- 1 Simultaneous Connection
- Connect to 25 countries
- 75 GB Data Transfer
“Really delivers on privacy without sacrificing speed”
Zero logs and great privacy features make this a standout VPN
UK server speeds are a BBC iPlayer fan's dream
Simple and effective apps are great if you're on the go
Hide.me is a Malaysia-based VPN that launched in 2011. It stands out thanks to its genuinely zero-log policy and strong privacy-first approach. These policies combine with some appealing advanced privacy features to deliver good value for what would otherwise be a fairly pricey proposition when looking at the Hide.me Premium package.
The average speed of the Hide.me network is perfectly adequate even if it won’t singe your eyebrows. However, speeds on the UK server are incredible: 80Mbps+ down and 100Mbps+ up. South American speeds were also blazing. Hide.me has a relatively small network but is adding countries regularly. Streaming works well in the main but Netflix remains blocked.
We loved the ease of use and functionality of the Hide.me apps even if they were nothing special to look at while customer support is friendly, quick and helpful.
Hide.me is an excellent choice if pure privacy is your priority. It has a zero logs policy and is incorporated in Malaysia, beyond the jurisdiction of the US and its intelligence allies or the EU data retention regulations. Hide.me create non-persistent logs of very basic connection data during your session, ie they are deleted afterwards. To manage Plus package customers’ data caps, Hide.me has basic data usage logs that are deleted and refreshed hourly. It’s an approach we like.
The advanced privacy features are numerous: killswitch, DNS leak blocking, DNS server options plus port selection and randomisation. Combine this with the full suite of protocols and their strong privacy policies and you have a real contender for the best VPN for privacy.
|Open VPN (Auto)|
|Open VPN (UDP/TCP)|
|Supports TCP Port 443|
|Supports SSH Tunnel|
|Supports SSL Tunnel|
|First party DNS servers|
|DNS Leak Blocking|
|Anonymous payment method|
|Tor over VPN server|
Hide.me achieves world-beating speeds on its UK servers that blow its rivals out of the water. Uploads were even faster than downloads, making the UK server a great choice for European torrenters and gamers.
While that’s great news if you need to connect to that server, the rest of the network lags far behind. Most other servers achieved respectable results but nothing that would trouble the top tier VPNs. While Mexico and Brazil performed very well, it was a little disappointing to see a rather ordinary result from Hide.me’s US servers even if it remains fast enough to stream HD video. Connection speed was pleasingly very snappy across the network.
|Max download speed||79.85 (UK)||61.14 (UK)||46.57 (US)|
|Max upload speed||101.74 (UK)||36.64 (FRA)||36.14 (US)|
|Average time to connect||3s||8s||13s|
|Tested and working with||BBC iPlayer, Gaming, Google-Gmail, Kodi, HBO, Torrenting, Facebook, Twitter||Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Gaming, Torrenting, Facebook, Twitter, Google-Gmail, Kodi||Netflix, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Twitter, Google-Gmail, Youtube, Kodi|
|SERVER LOCATION||Download Speed (Mbps)||Upload Speed (Mbps)|
Hide.me has a fairly limited choice of server locations compared to some of its competitors. Don’t expect to be able to connect to the most exotic locations or choose from specific cities in most instances. However, Hide.me does have most of the more popular locations covered with new servers added regularly (Norway and India being fairly recent additions).
Hide.me has locations in several US cities but limits users to choosing between west and east coast and it being a lottery to what you get. Each location has been 4 and 8 servers and each server between 4 and 8 shared IP addresses.
Hide.me may not have the best-looking apps in the world but they are supremely functional. Connection times are fast and the apps feel responsive and well laid out. On deskop, there’s a button to connect and a dropdown location menu next to it. It’s simple and clear even for the greenest VPN newbie.
Settings are sensibly arranged in tabs with helpful tooltips explaining less obvious things. It might look a bit dated but we loved it as it was so easy to use. It’s a piece of cake to switch between protocols or turn on the advanced privacy features. We also liked the lack of unnecessary maps, graphs and other fluff. Hide.me is streamlined and functional.
The mobile apps (which are near-identical on iOS and Android) also take a stripped back approach. While they remain pretty easy to use, they lack any advanced features or protocol selection or information. Our only real complaint is only permitting multiple simultaneous connections on the most expensive plan and requiring the creation of separate log-ins. This system is the price we pay for Hide.me not logging connection metadata however.
The knowledge base was also very comprehensive with plenty of screenshots and video. It was very well organised and easy to find tutorials for your specific device. If we had to nitpick, it could have a slightly slicker layout but we always prefer substance over style and Hide.me has that in spades.