Malaysia-based VPN provider Hide.me has added a new VPN server to its network. Located in Belgrade, Serbia it increases the total coverage to 56 cities in 35 countries.
The new Serbia server is available to paying users only. Those subscribed to the free plan can connect to five server locations: the Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, the US East Coast, and the US West Coast.
The new server supports all of the VPN protocols that Hide.me offers (OpenVPN, IKEv1, IKEv2, SoftEther, SSTP, PPTP, and L2TP). Users are also permitted to use the Serbia server for torrenting and P2P activities.
“With more and more countries from the western world joining hands with 14 Eyes countries and expanding the surveillance over their netizens, it is highly required to add more VPN servers in countries with no or less internet restrictions and metadata retention laws,” says the blog post announcing the addition.
Censorship is prohibited by the Serbian Constitution and freedom of expression is protected by national law. However, this is not always implemented, with media outlets and journalists subjected to pressure from politicians and other third parties.
Freedom House labels Serbia as ‘Partly Free’, giving it a Freedom Score of 67 out of 100 for 2019. It fell from its ‘Free’ status partly due to “continued attempts by the government and allied media outlets to undermine independent journalists through legal harassment and smear campaigns.”
“Adding new locations is an ongoing process at hide.me and we encourage our users to speak their hearts. If you have a location in your mind that is not yet included, please let us know, and we will do our best to have it on the list,” the blog post concludes.
Hide.me’s premium plan costs $14.95 per month, but if users sign up for a 12-month plan they can save 34%, bringing the monthly price down to $9.99. The two-year plan is even more cost effective at $5.41 per month, a total saving of 64%.
Hide.me encourages users to get in touch with its customer support team via live chat or social media to make a suggestion for the next server location.