HMA VPN

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HMA VPN
4.2
Price
$2.99 p/m
Overview
HMA is one of the oldest VPN providers on the market. Founded in 2005, it is still present among the best VPN services in the global rankings. In 2016, the UK based company was acquired by Avast, the largest Internet security developer in Europe.
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Ratings

Total Rating
4.2
Speed
4.5
Apps
4.0
Privacy and Security
4.0
Customer support
4.0
Servers
4.5

Streaming platforms supported

Netflix          Amazon Prime Video         BBC iPlayer          Apple TV+

Intriguing Figures

1000+ servers             290 locations 190 countries       0 logs

20 Gbps speed                $3.99/mo                30-day money-back guarantee

HMA VPN is one of the oldest providers on the market. Founded in 2005, it is still present among the best VPN services in the global rankings. In 2016, the UK based company was acquired by Avast, the largest Internet security developer in Europe. Since then, the company used to launch a bit grounded marketing and advertising campaigns. It even shortened its name from HideMyAss to HMA. Currently, the provider offers more than a thousand servers in Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. It is even present in Macau, Taiwan, Guam, and Russia.

HMA VPN Speed Test

Internet speed through a HMA VPN connection is surprisingly good. The smart load balancing built into the service ensures your browsing is routed to the quickest and most stable server available. Even experienced VPN users will be able to find relatively fast servers in locations that pretty often have a bad reputation when you use other services. Speed within Europe and the U.S. is excellent. In the screenshots youhma-vpn-speed-test may see the results after connecting to the U.S. server from Europe.

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Browsing and streaming go with no interruptions and latency. As for gaming it goes great as well, however, in some cases you may experience a minimal amount of lag, as per usual when you use VPN.

HMA VPN streaming services support

Netflix

US Netflix, off-limits to European users, has a similar range of special VPN servers on HMA “Liberty Island” locations. Enjoy uninterrupted streaming – until Netflix catches up, that is.
Smaller, more local streaming services offer even less resistance to the streaming of their geo blocked content. Sporting events for instance, aired through national broadcasters, are easily within reach.

BBC iPlayer

Despite the VPN blocking efforts of streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, HMA seems to be ahead of the curve. Its “Donkeytown” servers are set up in such a way to connect to BBC iPlayer (or circumvent geoblocks in any way) without problems. 

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon isn’t exactly on-board with people using VPNs to get around its geo restrictions, and if it detects you’re using a VPN, it will probably try to block your IP address. Fortunately, HMA VPN has servers optimized for streaming, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Apple TV Plus

You may succeed in reaching out to the Apple TV Plus content if select certain U.S. servers. You can also try some European servers if the content you were looking for is available there.

Hulu

Unfortunately, HMA VPN can’t guarantee access to Hulu so far.

HMA VPN for gaming

After recent updates HMA VPN servers run at 20 Gbps which is great for online gaming, no matter is it MMO RPG or some battle royale projects. All the servers are optimized for fast and secure gameplay. You are free to choose any from 190 countries to ensure you have the best ping, upload and download speed.

Interestingly, HMA VPN provides servers in such locations as Russia, China, South Korea, and Singapore which means you can take part in beta testings unavailable for most gamers. 

Privacy and security

According to some sources, HMA VPN cooperated with the U.S. authorities in sharing users logs related to a hacking case. Although this led to the arrest of a hacker known as the “LulzSec fiasco”, many users claimed they are concerned about provider’s policy.

However, the hype calmed down when in May 2020, HMA announced that they stopped collecting users’ logs and now position themselves as a no log VPN. According to the provider’s statement, they do not track ushma-kill-switchers’ real IP addresses, online activity, and even volume of the data transmitted across the servers.

Anonymous surfing is easy when using HideMyAss. Every important security protocol is observed and we could not find any leaks or other security issues when we tested the service. HMA seems to really do a good job here! You can find more info on testing your VPN connection in our dedicated article on this matter.

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Since HMA is part of Avast Software, known for their excellent virus scanner, this certainly adds to the HMA reputation.

Pricing

There are three basic plans you may choose while subscribing to HMA VPN: $11.99 per month, $59.88 per year, and $107.64 per 3 years. There are also business plans which allow connecting more than 5 devices simultaneously. hma-price

The provider also provides a 7-day free trial and guarantees 30-day money back with no conditions which is another reason to try HMA VPN for free.

Usability

Both desktop and mobile HMA apps excel in their simplicity and utility. Everything in its straightforward design is aimed towards finding the right VPN server for you in the quickest time possible.

One of the most interesting features in the latest version is an IP refresh button which allows quick changing IP address in the selected location by just one tap. This could be useful in case you experience any latency or blocks with a certain server. hma-app

Another awesome feature is a kill-switch. Apparently, it is not available for the iPhone and iPad users, however, Android users can find it in the side bar. Split-tunneling is one more perk available for Android only.

Conclusion

HMA VPN offers an excellent service for both experienced and beginner VPN users. Anonymous surfing is a walk in the park, and as long as you keep your activities within the confines of the law, your privacy is not a concern. Access to popular streaming services like US Netflix or BBC iPlayer (UK) from abroad is a breeze. HMA is also recommended for companies, with several options and functions supporting company networks.

FAQ

Does HMA VPN support P2P and torrenting?

Yes, HMA VPN could be good for torrents. However, you need to select P2P-optimized servers. Most of them are located in Prague, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, and New York.

Where can I see all payment options and change the payment method?

You can find all the payment methods listed here. To change your current payment method you need to log into vpn.hidemyass.com and under “Billing” stop current subscription, which will allow you to “Renew” with the new billing details.

Which HMA VPN servers are the best for accessing Netflix?

To access full Netflix library with the best speed it is suggested to connect to the U.S. servers. We recommend servers located in New York, Liberty Island. However, you may try other regions as well. Here you may find all the HMA servers optimized for streaming.

How can I contact HMA VPN support? Do they have a live chat?

You may submit a request through the Help section or contact HMA support team via Live Chat on any platform.

What protocols does HMA VPN work with?

HMA VPN works with the next protocols: OpenVPN®-UDP (also called “Auto-Path”), OpenVPN®-TCP, PPTP, L2TP.

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Stanley

Should be noted that HMA doesn’t work in China, according to their support team.

Tim

Dear Stanley,

Thanks for the addition! BTW, we are updating our article about using a VPN in China: https://www.vpnservice.com/best-vpn/china/. Expect a mega update (and a video from our hilarious vlogger), including an overview of VPNs that work (and those that don’t) in China.