crime documentaries with a bowl of ice cream. Fun Fact: Heidi has lived in five different provinces across Canada and her blood type is coffee.