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Hide.me 2020 VPN review: Good speeds, bigger network

Hide.me 2020 VPN review: Good speeds, bigger network


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Hide.me 2020 VPN review: Good speeds, bigger network

Hide.me in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes (on all but four locations)
  • Business location: Malaysia
  • Number of servers: 1,800
  • Number of country locations: 47
  • Cost: $100 for one year / $120 for two
  • VPN protocol (default): OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-GCM
  • Data authentication: SHA-384
  • Handshake encryption: RSA 8192-bit

It takes a few years, but most VPN services that are in it for the long haul slowly expand their networks to encompass more locations, and add more servers. Hide.me from Malaysia-based eVenture Ltd. has taken that tack.

The last time we looked at it, Hide.me had just over 150 servers and 34 country locations. Two years later, the number of servers has increased to 1,800, while the country locations have bumped up to 47.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Features and services

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Hide.me for Windows 10 with an active connection.

Not a lot has changed with the Hide.me Windows application. It still has that large Enable/Disable button in the center. Below that the Change button in the lower-right corner leads to the location listing, and the left side shows the PC’s current IP address.

One new addition is the upper-left corner notifications icon. This addition is called Message Center. It notifies users of updates to the service such as new server locations or new features.

Speaking of which, Hide.me has added a number of new items since we last looked at it. For the most part these are basic but important additions such as IPv6 support. 

Hide.me also supports numerous streaming services, including Netflix, as well as others that are not as prickly about VPNs, such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Now.

Hide.me has WireGuard as a protocol option, the new and popular VPN protocol that promises easier implementation, better security, and better speeds. WireGuard is not yet the default replacing OpenVPN; however, Hide.me tells us its WireGuard implementation is a full part of the service and not a beta option as is the case with many other VPNs currently.

Dipping into the Settings section of the app, there’s a lot here. There are the usual options to launch on system startup, connect automatically, and so on. Hide.me also still has its fallback protocol where you can specify the order in which the app will try to connect with the various VPN protocol options.

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