Hide.me is headquartered in Malaysia. They offer a free plan that might be adequate for some users, but most will likely want to upgrade to one of their paid plans for the greater flexibility and transfer they provide.
Pricing and Plans
Hide.me offers three plans. They include a free option, which is limited to 2GB of data transfer, but which provides a good way to test out the service.
The pricing is as follows:
- Free: Three server locations, 2GB of transfer, 1 connection
- Plus: $5.42 per month, unlimited bandwidth, 75GB of transfer, one connection
- Premium: $11.67 per month, unlimited data and speed, five connections, port forwarding
Hide.me takes credit cards and PayPal, as well as Bitcoin and several other payment methods.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
The free option provides a way to test out the service. Keep in mind that it offers “best effort” bandwidth, so if their network is busy, your connection will be deprioritized.
If you’re not happy with their paid service, you have fourteen days to ask for a refund. If you exceed 500MB of data transfer in that time, however, you cannot get the refund.
Privacy & Anonymity
This provider does have bandwidth limited plans and, of course, on those plans, they will monitor the amount of bandwidth you use. That’s all they monitor, however, and their unlimited plan is a no-log VPN service.
You can use torrents on this service over specific servers. They have a SOCKS proxy option that’s specifically designed for torrenting. It offers port forwarding.
Hide.me offers customer support via a live chat window on their site and a ticketing system. They also have a forum where you can look up answers to your questions. Their support staff is available around the clock, so the time difference between Malaysia and customers located elsewhere in the world should not be an issue.
Hide.me has a nice client, though the interface is a bit limited. Signing up for the free account is about as easy as it could be. Simply enter your email address and desired password on the site and you’re good to go.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
Hide.me has a client for Android and Windows 7 and 8. The iOS client is listed as coming soon, but a manual configuration can be used for devices that don’t yet have a client.
VPN4All offers support for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and routers, giving them great flexibility.
Hide.me’s speed test didn’t put the service in the same league as our preferred providers. That being said, for a free VPN connection, it wasn’t bad at all. It clocked in at just under 11Mbps, plenty of speed for most tasks.
That’s their “best effort” bandwidth, as we were using the free service and it’s actually better than some of the paid services out there.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
The IP checked out but DNS did leak with this service. Consider configuring your connection manually for the best security in that regard.
- PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, router compatibility
- PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, SSTP, IKEv1, IKEv2
- No logging
- Bitcoin accepted
The no logging policy at Hide.me is definitely a plus, and they allow torrents over select servers, so they’re P2P friendly. They also offer a wider range of protocols than most providers, which gives them an edge in that regard.
Areas for Improvement
The client is a bit limiting, but it does the job. The speed on the free service wasn’t worth paying for but, considering that we used the free package and actually weren’t paying for it, it was actually quite good. This provider seems to have a quality product.
Hide.me is a good option for people who want a VPN for P2P access and for those located in Asia, in particular. The fact that they’re headquartered outside of the US and the EU is an advantage for this provider, as well.