The Bottom Line: How Much Does HideMyAss Cost?
- Over 1,100 servers in more than 290 locations around the world
- Netflix access
- Works with Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, and Linux devices plus routers, Apple TV and Android TV
HideMyAss is a memorable VPN if for the name only, but does it offer a good bang for your buck? After testing it out, we’ve laid out the costs for you, as well as HideMyAss’s policies. Is there a free trial? Can you cancel? How long do you have to sign up for? We’re answering these questions and more below.
Can I Try HideMyAss For Free?
We’ve got some great news for you: you can try HideMyAss for free for seven days. Even if you use it for longer, they have a money-back guarantee for the first 30 days of purchase, so there’s little to no risk to trying out HMA.
HideMyAss Subscription Options
HideMyAss offers three different types of subscriptions for both personal and professional use. All in all, the prices are super low and reasonable, especially if you sign up for their maximum term length, which is three years. Some people may not like the fact that HMA doesn’t offer a monthly or even six-month commitment; rather, the shortest commitment is a year, so if you only need a VPN for a month, we’d recommend looking elsewhere.
Individual Use: Five Simultaneous Connections
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We got an individual subscription, which let us connect up to five devices at the same time.
Family Use: 10 Simultaneous Connections
If we wanted to protect others, we could’ve upgraded to the family plan, which doubles that amount of devices.
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Finally, HMA has plans for 10, 20 and 30 simultaneous connections for business usage. Need more devices connecting to HMA at the same time? They’ll create a plan customized to your business, with custom prices to boot.
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Our Favorite Things: HideMyAss Edition
Okay, so we’ve proven that HideMyAss is cheap, but just because something is cheap does not mean that it’s worth buying, as we’ve learned from many clothing sales. So here goes our favorite things about HideMyAss after testing it extensively:
- Affordable price: With prices starting at just $2.99 a month (before the student discount, that is), HMA is one of the most budget-friendly VPNs on the market.
- Many servers: HMA has over 1,100 servers in over 290 locations around the world, in continents like North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Sorry, Antarctica, no HMA server for you yet!
- VPN app doesn’t log IP addresses or web activity: We liked how the app keeps the minimal amount of customer data possible.
FYI: While the HideMyAss VPN app doesn’t log originating IP addresses or DNS queries, the browser extension for Chrome and Firefox does, so make sure to use the app over the browser extension for the most privacy.
- Kill switch on Windows, Macs and Androids: If our VPN failed on these devices, all of our web traffic would’ve been shut down automatically (although this wouldn’t have been the case if we were using iOS, Linux, Apple TV, Android TV devices and routers).
- Netflix and torrenting: When it comes to VPNs, streaming is the name of the game. Who doesn’t want to access hours of new movies and TV shows for free? Fortunately, HideMyAss worked great with Netflix and other services like Prime Video and even the English Premier League for all you footie fans out there.
- Split tunneling on Android: Although we wish split tunneling was available on more devices, it was easy to connect to private and public networks at the same time on our Android phones.
- Dynamic IP addresses: We got a new IP address every 10 minutes that we were connected to HMA, which made us as hard to track as a needle in a haystack that was being raked over every 10 minutes.
Payment methods are particularly relevant for VPNs because some tell the company more of your personally identifiable information than others. Fortunately, HMA accepts a bunch of different types of payment methods, from your major credit cards like American Express to phone payment systems like Google Pay.
- American Express
- Apple Pay
- Direct Debit
- Google Pay
- Qiwi Wallet
- Sofort Banking
- UnionPay International
Tip: By using a payment service like PayPal, Apple Pay or Google Pay as opposed to a credit or debit card, you can avoid sharing your bank account information and credit card numbers with the company you’re making the purchase from, protecting your personal information.1
HMA Server Locations
We’re not going to make you count: to date, HMA has over 1,100 servers in more than 190 countries around the world. This opens it up to a global stage for countries in the continents of Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. In the United States alone, HMA has VPN servers in all 50 states. In our home state of New York, there are two servers and five IP addresses to choose from. And the location of the server? Believe it or not, HMA’S NY server is based on Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located. Very patriotic!
How To Cancel
Cancelling HMA is easy. Simply go into your VPN’s control panel and click the button that says “Cancel Subscription” so that it doesn’t automatically renew; you can either do this after logging in on the HMA website or on the HMA app itself. And abracadabra, you’re cancelled! This doesn’t require calling a phone number and talking to an exhausting sales rep, so overall, cancelling HMA was a much more pleasant experience than some VPNs we’ve tested out.
While we’re not in school anymore, anyone who is can benefit from HMA’s student discount, which gives you 75 percent off if you sign up for a three-year plan. Now, if you’re not a math student, that means that you’ll only pay $80.73 for three years of service, which comes down to about $2.24 a month. Not bad for what you’d normally spend on a bottle of premium soda! To take advantage, just register with Student Beans2 to get the discount code and you’re all set.
What To Stream on HMA
Streaming is a big reason why people use VPNs in the first place. Many countries like China don’t allow certain websites, so by connecting to another country’s server, you can circumvent these government restrictions. Connected to HMA, you can stream:
- Amazon Prime Video
- English Premier League
- BBC iPlayer
In our HideMyAss review, we watched Netflix and Prime Video while connected, which went off without a hitch.
HideMyAss is certainly reasonable when it comes to pricing, especially if you’re a student or you sign up for three years. Although the company itself isn’t ideal for VPNs, being based in the United Kingdom, a Five Eyes member, those not super worried about privacy may not care. All in all, we’d recommend HMA to the casual VPN user who’s on a budget and needs their service for at least a year. If that’s not you, find the right VPN on our list of the best VPNs of 2020.
- Is HideMyAss free?
HideMyAss offers a seven-day free trial as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can use it without paying anything for a short period of time.
- Is HideMyAss safe?
While it’s a decent VPN overall, HideMyAss isn’t the best for privacy. Since the company is based in the United Kingdom, they could be legally forced to hand over customer data to the federal government. Plus, we didn’t appreciate that their VPN Proxy Unblocker, a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, keeps the user’s originating IP address, domain names, and timestamps of requests. We recommend using the computer app versus the browser extension for the most privacy, as HideMyAss doesn’t log original IP addresses or DNS queries from the app.
- How much does HideMyAss cost?
For one person, HideMyAss costs $2.99 if you sign up for three years, billed at once as $107.64, or $4.99 a month if you sign up for a year, billed at once as $59.88. For families who want to be able to connect up to ten devices simultaneously, the costs are anywhere from $5.99 and $7.99 a month, depending on if they sign up for one, two or three years. Finally, for businesses, you can either get a custom price or pay $69 a month or for 30 simultaneous connections, $46 monthly for 20 simultaneous connections, or $23 for 10 simultaneous connections. If you sign up for annual business subscriptions, those prices become $32.99 a month for 30 connections, $23.99 for 20, or $12.99 for 10.
- Is HideMyAss a good VPN?
HideMyAss is a middle of the road VPN overall. While we appreciated its low prices, long list of server locations, streaming and torrenting abilities and split tunneling, there were a few things we didn’t like, like the fact that the company is based in the U.K, the kill switch is only available on Windows, Mac and Android devices, and the Chrome and Firefox browser extension logs originating IP addresses and domain names. Overall, we recommend HMA to those on a tight budget who aren’t particularly concerned with security and privacy.
- How do I pay for HMA VPN?
HMA accepts several payment methods, including credit cards like American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa, and payment services like Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal. You can also use Alipay, Apple Ply, Bleue, Boletol, Celo, Direct Debit, Hipercard, iDEAL, Qiwi Wallet, Sofort Banking, UnionPay International and WebMonkey to pay for HMA, otherwise known as HideMyAss VPN.