Hide.me VPN Review

Hide.me VPN Review

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Hide.me is a Malaysia-based VPN service that was launched in 2011. It is a user-friendly service that provides a high-speed connection and VPN servers in 30+ countries. You can use it on your computer, smartphone, and even a router. You can use it for free or buy a plan that fits you the best to get more benefits, like a static IP address. In this post, I will explain these features, as well as others.

Hide.me VPN for Mac

The hide.me VPN is easy to install and can be applied to the most widely-used platforms. You can choose an app for your smartphone – iOS, Android or Windows phone, or on your computer – macOS, Windows, Linux.

My hide.me VPN review is based on the application for Mac. The interface of this app is very simple. Included are the following sections:

  1. Overview tab. Here you can select the virtual location and use the Online/Offline button to connect to the server.  
  2. Support tab. Switch to this section if you need to send an email to the support team or visit the support webpage. 
  3. Settings tab. Here you can change the preferences. Just tick the necessary points in General or Network settings. 
  4. Upgrade tab. Here you can upgrade your subscription plan. 

The hide.me VPN also adds its icon to the mac’s status menus. In its small menu, you can quickly connect or disconnect to a virtual location, open the main app’s window or settings, and quit the app.

Hide.me VPN – Free and Paid Plans

Hide.me VPN offers free and paid plans. The paid plans are a bit expensive compared to other VPN services. The hide.me free plan is worth trying. You will get access to three virtual locations: Canada in North America, the Netherlands in Europe, and Singapore in Asia.

Free plan Premium plan Plus plan
Free USD 19.95 per month USD 9.95 per month
3 virtual locations 30+ virtual locations 30+ virtual locations
Bandwidth is minimum 3 Mbps Unlimited, 150 Mbps Unlim, 150 Mbps
2 GB per month Unlimited 75 GB per month
Protocols: PPTP, l2TP, SSTP, IKEv1, IKEv2 Protocols: PPTP, l2TP, SSTP, IKEv1, IKEv2, OpenVPN, SoftEther Protocols: PPTP, l2TP, SSTP, IKEv1, IKEv2, OpenVPN, SoftEther
1 simultaneous connection 5 simultaneous connections 1 simultaneous connection
Fixed IP address

The hide.me test of Internet speed

Although the paid users are in priority, the hide.me VPN creators said that they “love all users the same” and they won’t “throttle your connection so you can expect a fast speed.” I used three locations of the free plan and its speed was quite high. I was able to watch streaming channels, videos on YouTube and torrenting as well. The work of the hide.me VPN affected my bandwidth a little.

Is hide.me VPN safe?

This VPN service provides the highest encryption for today – AES-256. It also uses PPTP, l2TP, SSTP, IKEv1, IKEv2, OpenVPN, and SoftEther protocols to provide a high quality of security, stability and speed. If your connection suddenly drops, the kill switch stops all your online activity. You can manage this option in the VPNs settings. So, the app will inform you that your IP address is exposed.

No Logs Policy

The hide.me VPN has a strict no logs policy. It is stated on their website that in accordance with the Malaysian laws, the storing of users data is not obligatory, as it is in Europe, US or Australia. It sounds good and you can keep your privacy while being online with the hide.me VPN. Besides, the hide.me VPN is free to download, it doesn’t require any personal data or email.

Support

If you have any questions, there is a support option in settings, where you can create and send a message. Alternatively, you can find the FAQs, online chat, community, and send an email on the website. I have confirmed that live chat works quickly, which is convenient if you have problems and need a help as soon as possible.

free vpnConclusion

I liked the free hide.me VPN plan because it met my basic needs:

  • I can change my real IP address location for one of three virtual VPNs locations and get access to geo-restricted websites.
  • Compared to the other free VPNs, the connection was established in a few seconds and the speed of the Internet was high, even for streaming services.
  • The Kill Switch option stopped my online activity when the connection dropped for several seconds.
  • The ability to use the hide.me VPN on the most widely-used platforms is quite handy.

What I liked less is that the free plan provides:

  • 2 GB per month only.
  • There are only 3 virtual locations to be connected to.

In my opinion, the hide.me VPN free plan is an option for those who want to have an extra layer of protection while using public Wi-Fi in cafes, airports, and hotels. It is helpful in circumstances when you need to research some information on the net or check your email safely. It is also handy to have the free hide.me VPN on a smartphone.

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