Hide.me was established in 2012. The Malaysia based VPN is, therefore, a relatively new VPN company, but that has not held it back from making a name for itself. Hide.me has always sought to provide its users the best protection and best internet speeds while browsing the web. It has been praised for its excellence and simplicity, and we were keen to test it out for ourselves to see how true these claims were.
Hide.me offers three different plans to its users. These plans are the free plan, the Plus plan, and the Premium plan. The free plan obviously does not involve any payment but does not support all protocols, offers servers from just three locations, and puts a 2GB monthly data cap. The Plus plan offers all the servers, supports all protocols, and unlimited bandwidth, but does not allow unlimited data transfer. Priced at $5.42 per month, it allows a 75GB data usage. The Premium plan offers port forwarding and unlimited data usage as well and is priced at $11.67 per month. The premium plan is full of protection and speed but is quite expensive. Payments can be made via PayPal, credit cards, or anonymously via Bitcoin.
Security and Encryption
Hide.me VPN offers all the protocols you could need. It supports OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, and IKEv1 and IKEv2. It has also added SoftEther support recently, which adds another option to choose from for the best speed and security. Encryption is done using the military-grade AES 256-bit technique and dynamic port forwarding adds to security of the connection, although it is only available in the premium plan.
Hide.me has been labelled as completely log-free after an audit by Defense Code Ltd. The VPN provider is based in Malaysia, far from the jurisdiction of US and EU data retention laws. It does not record any sort of logs, with its free users also enjoying its completely logless service. Moreover, hide.me now publicly posts requests from the authorities for the usage history of users as part of their transparency policy. This shows how strongly they protect the privacy and security of their users.
Hide.me has 115 servers in 23 countries across the world. These servers are handpicked to provide the users the best usage experience and fastest connection speeds. They cover locations like USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, etc.
Hide.me offers VPN clients for Windows and Mac OS X. It offers a fully detailed step-by-step guide for setting up its service on Linux. It offers an Android and iOS app and offers guides for other devices like Blackberries and Wi-Fi routers. Its clients are simple to use.
Hide.me offers some of the best connection speeds among all the VPNs currently in the market. It was impressive to see that the speed test results showed promising speeds in all servers. This means that hide.me wasn’t exaggerating when it said that it handpicks the servers for best performance. The DNS and IP leak tests showed that the connections are well protected against these.
Hide.me has an online chat support that is operational during working hours and a contact form that can be filled to receive help on any issue. The responses are received rather quickly and are quite informative and courteous.
Hide.me offers a free plan, as mentioned in the pricing section. It also offers a 14-day money back guarantee on its service, although it is subject to the condition that you should not have used more than 500 MB data during this time. It offers a free proxy service as well, which is one of the best on the web as it helps you bypass internet blocks and access websites from all parts of the world. The plus plan offers 2 simultaneous connections while the premium plan offers 5 simultaneous connections. P2P is supported by almost all their servers.
Hide.me has received huge plaudits in almost all the ratings recently, so we were quite keen to see the validity of these reviews and of the claims it makes on its website. We were happy to see that all these checked out true and hide.me offers one of the best VPN services in the industry as of now. The premium plan is full of features, but is a little overpriced. Apart from that, there is almost nothing in their service that could displease anyone.