Hideman is compatible with a wide variety of platforms. They offer a Windows client as well as an app for iOS and Android. The service can also be used on Mac, Linux and Windows Phone.
We installed the client on Windows and the process was remarkably simple. No signup was required and the download file is a mere 2.8 MB. We had the program downloaded, installed and running in less than five minutes. The program has a simple design and all you need to do to connect is the connect button at the bottom. Click the arrow on Country of Connection to change your server. Once you’re ready to upgrade, click on Purchase at the top and select which plan you prefer.
Hideman really is one of the easiest setups we’ve encountered and is a great choice for beginning users.
Features and Specifications
Hideman gives you the ability to surf the web securely and anonymously. The service allows you to access georestricted material and to surf the web anonymously. You can even change your IP address on the fly, perfect for when you encounter a website that is actively trying to block VPN. Hideman also helps you save bandwidth by blocking advertisements, banner ads and harmful websites. They claim to you up to 25% in bandwidth usage.
If you need to protect multiple devices, Hideman is available for both PC and mobile devices. You can also connect up to four devices simultaneously.
With paid access, you won’t have any problems access georestricted content or streaming data. We were able to access Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Youtube and other sites.
BitTorrent and P2P software is supported with Hideman, but you’ll be limited to eight servers. You can use these programs connecting to Singapore, Romania, Turkey, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Moldova, Hong Kong and Panama.
Premium users will enjoy excellent speeds. In our testing, we didn’t notice a significant difference in speeds using Ultimate. However, free users will probably be extremely frustrated. Speeds can be throttled to 512Kbs. When we tested the free service, we averaged about 800Kbs.
Streaming video wasn’t a problem at all and we experienced smooth playback up to 4K. We had similar experiences with downloads with little to no significant drops in speeds.
Hideman has a smaller global network compared to other services, presently available in 25 countries. Many of the servers are in countries known for being VPN friendly. Some of the more atypical location include Israel, Turkey, Hong Kong and Russia.
If you’re a free user, you’ll only have five countries available for connections. You can connect to Canada, Russia, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria.
If you’re worried about data security, Hideman has you covered. They use 256-bit AES encryption on all servers. In addition, they support OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols.
Hideman offer a zero logging policy for all paid users. However, if you’re a free user, all transfer logs are kept for 14 days from the date of access. Be very careful of your usage as a free user as Hideman will report you if certain claims are made against your usage.
Hideman does offer a free version of their service but it is extremely limited. You don’t get many of the standard features; your bandwidth is limited to 2 GB a month and your speed may be throttled to 512Kbs. Also, you are limited to one hour of usage each up to seven hours total. To get all features and unlimited bandwidth, you need to upgrade.
How much you’ll pay depends on how many devices you need to cover. For those only needing mobile device protection, monthly service is just $2.90 a month. Mobile users also can purchase an annual subscription for $24.90.
If you want to cover all your devices, upgrade to Ultimate. Ultimate is just $9 a month or $69 annually ($5.75 monthly.)
Hideman offers a wide variety of payment options that include credit cards, paypal, bitcoin and many other e-wallets. They also accept payment in the form of gift cards from CVS, Dollar General and Subway.
If you want a deeper discount, opting for a recurring subscription gets you an additional 30% off.
Hideman does offer a money-back guarantee, but it is only five days. Most services offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
Hideman offers fantastic support to all users. Their website has multiple self-help tools that include a FAQ, forum and setup manuals for all supported platforms.
If you need additional support, you have several choices. They offer Live Chat support through their website as well as support through Skype, Jabber and their mobile app also has a built in support option. Email support is also available.
Telephone support is not available presently but with so many other support options, we’ll give them a pass.
Hideman may be a smaller network, but their product is superior to many of the “name brands” in the VPN industry. They don’t restrict or track your usage in any way. In addition, they offer competitive pricing and a wide variety of funding options.
Best of all, you can try the product completely free and anonymously. Hideman is a perfect option for helping you hide your online identity.