Hideman is probably not a big-name VPN, however the firm has nonetheless been within the enterprise for 5 years and experiences hundreds of thousands of installs for its purchasers.

The corporate gives extra options than many opponents, with greater than 20 areas, torrent assist, direct .onion and .i2p entry, and purchasers for Home windows, Mac, iOS and Android, in addition to a Chrome extension.

The web site suggests Hideman can be utilized to entry Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Sky and lots of different media streaming providers, wherever you might be on this planet.

You possibly can strive the service with a free plan, should you can reside with the a number of restrictions: solely 7 areas (no UK or US), speeds could also be restricted to 512kbps at peak instances, solely 4 classes of as much as one hour every are allowed per week, you’ll be able to’t choose a brand new location in the midst of a session, and knowledge is proscribed to 2GB a month. There’s additionally some logging (extra on that later).

The Cellular plan permits connecting as much as 4 cellular units concurrently for $2.90 (£2.32) a month, dropping to $2.07 (£1.66) with the annual subscription – that is good worth. Hideman’s Final plan covers as much as 4 units of any sort – cellular, desktop, gadget, no matter – for $9 ($7.20) a month, dropping to a median $5.75 (£four.60) a month on the annual subscription.

Hideman’s vary of fee choices is one other spotlight. Together with PayPal and playing cards, you should use Bitcoin, Yandex Cash, OKPAY, Mobiamo, WebMoney and extra.

Privateness

Whereas most VPN suppliers do their greatest to faux they do not log something in any respect, ever, the Hideman web site warns that it does file some info without cost customers solely (not paid). Apparently this contains the ‘account used for connection’, the ‘vacation spot IP deal with’ (presumably the IP deal with you are allotted), the ‘quantity of knowledge transferred’ and ‘the time of preliminary switch of knowledge’ for the final 14 days of account use.

Whereas this is not very best, the corporate says the knowledge will solely ever be launched if it receives claims that an account has been used for hacking, utilizing different individuals’s fee info, distributing spam or little one pornography, or ‘risk to human life and well being’. As we write, Hideman’s Warrant Canary says it is by no means been served a warrant or been requested to log info, so this logging isn’t more likely to be a problem.

The logging coverage for paid customers is far less complicated, because the Hideman FAQ explains.

‘Do you save entry logs?’

‘NO.’

We would like extra element, however at the very least the agency doesn’t waste your time.

Whereas searching Hideman’s phrases of service we got here throughout one different fascinating clause. Clients have the appropriate to “inform on detected errors in Firm’s system operation and require for compensation for service downtime in case of no alternative to make use of the providers.”

Compensation if the system does not work? We’d guess this is not going to be very a lot, ever, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a refreshing method, particularly in a world the place most suppliers primarily say ‘nothing is ever our fault’.

Efficiency

Hideman’s free account has loads of restrictions and limits, however there’s one main cause you would possibly wish to use it, anyway: there is not any registration required. You do not have to offer your identify, or an electronic mail deal with, or arrange an account – simply obtain and set up the consumer, and also you’re able to go instantly.

We tried the Home windows consumer, which proved easy and simple. A tiny console displayed our present IP, we may connect with our nearest location with a click on, or manually select from an inventory of seven: Bulgaria, Canada, Luxembourg, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. That is sufficient to guard your privateness, however notably the free plan does not give entry to the UK and US areas.

The consumer has extra low-level VPN tweaks and settings than we anticipated. You possibly can have your community shut down if the VPN fails (a kill change), allow or disable a DNS filter and an anti-DPI (deep packet inspection) mode, join through TCP or UDP, configure a proxy and even arrange port forwarding.

Hideman’s free account has an uncommon restriction on session instances. You are not simply restricted when it comes to time – six free hours initially, then 4 free hours every week – however these classes are allotted in one-hour blocks. Which means if you begin a session, your free allowance drops by one hour, whether or not you keep linked for one minute or the complete 60.

If you happen to can reside with these points, Hideman’s efficiency may be very acceptable. Our velocity assessments* confirmed the service delivered round 30Mbps for the quickest areas and round 20 to 25Mbps from the UK to North America.

What’s extra, regardless of the corporate saying it would limit speeds to solely 512Kbps on the free plan, our assessments confirmed no apparent limiting in any respect. That does not imply it will not occur – presumably it is determined by your chosen location and the server load – however you possibly can discover free efficiency is best than some industrial providers.

Privateness, sadly, is a barely completely different story. Our IP checks confirmed Hideman gave us addresses within the areas we chosen, however ipleak.web confirmed a DNS leak on the Home windows consumer, which means the web sources we had been accessing may nonetheless be seen to our ISP.

Closing verdict

Hideman’s no-registration free plan can be fascinating for infrequent customers, and the $2.07 (£1.66) a month cellular machine plan is sweet worth, however there are additionally a number of limits and hassles. Give the service a strive, however take a look at it rigorously, and use a web site like ipleak.net to examine your consumer for DNS leaks.

*Our testing included evaluating common efficiency (searching, streaming video). We additionally used speedtest.web to measure latency, add and obtain speeds, after which examined instantly once more with the VPN turned off, to examine for any distinction (over a number of rounds of testing). We then in contrast these outcomes to different VPN providers we have reviewed. In fact, do observe that VPN efficiency is tough to measure as there are such a lot of variables.

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