Hide.me VPN Review 2017 : Improve Your Online Security

Get the Best Encryption Support with Hide.me

Going against our usual practice of starting the VPN reviews with the server count, we would like to begin with the encryption support being offered by Hide.me VPN service. We believe that encryption support is a reflection of the privacy policy of the service provider, therefore, a good encryption support earns the providers the credit, while a bad one earns them fair amount of criticism.

And in all honesty; the encryption provided by Hide.me is pretty decent, considering the fact that it is running in the frontline to be the industry leader. Like any other VPN service, it also provides different levels of encryption on different protocols to ensure there is no extra load on the protocols. On most of the protocols, it provides an encryption support of AES-256 bit while on the others; it provides a support of AES-128 bit.

Hide.me VPN is one of the best free VPN services of 2018.

Counts & Performance of Servers

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Ask an average VPN user what he looks for in a VPN service, and 9/10 times you will receive a reply mentioning the need of more VPN servers. The VPN servers might not be able to give you a clear picture about the services of the VPN, but they are important enough to convince a user if a VPN service is worth trying or not.

Therefore, it becomes extremely important to find the right balance in the VPN servers and provide assistance from those regions where the streaming is usually confined for the users living in those areas. Something similar is practiced by Hide.me, which provides server assistance to its users from 85 different parts of the world.

Since it is hard to tell the exact number of servers in a country or a city, we are listing down all the countries where the server support of Hide.me comes from. Canada, Mexico, United States, Austria, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Morocco and Singapore.

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Packages and Prices of Hide.me VPN

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If a user finds the pricing plans and packages lucrative enough, he’ll give a VPN service a try without considering the fact that the number of servers and protocols are fewer or more than usual. While reviewing the Hide.me VPN service, we were surprised in a more pleasant way when we came to know about its free service as well. Of course, the features and services are limited, but it is definitely a reflection of their customer care policies.

You can make the most of Hide.me VPN’s free service if you are looking to secure your financial transactions and credit card details. The free service can be used by anyone at any time, it is especially ideal for those who seek protection from the hackers and malware for a short period of time.

Apart from its free VPN service, it provides two different packages that are priced at $11.67/month and $5.42/month on annual subscriptions. The Premium account allows you to connect to any of the 85 servers located all across the world. You get to choose the protocol of your choice and you also get 5 simultaneous connections. It also allows you port forwarding, a feature that is unavailable on the free version and the Plus account.

What is it with port forwarding that makes it the game changing factor for a VPN service? To make sure you fully understand how it works, we are going to describe the port forwarding in detail. Certain applications are blocked on different ports by the VPN service providers, fearing that these applications may result in the service being abused. Hide.me allows you port forwarding on the Premium plan, means you can request them to unblock anything to make sure you run the applications without any hindrances.

If you are a moderate VPN user, we would advise you to opt for the Plus account which is available for only $5.42/month (on annual subscription) and allows you 75 GB of data transfer on monthly basis. You get unlimited bandwidth and full protocol support. As you might have expected, the Plus account assigns you a single login and you can use it on only one device at a time, unlike the Premium account where you can use Hide.me on five different devices under a single username at a time.

Kindly note that the above mentioned prices are applicable after a discount of up to 45% which can be availed by signing up and paying upfront for the annual subscription.

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More Protocol Options – More Security

Hide.me VPN got our attention when we went through its privacy policy. On paper, almost all the VPN service providers claim to offer the best security to their users, but it becomes a different task altogether when it comes to the execution. We have often noted that some of the VPN providers fail to live up to the expectations of their users when they are subjected to hack attacks, despite using a VPN service.

That being said, it is still a rarity that a user’s data gets compromised. Before reviewing the Hide.me VPN service, we ran through its service, checked its client on our system to make sure if it was even fulfilling half the promises it makes. Unsurprisingly, the service does pay attention to even the minutest of the security related issues.

Since Hide.me wants to stay in the race for long, it offers a highly functioning multi-protocol system that supports all the contemporary and popular security protocols. It provides assistance through IKEv2, IKEv1, SSTP, OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and SoftEther protocols. We were surprised to find SoftEther in the list since it is rarely supported by the VPN services and is considered even better than the popular “OpenVPN”.

 

Safe Payment Methods

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What could be worse than being robbed off all your money and the available credit on the credit cards through online scams? Apparently, nothing! This is one of the reasons why Hide.me provides such an extensive payment support to its Premium package users. From accepting money through your credit and debit cards to receiving it through your Paypal and Bitcoin, Hide.me makes sure all its users feel safe while paying online.

But to make things clear for the record, we will list down all the accepted payment methods for the Premium package that are considered as safe and secure.

  • Visa Card
  • American Express
  • Master Card
  • Paypal
  • SOFORT – The Payment Network
  • EC
  • Giropay
  • CashU
  • Bitcoin

Unlike most of the VPN providers that use and record your personal information for receiving the payment, Hide.me VPN separates itself from the external payment providers, giving you the freedom to keep your personal information a secret between yourself and the payment provider. It also states that it does not log your personal information since it never gets hold off it when you are paying for the service.

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Installing and Using Hide.me VPN on Windows

We got done with installing Hide.me VPN on our device in less than a minute. The installation process is pretty straightforward. You can download the VPN client from Hide.me VPN’s website and run the installation once the downloading is finished. This is how the VPN client of Hide.me looks like:

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Enter your username and password and click on “Login”. Upon identifying your credentials as correct, Hide.me will prompt you with a different screen.

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Please remember to select the server before you connect your VPN. Hide.me also recommends the fastest server all by itself based on various factors like proximity, server speed and load on each server. When you are done, click on the “Offline” tab and drag it to left, the color will be changed to ‘blue’ and you will see the tab appearing as “Online”.

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All your connection details will be displayed on the VPN client. If you want to check out the advanced level of settings; kindly click on “Settings” on right top of the VPN client. You can select any of the protocol of your choice and explore much more under the “Settings” tab.

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Hide.me VPN is a user-friendly VPN service and can be run and tested even by the newbies. All the features are explained in detail and all the options are listed neatly to make sure the users are guided properly.

P2P Support and Logging Policy

We may not have said this before, but we will take this opportunity to say that many of the users run away from the VPN services that do not provide P2P support. Since P2P file-sharing has been declared illegal in many countries, people tend to look for services that could provide them security while they stream and download whatever they want.

We were literally amazed when we came to know that Hide.me provides P2P file-sharing support on 19 of its 28 locations. It has allowed the P2P services on servers where the file-sharing is not banned by law. Similarly when we talk about its logging policy, we were pleased to note that it does not record any of your information and online activities. Hide.me VPN has a transparent system in place and based in Malaysia where the data retention is banned by law.

Unlike other VPN services that operate under the US and UK laws, Hide.me VPN operates freely and is not bound to record and store logs of your online activities. All your activities are safe and no one stalks your browsing/downloading activities.

14-day Money Back Guarantee

There are a few VPN providers that are providing an unconditional money back guarantee to their users. Hide.me is one of those that are consistently trying hard to build better relationships with the clients and therefore it is offering a 14-day money back guarantee. It is a decent offer, considering the fact that each and every feature of a VPN service can be fully tested within 14 days.

Hide.me Android App Keeps Your Smartphones and Tabs Safe

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Hide.me provides a top notch VPN client for its Android users as well. The Android users can use Hide.me’s free VPN service, by downloading it and installing it from Google Play for free. On top of that, their VPN client for Android provides support for the latest VPN protocol, IKEv2 which sets it apart from other VPN services.

Hide.me can be installed on all the devices (smartphones and tabs) that have Android 4.0 or above in them. Much like the Windows client, Hide.me provides you with auto-server select feature that recommends you the best servers for online streaming and privacy. In case your internet connection drops, Hide.me disconnects itself and auto reconnects when your internet connection is fully restored.

Hide.me also lets you select the server and you can also find the option to upgrade your VPN package in Hide.me’s VPN client for Android. The app can be set up very quickly, it is easy to install and easy to use. The Android VPN client is a must-have tool for those who seek online liberty and security at the same time.

Conclusion

Hide.me is progressing with leaps and bounds and there is no reason why it shouldn’t. From providing servers in major parts of the world to offering excellent online security, it automatically becomes the first choice for VPN users when they take its features into consideration.

Hide.me’s easy-to-use VPN client also differentiates it from the others. The interface is easy and the client functions on a single click. We can’t remember reviewing a more user-friendly VPN in the past. Hide.me is highly recommended and we would suggest all our readers to test its free version first to clear the doubts if they have any.

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2 Responses to Hide.me VPN Review 2017 : Improve Your Online Security

  1. parrish logan says:

    Can I run certain apps or programs through hide.me, but others without a VPN? If yes, then how can I do it through my current VPN?

    • admin says:

      Hello Parrish,
      Dear user, a VPN fundamentally encrypts your entire network traffic and passes it through a secure tunnel. Now, if you want specific online traffic to be transferred through VPN then there is a feature “Split tunneling” that allows you to do so. However, hide.me does not offer split tunneling right now. But, you can check PureVPN, as provider offers handy features including split tunneling. Also, PureVPN plans are affordable and offer a lot more than any other provider in market.

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