Now known as eVenture Ltd., hide.me was founded in 2012 by former Forbes-profiled entrepreneur Sebastian Schaub. The company is based out of Malaysia and currently only has one product, hide.me VPN. The VPN offers solid features including 10 simultaneous connections, split tunneling, multihop and peer-to-peer support for gaming and torrenting. It is currently ranked sixth on our Best VPN Services list.
The hide.me VPN has a lot going for it, thanks to a strong commitment to privacy and a nice selection of customization options such as multihop and a kill switch. The commitment to privacy, in particular, impressed us. Unlike other providers that adopted it later, hide.me’s no-logs policy has been a foundational piece of the app since its creation. On top of that, it supports anonymized payments, meaning the company collects even less of your data than some of its competitors. Its peer-to-peer support makes it great for users looking for a better gaming or torrenting experience.
While hide.me has a lot going for it, it isn’t perfect. During our speed tests of all the VPN’s supported protocols (see below), we found its results fairly underwhelming. On top of that, hide.me’s interface, while offering rich customization, might be a little intimidating to new users just dipping their toes into VPN configuration. If you just want to download the app, however, it’s very easy to use: click “Connect” and let hide.me do the rest. Finally, its value for the money isn’t as high as others, thanks to somewhat steep pricing and the aforementioned mediocre speed tests.