HideMyIP is really a proxy service that has an added premium service for encryption. But that service doesn’t appear to work well and reveals your IP (in Windows 7 and Vista). Privacy is less than ideal as the service monitors “certain aspects”.
HideMyIP Premium VPN PROS:
• Easy to use convenient application
• Many good features
• Fair server network
• Fast servers
• Fast support responsiveness
HideMyIP Premium VPN CONS:
• Encryption connection drops after some time and your local IP is revealed (in Windows 7 and Vista) so protection is low
• Unknown and non disclosed encryption protocol
• Unclear product pricing. Premium service is advertised as $7 per month but in fact you have to pay the onetime fee and if you want all the servers add another $25 per month. This is not clear at the site and it feels deceptive once you purchase the product.
• Servers are all in cooperative regions and provider cooperates with law enforcement.
• Support could not solve my problem with key registration. Had to figure it out myself.
• Dynamic IP with no Fixed IPs for using with PayPal & Credit Card merchants
• Only 128 bit encryption
• Does not support IPv6
• Does not provide a fastest server in the application
• States that they don’t log, but also states that they cooperate with law enforcement. This suggests that if there is a problem on a certain server with a user, law enforcement could get a lot of information about all the users on that server.