Today, we are publishing the Hide.me VPN review. If I have to rate the overall performance and usability of hide.me VPN on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) then I will rate 8 /10 for service, reliability and speed.
When it comes to usability, hide.me VPN truly deserves an applause for being simple and compatible – definite 9 / 10. Like every other VPN service, we find some glitches and flaws in hide.me VPN as well. But among all 160+ VPN providers active in the industry as of today, hide me VPN surely deserves a try.
hide.me VPN is famous for both VPN and Proxy. They offer Free and Premium VPN service as well as Free Proxy. We have collected most of the information for this hide.me review from hide.me’s website and live chat. Technical information has been collected via a detailed QA (Quality Assurance) of hide.me’s app, features and speed.
And, of course, we tested hide.me service ourselves.
So, let’s get started!
Table of Contents
- 1 About hide.me VPN Company
- 2 Let’s See The Proof If Hide me VPN Is Trustworthy!
- 3 hide.me VPN Review – Features Of hide.me VPN
- 4 Hide me VPN Review – 14 Days Money Back Guarantee
- 5 Wide Range of Payment Options – hide.me VPN Review
- 6 5 Simultaneous Logins
- 7 Fixed IPs for Individuals
- 8 Port Forwarding
- 9 hide.me Internet Kill Switch Feature
- 10 IP Leak Protection
- 11 DNS Leak Protection
- 12 0 Log Policy – A Key Point In This hide.me VPN Review
- 13 hide.me 24/7 Support
- 14 What We Are Not Very Happy About Hide me VPN?
- 15 hide.me VPN review Conclusion
About hide.me VPN Company
Based in Malaysia, hide.me VPN is a well-known VPN brand, serving the industry since 2011.
The company is run by highly competent IT experts who have previously worked on security projects for several corporations as well as government departments. But since 2011, they are motivated and ambitious to keep internet users at bay from all online threats especially Government Surveillance and Spying.
The company claims to have over 100 million downloads all over the world and almost a customer base of 4.5 million. There’s no doubt in saying that hideme VPN has secured a position among top 5 VPN providers in a very short span of time.
Let’s See The Proof If Hide me VPN Is Trustworthy!
No VPN Service boost your internet speed. If you saw such claims, don’t fall for it. When a VPN provider claims to offer faster speed, it means they have managed to sustain your original internet speed rather killing it.
So, when hide.me claims to be the fastest VPN provider, it means they have optimized their servers which do not kill your internet speed like many VPN services do.
Here’s a speed test result that we have conducted during our hide.me VPN review
Original Location: Malaysia
Internet Speed: 150 Mbit
VPN Server Location: Singapore http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/5988092352
Original Location: Malaysia
Internet Speed: 150 Mbit
VPN Server Location: Netherlands http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/5988100739
After seeing these results, 8/10 is completely justified. Another plus point of Hide me is ‘Connectivity’. I used it for 30 to 45 minutes and not for once it got disconnected.
hide.me VPN Review – Features Of hide.me VPN
Like all other VPN providers, hide.me offers online security, privacy and accessibility to its users. So, what makes hide.me different than other VPN providers? Let’s have a look at the most prominent features that we discovered during this hide.me VPN review.
Lifetime Free VPN Subscription
hide.me VPN offers a very extensive Free VPN plan that can be extended for a lifetime. Yes, you heard it right. Unlike other VPN providers, hide.me VPN doesn’t cut you off once the set bandwidth limit is over. Your Free Plan can be renewed after a specific tenure.
hide.me offers two different kind of free plans. One with registration (just an email address) and another one without registration which you can get by downloading their apps. The free plan with registration has 2 GB data transfer limit which can be renewed every month. The other free plan which you can get by downloading their apps has a 500 MB data transfer limit which can be renewed every 2 weeks.
There are conditions applied to hide.me’s FREE Plan that our readers should know:
● Free Plan can only be used on 1 device.
● Free Plan subscribed on Windows can only be used on Windows and same conditions applies to Mobile Free Plans.
● Free subscribers cannot request to increase the number of locations or replace with non-listed one. For example, Canada cannot be replaced with USA or UK. If you wish to connect to USA server of Hideme’s network, you need to upgrade the free plan to Plus or Premium Package.
● Free users can download apps or can use manual setup.
● Free users are allowed to use PPTP, L2TP, IPsec (IKEv1 and IKEv2) and SSTPprotocols.
● Blackberry users can also use the free plan and set up the VPN using hide.me’s manualsetup guides.
● Windows Mobile users can also use free plan by a manual setup.
Free plan offers the same level of encryption as the paid plan, but you have limited bandwidth and locations.
hide.me’s Global VPN Network
Strong Global Existence is the key element for every VPN provider. It’s not only the number of servers that matters, but the quality of infrastructure is much more important. Self-owned, self-managed, dedicated and physical servers worth more than having a virtual server on a less important location.
Unlike other VPN providers, hide.me offers a less number of server locations but with exceptionally high quality. They currently have 100+ servers at 30+ locations in 25 countries.
Most of the locations are optimized for P2P usage, except for Australia, UK and USA. You can connect to any server to download torrents via hide.me VPN.
One really cool feature on their website is that it shows real time load on every server which helps you decide which is the best location to connect to to optimize speeds.
Wide Range of Supported Protocols
PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IPSec (IKEv1 & IKEv2), OpenVPN and SoftEther VPN Protocols are supported by hide.me VPN. You can connect to these protocols via VPN apps or manual setup.
Details for each device is given below:
● Windows 10, 8, 7 – IKEv2 (Recommended), OpenVPN, SoftEther, SSTP, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP
● Windows Vista & XP – OpenVPN, SoftEther, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP
● Mac OS X – IKEv2 (Only supported on 10.11 / 10.12), IKEv1, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec,PPTP, OpenVPN with Viscosity
● iPhone & iPad – IKEv2, IKEv1, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, OpenVPN
● Android – OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP
● Windows Phone 10 – IKEv2
● BlackBerry – IKEv2 (Not many VPN providers offer services compatible on BlackBerryMobiles)
● Linux – IKEv2, OpenVPN, PPTP1 Minute Setup ProcessThe setup process at hide.me VPN is simple and quick. It takes almost 60 seconds for you to get started with hide.me VPN.
All you need is to follow 3 simple steps,
- Sign up for one of the package plan
- Download VPN app or set up manually
- Connect and start using hide.me VPN
User Friendly Apps
hide me VPN offers easy-to-use and very attractive apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS Platforms. The interface is not crowded with unnecessary features. It’s as easy as counting 1, 2, 3 and even an 8 year old can set up and use hide.me VPN apps. All apps come with excellent features such as:
● One-Click Connect
● No Credit Card Required for Free Subscription
● In-App Purchase
● Auto Server Selection
● Auto Reconnect
● Auto Connect on Startup
● Kill Switch (Windows and Mac)
● IP and DNS Leak ProtectionStrong Encryption for Unbreakable Online Security & Privacy
Advanced Encryption Algorithm
hide.me VPN offers up to 256bit AES encryption that protects your online existence from hackers, phishers and other entities. It encrypts all your traffic such as personal information and documents, passwords, personal files and credit card information, so that you can be free from worries and potential troubles.
hide.me Compatible Devices
Apart from Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, users can use hide.me on a wide range of devices and platforms. By setting up manually, you can use hide.me VPN on:
● Routers (Pre-Configured Routers are available)
● PS3, PS4, Playstation Vuze (Setup via Router)
● Xbox and Xbox One (Setup via Router)
● Smart TVs (Setup via Router)
● Apple TV (Setup via Router)
● Roku Box (Setup via Router)
● Kindle Fire (Setup via Router)
What is the use of a service that comes with a lot of hurdles? Fortunately, it is not the case with hide.me VPN. They have a complete VPN setup guide section for all the platforms and devices.
If you are stuck in the middle, just go to their website and check out their “VPN Setup Guide”. You will find step-by-step guides, and if you are not tech savvy, you can always contact the 24/7 technical support which responds back to you within 24 hours..
Hide me VPN Review – 14 Days Money Back Guarantee
Along with a lifetime free subscription, you also get 14 days money back guarantee with hide.me VPN. But conditions applied. You can request a refund if you didn’t exceeded 500MB bandwidth usage.
Wide Range of Payment Options – hide.me VPN Review
VPN Service with a fewer payment options is almost useless. Take it this way, how can you buy a product when you can’t pay for it? That’s why we consider the payment options as a very important factor for every VPN service.
When it comes to hide.me VPN, they offer a sufficient number of payment methods for users to pay. Although the VPN offers more than 160 payment options but below is the list of the most popular ones
● Credit Card
● Bank Transfer
● Electronic Cash
We do deduct 1 point from the overall rating for those VPN providers that do not offer BitCoin. Fortunately, this is not the case with hide.me VPN.
5 Simultaneous Logins
hide.me VPN offers 2 payment plans, Plus and Premium. Plus plan comes with 1 simultaneous connection, whereas Premium plan offers 5 simultaneous connections. It means if you subscribed to a premium plan, you can establish 5 VPN connections on your desktop, mobile and smart devices at the same time.
Fixed IPs for Individuals
This is an interesting feature we discovered during our hide.me review. hide.me offers fixed IPs. Those of you who do not know what Fixed IPs are, here’s a small definition:
A fixed IP is different than dynamic IP. Fixed IP assigned to you by your VPN provider remains constant every time you connect to the VPN.
If you need same IP every time you connect to a particular location of hide.me VPN, you can request a Fixed IP.
hide.me VPN offers dynamic port forwarding (UPnP) in its Premium Plan. Dynamic Port forwarding is often used by peer-to-peer software to communicate directly with each other and not over a central server.
It’s rarely supported by VPN providers and provides a significant speed increase for any application that supports dynamic port forwarding.
hide.me Internet Kill Switch Feature
“An Internet kill switch is the cybercrime and the countermeasures concept of activating a single shut off mechanism for all Internet traffic.”
Internet Kill Switch option helps VPN users to stay protected even when the VPN connection drops out.
Just imagine if you are using a VPN and you’re downloading a file which you dont want your ISP to know and for some odd reason your VPN connection drops but your internet is still up and running which means your download i still going on without the VPN.
In such a scenario your ISP can trace back that download to your original IP. Just to avoid such situations, hide.me has this feature called “Kill Switch”. A kill switch immediately stops your internet connection as soon as your VPN gets disconnected making sure that your download is immediately stopped.
The best thing about this feature is that its completely within the control of the user and they can decide if they want to activate this feature or not.
hide.me VPN offers built-in Internet Kill Switch option in its Windows and Mac apps. You can also set up Internet Kill Switch option manually for Linux.
IP Leak Protection
When you are connected to a VPN, have you ever checked if that VPN is not leaking your real IP? Well, it is our duty to use this hide.me review to explain every feature and its importance to our readers.
VPN is meant to provide you invisibility on the internet, but if it fails to do so, by leaking your IP, then there’s no use for such kind of a service. This is how hide.me VPN ensures that there is never an IP leak.
As soon as the VPN connection is established, hide.me’s app deletes the default gateway of your Internet Connection so your local network becomes inaccessible. In such an instance you enforce the VPN usage adding another layer of security making IP leaks impossible and that’s not it.
The app also blocks outgoing IPv6 connections automatically to prevent IP leaks. It won’t affect your overall Internet connectivity if your ISP assigns you an IPv6 address.
DNS Leak Protection
DNS leak protection is also a very common issue which VPN users face and there are barely any VPN providers who go an extra an mile to protect its users from such a threat.
However, hide.me being one of the most responsible VPNs, it does actually go an extra mile. During our hide.me VPN review we’ve been glad to know that hide.me’s app helps users to set a public DNS to the main network interface. In this way all DNS requests originating from your computer are routed through hide.me VPN network.
In rare cases, DNS requests might not go through the VPN connection because of your router’s default configuration but hide.me’s app takes care that no DNS leaks can happen during an active VPN connection.
0 Log Policy – A Key Point In This hide.me VPN Review
I asked hide.me’s live chat representative Eric, how you define hide.me VPN in one word?
He said, No Logs. Although, it’s two words, but I liked it as it explains the main USP of hide.me VPN.
hide.me is specifically designed not to log any user’s browsing activity and connection information. They do not store customer’s’ IP address, name or any other personal information.
What i really like about their No Log policy is the the fact is that they are really serious about it. They are the only VPN provider i have come across who made an extra effort to get themselves audited by independent security analysts like Leon Juranic who certifies them to be a zero log VPN.
This is for us a big plus that positively affected the final score of our Hideme VPN review.
hide.me 24/7 Support
hide.me VPN offers 24/7 Live Chat support, ticket system and email. I noticed, they have no remote assistance feature that many other VPN providers do offer.
To test the live chat feature, I tested them a couple of times. The response time is very satisfactory. I give them 8 / 10. I deducted 2 points because of unavailability of remote assistance.
Users can also get answers to common questions and installation instructions with their FAQ’s and Setup section.
What We Are Not Very Happy About Hide me VPN?
We have only discussed the good parts of hide.me VPN. Now, to make our hide.me VPN review fair, let’s talk about what we are not very happy with this provider.
hide.me Pricing Plans
hide.me VPN is one of the most expensive VPNs in the market but I should also mention that it is one of the fastest, secure and the most reailable VPNs i have ever used. hide.me VPN has the following pricing plans
1. Free VPN
2. Plus Plan
3. Premium Plan
4. Mobile Plan (Android & iOS)
With all its features and good parts, hide.me VPN is still at a higher price.
Plus plan with 75GB data transfer limit costs
- $10 per month if you buy a monthly subscription
- $6.67 per month if you buy a Bi-Annual subscription
- $5.42 per month if you buy an annual subscription
whereas Premium Plan with unlimited features and 5 simultaneous connections costs
- $20 per month if you buy a monthly subscription
- $14.17 per month if you buy a Bi-Annual subscription
- $11.67 per month if you buy an annual subscription
Mobile plan cost
- $9.99 per month for a monthly plan
- $4.1 per month for an annual plan.
It is not mentioned anywhere on the website, but if you purchased a mobile account, you can only use that account on that particular Play Store/iTunes account.
hide.me VPN review Conclusion
If you care too much about your privacy and security then hide.me VPN is the best choice for you.
As for streamer and downloader, Hide me VPN is a suitable choice. For P2P, I am sure it is one of the best VPN providers that allows P2P files sharing on most of its servers.
In the last line of this review, I surely suggest hide.me to add more locations so $20 / month can be easily justified.