Editor’s Be aware: What instantly follows is a rundown of the most recent adjustments and additions since this evaluate was final up to date.
- The service now has over 880 servers in 280+ areas throughout 190+ international locations. (June 2018)
- The 12-month plan is a bit cheaper now – $5.99 (£4) per 30 days.
- Free trial is now out there worldwide.
- IP Shuffle characteristic was added. This periodically randomizes your IP deal with on the interval you specify.
- The service has shoppers for Home windows, Mac, iOS and Android. There are directions on tips on how to set it up for Linux.
HideMyAss! has been a well-liked supplier of VPN providers for greater than 10 years, however is now owned by Avast.
The corporate gives 840+ servers in 350+ areas throughout 190+ international locations, many greater than the majority of the competitors.
Load balancing permits HideMyAss to suggest the server with the minimal load in any location, serving to to maintain your speeds excessive.
The HideMyAss web site proudly proclaims that “our VPN software works on all your devices” – which means desktops, tablets, mobiles, sensible TVs, and sport consoles. There’s not a number of up-to-date set up assist out there for something past the principle platforms, however skilled customers ought to determine the fundamentals with out a lot problem.
There is a free 30-day trial that has simply been rolled out within the US (with different territories prone to comply with quickly), however the common costs are pretty typical for a premium VPN: £7.99 ($11.52) per single month, £5.99 ($8.33) per 30 days paid each 6 months, or £4.99 ($6.56) per 30 days on the annual plan.
There’s a minimum of a 30-day refund, though that additionally has some circumstances. Particularly, it is solely allowed when you’ve used lower than 10GB of information and made fewer than 100 connections.
HideMyAss has extra phrases, circumstances and insurance policies pages than simply about every other VPN supplier, however when you take the time to learn them you will discover some fascinating particulars.
Whenever you register for an account, the corporate collects your authentic IP deal with and shops this for as much as two years after you have closed your account. Different VPNs sometimes hold your e mail deal with solely, and some do not even do this.
Some fee particulars are additionally held for 2 years, and communications with help are saved for as much as six months. Reside chat particulars, once more together with your IP deal with, are held for months by one other firm completely.
Like different providers, HideMyAss would not log your internet exercise. Not like many different providers, it logs your incoming IP deal with if you begin a VPN session and the IP deal with of the server you are utilizing. This information is stored for between two and three months.
This type of session logging will not matter when you’re simply utilizing the VPN to guard common web actions like gathering e mail or on-line buying. However when you’re downloading torrents or doing the rest the place somebody would possibly file and examine your IP deal with, it offers a method for them to narrate these actions again to your HideMyAss account.
Signing up for HideMyAss works very similar to every other VPN. Select a plan, choose a fee technique – card, PayPal and UnionPay are supported – and hand over your cash within the normal method.
The HideMyAss account display shows primary account and licence particulars, in addition to hyperlinks protecting tips on how to arrange the VPN on gadgets and routers. For those who run into any issues, a Contact Us button offers entry to a stay chat the place you may ask for assist.
The HideMyAss Home windows consumer opens with a easy and stripped again interface which supplies you a alternative of three working modes.
Instantaneous Mode mechanically finds and connects to your nearest server with a single click on.
Freedom Mode connects to the closest ‘free speech nation’. The corporate says that is aimed toward customers in “censorship regimes” and permits them to “connect to the fastest available server in the closest country identified by HMA! as safe and pro-free speech.”
Location Mode lists all out there servers by nation or metropolis. There is a Search field to rapidly discover what you want, and a easy favorites system to simply entry commonly-used areas. There is no load info, however apparently HideMyAss mechanically makes use of the server with the bottom load in any location.
Unusually, HideMyAss permits accessing some areas by way of one other nation, for instance reaching a US server by way of the Netherlands or Singapore. This implies you hook up with the Netherlands or Singapore server, your site visitors will get routed via the community and exits someplace within the US. This further step may make it harder for somebody to trace again from the exit IP and discover out who you’re, however the draw back is it’s going to most likely minimize your speeds.
Elsewhere, there’s little or no configurability or management. You’ll be able to have HideMyAss boot when Home windows hundreds otherwise you entry unsecured Wi-Fi. You may also specify whether or not to make use of OpenVPN with TCP or UDP, or arrange a kill change to guard your identification if the VPN connection drops – and that is about it.
The kill change is a bit of uncommon as it really works by blocking community entry for particular purposes (most VPNs block the whole system). This works, nevertheless it’s extra awkward to arrange as it’s essential to manually specify every thing you need to be closed, and keep in mind so as to add new apps as you put in them.
Nonetheless, the principle server choice instruments are undeniably simple to make use of. For those who’re in a rush, the Home windows consumer will also be managed in a primary method from the HideMyAss system tray icon. Proper-clicking the icon and deciding on Join will get you related to the final location; a Change IP Deal with possibility reconnects to the present server to get a brand new IP deal with; a Disconnect possibility closes the connection if you’re achieved.
The consumer’s simplicity pays off by way of its system impression, too. HideMyAss sometimes grabbed underneath 25MB RAM on our take a look at Home windows 10 system, lower than half the necessities of many consumers.
HideMyAss additionally did effectively in in our efficiency exams*. Connecting to our nearest UK server gave us an inexpensive 28-34Mbps obtain speeds, and we bought very related efficiency from the Netherlands and different close by international locations.
UK to US connections delivered a really acceptable 20Mbps, and even the long-distance areas – Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia and extra – sometimes gave us 3-6Mbps
The optimistic impression continued proper to the top of the evaluate, with HideMyAss blocking DNS and WebRTC leaks and guaranteeing our actual identification was all the time safely hid.
This service’s information assortment insurance policies may very well be an issue for the privacy-conscious. Speeds are good and also you do get one of many largest VPN networks round, although, and if these are your priorities HideMyAss could be price a strive.
*Our testing included evaluating normal efficiency (looking, streaming video). We additionally used speedtest.internet to measure latency, add and obtain speeds, after which examined instantly once more with the VPN turned off, to examine for any distinction (over a number of rounds of testing). We then in contrast these outcomes to different VPN providers we have reviewed. In fact, do be aware that VPN efficiency is tough to measure as there are such a lot of variables.