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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. 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.
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.
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.
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