Don’t let AVG’s HideMyAss! VPN, with its trendy and colorful flat design, fool you. With over 940 VPN servers in over 350 locations worldwide, the service is anything but flat, allowing you to hide your e-tracks speedily and consistently, all at a total bargain.
Whether you’re in Europe, North America, Asia, or Central America, HideMyAss!’s extensive server network ensures that your connection is not only secure and unobscured but fast and reliable as well.
Speed and consistency are key features for users considering a VPN, but as anyone who’s ever used a free one knows, speed and consistency are but myths.
Although HideMyAss!’s logging policy states that the network does, in fact, keep data logs, it is important to mention that these logs are for diagnostic purposes only, meaning they record your connect/disconnect activities as well as bandwidth usage – not the websites you’ve visited nor the data that’s been transferred! Without getting too technical, it simply means your internet service provider (ISP) won’t know what you’ve downloaded or streamed, nor whom you’ve emailed or the content of your correspondence.
And if you’re going “wow, that’s great!”, it’s important to mention it’ll also appear - to whoever is seeking to potentially spy on you - as if you’re in, say, a Parisian cafe, when really you’re at home – wherever that may be! It’s hard not to be aware of the hold governments and their affiliated agencies have on the world-wide web, so a VPN, while daunting to some, will be as essential as the web-browser.
Another great feature HMA provides is a fast file uploading service, allowing you to share large files for free. Best of all, this service bypasses regular email providers and ftp websites. When I tried using it, uploading was fast and, best of all, I remained anonymous thanks to the security protocols and VPN tunnel.
So your virtual behind is in need of virtual camouflaging, but you’re worried it may be too techy for you to handle – it won’t be with HideMyAss!. The service’s desktop client (we’ve tested the latest version on macOS) couldn’t be simpler.
It offers three modes:
The ‘Instant Mode’ allows you to secure your connection with the click of a button, and is essentially the ‘auto’ mode of the app. HideYourAss takes the wheel and, well, hides your ass in the server nearest to your physical location (for example, if you’re in London, you’ll be connected to the London server).
The second ‘Location Mode’ offers a bit more flexibility, enabling you to choose the location – right down to the city! - of the server you’d like to access the web through, thus allowing you to access content that’s otherwise blocked in your region – a good example are pesky YouTube videos that the uploaders have made unavailable in your region – thought you wouldn’t be able to see those guys jump into a cactus didn’t you? Well, you totally can (and totally should!).
Lastly - and this is where HideMyAss! allows you to make a sweet, camouflaged statement - the third ‘Freedom Mode’ pairs you to the nearest server in a country with free speech!