HideMyAss VPN Review
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ANNUAL PRICE: 78.60 USD
HideMyAss is one of the oldest and most certainly the biggest VPN provider on the market. Offering over 900 servers in 210 countries across all continents, supporting all desktop and mobile platforms, featuring all IP types as well as OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP and IPsec/IKEv2 (iOS app) protocols, HideMyAss continues to dominate the market.
HideMyAss built custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems. HMA! desktop apps have an especially useful Kill Switch feature that guards VPN connection to prevent unencrypted data exchange when your Internet is unstable. In other words, when you are using some unreliable network that suffers from frequent disconnections, HMA! software will limit online access until connection to a VPN server has been re-established.
Another HMA! feature is their Speed Guide. Essentially, HMA! software runs a number of tests to determine the fastest VPN server considering user location. Since the speed greatly depends on ping (latency), distance and server load, HMA! app will display servers with the least load and the lowest ping.
Speed guide is a crucial feature considering an immense amount of servers HMA! offers. Connecting to the best performing server greatly improves user experience since the servers that showed the best speed test results will provide excellent performance. Without this feature HMA! users could choose a “wrong” server and experience bad performance.
While streaming performance is great with HMA!, Netflix videos cannot be accessed due to proxy error. The reason is that HMA! did not replace their blocked IPs and did not attempt to find any solution to bypass Netflix proxy error. If you are looking for a VPN that can unblock US Netflix, please refer to the Best VPN for Netflix guide.
Nevertheless, HideMyAss has one of the best iOS apps that allows a truly convenient and easy-to-use VPN setup. HMA! iOS app integrates well with the iPhone, thereby, allows users connecting to/disconnecting from VPN and server switching right from the app interface. Typically, iOS users had to download OpenVPN Connect app, deliver each VPN profile separately and make server switches through the main iPhone settings. Additionally, OpenVPN Connect regularly disconnects when the iPhone is idle and does not perform as well as the new HMA! app.
Additionally, HMA! desktop apps can automatically assign a new IP address at a specific time interval. For instance, you can select a New York City VPN server that has a range of IPs. Desktop software can reassign you a new New York based IP address every 5 or more minutes. HideMyAss IP checker is a button located in your browser that confirms a new IP address with just one click.
HMA Panic Button is another browser extension that hides all browser tabs with just one click. HTTP, HTTPS and SOCKS4/5 proxies might be useful for those who would like to unblock specific websites. But none of these proxies are secure enough for regular use and should not be used as a VPN replacement.
Finally, HMA offers email and cloud services completely free of charge as a part of their software.
Please consider, however, that HideMyAss is a UK based company that keeps connection logs. While most users don’t have a “no logs” policy at the top of their list, for some choosing a No Logs provider might be a consideration. It’s worth noting, however, that HMA! does not store browsing logs (in other words browsing history) and unlike ISPs and government surveillance programs, they do not spy on their users. But when presented with a court order they can match an IP address that was involved in unlawful activity with a specific user.
All in all, HideMyAss is one of the popular VPN providers on the market that is an excellent choice for users who do not plan on getting in trouble with the authorities.
|USA:||Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming|
|North/Central America:||Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands|
|South America:||Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Kalkland Islands, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela|
|Europe:||United Kingdom, Netherlands, Aland Islands, Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine|
|Middle East & Africa:||Afganistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameron, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ecuatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagaskar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Sao Tome Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, UAE, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
|Asia:||China, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cocos Islands, Hong Kong, Indian, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Phillipines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen|
|Oceania:||Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Christmas Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu|
|Mobile OS||iOS||Android||Windows Mobile||BlackBerry|
|Available apps||Mac, Windows||iOS, Android|
|IP type:||Dedicated IP, Shared Static, Shared Dynamic|
|Number of Countries||210|
|Number of Servers||900|
|Legal Jurisdiction||United Kingdom|
|Free services||Free Proxy|
|Payment Options:||PayPal, Credit Card, American Express (AMEX), Bitcoin|
|More Payment Options:||Yes|
|Money back||30 day guarantee|