HideMyAss vs IPVanish: A 2017 Comparison

HideMyAss vs IPVanish

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Jurisdiction : UK
Locations : 190
Connections : 2
Apps : Win, Mac, Android & iOS
Protocols : PPTP, L2TP & OpenVPN
Guarantee : 30-Days
Monthly Price :

  • 1-Month $11.52
  • 6-Months $8.33
  • 1-Year $6.55

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Jurisdiction : USA
Locations : 60
Connections : 5
Apps : Win, Mac, Android & iOS
Protocols : PPTP, L2TP & OpenVPN
Guarantee : 7-Days
Monthly Price :

  • 1-Month $10.00
  • 6-Months $8.99
  • 1-Year $6.49

A quick Google search for a VPN is likely to turn up Hide My Ass and IPVanish pretty close to the top of the list. They are two of the most well-established and well-recognised VPN brands on the market and both offer a number of attractive features and compelling reasons to sign up.

As we are VPNCompare.co.uk, we see our role are drawing a comparison between the big VPNs on the market and so helping you the user to decide which is the right one for you.

How to choose between Hide My Ass and IPVanish is one of the most frequents questions we have been asked.

Which is why we have put together this article which draws a direct comparison between the two. We have been using both VPNs over the past few weeks and assessing them for what our readers indicate to us are the five core factors they use to judge a VPN.

You can read about our conclusions below and we believe you should find everything here to help to decide whether IPVanish or Hide My Ass is the right VPN provider for you.


Hide My Ass is a UK-based VPN whose distinctive logo of a donkey in a hat and dark glasses has captured the imagination of many VPN virgins. But they have plenty to offer in the service they provide too, although as you will see there are some issues as well.

There are plenty of benefits to signing up with Hide My Ass including:

  • Well designed and easy-to-use apps serving all the main operating systems.
  • An enormous range of server locations and IP Addresses – perhaps the biggest around right now.
  • A nice range of free additional services including a free proxy service and an anonymous email service.
  • Top notch Customer Support.
  • A 30-day money back guarantee.
  • A free 7-day trial with a download of their mobile apps.

There are a few issues with Hide My Ass too, however:

  • Speeds can be variable at times.
  • Prices are a little on the steep side
  • Encryption is not as secure as some rivals
  • Hide My Ass is based in the UK which may compromise its ability to guarantee user protection.

VPNCompare Overall Rating: 3.2 / 5


IPVanish has long been one of our recommended VPNs and with good reason. They have a lot going for them, but of course, no-one is perfect.

Some of the perks of signing up with IPVanish include:

  • Great clients for Windows, Mac, Android & iOS.
  • A zero-logs guarantee users can trust.
  • Great super-fast speeds.
  • Servers in more than 60 countries around the world.
  • A 7-day money-back guarantee
  • Up to 5 simultaneous connections allowed.

Of the handful of negatives about IPVanish, there is just one which we felt was a real issue.

  • No live help facility.

VPNCompare Overall Rating: 4.6 / 5

It might seem from this overview that we would only make one recommendation when pitting these two VPNs against each other head-to-head. But as is so often the case, the devil is in the detail, and when we looked at our five core criteria in more detail, it turned out that the picture wasn’t quite as clear-cut as you might expect.

HideMyAss vs IPVanish Comparison

  1. Price

Price is a crucial factor for most VPN users. No-one wants to pay over the odds for their service and we all want to think we are getting good value for money.

Hide My Ass prices range from $11.52 for a one-month subscription down to $6.55 a month for an annual subscription. IPVanish, on the other hand, ranges their prices from $10 for a one-month subscription down to $6.49 a month for an annual package.

So, comparing these two providers on cost alone is a pretty close picture with neither offering the cheapest prices on the market.

There are just 6 cents a month between them for an annual deal, but a slightly lower monthly fee means that IPVanish has shaded this category by the narrowest of margins.

Winner: IPVanish

  1. Security & Privacy

On security and privacy, IPVanish sets a very high standard. They use one of the latest versions of OpenVPN, using AES-256-CBC encryption with a 2048 bit RSA key. Their Privacy Policy, on the other hand, makes it clear that there is no logging of user activity.

Hide My Ass, unfortunately, has some issues in this area. They support all the main protocols but their OpenVPN still uses BF-CBC and 128-bit encryption which is to the lower end of the scale.

But while their encryption is just about acceptable, their privacy policy certainly aren’t.

Hide My Ass is based in the UK which means they are required to collect various bits of user data by law. They are at pains to stress this doesn’t include user activity online, but the UK’s recent Investigatory Powers Act could change that and raises big questions about Hide My Ass’ ability to protect user privacy online.

For that reason, there is really only one possible winner in this category.

Winner: IPVanish

  1. Server Locations:

IPVanish does a good job on server locations. They have servers in 60 countries and 90 cities around the world and have expanded their IP Address pool to 40,000 individual addresses.

That is likely to be more than sufficient for most VPN users, but if you want more, Hide My Ass is certainly an option.

They offer servers in 340 locations across more than 190 countries and have more than 110,000 individual IP Addresses available.

This is one of the biggest numbers of server locations available from any provider and is definitely one of Hide My Ass’ real selling points.

Winner: Hide My Ass

  1. Device Compatibility

Both IPVanish and Hide My Ass offer compatibility with all of the most popular devices and operating systems around and both offer specific apps for mobile devices which are neat and easy to use.

But where they can be separated is on the number of permitted simultaneous connections to the service. IPVanish allows up to 5 concurrent connection, which is increasingly the industry norm.

But HideMyAss only allows a maximum of two, which is often insufficient for users with multiple connected devices they want to use their VPN with. This is definitely a disappointment and means IPVanish have to prevail here.

Winner: IPVanish

  1. Customer Support

IPVanish does offer a 24/7 customer support service, but it is only via a ticketed email support system at the present time. This is an efficient and helpful service which in our experience always responds within a few hours.

But more and more VPNs are offering a live chat support feature in addition to a ticketed service, and one of those is Hide My Ass. And whilst they perhaps push the service a little bit too hard on their website, it is an exceptionally good one and means Hide My Ass have to claim bragging rights in this category.

Winner: Hide My Ass

Our Verdict: IPVanish

So, there you have it. If you have read our reviews you will have expected this to have been a walk in the park for IPVanish, but it turned out to be much closer than that when you break things down into the core factors we all think about when signing up for a VPN.

Hide My Ass does offer more server locations and IP Addresses and also a superior Customer Support service too. It only just lost out on the pricing category too, but the two other categories which IPVanish claimed on device compatibility and security and privacy are big ones.

Which means that we have to conclude that if you are struggling to choose between Hide My Ass and IPVanish, our recommendation would be that you should definitely opt for IPVanish.

David Spencer

Author: David Spencer

David is VPNCompare's News Editor. Anything going on in the privacy world and he's got his eye on it. He's also interested in unblocking sports allowing him to watch his favourite football team wherever he is in the world.

Away from writing, he enjoys reading and politics. He is currently learning Mandarin too... slowly.

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