|Provider :||Hide My Ass|
|Price :||1 month - $11.52 (30% Discount)
6 month - $50.66 (50% Discount)
12 month - $78.66 (60% Discount)
|Overall Rating :||4.5 / 5|
Since my last review Hide My Ass Pro VPN service has matured and a new version of the client has been released. One of the features that has grown and which many will be really happy about is the inclusion of a PPTP service to accompany the openVPN service they started with. For any on that does not know what PPTP is I shall briefly explain. PPTP or point to point tunneling protocol is a technique used in creating a secure connection between two points or simply, it is a VPN. The significant difference between PPTP and openVPN is the adoption of PPTP by many large companies. Microsoft Windows, Apple and many mobile devices have built in support for PPTP and as such you should not have a problem using it if you don't want to install their client.
Hide My Ass Pro have put a lot of effort into their new release and they have taken many of the important points and included these in the new release. Some of these features include a monitor that will show you whether or not you are connected. The old client had an issue where it would dissconnect and you would think you were still connected so you were falsly under the impression that you were safe. They have taken this one step further and added Secure IP Bind. What this clever addition does it bind certain programs to Hide My Ass Pro VPN. I for instance bind Chrome so if the connection on Hide My Ass Pro VPN fails you will no longer be able to browse until a new connection has been established. A problem I had with the last client was the random disconnects and the clients inability to reconnect. This seems to have been addressed and the program happily reconnects after a disconnect.
With the growth of the service they have also been able to expand their servers into many different countries and expand to so you have many georaphic choices in these countries. The USA has 21 servers now (when this was published), the UK has 6 and then there are various others dotted around the world. Some examples or these are Canada, Ierland, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Ukrain and Portugal. There are more than this but those are just some of the one I thought to mention.
I have revisisted the speed and have done a more comprehensive speed test. The speed test was done using a 100Mb file (http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test) and the avererage speed on completion of the file download. All tests were done on a Virgin Media 10Mbps line.
So in conclusion, the new client is great. Hide My Ass Pro are consistently reinvesting into their service and are adding more and more servers and the speeds if you pick a server close to you are really good. With all this business of ISP's monitoring your downloads and monitoring your usage I think this is a really great service and I will continue to use them.