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HideMyAss Review

HideMyAss Review
Rating
Countries 182
Servers 853
IPs 114,732
Price 6
Payment: Credit Card, Paypal, Bitcoin
Protocols PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN

Hide My Ass (HMA) has been one of our top providers for a long time. They just increased the value of their service by dropping their prices, making them more than competitive with other VPN companies. They have a huge network of servers to select from, with 853 in total, across 182 nations, offering a whopping 114,732 + IP addresses. This is a UK-based provider.

Hide My Ass has been in business since 2005 and has rapidly evolved to be the most popular VPN service for personal VPN users as judged by both their user community and their Alexa.com ranking.

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Pricing and Plans

 

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HMA recently reduced their prices for the summer. All of the following packages include unlimited bandwidth.

  • $9.99 for 1 month of service
  • $8.33 per month billed every six months
  • $6.55 per month billed annually

You can pay for the service using credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, WebMoney or via a wire transfer.

There is a business VPN option for those who require more connections or other accommodations. You can contact HMA directly to discuss this option.

Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee

All HMA plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Privacy & Anonymity

HMA collects minimal data, including the time you logged in, the amount of data you transmitted, the IP you connected from and the IP of the VPN server you selected.

From their privacy policy:

“We DO NOT store details of, or monitor, the websites you connect to or any of the data sent over our network, when using our VPN service.”

Torrent Policy

Torrents are allowed on HMA servers. Be aware that HMA is subject to UK law. If you’re torrenting, you may want to connect to a server in a privacy-friendly location such as the Netherlands.

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Customer Support

HMA has a knowledge base and a ticketing system on their site. They also have a live chat option that you can use to get support if you need it fast.

Product Testing

CountrySelection HMAMain IPAddress IPBind Settings SpeedSelect

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The HMA client is easy to use and, at the same time, suitable for power users. It has a host of different options, all of which are easily accessible via a tabbed interface.

Hide My Ass comes with clients for WindowsMacLinux and mobile operating systems. You can also configure your router to connect via their service. The available clients include:

  • HMA Windows Client – .exe file (easy install) provides a visual interface.
  • HMA Mac Client – .dmg file (easy install) provides visual interface.
  • HMA Linux Client – There is an experimental GUI client for Linux available. There is also a command line version.
  • HMA iPhone – Supported with easy built-in configuration. Works with tablets and smartphones.
  • HMA Android App—the Android app offers a lot of convenience for users. It allows you to switch countries and IPs, just like the desktop client. It comes free with the service and can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
  • HMA Router – DD-WRT routers are supported (instructions inside).

The client offers many great features. It’s set up so that you can use any of the following features without any technical knowledge at all, but power users will find it very versatile:

  • Schedule IP Changes: This allows you to switch to a random IP at set intervals. The software simply keeps track of how long you’ve been online and, after a user-selected time interval, it grabs another IP address from the available pool and assigns it to you.
  • IP Address History: You can keep track of which IP addresses you’ve used on a local log.
  • Use Secure IP Bind: This will only allow applications that you specify to connect to the Internet if you’re connected to the VPN already. If you want a program to work only from behind a VPN, this is a great feature.
  • Safe Disconnect: This is a built-in feature that offers a lot of security. If programs that you specify are running and the VPN connection drops, the app will shut those applications down. This ensures that you’re never running certain programs unencrypted.
  • Speed Guide: If you want to know where the fastest VPN available is, this will help you do it.
  • Load Balancing: This is a great feature. If you’re looking for a server in a specific location, the app will let you know which one of them has the least connections. This can significantly increase your speed.

Speed Test

Baseline

Baseline Speedtest

Speedtest

With VPN Speedtest

Connected over a 50Mbps/5Mbps line from Albuquerque to Washington DC, the speed reduction when connected to HMA’s server was barely noticeable; less than 2Mbps. Ping was only 1ms longer with the VPN hooked up. Upload speeds were reduced by less than 1Mbps. This is a very fast service.

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IP Check and DNSLeak

The IP addressed given by the HMA client while connected to their servers was accurate. DNS did not leak with Windows configured to get the DNS server address automatically.

Feature Summary

  • PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN
  • Hide My Phone mobile privacy app
  • Free Web Proxy
  • IP Port Proxies
  • Anonymous Email
  • Anonymous Referrer
  • Browser Extensions
  • Router support
  • Business VPN
  • Supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and DD-WRT routers

Countries Supported

Afghanistan
Aland Islands
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua And Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia And Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Virgin Islands, British
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Canada
Cayman Islands
Chad
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Mali
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts And Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre And Miquelon
Saint Vincent And Grenadines
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Korea
Spain
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tokelau
Trinidad And Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks And Caicos Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

We Liked

  • Huge server network
  • Very fast speeds
  • Excellent client
  • Very attractive pricing
  • Constantly developing features and adding servers
  • Useful and well-designed website
  • Kill switch; called Safe Disconnect on the HMA client

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 Areas for Improvement

HMA really has little to improve upon. They’ve consistently been an industry leader and continue to expand their network. They do have to log some data, due to being located in the UK, but they keep it to a minimum. If this is an issue for you, you may want to select a provider located in a nation with friendlier privacy laws.

Conclusion

HMA is one of the top VPN services available. Their client is incredibly easy to use and, at the same time, won’t make power users feel like they’re limited in any way. They boast compatibility with all the major desktop and mobile operating systems and support routers, as well.

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6 Comments about HideMyAss Review


  1. Radziwill M on September 23rd, 2011

    I am on the 1 month trial VPN Service from HMA!. Great VPN Service. May renew for the 1 year service. I can now watch and listen to most of USA only sites for IPTV and Internet Radio such as Flycast and Pandora and other Apple iPhone and iPad Apps that works only in the USA and UK. Finally i can watch BBC via BBC iPlayer and ITV iPlayer in the UK. Next is to try Netflix. My local ISP provides good bandwith and works well with HMA! VPN.

  2. Terry on February 7th, 2012

    Two questions…
    Is it possible to use this on multiple computers without purchasing it twice, such as my home computer and work computer?

    Is there any reason putting this on a work computer is advised against? Could affect network or server?

    Thanks.

  3. Gee S on February 9th, 2012

    Been running HMA on Linksys E4200 and it’s connecting all my devices to HMA. Excellent service with good speed and timely support.

  4. Matt K on September 3rd, 2013

    I’ve been testing out HMA for over a month week now and it’s been great .. It pretty much meets my goals which was to be fast enough so that I can watch Netflix from the UK.

  5. Stewart on March 6th, 2014

    Can I sign up for it if I am in Mainland China?

  6. James J on September 3rd, 2014

    So far I have tried several VPN providers and Hide my ass is my favorite so far. They have free proxy lists, a good user community and in my case most important, VPN servers all around the world and most of them are really fast.

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