HideIPVPN review: Great if you need a speedy connection via Germany

HideIPVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes, on select servers
  • Business location: USA and Moldova
  • Number of servers: 29
  • Number of country locations: 11
  • Cost: $70 (billed annually)
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA 256
  • Handshake encryption: RSA 2048

Editor’s Note: This review was updated on November 7, 2018 to reflect changes to the HideIPVPN desktop app for Windows, improved speed scores, and a change to the review score.

Picking a VPN is a tricky business since you don’t really know what you’re going to get until you buy. That’s why some services offer free trials. HideIPVPN is one such company that offers a 24-hour free trial with full access to its entire service.

After taking a second look at HideIPVPN, what I found was a much improved VPN service that has better speeds and a brand-new look. 

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

HideIPVPN is still a fairly basic service. You won’t find much in the way of extra features. It has DNS leak protection, which is turned off by default, and there’s also an “Application Killer” that tells the VPN to stop specific desktop programs if your VPN connection drops. Other VPN services kill the PC’s entire internet connection when the VPN drops, but killing specific programs may be more useful to some.

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HideIPVPN with an active connection.

The new VPN desktop program is  reminiscent of ExpressVPN. To get online just click the big Connect button in the center of the interface. If you want to specify the country you’d like to connect to, click the Choose Location button to get a list of all country locations sorted by speed. There’s also a Favorites section if you’d like to save specific locations.

If speed is your focus, then instead of specifying the location you can use HideIPVPN’s Smart Location feature, which connects to the fastest server for you at the time.

By default, HideIPVPN starts with an SSTP connection, which is fine, but most users should opt for OpenVPN instead. You can change the default protocol by going to Settings > Connection Settings > VPN Protocol.

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