Hide IP is not a VPN service. It’s a proxy service but, for some users, that will supply all the functionality they need and, thus, Hide IP merits attention. This is a good option for people who just need a different IP to surf from but there are issues with this provider that may make others better choices.
We will be doing a speed test for this provider’s services in the near future.
Hide IP is a downloadable software product that you subscribe to. The packages are:
Hide IP accepts Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Discover and PayPal payments.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
3-days money back.
Coupons / Discount / Special Offers
Volume discounts are offered by this provider.
VPN Protocols Supported
This is a proxy service.
Number of IP Addresses
7 US, 4 UK
VPN Clients Information
The client for their proxy server works with all standards-supporting browsers. It only works on the Windows OS.
Common Error Messages
There is a Windows no-disk error that is known to come up with this product. It requires manually altering a registry key to fix.
No logs are kept.
Legal Use / Torrent Policy
This product does not work with bit torrent clients or P2P networks. It is a browser-only tool.
Hide IP vs. The Competition
Hide IP is useful if you only need an IP that looks like it’s coming from the US or the UK or, at least, that’s not your own. There is encryption on the connection, but this is not a true VPN tool. It only works with the communication your browser engages in. It does not, for example, hide instant messenger traffic, hide downloads or hide any other types of traffic.
Hide IP Conclusion
Hide IP is a decent service, but it has some drawbacks. It hasn’t really been updated in years, however, and there are some issues with it. Software that sometimes requires users to hack their own registries to make it work is generally not the ideal solution.
PrivateInternetAccess might be a better solution than this provider. There is very limited range of IP addresses that you can get with Hide IP and they’re from only two nations. An updated client and more IP addresses might make it more tempting than it is at present. The price, however, is very attractive and proxies are faster than VPN services.