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HideMyAss Review – How Does HMA Rate On Privacy And Security Parameters?



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HideMyAss (HMA) is perhaps one of the best known VPN service providers in the world. The UK based company has been around since 2005 and offers proxy solutions, anonymous emailing and secure file uploading service in addition to its Pro VPN service. In this detailed review article, we will rate different features of HMA’s VPN service and help you to decide if the service is the right choice for you.

Server Locations & Accessibility Options
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

HideMyAss offers a truly impressive choice of server locations. The company has VPN servers at 132 locations in 62 different countries through which it offers more than 68500 IP addresses to its subscribers. Here are the most important things you need to know about HMA’s server locations and accessibility options:

1) Server Locations – HMA has VPN servers in the following countries:

United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Belgium, France, Greece, Moldova, Australia, Estonia, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Philippines, Ukraine, Netherlands, Mexico, Lithuania, Jordan, Argentina, Costa Rica, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Israel, Indonesia, Latvia, Italy, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Bulgaria, Cyprus, India, Romania, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Panama, Iceland, Uruguay, Thailand, Malaysia, Denmark, New Zealand, Brazil, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Czech Republic, Poland, Morocco, Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Croatia.

The company adds new servers and server locations at regular intervals so you can expect this list to expand in the near future.

2) The service allows unlimited server switching with its plans so you get access to more than 560 VPN servers with your HMA subscription.

3) Your HideMyAss subscription allows you to unblock GEO-IP restricted websites from 62 countries. By simply changing your IP address, you can unblock streaming services like Netflix, Pandora, FOX, Hulu, CBS, NBC, NHL, HBO Go, USA Network, MLB, CWTV, Amazon Prime, TNT, MTV, BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, 4OD, Demand 5, STV, iTV, UK TV, CBC, Global TV, Spacecast, CTV, E!, Spotify, AT5, RTL, Rara, TV Lab, Zattoo, Deezer, Sat.1, Canal+, ProSieben, Vox, TF1, Das Erste, Eurosport, Arte, Wilmaa, Direct 8 and RTS from any location in the world.

Speed and Bandwidth Options
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

HideMyAss is meant for those customers who want unlimited speed and bandwidth from their VPN service. The company does not throttle speed or shape traffic in any way plus its worldwide presence ensures that you can enjoy your favorite streaming TV shows and movies at best speeds. In addition, the company’s VPN software offers a list of fastest servers near your current location so that you can enjoy high speed VPN service at any location.

Privacy And Security Features
(Rating – 3.5 out of 5)

HideMyAss VPN service offers the very best privacy and security features in the world. Here is an overview of the security features that come with HMA’s service:

1) Protocols & Encryption – HMA Pro VPN supports common VPN protocols like PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN. The service offers 128 bit encryption (with 1024 bit RSA keys for the OpenVPN protocol) which is adequate for securing most online work.

2) Security at Wi-Fi hotspots – The HMA service not only protects wired internet sessions but is also suitable for securing unprotected wireless sessions. Due to the explosion of free Wi-Fi providers and devices such as Smartphones and tablets, a lot of people now prefer to connect to the internet through wirelessly. However, most public Wi-Fi hotspots are not properly secured by the providers which means your personal data and privacy is at the mercy of hackers who are connected to the network. HMA protects your data and privacy from all kinds of threats when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network at a public place such as mall, airport, hotel and coffee shop.

3) Get Rid Of Censorship – The service allows you to get rid of censorship and firewalls imposed by governments, ISPs and institutions. For instance, with your HMA subscription you would be able to access Facebook from your school or office; unlock YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Gmail while visiting China and even use Skype from Middle Eastern countries.

4) Logging Policy – The logging policy is the reason why the service got a low rating; the company logs the IP address, bandwidth and timestamp of all users for a period of one month. And while the company does not sell or rent subscriber data to third parties, it will hand over customer details to law enforcement agencies if it is served with a proper court order and the customer is suspected to be involved in illegal activities.

5) Data and Application Security – The HMA VPN is robust enough to ensure the security of your sensitive data. Once you are connected to the service, you can log into your bank or Paypal accounts and shop with complete confidence because HMA foils the attacks of hackers and snoopers who might be looking to steal your data. What’s more, the service protects all applications with one click so you can even use customized softwares that connect to the internet without worrying about data security.

Setup & Ease Of Use
(Rating – 4.5 out of 5)

HideMyAss offers an easy to install and use VPN software for Windows, Mac and iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). However, the application is not yet available for Linux and Windows so the users of these two systems would need to configure the service manually. The service even works with Smart TVs, gaming consoles and set top boxes since it can be easily configured on routers.

HMA’s VPN client supports all VPN protocols and allows you to start using the service at the click of a button. The service recommends fast servers near your location and even allows you to bind certain applications with the service so that you do not reveal your true IP address accidentally.

Pricing
(Rating – 5 out of 5)

HideMyAss offers affordable VPN plans to suit the budget of most customers. You can subscribe to the service by paying $11.52 every month, $49.99 for 6 months or $78.66 for a year. It is even possible to save money while subscribing by using HideMyAss coupons. The company offers a 30 day money back guarantee so you can test the service with total assurance. However, you must keep in mind that refunds are available only if you use less than 10 GB of bandwidth.

Customer Support
(Rating – 4 out of 5)

HideMyAss offers support through live chat and email. The live chat support is not available around the clock so you must use the email option during non-business hours. The company has also provided a forum so you can even resolve common problems on your own.

Overall Rating and Final Verdict
(Final Rating – 4.5 Out of 5)

Overall, we are quite happy with HideMyAss’ VPN service. The service is fast and reliable and even offers certain features that are not available with other providers. So if you are looking for the one of the most dependable VPN services out there, don’t forget to check the privacy solution from HMA.

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