If you like to keep it simple, Hideman is an efficient and easy VPN perfect for those who are not tech savvy. Based in the UK, Hideman launched in 2012 with a cross platform support for Windows, Android, iOS, MacOS, and Chrome browser.
Hideman runs its own private DNS servers and uses strong encryption (AES 256-bit) and supports only two protocols: OpenVPN and PPTP. Word to the wise, stay away from PPTP as it’s no longer a highly secure protocol and can be detected by most ISPs nowadays. As previously mentioned, Hideman isn’t for sophisticated VPN users, that being said, the VPN does come with a kill-switch.
With 4 simultaneous connections and a decent server network, you can stream a large selection of online channels around the world and services including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and more on a wide range of desktop and portable devices.
In addition to a free VPN trial, Hideman has a couple of subscription plans at higher prices than its peers in the same category, but gets a bonus credit for accepting an array of payment options including anonymous payments like Bitcoin.
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
Hideman springs a simple, sleek, and intuitive app for a variety of platforms and operating systems including Windows, Android, Mac OS, iOS, and Chrome. We took their Windows app for a spin and it was enjoyable. The installation process was very quick; we clicked on the download button, waited for a few moments, and the app opened up on our screen without a hassle. Though not flashy, the interface is very easy and interactive. You can easily scroll through the servers and navigate through the tabs to adjust your connection settings. Two features caught our attention; Anti DPI Mode and DNS Filter, which are pretty cool in terms of increasing your security.
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
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