Hide My Ass Review
Hide My Ass – Is the Pro VPN Worth the Money?
I’m always using the internet and coincidentally I also love my privacy and I have tried a couple of free VPN services before, none of which overly impressed me. Usually problems like constantly disconnecting, or even slowing my internet to the speed of a snail simply annoy me to the point where I uninstall the VPN within a few days.
I have a heard a lot of good things about hidemyass.com (is it okay to say that word?) which is why I decided to try it. The one month subscription costs just $11.95 which isn’t that much of an investment considering I could also do the review. As of now I’ve had Hide My Ass VPN running on my computer for 2 weeks and am ready to share my opinion with the world. Here is my review of Hide My Ass VPN software.
Download & Install
The download and install of Hide My Ass goes fairly quickly. While you won’t be able to do it in a couple of seconds, you won’t be waiting long either. It doesn’t take up too much computer space so if you have more than one gigabyte or RAM feel free to continue about your business as it downloads. Once your VPN is downloaded, you can quickly install it and then sign in. If you do not already have an account with Hide My Ass at this point you can simply sign up right from the logon which is fairly simple. They do send you a confirmation email, and you can change your settings from their website at any time. . If you have not already paid for your Hide My Ass Pro VPN at this point, you can simply pay for it with credit card, Paypal, and more.
Plans & Pricing
The plans are actually a little pricy when compared to other VPN technologies, especially if you only purchase for one month. However, if you buy Hide My Ass for one year then you get the VPN for half the price which means $78 for the whole year instead of the almost $140 it would be if you paid the one month price every month. However, if you just want to try it out or will only need it for a short period of time, then then one month $11.75 is a great option. It is also possible to get a business plan with bulk pricing but I have not looked into that. The kicker that really got me to try it was actually the 30 day money back guarantee, meaning that if you aren’t happy, you can always just ask for a refund.
Review of Hide My Ass
My review of Hide My Ass has both negative and positive things to say. The first thing I would like to say is that it works and works very well. I tested my IP on multiple sites and they all say that I am located in Arizona which I most certainly am not. You can also choose a number of different locations which is great as well. One thing I really liked is that according to Hide My Ass, there are more than 40,000 IP addresses that they use, so you can really switch an IP twice a day and have enough changes for more than 60 years without having to re-use your address. You can also choose a country to connect from so for example, if you are trying to see a site that is blocked in your area, you can simply use an IP from a country that has not blocked it.
For example, the Pirate Bay is blocked in my area and I usually get a message from my internet provider that I’m not allowed to go there. Check this screenshot of me visiting the site with my Hide MY Ass Pro VPN turned on.
Now for the negative points of my review of Hide My Ass Pro VPN. If you use Google you’re quickly going to notice that it senses something is up. In fact, you might not be allowed to browse or more likely, you will have to fill in a catchpa each time you type in a search. If you’re just going to go see websites and domains then you won’t have to do this, but catchpa is required for Google Search. Very lame and definitely something that either HideMyAss.com or Google has to work on. This is actually just because Hide My Ass sends automated queries in order to hide your IP Address, which Google picks up as suspicious. (Spam bots exhibit the same behavior)
This is the only reason that HideMyAss did not make our list of the top VPN services this year.
Finally, Hide My Ass is extremely fast! I haven’t had any lag or slow browsing because of it which is really impressive considering my experience with other VPN services. I do know that it can be a little slower than browsing without the VPN, but really try comparing it to any of the free otpions out there and you will see a major difference in speed. While Hide My Ass isn’t perfect, it is so far the best VPN I have ever tried.
What is it Good For?
Not everyone needs VPN software like Hide My Ass so I figured I would include that in my review. If you’re just browsing and doing normal internet activities like playing games, you probably don’t want to waste your money because you don’t need it. If you’re doing business online, run an online shop, frequently use high priority passwords, or even have a phobia of having your identity stolen online, it might be a great idea. VPN masks your IP address so that websites and hackers see you at a different location. This prevents the hacker from attacking your actual home address, and keeps your privacy safe because tracking sites like Facebook and Google which track all of your online activity can’t actually keep tabs on you. Nice huh?
As a note, Hide My Ass also allows you to very quickly and easily set up some nice little features such as automatically changing your IP every few minutes or hour, gives you a bunch of proxy settings, and even allows you to use a website other than theirs to check to see where your IP signal is coming from. Overall, it’s very easy to use and you can probably figure out how to do everything in five minutes.