HideMyAss is one of the biggest known providers in the VPN industry. Everyone from your uncle to your grandparents is likely to have stumbled upon them at least once on their internet travels.
They offer quite a few free services on their website which include a web proxy and one of the most comprehensive updated proxy lists anywhere on the internet. Many people will have chanced across their website in the past and with branding at its best, HideMyAss, it is a name you’re unlikely to forget.
For those of you in the market for a VPN it is somewhat unavoidable to have missed out on checking the offerings of HideMyAss, in fact we’ve even reviewed them ourselves and found their service to be of great quality and for the user base that we feel they target they are an excellent choice.
However not every service is suitable for every user and while they do offer a huge range of servers around the world for a reasonably competitive price they are never going to be, as we say here in the UK, “everyone’s cup of tea“.
Why would I want a HideMyAss alternative
There are plenty of reasons why you may feel they just aren’t the provider for you, perhaps you’ve used them in the past and had a disliking with certain aspects of their service, perhaps you refuse to use them due to situations in the past few years which go against your personal ethics, or perhaps you just fancy checking out the competition and see what other alternatives to HideMyAss are out there.
One of the issues with finding an alternative VPN provider to one you’re already with or one you’ve used in the past is there are very few that are similar enough to be suitable, each provider aims to offer unique features to encourage you to sign up to their service rather than looking for the nearest or cheapest competitor. While it is definitely true that there are many unique features to HideMyAss there are a couple of other providers that offer a very similar service at pretty much the same price – give or take a few Dollars, Euros or Pounds either side.
When considering an alternative you will need to be concentrating on services that can offer as wide a range if not more options, this includes basics like custom software available for a range of devices and one of the biggest considerations in competing services will be attempting to find one that can offer such a huge range of countries and this is where it becomes difficult.
As providers expand they usually increase both their server base and also start branching out into a wider range of countries available. Due to HideMyAss being one of the bigger public VPN providers they have also had the luxury of being around for quite some time, a lot longer than many providers who have appeared within the past few years. With this has come the mass expansion across the globe and one area that is critical to be considered.
In terms of speed there are plenty of good providers who can compete with HideMyAss, these are also equally as reliable, just glancing through the top half of our VPN Comparison Table will give you an idea of a handful of providers who can compete on speed. When it comes to features then it basically comes down to the likes of custom software and for what systems that they have it available for. Linux software is one of the most difficult features to recommend an alternative for as there are only one or two other providers who currently offer a Linux solution.
With all aspects considered from price, available locations, ease of use of software and software availability there are really only two main contenders as a good alternative and they are IPVanish and ExpressVPN. From our extensive testing of various providers there are definitely many good providers who can compete on the various individual aspects of the service but for an overall similar experience then they are the two best alternatives who offer the most comparable service for a similar price. Both offer excellent speeds, a huge range of countries and although lacking Linux solutions both have the added advantage that they cater directly for other major systems like Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
The only two groups of people who will not be best served by those two alternative suggestions will be those who are looking for a cheaper option and those who need a Linux solution. There is a selection of VPN providers who are cheaper but one area to remember is you usually pay for what you get and while speed is comparable the choice of country locations can be greatly reduced at a cheaper service.
If you’re still happy to go with fewer locations available but want a fast and reliable service then consider PrivateInternetAccess who can be picked up for US$39.99 for a full 12 month service although their country choices are limited to 10 which is a rather big reduction from the 190+ on offer at HideMyAss, however if cost is an issue then they will be an ideal solution for you.
The remaining users who may not be served by any above listed suggestion are the Linux group, while all of the above will be suitable if you’re happy to make connection directly using Linux with a generic solution if you’re looking for actual custom software or a custom based solution then the only two remaining providers that will be suitable for your needs are either TorGuard or Proxy.sh.
While we found HideMyAss to be extremely suitable for certain users it is always good to be aware of the available different choices elsewhere. I hope the above has given you some good ideas to consider should you wish to check out the competition and what is suitable on a like for like basis, if however you feel like browsing through a good range of services then take a look at our comparison table on the main page which will aid you in your research.