Centered in Malaysia, Hide.me is another newcomer in the industry of VPNs. It is popular for its astonishing transparency, security, and anonymity. Offering superb privacy protection and brilliant performance levels, users can leverage the free trial for testing before purchasing.
However, its Premium plan is certainly not on the list of “budget VPNs” and the service does not offer built-in support for OpenVPN. Continue reading our in-depth Hide.me review for more info about the VPN provider.
|1. No logs policy||1. No uptime guarantee|
|2. Live chat feature||2. Very basic free plan|
|3. Offers a free trial||3. Monthly premium plan is pricey|
|4. Designed for simplicity|
|5. Has servers in 28 countries|
|6. Access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer|
Hide.me Pricing Review
Hide.me offers something for every customer. The vendor has a free service and two paid plans. For customers who pay 1 year in advance, our review Hide.me review discovers discounts of up to 45%.
Hide.Me Free Plan
The free plan is limited to three server locations, 2GB data usage, a restricted choice of protocols, and allows only one connection at a time with a “best-effort” bandwidth imposed. This means, you receive minimum speeds of 3Mbit/sec for streaming, downloading, and exploring. Although we would like to see more from the Free Plan, it is still quite useful if you are low on funds, or testing the service.
Hide.me Plus Plan
The Plus Plan starts at a low $4.49 per month. Its 6-month plan is available with a 35% discount, meaning you pay $3.32 monthly (accounting to $19.92 bi-annually). If you choose the 12-month plan, you receive a 45% discount. This means, you pay $2.49 monthly (accounting to $29.95 yearly). It comes with a limited access of 75GB per month. The features you receive include unlimited bandwidth, full protocol suite, and limitless choice of locations.
Hide.me Premium Plan
According to our Hide.me review, the Premium Plan is the most comprehensive of all. It starts at $9.99 per month ($59.95 when billed annually – thanks to the 45% discount). Features you receive include unlimited bandwidth, port forwarding, full protocol support, ticket customer support, and unlimited data transfer. You also gain the ability to have up to five connections concurrently.
Hide.Me Sign Up and Cancellation Review
Our Hide.me review establishes that signing up with the VPN is exceptionally easy and forthright. All you need to do is visit the pricing page and follow these steps:
- To sign up for the free account, click on the “Register” button and enter your email address
- You will receive a confirmation mail in a few seconds
- Click the “activate” button in the resulting email, and enjoy using the free service
If you opt for the Plus or Premium Plans, click on the “Buy Now” button. Choose the suitable package (1-Month, 6-Months, or 12-Months), select your payment method, and enter your email address.
If you need to cancel your account, simply contact support or submit a ticket to the billing department. Our Hide.me review indicates that the VPN provider deletes all data accompanying your account from its systems upon cancellation.
The same goes for cases of non-payment and subscriptions ending. The only information the service preserves is the email address you used for signing up. However, you can request for its erasure by emailing or submitting a ticket directed to the support department.
Hide.me VPN Crack Review
Similar to other handy services, individuals are constantly trying to get Premium Accounts for Hide.me by cracking usernames and passwords. Why waste so much time, when you can join the Free Plan? Though it has its limitations, it certainly is not bad for users who require a VPN service urgently.
Besides, you can always renew the Free Plan as often as you like. There is a 30-day waiting period, after which you can reactivate your account. You can also consider sharing Hide.me to any of your social profiles to recommence your free plan instantaneously.
Hide.Me Accepted Payment Methods Review
In our Hide.me review, we found the service accepts more than 80 international payment types. These include PaySafeCard, PaymentWall, Wire Transfer, UKash, Bitcoin, PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and American express, along with an assortment of domestic bank transfers and e-wallets.
Since external payment providers are accountable for handling payments, Hide.me does not log any private information. All payments link to a provisional payment ID, which the VPN deletes upon completion of checkout process. This means, nobody has the ability of linking the internet activity to your payment information. Even if you use a credit card, you will always be anonymous.
Hide.me Refund Review
According to our Hide.me review, the free plan is a decent way to test the quality of the VPNs service. However, you will feel delighted to know that Hide.me also has a refund policy. If you purchase any of the two paid plans, you have a 14-day, 100% money-back guarantee.
You can avail this refund only in cases, where the bandwidth usage is not more than 500MB. While it is somewhat constricting, our Hide.me review indicates, this condition is more than adequate for testing the quality of the VPN service.
Hide.me Servers Review
Hide.me offers 100+ dedicated GBIT servers in 28 countries and 36 locations in total. Most of these are present in Japan, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, United States, and more. They also have a good uptime record and do not limit bandwidth for premium users.
Paid customers do not have to follow the fair use policy. This means, they can enjoy astounding bandwidth speeds and data usage. Free users have a limit of 3Mbit/s, but there is no static cap at all. Operated, access-controlled, and owned by Hide.me solely, all servers also support P2P/Torrenting.
Hide.me Speed Test Review
For users to get a better idea on the connectivity and reliability of Hide.me servers, we executed a speed test on our 35Mbps connection.
The results will provide you a detailed understanding of the differences between the Hide.me servers and primary network speed. Below is a speed test without connecting to Hide.me:
Connected to Hide.me Netherlands Server
Our US to Netherlands server tests showed remarkable speeds: 142ms latency and 28.74 Mbps download (very close to our actual local network speed).
Connected to Hide.me Canada Server
Our US to Canada server tests exposed a drastic drop in speeds. From 31.35Mbps, the download speed reduced to 12.37Mbps, with latency up to 260ms.
Hide.me Australian Servers Review
Our Hide.me review unveils the VPN provider offers two servers in Australia: one in Melbourne and the second in Sydney. Both offer astonishing speeds and protection from cyber-threats. They also feature the highest level of AES-256 bit encryption. This ensures your internet activity is not traceable by any entity.
Hide.me Free Proxy Review
Similar to many popular VPN providers, Hide.me adds a free proxy on their website. Regardless of whether you register or buy a plan, you can use this free proxy for accessing blocked sites and geo-restricted content. While you have restricted choices on locations (US, NL, DE), you receive good speed and connectivity, anywhere in the world. You even have options for encrypting URLs, removing scripts, allowing cookies, removing objects, and encrypting pages.
Self-Managed Anonymous DNS Servers
Many individuals seeking to explore the web anonymously often rely on third party services or their local ISP DNS servers. Some of these servers are unencrypted, leaving you vulnerable to numerous attacks. Hide.me, on the other hand, uses its own DNS servers.
This means, when you connect to a VPN, all your internet traffic is under AES 256-bit encryption. Subsequently, you are safe from government agencies and aggressive marketing firms that might want to track your internet activity.
Hide.Me Privacy and Security Review
When you use Hide.me, you can easily bypass all internet restrictions imposed by different countries around the world, which include the US, Thailand, Brazil, Cuba, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and china. Upon connecting to the VPN, you can gain instant access to geo-restricted websites like Google Talk, Facetime, Skype, Pandora, Youtube, Spotify, Vimeo, Facebook, Netflix, etc.
With its zero logs policy, excellent encryption, and anonymous IP addresses, you can stay safe no matter what you do on the internet. It does not matter even if the VPN provider receives a legal notice for any material a user might download. Our Hide.me review unveils the service will not entertain any requests relating to customer identity, as they keep no logs or user data at all. You remain completely anonymous.
Hide.me Protocols Review
According to our Hide.me review, the VPN provider supports all popular protocols. These include IPSec (IKEv1 and IKEv2 with AES-128 and AES-256 encryption), OpenVPN, SSTP, L2TP, PPTP, and SoftEther with ranging encryptions from AES 128-bit, 160-bit, and 256-bit algorithms. The service also support SOCKS proxy.
Premium and Plus users have the capability of choosing any protocol for connecting to a VPN. However, those with a free plan are limited to PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, and IPsec (IKEv1 and IKEv2). When connected to best server locations, users receive excellent speed, along with low ping times.
Hide.me P2P/Torrenting Review
Our Hide.me review discloses that the service allows P2P/Torrenting on all its servers, regardless of whether free or paid. The VPN provider does not throttle or limit your torrenting. This means, you enjoy amazing downloading speeds from any location.
Hide.me also binds its VPN connections with a SOCKS proxy. You receive maximum bandwidth, as SOCKS is able to reduce Round Trip Time (RTT). This gives a boost to your TCP, which has a significant impact on the overall speed of your VPN connection.
Is Hide.me Safe?
Hide.me is one of the safest VPNs available in the marketplace. Not only does it offer certified log-less operation, but it also conforms to all the best international security standards. Under no circumstance will the VPN provider ever release any identity information to anyone, even in legal matters.
Our Hide.me review suggests that you can completely trust its VPN and the team behind it. Your data will remain private and safe. From payments to internet activity, you remain fully anonymous. The service uses some minor details for managing accounts. This includes monthly data traffic and email address.
A non-persistent log holds internal IP addresses and randomly generated usernames (which erases itself after every few hours). This ensures everything from your physical address, email, username, and payment details is private and untraceable. The service also avoids sharing data with third party agencies.
According to our Hide.me review, the VPN provider only allows Google Analytics to collect a portion of the IP address and a web cookie to facilitate users who revisit certain websites. However, you can install a browser add-on to opt out from providing such info.
Hide.me Support Review
Hide.me offers multiple support options to customers who require help. There is an online ticket/email facility available for both: free and paid users. Users have the capability of adding attachments to their complaints, queries, and requests. However, many people have reported experiencing days of delays, before finally receiving a reply.
If you need instant response to a certain question/query, you can always take advantage of Live Chat. We tried testing the responsiveness of the feature. After hours of wait, we received an unhelpful reply, telling us to submit a ticket. This defies the purpose of live chat (for instant assistance) in the first place.
The FAQ page is helpful and divides into two categories: general and billing. Although the FAQ page is rather short and has a limited set of questions, it provides brief, easy-to-understand answers. This demonstrates useful in troubleshooting certain VPN issues or receiving to-the-point responses to different questions you may have about the service.
If the FAQ does not prove helpful, you can always take help from Hide.me’s community page. Our Hide.me review indicates that the admins and developers at the community page are very active. Even a simple query gets many responses from members, providing new users the help they need for getting started with the service. German-language forms prove more helpful than those in English do.
Therefore, if there is an answer to your problem in another language, consider using a translator. While the community is easy to browse, you cannot use a normal hide.me account for signing in. To become a member of the Hide.me VPN community, you need to make a separate account. The service states it does so primarily for security reasons to protect the privacy and anonymity of anyone using the service.
The Hide.me blog provides detailed answers to all the questions you might be having about the service, concerning to features, logs, pricing, security, server/locations, etc. Divided in many categories, users face no trouble in finding articles that might educate them on different aspects of the VPN service. By following the blog, you can even stay updated on the latest promotions/giveaways.
Hide.me Apps Compatibility Review
Our Hide.me review finds that the service supports all platforms. You have VPN applications available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. There is a separate app for iOS and Android users. A Mac OS X version is also available. Most VPN providers do not offer apps for Windows Phone, but Hide.me has made sure to cover all bases, so every user receives complete anonymity on the internet.
Hide.me Windows Client Review
The Hide.me Windows client features a smooth and compact design. Using the software is quite pleasant – thanks to its simple set of controls and configurations. The only issue is that OpenVPN is not an incorporated feature in the client.
On a lighter note, joining the VPN is easy. You can connect to any server of your choice with a simple click. A list of alternative servers is also visible in the menu. At the same time your current IP address and location is always evident. Free accounts will display a data transfer percentage (shown in image below).
The settings dialog covers all aspects of a good VPN client. Upon opening the tab, the client displays the main application and connection settings. These include ‘prevent DNS leaks’, ‘reconnect automatically’, ‘remember selected location’, and ‘launch on startup’. If you access as an administrator, features like “Kill Switch” will activate automatically.
Our Hide.me review discovers the Windows Client even offers advanced settings for the more tech-savvy. This tab allows you to connect to your own preferred DNS server. It also presents you settings for OpenVPN and SoftEtherVPN.
You even have a simple menu for choosing the VPN protocol you want to use. The best part is the client does not only give you a choice of protocols. It has a few words describing IKEv2, OpenVPN, SoftEtherVPN, SSTP, and PPTP. This allows you to select the protocol according to your needs.
Hide.me Android Client Review
The Hide.me Android app features a clean layout and interface. It is very easy to use and connects via the IKEv2 protocol that offers decent speed. It is good to see that Hide.me does not compromise on its service, regardless of whether you are using the desktop or mobile app.
Connecting to the VPN is incredibly easy. After logging into your account, simply tap on the “Enable Protection” button. It will hardly take 5 seconds for the app to join to a high-speed server of its choice. However, users do have the ability of disabling the “automatic location” option.
Upon disabling the automatic connection, you have a list of servers from different countries available for joining. Pick any server of your choice and enjoy exploring the internet anonymously. The Android app is also multilingual, which means you can select any language of your choice.
If you go on the settings menu, you will notice the application has enabled “Analytics”. This option sends anonymous usage data to Hide.me for improving its application and offer you better service. However, if you want to leverage maximum protection and anonymity, simply disable the option.
Hide.me Download Links
Hide.me offers support for a variety of different platforms. You have setup guides and download links available for all operating systems, be it mobile or desktop. Upon clicking on the platform you want to use, you will receive a download link and instructions on how to configure Hide.me VPN.
Our Hide.me review establishes that the VPN provider places security and anonymity at its top list of priorities. It does not keep any logs, offers high level (AES-256 bit) encryption, and provides servers in 28 locations. You also have the ability of choosing from a wide array of protocols.
- 100+ servers in 28 countries
- All key countries featured
- 14-day, 100% money-back guarantee
- Accepts 80+ international payment methods
- Supports Ubuntu, Fedora, Mac, Windows, iOS and Android
- Not cheap
- Lacks Built-In OpenVPN