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.
Hide.me provides digital privacy, advanced security and can bypass geoblocking. It also now offers optimized support for US streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and many more.
This VPN service has applications that are compatible with different platforms and provides users with ease of use on up to 10 devices. They go the extra mile of providing advanced privacy features that include Split Tunneling, Stealth Guard, Advanced IP Leak Protection, IPv6 Support, WireGuard, and many more in the making.
Pricing & Plans
Hide.me offers a single plan that varies in price depending on the duration of your subscription.
Their plans include the following:
- 24/7 support
- 10 devices at the same time
- No logs policy
- Over 1900 in 75 locations
- Apps for all devices
- Unlimited data transfer
Hide.me takes credit cards and PayPal, as well as Bitcoin and several other payment methods.
They currently have an exclusive deal for their 1-year plan that can be purchased for $45.00 from $194.25. This exclusive deal includes 3 months of free service and a 2TB Free cloud storage from Internxt.
Free Trial/ Money-back Guarantee
The free option provides a way to test out the service. You can sign-up for free service by registering with your email address – no credit card information required. Keep in mind that it offers “best effort” bandwidth, so if their network is busy, your connection will be deprioritized.
The free plan includes the following:
- 10GB per month
- 5 locations
- 1 connection
- No logs
- No ads
Does not include:
- Dynamic Port Forwarding
- Fixed IP Address
- Streaming Support
Hide.me paid plans are also covered by their 30-day money-back guarantee.
Privacy & Anonymity
This provider had bandwidth-limited plans before and, on those plans, they monitored the amount of bandwidth you use. However, all their plans are now unlimited plans and offers a No log VPN service.
hide.me is the first VPN provider in the industry who volunteered itself to be audited by one of the most reputed independent security analysts, Leon Juranic from DefenseCode Ltd, who certified that hide.me does not store any user or activity logs.
Provider Logging Policy
Hide.me does not store logs of your online activity. Logs can easily link actions back to you, and some VPN providers pass these onto law officials when told to do so.
- Does not log personal data – to avoid legal liability, and to ensure your online privacy. Furthermore, they do not store any log file on their VPN servers.
- True browsing privacy – do not monitor or log your browsing behavior
- No personal data required for FREE plan
- Hide.me is not required to store logs – based out of Malaysia and local laws impose no obligations on us to store user logs unlike most European, American and Oceanian countries where VPN providers have no choice but to store user logs
- Does not share data because they don’t store any.
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.
Hide.me has clients for all major operating systems including Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and Linux. Aside from that they also have products from Amazon FireTV, Chrome, Firefox and Router.
VPN Server Locations
Hide.me has 1900+ servers in 75+ locations. Their servers are hand-picked, security-hardened and self-maintained.
Hide.me’s speed test didn’t put the service in the same league as our top providers. That being said, their free VPN service wasn’t bad at all. As we were using the free service, it’s actually better than some of the paid services out there.
IPCheck and DNSLeak Test
Hide.me provides complete protection against any kinds of leaks including DNS, IPv4, IPv6 and WebRTC.
- Geographically diverse VPN network
- Privacy protection – zero activity logs
- Multiple VPN protocols – IKEv2, OpenVPN, SoftEther & SSTP
- AES-256 bit encryption with 8192 bit keys
- Unlimited Data transfer limit with premium plan
- Compatible with multiple operating systems
- Multiple simultaneous log-ins – 10 for premium plan
- IP leak protection
- Port forwarding
- Unlimited server switching
- Affordable pricing
- Good customer support
- Lifetime free VPN
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Bitcoin accepted
Additional Bonus Features
Hide.me currently includes 2TB of free cloud storage from Internxt on their 1-year plan.
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 weren’t paying for it, it was actually quite good. This provider seems to have a quality product.
Hide.me has improved over the years and now includes several features that spruce their service up for the better. They have also changed their pricing into a more simplified one that includes all-in service and no longer varies in locations and connections, which they previously had.
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.