The popular proxy service, Hide My Ass!, also has an equally popular VPN offering. Hide My Ass! Pro is an advanced yet simple to use application which anonymously encrypts your entire internet connection (by using a VPN – virtual private network system). Their software automatically works with any application or protocol – whether this be web browsing, instant-messaging/IRC, online games, Skype, etc. Simply put, any application which requires an internet connection will be encrypted and your IP address (and in some cases your country) will be virtually changed with just a click of a button.
Most people know HideMyAss, or “HMA” for short, for their Free Proxy service. Users can venture over to their website, enter the URL they wish to browse, and do so behind an anonymous proxy. Proxies are great, but they are no substitute for a premium VPN service – which is exactly why HMA offers HMA Pro. HMA Pro is essentially a software application, and that application runs in the background providing the VPN connection. Although many other providers utilize software for their VPN offerings, HMA Pro requires the use of their software. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it allows HMA to provide many additional features and functions, as well as a minimal install for the user.
The HMA Pro plans are extremely competitive. Especially since they have instituted discounts across the board for their plans of various term lengths. In fact, there are very few competitors that provide VPN service in the same cost range as HMA. One of the greatest features they offer through their software is the ability to switch countries at will. Although they may not have the largest selection of countries, they are currently adding more incrementally (as are most providers). Another handy feature of their software is the ability to switch IP addresses – either by a disconnect/reconnect, or via a countdown timer.
Unfortunately HMA Pro does not offer a free trial, but there is a 30 day money back guarantee. However, a forewarning – they may not take kindly to abuse of the guarantee!
Over the years, HideMyAss VPN service has grown significantly in terms of server count, countries offered, and IP’s available. The below comparison chart of HideMyAss VPN servers over time shows the amazing growth of their VPN service. This is the kind of growth that will not only keep speeds high, but it should increase speed over time. That means more and faster VPN connections for their customers.
Multiple Connections: HideMyAss allows up to 2 simultaneous connections on their individual plans with one account. Another option for multiple connections is to install HMA on a router. Contact HMA support for more information.
Blocked Countries: HideMyAss does not prohibit signups from any country.
May 2011 Update: HideMyAss VPN has expanded to 27 countries! This move increases their countries offered significantly, considering that just a few months ago they were only offering connections in about 16 countries. Our editors are extremely impressed with this expansion from HMA, and when you combine it with their easy to use HMA VPN client software that allows you to switch IP address and country quickly, you have a winning combination! As a result of this expansion, our editors have upgraded the value rating on HMA. Don’t forget that HMA is currently offering 60% off their VPN subscription packages, but you better act fast – the offer is good only for a limited time.
June 2011 Update: HMA has updated their VPN client software! We have added a series of screenshots from HideMyAss Pro VPN software to make it easier to understand their VPN service and how the software works. Screenshots include the dashboard, country selection (list), country selection (map), speed guide, load balancing, and secure IP bind.
July 2011 Update: Go inside the HMA web control panel and take a tour of everything that is available to all HMA customers! We have an inside scoop on the HMA web control panel, complete with screenshots! We also have an indepth review of the HMA VPN software with over 25 screenshots, and a full speed test of every server with analysis of the results!
January 2012 Update: HMA has expanded to over 200 servers, in 38 countries, offering over 24,000 IP addresses! They have also rolled out L2TP VPN service! Read our news bulletin for all the details.
October 2012 Update: The awesome expansion of HideMyAss VPN service continues in 2012! The count now stands at 282 servers, over 33,000 IP’s, and 51 countries. Check out the graph of HMA Pro VPN server expansion in our news article! Best part, all this expansion with NO PRICE INCREASE!
March 2014 Update: Celebrating their 8th birthday in October of 2013, HideMyAss is going strong in 2014. Their HMA software has undergone a number of major updates (at least three!) including support for Windows 8.1 and improved server/country selections. Having now surprassed 550 servers and 65 countries, HMA VPN is one of the largest personal VPN services on the planet. They are so global, their online chat is open 24/7! One of the few VPN service providers who staffs at level, for sure. HMA has also beefed up their mobile game, recently releasing HMA! Pro VPN for Android. It’s still beta at the moment, but you can check it out for free on the Play Store. The best part is, after all this expansion…the price remains the same…just $11.52/month for Unlimited VPN on all your devices!
January 2015 Update: HideMyAss VPN is still one of the biggest names in personal VPN. Continued low prices combined with stellar VPN speed and selection make them one of the best, if not the best. Now with one of the largest VPN offerings, HMA offers servers in 150 countries! There are only 196 countries, or so, in the world today. Some services don’t even have 150 servers…so its easy to see how HMA has managed to stay on top of the VPN game. Monthly prices continue to be only $11.52, with no term commitment. Step it up 6 months service and the monthly cost goes down to $8.33. Go for the 12 month plan and your monthly cost is only $6.55! That’s right, not only has the monthly priced not increased in 4+ years, neither has the yearly price! Keeping the prices low, while expanding and adding new features isn’t easy, so kudos to HMA for getting it done. We continue to rate HMA highly, and user reviews indicate the same. Users looking for P2P and BT should look to Dutch and other NL servers (of which there are many!)
|Cost per 1 Month||$11.52|
|Cost per 3 Months||$34.56|
|Cost per 6 Months||$49.99|
|Cost per Year||$78.66|
|Low Plan Term||1 Month|
|Low Plan Protocol||PPTP & OpenVPN|
|Low Plan IP||Shared|
|Low Plan Cost||$11.52|
|Medium Plan Term||6 Months|
|Medium Plan Protocol||PPTP & OpenVPN|
|Medium Plan IP||Shared|
|Medium Plan Cost||$50.66|
|High Plan Term||12 Months|
|High Plan Protocol||OpenVPN & PPTP|
|High Plan IP||Shared|
|High Plan Cost||$78.66|
|Protocol L2TP IPSec|
|File Share P2P|