HIDEWAY VPN REVIEW
HideAway has been praised by many because it has reinvented and improved the VPN by adding flexible rules, faster speeds and an ‘Always on’ capability, while at the same time giving users a secure connection, privacy and simultaneous access to your favorite websites around the world. Some have even described it as a VPN on steroids.
Is My Privacy Protected with Hideway VPN?
After straining every translation vessel there is to try and interpret the German Privacy Policies, I figured that Hideway VPN does not keep any logs.
We don’t keep logs of your activity so can’t be compelled to hand over any information as we have none.
How Much is Hideway VPN? Is There a Free Trial?
Both services offer the same optimum levels of privacy/anonymity and identical features, the only difference obviously being one of convenience – or perhaps inconvenience – with the free service automatically disconnecting every half hour.
Still, there aren’t too many free VPN services I’m aware of that offer a full featured trial that never expires. Most will limit data to an unrealistic maximum (500MB per month), do not support BitTorrent, and come with limited features and/or speed. In comparison, HideAway free represents a real bargain. Plus, if you’re thinking premium, HideAway free presents an opportunity to thoroughly check the service out before committing.
Hideway VPN Speed Test
Encryption adds a bit of overhead, so your Internet connection won’t be as fast with encryption turned on. So, if you don’t care about encryption for some websites, you can turn encryption off for those websites and applications to get full download speeds.
There is normally a certain amount of speed loss when connecting through a VPN, ping latency through your local ISP will generally be quite a bit lower than through the VPN servers – distance being the governing factor. However, after several weeks of testing – surfing, downloading, etc – speed degradation when connected through Hideaway has been barely discernible, certainly not sufficient to cause any issues or concern. Of course, this is largely contingent on how fast your connection speed is to begin with, so your mileage may vary. I’m connecting via older ADSL1 averaging around 9Mbps, so not exactly supersonic.
How is Customer Service at Hideway VPN?
The company does have customer support. However, it is important to realize that it is limited. You can contact the company via their email ticket support. They try to respond quickly, but it could take 24 hours or more. Therefore, if you are using Hideway VPN, it is a good idea to make sure that you write your question as clearly as possible and include all relevant information, just so you can get things taken care of as quickly as can be.
This is awesome. It means HideAway is always on. Unlike a VPN where you must start it up, wait 10 seconds for it to connect, then shut it down when you’re finished. HideAway is always working, and combined with the flexibility of custom filters to split up your Internet traffic and direct it to different countries simultaneously, you never need to turn it off. .Additionally, unlike a VPN, HideAway won’t interrupt your downloads or uploads, block your printers, network hard drives or security cameras.
Setup filters to be in different places at the same time, so for example you can be in the United States for one website and then in Japan for another at the same time. Additionally, you can redirect any application on your computer to make it go through another country, or redirect traffic through a different port or IP address, block certain traffic and ports and ignore others, and use wildcards for more complex filtering.
• Redirect Internet to access videos and websites in other countries
• Anonymous and secure internet surfing
• Create flexible rules to split and direct your Internet traffic to different countries simultaneously
• Always on, instant connection
• High speed encrypted connection
• No logging of your activity
• Rules to re-direct, block or ignore your traffic
• Process list to view which rules are being used by difference processes on your computer
• Unlimited bandwidth
• High speed dedicated servers
• Gets around your ISP’s traffic throttling to increase speed
See at a glance what applications on your computer are accessing the Internet and where they’re going. You can use this to create rules to redirect websites or block unknown processes.
Built-in speed tests automatically help you select the fastest servers based on upload/download speeds and latency, or you can choose them yourself.
Is Hideway VPN Safe?
Your connection is secured with super strong AES encryption using OCB block cipher, therefore it’s very fast. Any Internet activity you do through HideAway can be encrypted and anonymous. When you access the Internet over public Wi-Fi – for example, and Internet cafe, your content is secured through HideAway from eavesdroppers who might otherwise use hacking tools to get your information.
Turn Encryption On/Off For Some Websites and Applications Encryption adds a bit of overhead, so your Internet connection won’t be as fast with encryption turned on. So, if you don’t care about encryption for some websites, you can turn encryption off for those websites and applications to get full download speeds.
I find this VPN pretty interesting and giving, however some English Privacy Policies won’t hurt anyone.