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Hide My Ass VPN: User Setup and Installation Guide

Hide My Ass VPN: User Setup and Installation Guide

Quick how-to-guide for getting one of the more popular VPN services around up and running so that you can begin protecting your traffic from the prying eyes of hackers and govts, and thwart arbitrary geographic content restrictions and Internet filtering regimes.

We can all agree that Internet always has and always will be plagued by challenges to content access and data security, and it’s only the solution that many disagree about. One of the of the easiest solutions that many choose is a VPN connection. A VPN is a virtual private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear while surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.

In the past I’ve mentioned free VPNs like The Top 5 Free VPN Services” and Online Shield 365 along with paid services like VyprVPN, Private Internet Access, and Hotspot Shield (which offers a free ad-supported version as well).

Another subscription VPN service I’d like to mention is Hide My Ass (the same company that offers a free Chrome extension for anonymous web browsing).

The Hide My Ass Pro VPN service is easy-to-configure and user friendly while also offering a slew of features and options that make it worth the investment to protect you online. You can use it to connect to a staggering 407 VPN servers in over 55 countries, allowing you to hide behind more than 48,500 different IP addresses.

The list of available VPN server locations includes: the USA (of course), Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, and Morocco.

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And unlike a simple proxy a VPN will automatically work with all applications on your computer, tunneling your entire internet connection so that you can safely download content using applications like BitTorrent or other P2P programs.

Better still? No bandwidth restrictions.

So how does it work? Let’s take a look.

1. Download and install HMA! Pro VPN.

2. Open, enter your login credentials, and choose a VPN location to connect to.

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Here you can see I chose a server in Italy. Unsure? choose the “random server” option. Notice how you can schedule to have your IP address change at a desired interval for extra security.

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3. The “IP Address Settings” tab is where you can schedule to have your IP address change at a desired interval for extra security and also verify your IP address.

hidemyass54. Under Secure IP Bind you can “force specified applications to only work when you’re behind” the VPN connection. If it disconnects for whatever reason then desired applications will “fail to work.” It’s a great option for BitTorrent.

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5. For faster connection speeds you can check the “Speed Guide” to see what servers are fastest based on your distance from them and protocols available.

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All in all Hide My Ass’ Pro VPN is a pretty solid VPN service. I especially like the Secure IP Bind feature which you don’t see many VPN services offer.

Pricing? Right now Hide My Ass’ Pro VPN will only set you back $11.52 for a month, $49.99 for 6 months, and $78.66 for one year. With the year subscription package you can protect yourself online for a little over a measly $6 a month.

Not a bad deal.

Stay tuned.

[email protected] | @jaredmoya

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
hahaiah
hahaiah

I was with HMA Pro for almost 2 years, decent service, easy to use.  BUT, when I discovered they readily hand over information to anyone with a badge or alphabet agency name, I questioned them about it, through several lengthy emails, they flat out lied defending their position.  There are several companies, despite HMA claims, that absolutely hide your identity and do not keep records much less hand them over....oh and they're cheaper.  Highly recommend people avoid this company.  Also, for the assumption of doing something illegal crowd, when I take shit, I close the door, so I guess I don't need other people knowing every little thing I do OK?

KaneVirgil
KaneVirgil

Hide My Ass is the worst VPN one could use. They turned over documents to the FBI in the Lulzsec incident leading to an arrest meaning they keep logs on you even if they claim not to. They have also been accused of letting Egyptian authorities have information on their users there. Jared Moya does not know this? He's doing no one who wants to keep their internet use private any favors. 

TheRealJAG
TheRealJAG moderator

@KaneVirgil With that being said, not everyone uses VPN's for illegal uses. There are plenty of reasons people use VPN's and this article is intended to help people get started using the service. 

hahaiah
hahaiah

@TheRealJAG @KaneVirgil Fair enough, but when there are better, cheaper and more private services that are all in the "privacy" business, that should be mentioned as well, if your true intent is to help users.  Just sayin.



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