While it doesn’t advertise itself as a full-fledge VPN service, Hide ALL IP has all the features of a VPN, so we’re going to treat it like one in this review. You know how VPN providers flood their description with terms such as “Secure VPN” or any similar wording that holds the “VPN” term up and high? Well, we almost couldn’t find any mention of VPNs on the Hide ALL IP website.
During our review, we’ll put this service to a series of tests that will determine whether or not it’s a secure solution and if it is, whether or not it’s a fast one. But we’re getting even more in-depth than that, so you’ll have to follow us throughout our journey to discover anything Hide ALL IP has to offer.
Worried about it being too long of a read? No problem, just use our table of content below and you should be fine.
- Company information
- Hong Kong Jurisdiction
- Terms of service analysis
- A quick introduction to Hide ALL IP
- Creating an account
- Downloading the app on your device
- Checking the installer for malware
- Installing the application
- Running Hide ALL IP on your computer
- Unique features
- Changing the settings
- List of servers
- Services unlocked
- TOR and torrenting support
- Customer support
- Security check-up results
- Speed test results
- Pricing plans
After poking around through the hive that is the Internet, we’ve been able to put together that Hide ALL IP was developed in 2014 by a company called Network & Speed Inc., which is based in Hong Kong.
Not much else could we tell you about the company, since there is absolutely no additional information on them, other than their location, available online. They don’t even have a Terms of Service document anywhere on their website or during the installation.
Hong Kong Jurisdiction
First of all, we’re going to mention that although commercial VPN solutions aren’t available in China, Hong Kong is a whole other story, since it benefits from a certain level of autonomy, as it’s only a SAR (special administrative region) of China. Long story short, using a VPN in Hong Kong is perfectly legal.
Additionally, Hong Kong residents don’t face the Chinese ban hammer that restricts website from being accessed, so people in Hong Kong can access virtually any website that they desire, even controversial ones (ones that are visibly against the Chinese Communist Party).
But here comes the downside: Hong Kong government agencies have a habit of monitoring Internet use, as some residents (activists, journalists) have reported that their online activities (including emails) have been surveilled and are probably being monitored to this moment.
We almost forgot to mention a very important aspect of the jurisdiction part: Hong Kong is not a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliance. However, lately there has been an increasing level of pressure from Beijing, so it’s not exactly clear where this is headed.
Terms of service analysis
As we’ve mentioned before, Hide ALL IP doesn’t have a Terms of Service document anywhere on their website and their application also lacks one. Now you probably know how usually before you install a product, you get to accept some terms within a license in order to proceed with the setup? Hide ALL IP skipped this step, it seems.
However, that shouldn’t be seen as a challenge, since Hide ALL IP, along with the company behind it, are subject to Hong Kong laws, so if you attempt to break the law, they might hold you responsible for everything that went wrong. The worst part is that this scenario might happen somewhere in a courtroom, so it wouldn’t be a pleasant situation at all.
They claim that your security is a priority to them and that they’ve implemented physical, electronic and managerial procedures to keep your data safe and sound. No additional details whatsoever. They do admit to being collecting some personal data from you when you contact them, but that they won’t share it with third parties unless if they’re required to do so by law.
A quick introduction to Hide ALL IP
Like we’ve mentioned above, Hide ALL IP doesn’t sell itself as a standard VPN solution, but judging by the name its purpose is immediately obvious: helps you hide your IP. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll see that it has additional features, as well, and there’s even a side-by-side comparison between Hide ALL IP, SOCKS Proxies, HTTP Proxies, and VPN services.
|Feature||HIDE ALL IP||SOCKS Proxies||HTTP Proxies||VPN Services|
|Encrypted All Transfer Data||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Support Mobile Hotspot||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Redirect Remote DNS||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Support UDP Applications||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Protect Any Application||Yes||No||No||No|
|Choose your IP||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Choose your Location||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Access Internet TV(Hulu, BBC, Vimeo etc)||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Prevent WebRTC IP leak||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Fake HTML5 GeoLocation||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Auto HTTP Tunnel||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Portable Version||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Flexible Tunnel Rules||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
|Find Best Server For Game||Yes (Unique)||No||No||No|
As you can see, some of the features Hide ALL IP claims as being unique are clearly exaggerations, as I can tell you straight from the top of my head at least 3 VPN solutions that let you choose your IP, prevent WebRTC leaks, come with portable versions and that feature all-round protection for your apps.
Creating an account
The thing is Hide ALL IP doesn’t come with an account creation or management system, you place an order, you receive your license, you register the app and you’re ready to go. There’s no way to log into the website or perform account management operations since there’s no support for that.
How do you order? This part’s pretty simple. You just have to head to the website’s main page, look for the “Order” button in the menu, click it, then select a payment method from the bottom of the newly-opened page. Once you’re there, you have to provide the payment processor with certain details about the payment such as your credit card information, PayPal account, or others, depending on your choice.
Note that you can download the application to your computer without registering for an account since it encompasses a fully-functional one-day trial that lets you take it for a spin before it locks you out and demands that you provide it with a license code. It seems that the old way is sometimes the best way, what with all the outrage trial exploitation sparks, since many of them fake their IP, email address and so on to take advantage of trials.
Hide ALL IP lets you use it for one full day, after which you need to hand it an email + license code combo if you want to keep on using it.
Downloading the app on your device
This part’s even simpler since you don’t have to do anything complicated, nor do you have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out, but we’re going to tell you how anyway, just so you don’t get lost.
Once you’re on the download page of the Hide ALL IP website, look for the “Download” button and give it a hearty click. From there, you can see the Android, iPhone and Windows links, however only the Windows URLs are actual download links, the mobile URLs are setup guides. Note that Windows has three links: an official link, a mirror and a link for the portable version. Portable means that you don’t need to install it before you can use it.
Checking the installer for malware
Of course that now that you have the installer (or portable version, same thing) on your computer, you’re tempted to jump head-first and deploy it as quickly as possible, right? Wrong. You should at least take a few cautionary steps to prevent your device from getting ridden with malware.
We’re not implying that Hide ALL IP is not a trustworthy provider, but lately, major names in the industry have been targeted by cyber-attacks, so it’s best to be cautious.
We’ve scanned the Hide ALL IP installer on VirusTotal, and we prefer this platform for its wide range of antivirus engines that are running simultaneously during the scan, each of which holds its own database. Long story short, we found it to be better than scanning with only one antivirus. Also, we found nothing wrong with the installer, and you can check our results here and our screenshot below.
Installing the application
The process might be a tad longer than what you’re used to, but it’s still quite user-friendly and intuitive. We’re going to describe the steps in the following section:
- Assuming that you’ve downloaded the installer, double-click it;
- Hit the “Next” button (as you can see, you’re not required to accept any terms of any agreement);
- Choose the destination path on your computer;
- Select the Start Menu folder;
- Decide whether or not you want to create desktop and Quick Launch shortcut icons;
- Hit the “Install” button;
- Wait for the setup to finish;
- Decide whether or not you want to run Hide ALL IP after the setup’s done;
- Hit the “Finish” button;
As you can see, there’s no need for you to install any TAP Driver adapter or any additional component. The setup takes care of everything just as long as you follow the on-screen instructions.
Running Hide ALL IP on your computer
If you’ve downloaded, scanned and installed Hide ALL IP, it’s time to run it and see what it can really do. Keep in mind that the portable version is exactly the same as the installer version, so you can use either of them, depending on your preference.
The main window is quite large, but then again, Hide ALL IP is not exactly a VPN, so it didn’t have to follow the guidelines. Aside from it being large, the interface of the app is quite outdated and has an overall cluttered feeling to it, like the developers grabbed a fistful of features and just crammed them in there.
The app will automatically connect you to one of its servers when you launch it, so make sure and check if the server it chose matches your preferences or not.
Graphics-aside, Hide ALL IP does pack some pretty unique features, such as mobile hotspot support, a cookie cleaner for multiple browsers, switchable WebRTC leak prevention, a browser launcher, a “best gaming server detector” and an app-based DNS resolver.
So if your device is compatible (has a Wi-Fi adapter), you can turn your computer into a virtual hotspot for your Android or iPhone devices, but unfortunately, only one device can connect to it. The hotspot feature also bundles two guides, one for connecting an Android device and the other one dedicated to iPhones.
Changing the settings
Here comes the fun part. Hide ALL IP has a lot of settings that you can configure, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of adjustable parameters. Most of them are actually toggles, so there’s no need to worry about making wrong adjustments since you can revert the modifications made quite easily.
You can set the app to change the server you’re connected to every few minutes or hours. The “Connections” tab provides you with an overview of your connections so that you can keep track of various parameters if needed. It is possible to adjust some settings to very specific situations, such as excluding IP addresses, specify apps to be hidden by Hide ALL IP and configure rules for any app on your device.
More so, you can set the app to exclude some details from its connection logs, minimize itself to tray after being launched, use a fast HTTP tunnel, change the app’s skin, enable an automatic HTTPS proxy connect method, clear Internet Explorer’s cache automatically on quit and add app exceptions so that they can run outside of the tunnel (similar to split tunneling).
List of servers
We’ve got the full list of servers that Hide ALL IP provides you with and, while it’s not an impressive amount of servers at all, at least major locations have been covered.
|United States (New York)||126.96.36.199|
|United Kingdom (BBC iplayer)||188.8.131.52|
|United Kingdom (BBC iplayer)||184.108.40.206|
|United States (Scranton)||220.127.116.11|
|United States (Scranton)||18.104.22.168|
|United States (Pinellas Park)||22.214.171.124|
|United Kingdom (BBC iplayer)||126.96.36.199|
|China (Enjoy Video/Music)||188.8.131.52|
|United Kingdom (BBC iplayer)||184.108.40.206|
|United Kingdom (BBC iplayer)||220.127.116.11|
Within the app you also have a signal bar that shows you a graphical overview of the servers’ situation. We’re guessing that the signal bar stands for each servers’ ping value, since we’ve seen it before with other services.
Fortunately, Hide ALL IP is perfectly capable of unblocking a wide variety of geo-restricted content, including but not limited to Netflix and its U.S. version, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify and HBO GO.
Notice how some of the servers have a brief description between parentheses, meaning that those specific servers have a special purpose, but those aren’t the only ones that can unblock content. So, for example, connecting to a simple U.S. server might grant you access to the U.S. version of Netflix.
However, note that this situation might shift at some point since many of these entertainment services are openly against VPN services and their customers and they’re already trying to do anything to prevent them from accessing restricted content.
TOR and torrenting support
As long as you’ll use a server that’s dedicated for P2P file-sharing activities, you should be fine, since torrenting works without a hiccup with Hide ALL IP. Just kidding, Hide ALL IP says that torrenting is alright on all of their servers by default. We’ve connected to one such server, fired up our favorite torrenting client and downloaded a file (legally) from the Internet and we’ve noticed no slowdown. Everything went a-ok.
With TOR it’s a whole different story; while it does work (meaning you can use TOR in conjunction with Hide ALL IP), you shouldn’t count on it to protect your privacy. If anything, it might only make things worse, especially if you land on a malicious TOR exit node, which is more often than not monitored, since it passes unencrypted traffic. Oh, and the speed will drop to next to zero, making your connection almost unusable.
As opposed to the app, Hide ALL IP’s customer support consists of only one option: a contact form on their website, which only asks for your name, email and the question that you have in mind. There’s no file submission option, category menu or other related options.
We’ve tried reaching them through this contact form and they’ve replied surprisingly fast (less than an hour), but their response was extremely limited and seemed very textbook-like. Actually, we’re pretty sure it was copy-pasted from the service’s specifications page.
Security check-up results
Well, we’ve seen the app, we’ve had a little “chat” with the representatives, now it’s time to run some tests of our own and see if Hide ALL IP is really all about security. We’re going to use a server in the United States and perform our tests just as we’ve described in this article.
As you can see for yourself, Hide ALL IP has kept our data intact, as no IP, Flash IP, DNS and WebRTC data leaked during our tests. We do have one comment on the matter, though. Hide ALL IP uses RSA-2048 and AES/DES encryption, which is good, but not as great as the AES-256 encryption that many other VPNs have adopted.
Speed test results
Unlike the security tests that we’ve performed, during our speed tests, we’ll keep on switching servers because we want to see if and how does location affect the speed of a server.
|Location||Internet Speed||Latency||Upload Speed||Downloaded||Uploaded|
|U.S.A.||4.7 Mbps||189 ms||1.9 s||18 Mbps||20 MB||50 MB|
|Germany||3.7 Mbps||54 ms||1.5 s||17 Mbps||10 MB||50 MB|
|Brazil||1.4 Mbps||238 ms||5.6 s||19 Mbps||2.7 MB||40 MB|
|Japan||4.6 Mbps||287 ms||1.5 s||33 Mbps||20 MB||50 MB|
|South Africa||5 Mbps||205 ms||1.5 s||26 Mbps||20 MB||60 MB|
|Australia||4.1 Mbps||296 ms||1.2 s||16 Mbps||20 MB||50 MB|
As you can see, the speed values yielded by our tests were far from being impressive, but we have to say that connecting to a server is done in a matter of milliseconds. Yes, it’s that fast. It’s a shame that Hide ALL IP makes your connection speed around 90% slower, no matter which server you’re on.
Last, but not least, we’ll present Hide ALL IP’s subscription plans prices. As we’ve already mentioned before, you can download the app and try it fully-featured on your computer before you commit to purchasing a subscription plan.
It seems that there’s only one subscription plan that comes with a one-off payment of $29 per year, which makes it $2.41 per month, a very low price, considering this service’s capabilities. However, note that this plan is only for one device and there’s no option to add multiple devices to your account, either.
There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re having second thoughts and you’re within the first 30-days timeframe, you can request a refund. Also, notice that Hide ALL IP boasts about having more than 150 servers, but we only counted 119. And yes, we extracted the server list directly from the app, since that information is not available on the website.
All things considered, Hide ALL IP is a VPN service developed by the Hong Kong-based company Network & Speed Inc. a few years ago (2014). While Hong Kong is not a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances, it’s still under the Chinese umbrella so even though there’s no data logging enforced by the government right now, things might take a turn in the future.
Hide ALL IP only has dedicated apps for Windows computers, but it also works on Android and iPhone devices through an in-app feature that lets you create secure hotspots for your mobile device. Unfortunately, only one device can be connected to this hotspot. Then again, the license only lets you connect one device to the service, so it’s an improvement.
The app provides you with a lot of features, which might be a bit overwhelming for computer novices, but the app works great altogether. One thing, though: after quitting it, you must restart your browser and also make sure that the launcher process isn’t running by checking Windows’ Task Manager, since it really slows down your connection, even after you close the app.
Torrenting works fine with Hide ALL IP, as fine as a slow-connection can, meaning that there’s no additional slowdown aside from the one that the app “provides you with” by default. TOR works with this service, but again, extremely low speeds and TOR node-associated risks make it pointless to engage in such an action. However, it’s your call.
The customer service consists of only a standard form on their website, one that lets you put your email, name, and inquiry and that’s it. While the response we’ve got from them came pretty fast, the contents of the reply had us disappointed, since it looked like a copy-paste from the feature list available on the website, so our experience with the support crew wasn’t exactly stellar.
Security tests have proven that Hide ALL IP leaks no IP, DNS, WebRTC and Flash IP data, but the speed test results were disappointing, as they’ve yielded low values, even for servers that were basically right next to our location. Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and many more websites and entertainment services can be unblocked by using this service.
Hide ALL IP offers you a one-off payment for a one-year subscription and the price is surprisingly low, considering the amount of features that the service holds.
Do we recommend Hide ALL IP? Yes, if you don’t mind that it will slow your connection down and that its logging policy is unclear.
+ Torrenting works; (5)
+ Has a bunch of unique features; (5)
+ Netflix works; (5)
+ Low price; (5)
+ No leaks detected; (5)
– Unclear logging policy (suspicious); (0)
– Very slow connection speed; (0)
– Offers only one connection per account; (0)
– Weak customer service; (0)
Hide ALL IP receives a 2.77/5 rating.