HideMyAss is currently the most famous and the most utilised VPN service. The name HideMyAss (HMA!) is known as a guarantee of VPN quality. Many of you asked us why ! For us, the best reason (apart from the 75 Countries + Virtual locations , High ID and the Price) is all the useful tools developed by HideMyAss (including all the “forgotten” or”other” options proposed on the Wiki) as well as all the FAQ, tutorials and add-ons.
But is it really? We wanted to be completely impartial so we subjected HideMyAss to rigorous tests.
On paper they provide an excellent and generous service of anonymity for all. Some VPN providers really only cater to certain types of user!
- Low price : $11.52/month with reduced rates for 6 month or yearly periods
75 countries – 600+ VPN servers – 74 500+ IPs (dynamic not dedicated IPs) – Complete server list from HMA
OpenVPN package (Blowfish 128bit) – PPTP (MPPE 128bit) – L2TP
HMA ! connection program with numerous functions like secure program protection in case VPN cuts out.
Free Web Proxy
List of free and paying proxies (Premium lists at $24.95)
Free mailbox, anonymous and secure
Add-ons for Firefox and Chrome: HMA! Web Proxy Browser Extension - HMA! PanicButton - HMA! IP Checker
Free file Uploader
Online tools to create anonymous links (like http://anonym.to/)
For more details - http://vpn.hidemyass.com/vpncontrol/legal.html
HideMyAss will only retain the login information for the site : : Username, email address, password (encrypted) and IP address
Data kept for two years: We will store a time stamp and IP address when you connect and disconnect to our VPN service together with the IP address of the individual VPN server used by you. We do not store details of, or monitor, the websites you connect to when using our VPN service. .
It is not permitted to: Promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. - We will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if it has become evident that your account has been used for illegal activities.Subscription
Many payment methods are available: credit-card, Paypal, wire transfer, and also WebMoney – a virtual currency similar to Liberty Reserve.
For complete anonymity, they ought to allow Ukash. We chose to test Paypal. When the payment is approved, you will receive the user account address by email: http://vn.hidemyass.com. To connect, you need only your username and password chosen on registering.
Click on the Download Software tab to download the HMA! software for Windows, Mac and Linux. Note the clear interface of the control panel!HMA! Software 188.8.131.52
The most complete connection program (All in One VPN Application) we have tested. Though it seems pointless, there is even the choice between OpenVPN and PPTP.
* 6 tabs to choose the server (IP switching within the server is also possible!) to carry out tests on speed or ping, to protect applications and programs connected with VPN, IP switching program, random servers, connection via proxy, protocol choice… Well designed!
* Our default configuration is:
- Tick remember my username and password – Autoconnect – Launch on operating system
- Choose programs and applications to protect. For programs like Emule or UTorrent, don’t forget to use the 1194 port (on SE-NL or LU) to get the best possible connection with HighID. Activating HMA! protects all current users with its system
Test the speed of favourite servers: UK – NL. Just in case, add several US servers in order to escape the geographical restrictions of Hulu
To choose a random server, the program will indicate the best one (in the same country) if it notices the speed and stability is over 30%
Connect to London since the server is the fastest.
If at this stage the Open VPN connection isn’t working, there is always online support – by email, livechat or on the forum.
Some devices like the iphone/iad or Boxee only accept PPTP. So this protocol is necessary for mobile internet use. To configure these settings, go to the user account and select the PPTP tab to find connection addresses and password (the login is the same).
Example of PPTP connection with iphone:
Settings > General > Network > VPN > add VPN setting
It is possible to install HideMyAss on a router with modified firmware like DD-WRT. Several months ago this was a manual option and needed some degree of experience. Now HideMyAss offers an automatic script in the user account to install it quickly and totally efficiently.
Before doing so, don’t forget:
- We recommend a router like Asus RT-N16, Netgear WNR3500L or Linksys WRT54GL
- DD-WRT firmware should be installed with care: these “free” firmware are very good quality but will only work if you follow the installation instructions precisely.
To install DD-WRT firmware
In the Control Panel, go to the DD-WRT tab and you will find this::
You only need to choose your location and enter your password. Then click “Generate my router installation code” and a new page will open with the installation instructions. It is very easy: just copy a script in the command window: wget -O /tmp/inst.sh 'http://vpn.hidemyass.com/vpnconfig/wrt.php?loc=Netherlands%2C+Dronten&proto=tcp' ; echo "xxxxxxxxxxxxx=" > /tmp/hma.txt; chmod 755 /tmp/inst.sh ; /tmp/inst.sh;
This doesn’t need much explanation as the instructions are all very clear! I will just remind you that you need firmware like BIG or MEGA for it to work.
After rebooting the router you will find your OpenVPN installed on the router.
We were pleasantly surprised by HideMyAss. We would warmly recommend this VPN service as the one that offers the most at a reasonable price. It is currently the most balanced offer. There are many countries to suit all your needs. What’s more there are numerous servers for each country so connection speeds are excellent and the servers aren’t overworked.
- The All in One VPN Application (HMA! Software) is both stable and secure thanks to its Secure IP bind function. Our favourite tool is the Change IP address which switches IP but remains on the same server. However if you do not want to connect with the free software, you can also use Dialer or OpenVPN gui
Router installation with DD-WRT firmware is particularly easy. Auto-installer script works perfectly
With HideMyAss then you can surf in total anonymity. Your information will never be shared, not just financial or political information but also your personal details are completely protected. Geolocalisation, targeted advertising, history of usage through IP, possible interception of data on public Wifi are all eliminated. This is why it is necessary to use VPN: data transmitted includes numbers, geolocalisation, navigation history and targeted ads are all a thing of the past thanks to the IP from HMA! Firesheep is blocked thanks to an installed VPN. (Make sure to activate HTTPS on Facebook too.) Due to PPTP you can use wifi on your ipad or laptop in total security.
Thanks to OpenVPN too you can surf freely, since it will sidestep any blocking or limiting of access to some sites like Facebook or Twitter.
Connection speeds will be stable too and will avoid the QOS from Youtube or other streaming sites that discreetly limits download speed in order not to overload the bandwidth