# of Servers
940
Server Locations
190
Price Per Month (From)
$4.99
Free Trial
0 day


8.1/10
Informr score
HideMyAss currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If you only want a VPN to protect your identity while browsing the web, then HideMyAss is a great choice. However, if you’re looking for something that truly provides anonymity, you might want to look elsewhere.

What's good

  • Good performance
  • Easy, intuitive interface
  • IP shuffling for extra security
  • Variety of servers and locations
  • P2P servers

What's bad

  • Quite a lot of data retention
  • Limited customization
  • App-specific kill switch

Owned by Avast, HideMyAss offers a huge network of servers across hundreds of locations. Started back in 2005, it is one of the longest-running VPN providers. But let’s see how it stacks up to today’s more competitive landscape.

Pricing

There’s nothing noteworthy here -- just standard pricing for a mid-range VPN. There are multiple options that allow you to save money the longer you subscribe. This means month-to-month subscriptions are the most expensive. With that said, Private Internet Access offers a better yearly subscription, though HideMyAss is cheaper than larger competitors such as ExpressVPN.

HideMyAss offers a 7-day free trial but you must hand over your billing information. If you forget to cancel, you’ll be automatically charged for whatever subscription option you choose.

Supported Devices

You have access to a wide range of apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Sadly, there are no browser extensions available. Instead, they provide a free web proxy to mask your IP address in any browser.

Ease of Use

Even if you’re new to VPNs, you can easily figure out Hide My Ass’s interface. There’s zero technical jargon you need to deal with and everything is marked and easy to use. You can choose from three different modes:

  • Instant: A one-click connection that takes you to the nearest server.
  • Location: For when you need to access a specific location. It even suggests servers for streaming videos, P2P, and quick access.
  • Freedom: Connects you through the nearest free-speech country.

Reviewers ran into one issue when they delved into customization. They found that the kill switch worked only for applications, not for the entire system. That meant they had to specify every app they wanted to block manually should the VPN connection drop.

Simultaneous Connections

You can connect up to five devices to HideMyAss. Should you download the client for your router you can protect all of your devices at home with just a single connection.

Included Features

While you won’t find a ton of customizability, the service offers a handful of useful features, including:

  • IP Shuffle
  • P2P servers
  • Military-grade encryption (OpenVPN)
  • Dedicated streaming servers
  • Kill Switch

IP shuffle, as the name suggests, changes your IP address every so often to make your activities harder to trace back to you. It’s perfect for those who want an extra layer of privacy when browsing the web.

Privacy and Logging

HideMyAss is based in the UK with the parent company -- Avast -- in the Czech Republic. While not the best in terms of data privacy laws, both countries are better than the US in terms of data logging and retention.

And speaking of privacy, the company states that there is no logging of what resources you access while online or other data sent or received over VPN. However, they still record every session connect and disconnect, the IP address you use to connect, the IP address of the VPN you connect to, and how much data is uploaded and downloaded.

While it might not affect people who are using a VPN for browsing or online shopping, for those who are sharing files or even accessing streaming services in geo-restricted areas, it might cause problems.

Performance

With hundreds of servers worldwide, reviewers found connection quality and ping times excellent. When it came to actual download speeds, results were more varied even within the same country. For example, TechRadar found download speeds in the US ranged between 15Mbps and 65Mbps. Servers that are further away from your actual location will also have highly variable speeds though that isn’t unexpected.

TechRadar says, “There’s some scope for improvement… but overall HideMyAss performance better than most…”

Support

If you can’t figure out an issue on your own by browsing the company’s FAQ page, you can take advantage of their 24/7 live chat support to get answers to your questions in just a few minutes.

If your problem isn’t urgent, you can also post on their forum where you generally will receive a response from a staff member within a few hours.

Summary

HideMyAss (HMA) is a decent option for people who want good performance speed and unique features such as IP Shuffle. However, its data collection policies might be a problem if you’re a more privacy-focused user.

Cloudwards states, “... we think HMA’s combination of features makes it worth your consideration.”


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

Although HMA! Is a fine VPN service with plentiful servers and locations, the fact it is headquartered in the UK and that it keeps logs means it isn’t a great choice for those who want privacy and anonymity: two things a VPN should offer.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
Top10VPN

HideMyAss! is a great choice for those who want strong performance but are less concerned about logging policies. If you opt for the three-year plan it is pretty affordable, and with access to over 190 countries it is the best provider out there in terms of location choice. Great upload and download...

- Callum Tennent, Top10VPN
TrustedReviews

If you need to virtually "be" in a specific location to access a given service or make sure that your own web services are accessible, and if you don't care about media streaming, Hide My Ass! is definitely the provider to go for. However, Kaspersky Secure Connection is faster and cheaper, while Pri...

- K.G. Orphanides, TrustedReviews
VPN Ranks

HMA VPN has a large number of VPN servers in the industry and is known to consistently deliver quality service. It rarely comes up with discount offers and an efficient customer support mechanism.

- Danish Pervez, VPN Ranks
VPNxD

HideMyAss is a great VPN service provider you can use to hide your identity, download torrents, watch Popcorn times, unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. The server quality with great download and upload speed as well as worldwide coverage will help you get the best out of this provider. HideMyAss is no...

- VPNxD

Details


Overview
Headquarters UK
Pricing/Sign Up
Starting Price (per Month) $4.99
Plans and Pricing Visit Site
Free Trial 0 day
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days
Payment Options Credit Cards, PayPal, Bitcoin, Other
ID Required Valid email address
Features
Server Locations (# of Countries) 190
Number of Servers 940 +
Devices Per License 2
Simultaneous Connections 2
Unlimited Bandwidth Yes
Double-Hop / Double VPN No
Accesses Netflix Yes
P2P / Torrenting Allowed Yes
Accepts Bitcoin Yes
Non-US Company Yes
Protected
Protocols IPSec, L2TP, OpenVPN, PPTP
Encryption AES-256, Blowfish 128, RSA-2048
No Logs / No Tracking Yes
Dedicated IP Available No
VPN Over Tor Yes
Wi-Fi Leak Protection No
Private DNS Server Yes
DNS Leak Protection Yes
IP Leak Protection Yes
WebRTC Leak Protection No
IPv6 Leak Protection Yes
Kill Switch No
Supported Platforms
Operating Systems Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Linux, Android
Mobile App Yes
Router Yes
Browser Extension Yes
Customer Support
24/7 Support Yes
Live Chat Support Yes
Telephone Support No
Email Support Yes
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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

A VPN with servers all over the world, but it isn't the best choice

from Tech Advisor

Although HMA! Is a fine VPN service with plentiful servers and locations, the fact it is headquartered in the UK and that it keeps logs means it isn’t a great choice for those who want privacy and anonymity: two things a VPN should offer.

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Although HMA! Is a fine VPN service with plentiful servers and locations, the fact it is headquartered in the UK and that it keeps logs means it isn’t a great choice for those who want privacy and anonymity: two things a VPN should offer.

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Top10VPN

A good choice for those seeking a simple, stress-free VPN experience

from Top10VPN

HideMyAss! is a great choice for those who want strong performance but are less concerned about logging policies. If you opt for the three-year plan it is pretty affordable, and with access to over 190 countries it is the best provider out there in terms of location choice. Great upload and downl...More

HideMyAss! is a great choice for those who want strong performance but are less concerned about logging policies. If you opt for the three-year plan it is pretty affordable, and with access to over 190 countries it is the best provider out there in terms of location choice. Great upload and download speeds make it appealing to streaming fans as well as torrenters and P2P users, and reliable access to Netflix is an added bonus.

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TrustedReviews

The widest range of endpoint locations

from TrustedReviews

If you need to virtually "be" in a specific location to access a given service or make sure that your own web services are accessible, and if you don't care about media streaming, Hide My Ass! is definitely the provider to go for. However, Kaspersky Secure Connection is faster and cheaper, while...More

If you need to virtually "be" in a specific location to access a given service or make sure that your own web services are accessible, and if you don't care about media streaming, Hide My Ass! is definitely the provider to go for. However, Kaspersky Secure Connection is faster and cheaper, while Private Internet Access's no-logging policy has been demonstrated in court.

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VPN Ranks

A service with a marvelous server coverage

from VPN Ranks

HMA VPN has a large number of VPN servers in the industry and is known to consistently deliver quality service. It rarely comes up with discount offers and an efficient customer support mechanism.

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HMA VPN has a large number of VPN servers in the industry and is known to consistently deliver quality service. It rarely comes up with discount offers and an efficient customer support mechanism.

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VPNxD

Great performance

HideMyAss is a great VPN service provider you can use to hide your identity, download torrents, watch Popcorn times, unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. The server quality with great download and upload speed as well as worldwide coverage will help you get the best out of this provider. HideMyAss is not for spamming! Give it a shot!

Read full review

HideMyAss is a great VPN service provider you can use to hide your identity, download torrents, watch Popcorn times, unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. The server quality with great download and upload speed as well as worldwide coverage will help you get the best out of this provider. HideMyAss is not for spamming! Give it a shot!

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TechRadar

Above average speeds, user-friendly

from TechRadar

This VPN service is easy-to-use with a sprawling network of servers, but the session logging policies are a concern.

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This VPN service is easy-to-use with a sprawling network of servers, but the session logging policies are a concern.

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Expert Reviews

Slick and effective

from Expert Reviews

HMA Pro VPN is a solid, easy-to-use VPN. It’s ideal for unblocking US streaming services, and for tightening security when you’re connecting to an untrusted public network. It’s not quite the cheapest VPN out there, and it doesn’t have the feature set of NordVPN, but it’s a decent choice for casual users.

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HMA Pro VPN is a solid, easy-to-use VPN. It’s ideal for unblocking US streaming services, and for tightening security when you’re connecting to an untrusted public network. It’s not quite the cheapest VPN out there, and it doesn’t have the feature set of NordVPN, but it’s a decent choice for casual users.

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VPN Analysis

Good for accessing geo-restricted media and evade censorship issues

from VPN Analysis

It delivers great value, especially if you opt for the annual plan. I’m not so certain I would recommend the monthly plan, however, due to its higher price. And I was a little disappointed to see that HMA only allows two simultaneous connections. I do wish it had a free trial, too.

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It delivers great value, especially if you opt for the annual plan. I’m not so certain I would recommend the monthly plan, however, due to its higher price. And I was a little disappointed to see that HMA only allows two simultaneous connections. I do wish it had a free trial, too.

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Anonymster

One of the best choices for most users looking for digital freedom

from Anonymster

The incredible number of servers around the globe makes this provider a very flexible VPN. With so many servers and IP addresses available, any geo-restricted content can be accessed. The software is incredibly simple to use and especially the new client version 3 makes managing the VPN connection like a breeze.

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The incredible number of servers around the globe makes this provider a very flexible VPN. With so many servers and IP addresses available, any geo-restricted content can be accessed. The software is incredibly simple to use and especially the new client version 3 makes managing the VPN connection like a breeze.

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CloudWedge

Offers some pretty extraordinary features

This company delivers all that you may be looking for from a VPN provider – features, security, ease of use, customer service and a competitive price. These are just some of the reasons they are speculated to be the largest consumer VPN network . With a 30 day money back guarantee, you should definitely give this service a try.

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This company delivers all that you may be looking for from a VPN provider – features, security, ease of use, customer service and a competitive price. These are just some of the reasons they are speculated to be the largest consumer VPN network . With a 30 day money back guarantee, you should definitely give this service a try.

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