Hide My Ass has gained more and popularity over the years and is steadily becoming the “household” name of VPN providers. Since I have used Hide My Ass quite a lot over the years I have decided to write this review to give you an idea of how the service performs. So without further ado here is my review of the Pro VPN service from Hide My Ass.
First things first the order flow is a no brainer and it is not really worth spending time on it. The cool thing is you don’t need to read a lot of stuff about different package types. There is only one type and all that differs is the length of the subscription. Simple as it should be.
The servers at Hide My Ass supports the normal protocols such as PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP. This ensures a wide range of compatibility with any OS and device. L2TP has proven very hard to block making this protocol very interesting for users who are trying to break free of government controlled firewalls seen in China, Thailand, Qatar and the likes.
Hide My Ass uses a native client for both Windows and OS X and manual settings for other devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android Phones. You can however also you these manual settings for your computer should you not wish to use the client software. That however would be a mistake.
See the client software makes the setup super easy and it gives you access to all sorts of tools. This makes changing servers a breeze as you simple just check off a new server you want to connect to and off you go. In comparison to services such as Strong VPN, you get access to all the servers provided by Unlocator in all the countries they have servers in, and that is a rapidly growing list (234 servers in 42 countries with over 26500 IP-addresses !)
Since speeds and ping times will vary from server to server the ability to test what server will give you the best speed and ping times is simply amazing. Choose the servers you want to connect to and run the test.
One of many cool features with Unlocator is that fact that you can set the app to randomly change your IP in a set interval. That way you will get a new dynamically assigned IP from the huge pool of IP-addresses available from Hide My Ass. All you have to remember is that in the small window between your IP change your real IP will be revealed. In order to avoid that you should enable the Secure bind feature.
This feature allows you to specify certain apps that are only allowed to work from behind a VPN connection. Lets say that you have a torrent program running and for some reason you should loose your VPN connection. If the torrent app is included on the secure IP bind list it will be prevented to work until the connection is established again. That way you can always be sure that your real IP address is not revealed in case of a lost connection. This is a very powerful feature.
Secure IP bind is only available in the PC version of the HideMyAss Client, but you can enable the same feature on a Mac via the build in firewall.
Using HideMyAss will allow you to stay anonymous while being online. Unlocator will not monitor your data, traffic or anything of that nature. The only thing available in their log is when you connect and disconnect from the service:
“We only log the time you connect and disconnect from our service, we do not log in any shape or form your actual internet traffic.”
So rest assure that you will actually remain Anonymous while using the service.
You won’t be able to get a trial account as such from Hide My Ass. However, they do have a 30 day money back guarantee so if you for some reason find yourself unsatisfied with the service you can simply ask for a refund.
As mentioned before the pricing model is very simple and at the moment there is actually a big saving on all 3 package types:
At the end of the day I have to take a look at the performance in relation to my needs that are unblocking and securing my mobile devices when using Wi-Fi networks. Hide My Ass performs as expected and allows me to access US outside of the US without any lack at all. The ability to test servers and ping times is fantastic and takes the effort out of setting up an efficient VPN connection. The native apps behave just the same on Windows and OS X, and the purist can use the manual settings if they like. Best of both worlds if you ask me – and that is the end of this Hide My Ass Review. If you want to know more about Hide My Ass you can check them out here.
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