Hide My IP VPN is a free service. It only offers PPTP, so there isn’t much in the way of security. It does, however, provide an option if you don’t want to sign up for a paid service. Where truly protecting your privacy is concerned, however, this is not the best choice, for several reasons.
Pricing and Plans
There’s no charge for using this service. It’s completely free and there are setup instructions on the site.
Free Trial / Money Back Guarantee
Again, there is no charge.
Privacy & Anonymity
This is not a good solution for privacy. The service only provides the PPTP protocol, which is not secure enough for serious use. It will change your IP and allow you to access sites that may be geo-restricted in some nations, but it’s not a level of security you can really trust.
“Upon discovering of any network abuse behavior, we keep the right to expose offender’s access logs to 3rd party authority when needed, thanks for your understanding on this in order to keep a very safe and secure free VPN service up and running for long term.”
Torrenting is not allowed on this service. Any P2P activity, in fact, is highly inadvisable, given that they turn your records over to third parties upon request.
This is a free service, so there really aren’t any customers to support. There’s an FAQ on their web page that gives setup instructions and information about troubleshooting common error messages.
There isn’t a client to test with this service. Your connection is made manually using the PPTP settings for your operating system.
Windows, Mac OSX, Android, IPhone, etc.
You can configure Hide My IP on any operating system that accommodates PPTP connections, including mobile devices.
HideMyIPVPN Baseline Speedtest
This is a free service. We weren’t expecting much in the way of speed. HideMyIP had a download speed of 0.80Mpbs.
This was on a connection that’s normally over 40Mbps, as you can see from the baseline. This is not a fast service, clearly. The server selection was limited to the Netherlands.
IPCheck and DNSLeak
Our IP was changed to a Netherlands address, but our DNS did leak. This service will require that you manually configure your DNS server address for security.
There’s really not much to like here. The speed would be acceptable, given that the service is free, but they do log your activity and will send it to third parties.
Areas for Improvement
Sending your data to third parties on request is not acceptable. PPTP is not secure.
Hide My IP VPN, even though it’s free, should be avoided. They do not protect your privacy. They slow down your connection to the point that it’s nearly unworkable. The old adage that nothing is free rings true here. In exchange for using their service, you’re exposing your information to anyone they decide to hand it over to, and you’re not getting any of the benefits that come with a real VPN service.