Hotspot Shield (HSS) and Hide.me are trusted by millions of users worldwide for the speed and security they provide with their VPN services. Both providers offer a free limited version, which is handy if you’re an occasional VPN user. Hotspot Shield and Hide.me also both offer strong 256-bit encryption, although HSS also offers 128-bit as an option. Hide.me offers dedicated IP addresses on its topmost subscription tier, which is essential for bypassing geoblocks that detect shared IPs. It also supports torrenting and provides dynamic port forwarding for complete anonymity. Hotspot Shield does not support P2P activities, but does offer advanced features like malware protection and a dedicated streaming service. Hotspot Shield offers a pretty large network of 2,500+ servers in 25+ countries, whereas Hide.me has 150+ servers in more than 34 countries. HSS also has a 45-day money-back guarantee, while Hide.me only offers a 15-day refund option. Furthermore, while Hotspot Shield allows up to five simultaneous connections on all its paid plans, only Hide.me’s topmost paid plan allows that many. See below for all the details of this comparison to find out which VPN emerges as our winner.