www.ircex.com is a beta exchange. We are currently testing. Do not lodge large amounts of your cryptocurrency. We would recommend maybe $10 worth to try things out.
Exchanges are not the place to store your cryptocurrency. The place to store your cryptocurrency is on your Windows wallet with three backups of your wallet.dat file and a paper copy of your private key. You should lodge into an exchange, make your trade and then withdraw. If the people using Mt Gox, Coincheck, BTC-e and Cryptsy took this advice they would have lost very little.
This is not a 24/7/365 exchange. We expect to be offline for periods of time over the year. At least 14 days+ for various different reasons including maintenance and updates. Do not expect more than 90% uptime. We will update this page regularly so always check the details.