I then decided to try HMA!. Not that there was any risk of losing my money, as HMA give a 30 day, no quibble, money-back guarantee. So, what had I got to lose?
I immediately experienced loading times as fast as my normal broadband connection -- not the waiting and waiting I had experienced with other packages! And there were no bandwidth restrictions. To maintain an optimized speed, Hide My Ass! have load balancing on their servers. In other words, if a particular server peaks on traffic which affects speed, you are advised to switch to another server in the same or near location!
You've probably guessed that, as I've stayed with HMA!, I have confidence in this program. Just for information, included in the subscription is anonymous email, file uploads, anonymous referrer and privacy software.
So, if you are interested in trying it, why not continue reading about my experiences, or take a look at the details on the website.
If you are interested in VPN routers, it's worth noting you can set up HMA! Pro VPN on your router and all devices on your network, such as Playstation, Netflix, Apple TV etc, will automatically hidden behind the VPN encryption.
The next step is to select 'Country selection'. Here you will select the VPN Protocol and country server you wish to use. HMA! offer you a choice of Open VPN, PPTP or L2TP. I have 'Open VPN' selected, as PPTP may have security vulnerabilities (if you're not sure what these terms are, take a look at my article An Explanation of How VPN Works).
You also select the country you wish your IP address to be shown as and there are 51+ countries to choose from. Remember, your VPN IP address makes you anonymous, so connect to a server in your home country as it ensures your connection speeds are optimized -- the further away you are from the server, the greater the chance of your loading speeds being affected. If you are not sure which server offers you the best speed, then click on 'Speed guide' -- this will automatically check the download/upload speed of the 10 nearest servers to your location and you just select the fastest!
Once you've done this, return to 'Dashboard' and click 'Connect to VPN'. Once you are connected to the VPN server, you'll get a notification box pop up saying you are securely connected and showing your new IP address. If you have any doubt about your new IP address, just go to Utrace -- it will show your IP address and a map of where your server is.
Secondly, there is the 'HMA! PanicButton' to quickly hide all of your web browser tabs with just one click.