hide.me VPN Review & Test 2020 - Surprisingly Better than Others
Hide.me has 1400+ servers across 55 countries, across Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The service uses a wide range of protocols: IKEv2, PPTP, L2TP, IPsec, OpenVPN, Softether, SOCKS, and SSTP. They offer AES-256 encryption and a kill switch for maximum security. The service is compatible with multiple devices including: Android, iOS, macOS, Routers, Windows, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire Stick, and allows up to 10 simultaneous connections.
Hide.me has both a Free plan and several pricing options for Paid plans. While there are some limits to the free plans, there is always the option to upgrade to a paid plan for the best security. Hide.me also offers a free anonymous proxy browser to easily access blocked websites, but if you’re already using that, it’s worthwhile to download their free VPN.
The best thing about hide.me is that their free VPN is totally free and there are no ads. You also get complete customer support with the free package and access to all protocols. However, you are limited to 10GB per month.
If you decide to move to a paid plan, you can do it risk-free – there’s a 30-day money back guarantee on all paid plans. Hide.me users can get a complete refund within 14 days of buying a subscription if they haven’t used more than 10GB of data.
With both the monthly and annual plans, you can connect to the 1,400 hide.me servers in 55 countries. All of these now let you access unlimited data, plus 10 device connections on a single account.
While hide.me can’t access the US Netflix content, it does allow torrents and P2P sharing on most of its servers outside the US, UK, and Australia.
With active customer care, zero logs policy, free service, money back guarantee, multiple apps, cross-platform compatibility, P2P support, and a lot more, hide.me could easily become your favorite VPN provider.
Hide.me has recently introduced a split-tunneling feature to its apps. This allows users to choose which apps route their traffic through the VPN and which are directed through the ISP's servers.
Stealth Guard is a new feature that Hide.me is bringing to its users. The setting will let you choose apps that can't operate unless you're already connected to a VPN. This helps prevent you from accidentally opening an app or page that would compromise your security without a VPN connection. The feature will help ensure that your traffic always stays hidden from your ISP.
The Stealth Guard feature has the added benefit of hiding your data use while you travel. Once activated, it won't use up any of your data.
Bottom line, Hide.me has some decent features for a free VPN. If you're looking for other free VPNs, there are plenty of them out there. There are positives, like split tunneling and great privacy, but if you need complete access to US-based streaming services like Netflix, you'll have to go with a more robust provider like NordVPN.
|Number of countries with servers||55|
|Number of servers||1400|
|Number of IP addresses||1400|
|Does VPN keep logs?||No|
|Does VPN include a kill switch?||Yes|
|Number of devices per license||10|
Hide.me is easy to install and can be used on a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, MS Surface, and Windows phone. It can also be configured to work with most routers, Linux, Blackberry, Kodi, and more.
All you need to do to get started is create an account on hide.me, download the file, install it on your device, login with your username and password, and connect.
If you have any questions about setting up hide.me you can use the step-by-step guides on the website to guide you. Hide.me also has an active online community that can help you with any problems you might face.
The app will let you connect to the protocol of your choice including PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SoftEther, SSTP, and OpenVPN. If you’re planning to manually configure the VPN, there’s a separate configuration process for each protocol.
There are two paid packages to choose from. The Premium package is the costliest, but it lets you connect up 10 devices simultaneously and includes port forwarding. The Plus package includes unlimited bandwidth and 75GB of data transfers per month. Both plans come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.
There are several payment methods including credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin.
Hide.me also offers a very basic free service with access to just three locations and 10GB of data. There is no OpenVPN support for free users.
Hide.me offers live chat, email (email@example.com), Facebook messaging and a contact form.
The live chat was instant, and we never had to wait more than a minute. Even the ticket system, which can take up to two days, was sufficiently answered within five minutes.
There is also an active online community to help you sort out any problems and connect with others.
- Connect 10 devices
- Active forums
- No logs kept
- IKEv2 protocol when mobile
- OpenVPN supported
- Free plan available
- Get started with hide.me VPN now
The windows and android apps are really easy to use. I've hardly ever had issues with it. It's very reasonably priced as well. It does everything i want it to and more for a minor amount of money.
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All the language about customer satisfaction doesn't apply to a "renewal". There is no refund for the auto-renewal. I received notice that my credit card had been charged. I immediately requested a refund (same day). they rejected the request and referred me to an extremely vague clause in their agreement. Too hard to fight so they just basically took my money. It feels like a scam and a setup.
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Feb 11, 2020
Contact your credit card company and start a dispute. You will probably get a refund through them.
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I've had this VPN for a couple of years now, but since the last build, it's been nothing but trouble. Every time I send in a service request, I get a "try this, try that" approach. I tried rebooting my PC and my modem, and it still doesn't work. I paid for 2 years, just glad I didn't get sucked into the lifetime plan.
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