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Hide My IP VPN Review – Should You Subscribe To The Service?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Hide My IP VPN is a privacy solution from San Diego, California based My Privacy Tools, Inc. Established in 2006, the company offers a range of proxy, VPN, anti-hacking, anti-spying, file shredding and firewall solutions to its customers. This Hide My IP VPN Review will focus on the VPN solution offered by the organization and reveal its pros and cons.

Server Locations & Site Access – Hide My IP gives a choice of IPs from 68 different locations and 41 different countries. The company has deployed servers in many important VPN markets including United States (17 locations), Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Canada, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Moldova, South Korea, South Africa, Czech Republic, Australia, Greece, Costa Rica, Panama, Hungary, Singapore, Indonesia, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Israel, Chile, Turkey and Malaysia.

Since Hide My IP gives access to thousands of IPs from all over the world, customers can easily unlock GEO-IP restricted On-Demand sites like Netflix, Pandora, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Instant Videos, TV Japan, Rara, Hulu, iTV Player, ABC Player, Zattoo, TV Tokyo, Rai TV, Foxtel Play, Direct 8, RTL, Lovefilm, HBO Go, Spacecast, Russia TV, Voddler, Arte, Mio TV, Vevo, NHL, RTE Player, CBS, City TV, FOX, Canal+, TV Asahi, MTV, ABC iView, USA Network, TVB, TNT, WimpMusic, Much Music, CBC, Spotify, The Comedy Network, Global TV, Xfinity, Channel Ten, Vudu, Eurosport, TSN, Bravo, NBC, Demand 5, MLB, Sky Go, MyTV, CTV, 4OD, Wilmaa, CWTV and Deezer from pretty much any location in the world.

The privacy solution can also be used as a censorship buster tool that can unblock frequently blocked sites like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Viber and YouTube at China, Middle East, Thailand or Brazil. Hide My IP even allows employees and students to unlock job portals, social networking sites and video portals from behind their school and workplace firewalls. The solution also works well for those who needs IPs from multiple countries since there are no restrictions on server switching.

VPN Speed & Bandwidth – Hide My IP does not throttle speeds or restrict bandwidth for its VPN customers. Customers of the service can not only experience faster surfing and downloading speeds, they can also stream HD content faster as well as make VOIP calls and play multiplayer online games without facing any restrictions.

Privacy Settings – Hide My IP protects your online sessions and sensitive data with 1024 bit SSL encryption. The service uses the highly reliable OpenVPN protocol so you get 100% protection from government surveillance, ISP snooping and hackers that usually prowl on public Wi-Fi networks. The service not only protects your confidential data (including social networking accounts, passwords, credit card numbers etc.) but also automatically secures all types of online activities (including browsing, VOIP, FTP, messaging and emailing).

Hide My IP’s privacy policy says that it does not record content logs of any kind. However, it has also mentioned on its privacy page that it will turn over information to law enforcement whenever it is required. We interpret this to mean that it does not keep long-term logging, and actively deletes. We’re not sure, though, so this might be a good question to ask if this is important to you.

Supported Operating Systems – Hide My IP VPN is available for Windows (NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10) and Mac OS X (10.6 onwards). The company uses the same client for its proxy and VPN service so customers have the option of simply changing their IPs or using an end-to-end tunneling service. VPN customers can enable/disable the service by choosing the On/Off button available under the “Premium Service” option. Customers also have the option of changing their IPs after a set time, requesting a US based IP and using the same IP address every time they use the service. The company offers a proxy solution for Android but at present it doesn’t support the VPN option.

Customer Support – Hide My IP offers support through live chat, toll free number, email and tickets. The telephonic support is available only from 9 AM to 4 PM PST from Monday-Friday while the live chat support is available during business hours. In addition, customers can refer to Hide My IP’s forum, knowledgebase and FAQ sections to get quick answers to their speed or connection problems.

Pricing Options – Hide My IP’s subscription model is a bit different from other VPN service providers. Customers interested in subscribing to the service need to first pay a one-time fee of $29.95 for Hide My IP’s proxy software and then upgrade to the VPN solution. The upgrade costs $8.95/month ($24.95/quarter and $84.95/year) so in the end the service turns about to be a lot more expensive than other privacy solutions. On the bright side, the provider offers a free trial for 14 days and even offers 30 day money back guarantee.

Final Verdict – Overall, we recommend this service to those who need IPs from multiple countries and do not mind paying extra for Hide My IP’s software. For more information, please visit: www. hide-my-ip.com.

April 8, 2015

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