HMA Adds Servers, Adds Virtual Locations and Updates Software
HMA has introduced new software, added some new server locations to its lineup and added a new virtual location feature that should be interesting to users.
HMA has added 14 servers to its lineup. These new additions include 1604 IP addresses. There has also been one virtual location added to the service.
The new servers are located in:
- Québec, Canada
- Montréal, Canada
- Uttar Pradesh, India
- Porcia, India
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Nacka, Sweden
- Taipei, Taiwan
- London, UK
- Honolulu, USA
- Baltimore, USA
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
These new servers should offer some useful new options for users. The virtual VPN locations are something new for users that bear a bit of explanation.
The virtual locations help to solve the problem of speed slowdowns when you connect to a server that is located very far away. The way it works is very simple. Rather than connecting directly to a server in a far-flung nation, you simply connect to a server in your own nation and that server assigns you an IP address that comes from the nation you wish to appear to be surfing from. For example, if you were in the Philippines and wanted an address from the US, you would get a virtual IP address from the US rather than connecting directly to a US-based server and dealing with the slowdowns that would accompany that.
This simply shortens the route that your traffic has to take, making everything work faster. There are virtual locations available for several nations, including nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Portugal and Canada, according to HMA.
HMA also updated its Windows client. The new version, 188.8.131.52 has some new features that should make it a bit smoother. If you have HMA already, your client will automatically update.
Stability is the main thing that was addressed in this update. The software has been updated to perform better with Windows 8, in particular.
In addition, when users are trying to find a server to connect to, they won’t be disconnected from the VPN server that they are already on, which should be a significant improvement for many users.
The IP address change on/off switch has been improved, there are new server speed testing features that have been added and your username and password will automatically be saved, so you can go ahead and hook up to the HMA network without having to hit “connect”.
According to HMA, updates for the Macintosh version of the client are on the way, as well.