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hide.Me Review

Our summary

hide.me is a Malaysian-based VPN provider with a large German presence. Though there are some minor downsides, and their Premium (best) plan is on a more costly end of the spectrum, recent updates to their Windows app, plus a logging audit and revamped transparency policy have substantially improved their offering.

Highlights

  • Certified logless
  • Android & iOS apps
  • Up to 5 simultaneous connections
  • Active community

Hide.me is a Malaysian-based VPN service run by eVenture Ltd. The company offers a free VPN and two levels of paid service. To find out whether you can get all of your internet privacy needs satisfied by the free version, or whether you need the Plus or Premium versions, read this review. You’ll learn what the features of Hide.me are, how much it costs, how to install and use it, and whether its performance stands up to the claims on its website.

Two of the biggest worries when choosing a VPN are whether its security methods are strong enough and whether it keeps logs. This VPN service called in an auditor to confirm that it keeps no activity or connection logs at all, even for the free version. The encryption options offered by the service include 256-bit key Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, which is the best standard that any VPN on the market offers. Straight off, this VPN is looking like a good bet.

Be careful when you search for this VPN – don’t opt for HideMe VPN by Tigervpns Ltd. That’s another VPN, which doesn’t have the same high quality of performance that Hide.me offers.

ProsPROS

Free version

Servers in 27 countries

Apps for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices

Allowance of five simultaneous connections with Premium plan

Free proxy server

ConsCONS

Data limit for refund

Can’t get into Netflix

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Video Review

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Pricing and Plans

The free version of Hide.me has limited features – this is standard practice for VPNs that offer a no-charge app alongside their paid VPN services. If you want to use a VPN to get into streaming services back home, you need to connect to a server in the same country as the site that you want to get videos from. The free version only allows access to servers in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore. If the country you need to access isn’t one of those, the free app won’t be any use to you for streaming.

Another limitation of the free version is that it doesn’t allow you to use OpenVPN or SoftEther. These are the better protocols available at the moment. You get a data throughput limit of 2GB per month. If you like to download files or play games online, this could get chewed up very quickly.

All in all, using the free version doesn’t give you a proper chance to test the paid version. Fortunately, Hide.me has a 14-day money-back guarantee period for the paid service. Note: You can only get this refund if you have used less than 50 MB of data before you ask for your money back. You can also get a one-day free trial of the Premium plan if you email the support desk and ask for it.

The main difference between the Plus plan and the Premium plan is that you get an allowance of five simultaneous connections with the Premium version. The other difference between the two plans is that the Plus plan has a data throughput limit of 75 GB per month.

Hide.me prices

You can pay for a subscription with credit cards, PayPal, Sofort, GiroPay, CashU, or Bitcoin.

Hide.me payment methods

Features

The free plan gives you the following features:

  • Access to servers in the Netherlands, Canada, and Singapore
  • Speeds of at least 3 Mbps
  • 2GB of data per month
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Internet Key Exchange version 1 (IKEv1), and Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) protocols
  • Apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS
  • Automatic WiFi protection
  • Kill switch
  • Servers for peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading
  • Multi-lingual interface

Plus and Premium users get these extras:

  • 14-day refund period
  • Use of more than 30 servers in 27 countries
  • Speeds of up to 150 Mbps
  • 75 GB data throughput allowance with the Plus plan
  • OpenVPN and SoftEther VPN protocols

Premium customers also get unlimited data throughput and an allowance of five simultaneous connections.

The full server list includes locations in Washington DC, San Jose, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Seattle in the US. There are two locations each in the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Hide.me server locations

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Privacy

VPNs give you greater privacy online. However, total anonymity can never be achieved because the VPN company knows what you are doing on the internet. Therefore, when you subscribe to a VPN, you need to be sure that the company won’t make information about your activities available to law enforcement agencies, or lawyers with a court order to force the VPN to hand over the information that it holds on you.

There are two ways to tackle this issue. Firstly, you should select a VPN based in a country that is far away from where you live and from where the copyright owners of the entertainment that you want to download reside. The second privacy assurance that you need is that the VPN won’t retain records of your activities. Thus it won’t have any information to hand over, should legal pressure be applied.

Hide.me is based in Malaysia, which is a good location for protection against actions by copyright lawyers. The cost of implementing legal proceedings in a foreign country is much high. It may make legal action economically unviable. The company claims that it keeps no connection or activity logs at all. However, as the free service and the Plus plan have data throughput limits, there must be some record-keeping on each customer.

Personal details and account payment information are held by outsourced payment collection agencies. Thus, Hide.me never holds identifying information about its customers. Tracker codes for Google Analytics are included in the Hide.me website, but not the app.

The company claims that its software is incapable of recording which sites and internet services its customers connect to while using the VPN. All records on terminated connections, other than aggregated data usage counts, are deleted every two to three hours.

Security

The OpenVPN implementation of the app is probably the best option available. However, there are other protocols available, too. L2TP and IKEv2 are good alternatives, but the IKEv2 implementation is only available on Windows and Linux. L2TP is available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and iOS devices. This implementation uses AES encryption, but with a 128-bit key, which is less secure than the AES with a 258-bit key, which is used for OpenVPN.

OpenVPN Encryption
Cipher
AES-256
Data Auth
HMAC SHA1
Handshake
RSA-4096
Control Auth
HMAC SHA384
Forward Secrecy
DHE-4096
Logs & Legal
Connection
Data throughput
Traffic
None
Country
Malaysia

OpenVPN is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Linux users. The security details of this option are shown in the table alongside. This is probably your best security option when you use Hide.me.

SSTP and PPTP are two other protocol options available in the app. PPTP was an early VPN system that was created by Microsoft. It is now considered to be out of date and to have weak security. SSTP was invented by Microsoft to replace PPTP. It’s a good option if, for some reason, you don’t want to use OpenVPN. This protocol mimics the security methods used by HTTPS, which is the encryption system used to secure webpages in transit.

The app has one more VPN protocol option, which is SoftEther. This is a multi-protocol platform that was created in 2014. It is a new system, and you would be better off sticking with OpenVPN in the Hide.me client interface.

The Website

The website is well laid out. It imparts information without overwhelming potential customers with technical information. The only criticism is that there is no section that gives precise details of the security measures that the VPN implements.

Hide.me review

A great feature of this site is that it is available in a long list of languages. Apart from English, you can see the site in German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian, and Arabic.

Hide.me website language selection

Support

The Hide.me support system is very comprehensive and is one of the service’s best features. There are many ways to access customer support. A live chat system is manned 24/7. The staff at this help desk can answer many questions that you have about the VPN. However, they aren’t able to solve technical problems. You get to the live chat by clicking on the blue oblong at the bottom right of the website.

Hide.me support access

You don’t have to enter any identifying information to ask a question.

Hide.me support live chat

If the live chat team can’t help you, the technical team can be contacted through a web form or via email. You get to the Support Center by clicking on the black oblong on the right-hand edge of the website.

Hide.me Support Center

You can access a user forum from this page and also scroll down to read an archive of FAQs. Technical support is available through a support ticket system. You need to enter an email address and elect a topic from a dropdown list in order to ask a support question. A technician will reply to your question by email.

Hide.me support form

You can also contact the support team directly by email at support@hide.me. This is the address you need to contact in order to get the one-day free trial of the Premium package.

The Process

If you get the free trial, you’ll already have an account set up before you sign up to the subscription service. If not, you need to go to the Pricing page and click on the Buy Now button below either the Premium or Plus plan description.

Signing Up

Chose the length of subscription that you want to take out, then select a payment method. You have to enter a valid email address to set up an account, because your account details will be sent there.

Hide.me sign up page

You will receive your account credentials by email. Click on the button in the email to get started.

Hide.me welcome email

You will be taken to your account dashboard when you click on the button in the email. Click on “VPN Clients” to get to the app download page.

Hide.me welcome email

Click on the button for your operating system to get the installer file on your computer. The app will install itself once you click on the downloaded file.

The Hide.me Windows VPN Client

A guide overlay opens the first time you open the app. This gives you an overview of the features and explains how to use the service. Log in to the app with the username and password in your welcome email.

The layout of the app is straightforward. The top section shows your connection status. You’ll also see your plan type and your IP address in this screen. The “Data Transfer” line shows a cumulative data usage record.

The Hide.me app

Next to the Connect button is your selected location. This location selection is defaulted to “Automatic,” meaning the app will select the server that gives you the fastest connection. When you click on this field, a dropdown list allows you to select a server location.

Server selection in the Hide.me app

There’s a “P2P” symbol next to each server location. This is green if the location is good for masking P2P downloads and red for servers that torrenters should avoid.

Select a server and click Connect to turn the VPN on. The connection status will change in the app and the reported IP address will be different, displaying an address in the same country as the server location you chose.

The Hide/me app with the VPN turned on

Visit the Settings section by clicking on Settings at the bottom of the app. This section includes important features. You can change the language of the app and turn on the kill switch. This prevents any app on your computer from connecting to the internet if the VPN is disengaged. If you’re in a repressive country, using the kill switch is essential for your protection.

The Hide.me app Settings screen

The third tab of the Settings section gives you the option to change the VPN protocol that the app uses. This defaults to IKEv2. Although this is a good VPN protocol, BestVPN.com always recommends OpenVPN as the best protocol, so select that option.

The Hide.me app protocol selection screen

Performance (Speed, DNS, WebRTC, and IPv6 Tests)

These speed tests were performed using testmy.net. The test location was in Tenerife, in Spain’s Canary Islands. The internet service for the test line is a residential package, Fusión Contigo, provided by Movistar. This package promises connection speeds of up to 30 Mbps.

The test results that you see below include five runs of a connection without the VPN engaged. Unfortunately, testmy.net doesn’t have a test server in Spain, so these connections were made to the closest available test location: the UK. The next results that you see in the two graphs are the stats for five runs of speed tests to the same server in the UK with the Hide.me server in Spain mediating the connection. You will also see the results of five test runs connecting to the testmy.net UK server mediated by the Hide.me VPN server in London, UK.

Test scenarios also include five test runs on an unprotected connection to Miami, and then five test runs on a connection to the same location, but with the US East Coast Hide.me VPN server engaged. IPLocation.net reported that the US East Coast server was located in Orlando, Florida.

For these tests, the VPN settings were set to use OpenVPN over User Datagram Protocol (UDP). The first graph shows the results for downloads, using the above test conditions. The second shows upload performance in all of the test conditions described above.

Hide.me download speed test results

Hide.me upload speed test results

Graphs show highest, lowest and average speeds for each server and location. See our full speed test explanation for more detail.

The performance of the VPN showed that it had very little impact on speeds. Although the Hide.me server in Spain slowed down the connection to London a little, the impairment was so slight that it could be categorized as insignificant.

The standard BestVPN.com tests include checks on performance for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) leaks. However, the residential Movistar internet service used for these tests does not employ that addressing system.

I checked for IPv4 , Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC), and Domain Name System (DNS) leaks with the sites ipleak.net and doileak.net. I accessed these sites while connected to Hide.me’s London server. The app performed well in all tests.

Streaming Services

I tried getting into streaming service in the UK and the US while located in Spain. I first turned on the Hide.me VPN with the London server selected. The VPN was detected by Netflix UK and BBC iPlayer. The Channel 4 website, however, allowed me to watch a show.

With the Hide.me US East Coast VPN server engaged, I tried to access content on Netflix US, ABC.com, and NBC.com. Netflix and ABC blocked access to content because they both detected the VPN. However, I was able to watch shows on the NBC website.

Other Platforms

Hide.me has an app for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS devices. The VPN can also be set up manually on Blackberry phones, and Ubuntu and Fedora 24+ versions of Linux. You can find scripts on the Hide.me website that will help you set up the VPN on Asus WRT, DD-WRT, and Tomato routers, plus Kodi boxes.

Hide.me Review: Conclusion

Hide.me is a very good app, as long as you’re not relying on it to get you into the Netflix library for another country. The security levels offered by the app and the privacy procedures of account setup are very reassuring. The company’s location in Malaysia and its zero logs policy are other good points about this service. Symbols on the server list in the app advise users which servers are good for P2P and which you should avoid. This is a great feature that few VPNs include.

I liked:

  • 14-day money-back guarantee
  • Free version
  • Multi-lingual interface
  • Kill switch
  • Excellent user support
  • Self-installing app

I wasn’t so sure about:

  • Data limit for refund

I hated:

  • Couldn’t get into Netflix

The only downfall of this VPN is its inability to get into popular streaming services, such as Netflix, the BBC, and ABC. This could be a very good VPN for anyone, as long as access to streaming services isn’t a priority.

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Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper is a techy geek with a social edge. Downshifting from a successful IT career in Europe, Cooper moved to the Caribbean and now keeps up to speed with Internet technology poolside.

28 responses to “hide.me Review

  1. I have used Hide.me VPN (Both free and Premium Plan). According to my practical experience, I must state that Hide.me’s client is one of the easiest and most user-friendly software/app in industry. Speeds of different VPN-server-networks are very stable and good than many other competitors. I found Its client capable of hiding my real IP assigned by my local ISP, of preventing WebRTC IP leak and DNS leak. Its Kill switch works perfectly. I am not sure about its capability of preventing IPv6 leak because my ISP does not support IPv6 traffic.

    Note that if you randomly install and use many VPN services on your same operating system (for example: Windows 8) of your PC and if your operating system manages to configure firewall to partially disable any proper functionality, you may experience DNS leak, disorder of IPv6 leak protection several times, even your OS may block you from figure it out manually. In this case, if you set up a fresh OS, then might not get such leak or disorder of configuration until your OS causes same thing mentioned above.

    • Not Rated
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    Hide.me is like herpes , once you get it you can never get rid of it . It will not uninstall no matter what you do .

  2. It works fast but I not 100% about secure, connection thru firewall leaks, as privacy now days more important than speed maybe if there had a good encrypted protocol like IVPN.

    don’t waste you time buy Hide-me VPN is crap not working at all, very limited IP address number, for uk only 10 IP numberS, for other country same, i am very regret i bought it, so you don’t waste you money on this Hide-me VPN, go find one better.i had other VPN was work smoothly and automatic IP number changing much better for example easy-hide vpn

    1. Hi John,

      If you are running Tails then all internet connections are routed Tor, so arguably a VPN is not needed. If you do also want to run a VPN, then the result should be a VPN through Tor configuration of the kind discussed in Using VPN and Tor together. Please note that I have not tested this. If you wish to do so yourself, connect to the VPN when running Tails, then visit IPleak.net (not using the Tor browser, as this may route your connection back though Tor again (Tor->VPN->Tor). If you are running VPN through Tor then you will see the IP of the VPN server.

  3. Totally unreliable; as my spose secure connection (VPN) was exposed\compromised..and reviled…. proving to be completly unreliable…!!!!

    Horrible. Signed on for 1-month of service to try out and glad I did not commit to longer as I will never use this one again. I initially was attracted to them being one of few IKEv2 VPN’s around.

    Constant struggle to find a server that I can even use for a few days. They have a good amount to choose from, but one day I can use a particular server but next day I can’t log in. Then have to start trying other ones in their list to eventually find one I can log into. Sometimes trying 2 or more before it connects, despite using one of them just a day or two earlier.

    Then once you do connect, the DNS is so frustratingly bad. I constantly will be browsing along fine, only to then all of a sudden have “page not found” errors for a few minutes. Then eventually browsing works again, then a little later page not found again. Sometimes I just get tired of it and the waiting for their DNS I just disconnect in anger just so I can browse again without disruption.

    Their speed is real good though for downloads for the times you can connect.

    To make matters worse I feel something fishy in regards to this VPN in that it isn’t private at all and/or keeping logs. I logged into my Onedrive account the other night while I was connected. Two days later I get a notice someone was trying to access my Onedrive! Microsoft had locked it thankfully, but I had to change my password. Weird. So I will make sure to never log into any sites again while I finish my 1-month out.

    Being one of the more pricier VPN’s around hide.me is simply not up to par and not worth it.

    I just have a question about this membership before I buy it, is it possible that the government can track you down with this membership?

    1. Hi Damon,

      hide.me keeps no logs, uses strong encryption, and is based in a non-Fourteenh Eyes country (Malaysia). It should therefore do a good job at ensuring the government won’t “track you down,” but no service can 100% guarantee anything. Also, hide.me’s claim to providing anonymity is misleading – it can provide a high level of privacy, but as it always knows who you are, it does not provide anonymity.

    It does it’s job, when it works. But it’ll log it self off out of the blue. For the amount of time that it does that, everything i’m doing, or my computer is doing, is highly VULNERABLE. That’s a BIG problem! For that reason i’m leaving this VPN provider at the end of my subscription.

    Ive just started using Hide.Me after using HideMyAss for the last six months. Since I hadn’t used another VPN service before using HideMyAss I just kind of accepted the fact that it was slow and caused my internet connection to be quite patchy with a lot of dropouts. But after using Hide.Me I realise how stupid I was because Hide.Me is so much faster and more stable I feel like its even an improvement on using no VPN. Yesterday I was seeing download speeds like nothing I have experienced before, it was quite amazing. Its also really simple to use, and although it doesn’t have the same number of locations available as HideMyAss it more than makes up for it with its great speed and stability. As for pricing, I really don’t think that’s an issue since they are all fairly moderate so a couple of dollars a month difference is really of no consequence to me and I have to think anyone who complains about few dollars a month is being a bit petty, but anyway, that’s not for me to decide.
    My biggest point in writing here is why I changed VPN providers, I had my account cancelled by HideMyAss because I downloaded a US TV series from a popular torrent site (I wont bother naming it, except to say that anyone who is a regular downloader of video torrents would almost certainly have used it or know of it). The reason I had my account suspended? Because they received a threatening notification from an American legal firm who are representing the copyright owners. Now, my point is, firstly, how can this possibly happen if the VPN is truly secure as they claim? And secondly and probably more importantly, what is the point of a VPN except to protect me from problems like this? That is the whole reason I pay for a VPN in the first place, so I’m protected from having legal issues by downloading this kind of content. I’m absolutely astounded to have received an email telling me my account is cancelled because I have downloaded something, its unbelievable in my opinion and I would advise anyone who uses, is considering using or knows anyone who uses HideMyAss to immediately find a new VPN provider because that one is basically like throwing money down the toilet.
    Anyway, that’s my story, so hopefully it will be of some value for people to know what can happen if you choose the wrong provider.

    First time VPN user, been using it for a month, and I like it so far. The whole IKEv2 thing created by microsoft is discerning but the upsides compensate enough for me. I’ll probably keep it for another 5 months at least before I change.

    @Dre,

    Would be helpful if you underpin your opinion and refer to other services you think offer more value.

    Ratings i gave are of no value as i do not use the service yet.

    Seems to be a lot of hide.me fan boys here or fake reviews. This VPN is too expensive! you can find a cheaper one that does just as good.

    I have been using hide.me for a month and I am a first time (non techie) user. My only problem with it was trying to make OpenVPN work with it. I just gave up. Other than that, I found it to be an easy setup and good (to me) value.
    Nice review.

    1. To get hide.me working with the openvpn, try initiating it in console with verbosity enabled. Find the errors and correct them in the config file.

    I would like very much to download HideMe agaiin please.

    hi just wanted to say that i have been using hide.me for more than 1.5 years now premium(off course) its one of the best if not the best out there with absolute blazing speeds security reliability

    HideMe VPN is the best VPN I’ve tried compared to other VPNs. I do much on the internet so I bought their Premium Plan. I can say that it is worth it.

    Excellent service, User friendly, amazing live chat and support team always very cooperative, Fastest VPN

    I’m a long time VPN user, as I’ve been using this particular tool ever since it was brought into the light. Because of the said fact, I’m more skeptical when it comes to choosing VPNs and I tend to weigh their goods and bads thoroughly (even from technical angles). But ever since I got my hands on Hide.me, I never looked further, love its simple user experience and the blazing fast speed. Have been using it for about 6 months now, and haven’t experience a single issue so far. This VPN is simply awesome, would encourage everyone out there to try it out!

    I tried the hide.me plus plan for 6 months, it was a very good and basic service but nothing spectacular. Hide.me was the very first VPN service I signed up with and even though I knew they were more on the expensive side, One of the reasons I choose them was because they had a very good, simple, detailed privacy policy and ToS. Other VPN providers scared me away with very vague or complex privacy policies. The connection speed was great! I really saw no major drop off from my regular speed with my ISP. They have a very active forum and the admins would answer questions very quickly which I really appreciated. But there were a few reasons I did not renew my subscription with Hide.me. After doing more research into VPN providers I realized that the price for their service was a bit ridiculous. Other providers with good reputations offered way more for much less. I didn’t like the fact that they only had a client for windows which didn’t have an option to use openvpn. I also read on an other site that Hide.me uses OpenVPN using certificates signed using a public CA (DigiCert). When I signed in using OPENVPN GUI I verified this info by looking at the log file and sure enough the info was correct, making their use of openvpn (in my opinion) potentially insecure. This was an issue with earth VPN as well and I am part of group that believes a VPN provider should only use self-signed certificates for greater security.

    But over all it was a good service and I loved that fact that they other locations other than Europe and Asia where P2P were allowed. But the price is a bit much and their service seemed more tailored toward MS window users than Mac or Linux users even though you could use their service on those platforms as well.

    1. Hey Storm,

      I loved your feedback and Its really useful. I do agree with you on almost everything except a few points. I have been using hide.me for a quite a while now and I believe its one of the best services

      First: you mentioned that they only have a client for windows, I think that’s not the case. They offer an android app as well which is quite amazing and it also supports IKEv2 which is probably the most secure for mobile devices as it can help keeping your data encrypted even if you have an unstable 3G connection.

      Secondly: You mentioned that their windows client doesn’t support OpneVPN. Well, this is absolutely true but why do you need openVPN when they offer a much better protocol support than Open VPN. If everyone else offers support for Open VPN it doesn’t mean that its a better protocol. So basically the fact that everyone else is doing OpenVPN is not relevant here.

      OpenVPN is reliable, that holds ground and they do support it with a very high level of security, their level of security is at about the same level of security you get when accessing your bank’s website and use your bank provided username/password. In both cases the technology used is TLS. TLS gives the same assurances, being done over UDP or being done over TCP.
      OpenVPN is way too slow. I think hide.me is definitely concerned about the best security and speed for its customers. Only IKEv2/SSTP can offer that. As a bonus, hide.me’s IKEv2 implementation is at a higher level of security, integrity and confidentiality than any well configured OpenVPN implementation which uses usernames/passwords.

      Why higher?

      IKEv2 will never send the user’s password in it’s original form. OpenVPN, once it establishes a TLS tunnel sends usernames/passwords in their original form, of course, over the established TLS tunnel.

      Let’s analyse the protocols a bit.
      IKEv2 does TLS, just like OpenVPN, then it does EAP-MSCHAPv2 for username/password authentication. OpenVPN does TLS and then sends everything else in the clear and relies on the fact that TLS will cover the security of the tunnel. If you manage, somehow (Man in the middle comes to mind), to break the OpenVPN’s TLS channel, you will be able to learn the user’s credentials. With IKEv2 or SSTP, you will learn the user’s username, but the password would be hashed still and you would not be able to decipher it easily.

      So even though IKEv2/SSTP do establish the TLS channel in the similar way to OpenVPN, they take an additional precaution of sending the password in it’s hashed form. Hence, the higher level of security of IKEv2/SSTP.

      Thirdly : You mentioned that Hide.me uses OpenVPN using certificates signed using a public CA (DigiCert). So what I understand from your comment is that it is bad for hide.me and for their public keys to get verified by a multi-million dollar company whose business is to vouch for their customer’s identity? Is it better for them to issue certificates in their cellar and vouch for themselves? Why did PayPal use Symantec then to verify them? Why haven’t they issued their own certificates and save money?

      DigiCert WILL NOT issue a certificate with hide.me’s common name to anyone else. If they do, they’re out of business. In turn, their root CA will not verify anyone else, except hide.me, as hide.me.

      Essentially, what I am saying: They are hide.me. Digicert will vouch for them. If you believe Digicert, believe in hide.me and their keys. Windows, Linux, OSX, Android, iOS, all of them believe DigiCert. That’s why the Digicert’s root CA certificate got embedded in the operating system’s Trusted certificate store. So, Microsoft, Apple, Google and the whole OSS community believes in DigiCert so you need to have a very very very solid reason for not trusting them.

      To conclude, I would say that there are certain pre-established facts which were never argued upon, should now be challenged. Facts like openVPN is a sacred protocol was never argued because everyone kept bragging about it and never went into details to understand the reality behind the perception. Lets try and not mislead readers.

      PS: I’ve no affiliate whatsoever with the service, I just simply love this VPN and rate it a diamond in the sea taking into consideration the marathon I’ve been on for using VPNs.

      1. First your right I did notice they had an Android client but I was really referring to the desk top clients which they only have available for windows. As for hide.me using a public CA to issue certificates that is an on going debate. I’m not going to go into why I think your wrong because I would write a book but readers can see the debate about this subject that was on Reddit a while ago when EarthVPN was criticized for using a public CA and they can make up their own minds

        https://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/comments/1lhu16/earthvpn_security_part_2/ and on Full Disclosure http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2013/Sep/103

        I agree with you that IKEv2 is a very fast, stable and secure protocol and everything you said was very nice and informative but their is one major flaw with IKEv2 and that’s the fact that’s it’s a proprietary protocol created by Microsoft. If a users main goal is to avoid Govt surveillance then how in the world could you ever trust a built in VPN client in windows or use a proprietary protocol created by Microsoft?. With Microsoft being a U.S. company who knows if the NSA can back door that protocol. That’s why it bothered me that hide.me’s vpn client did not have openvpn. All of the vpn protocols available for the client were Microsoft created protocols. I fixed this problem of potentially using a compromised vpn protocol and OS by only using a FOSS Linux distro for sensitive activities. The only time I would trust using the IKEv2 protocol is if I used the 3rd party version offered for use with Linux distros because it is open source but if you have hide.me and your not using a Linux distro then IKEv2 does you no good if you want to avoid potential surveillance by the NSA. and speaking of this subject bestvpn actually wrote a really great article about the pros and cons of these different vpn protocols

        https://bestvpncom.wpengine.com/blog/4147/pptp-vs-l2tp-vs-openvpn-vs-sstp-vs-ikev2/

        If you own a mac and your not tech savvy enough to install and run a 3rd party client for openvpn then the best protocol your going to get with hide.me is L2TP/IPSEC. That’s why I said in my first comment that their service seems more geared toward users of MS Windows

        “Lets try and not mislead readers”

        Ali remember it’s just my opinion man, and you seem a little too passionate about this. At the end of the day I wrote a comment about a vpn service not your dad.

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