Review of: Hide My Ass (www.hidemyass.com)
Anonymous Surfing and VPN Service
I was looking for a tool to protect myself online in two specific situations — first was being vulnerable using Bittorrent, and the second being vulnerable while traveling and using unsecured wifi hotspots. I needed a reliable way to hide my IP address, to use Bittorrent anonymously, and to secure the web safely and anonymously. After researching different VPN services, I decided Hide My Ass was the one to sign up for.
Installation was quick and easy. The application opens to a nice dashboard. From here you see a list of available servers to connect to, and a connection log. I just entered my newly created password, selected a server nearby, one in Chicago, and hit “connect to VPN.” I then see in the “Connection Log” below, a breakdown of what’s going on – it can’t connect to the server I selected – the remote server does not seem to be responding. So, I switch servers and… presto.. I’m anonymous.
I checked it for myself on whatmyipaddress.org, and sure enough, I had an anonymous IP address. Quickly, I began experimenting — setting my IP address to a German location, and then to one in Panama. I used checkmytorrentip.com to double check that I was anonymous on bittorrent. Sure enough, all of my internet traffic was now being routed securely through Panama. I was untraceable, anonymous. And it was so quick and easy.
When I connected to far away servers, such as the one in Panama, I noticed that my connection did slow – my torrents all slowed to a snails pass. But, once I was going through a server closer to my location, my download speeds appeared average.
One great feature about the program is the “Secure IP Bind” – it allows you to specify which programs on your computer are required to use the VPN. I quickly enabled this for Bittorrent – ensuring that I never use Bittorrent on my regular connection. HMA can also switch IP addresses for you randomly at set intervals.
I think Hide My Ass is a good product. I will be renewing my subscription — and I recommend it!