If you have been in the SEO and IM game for any length of time, you understand the importance of anonymity. When gobbling up lots of internet real estate to create backlinks from, whether it be Web 2.0 sites, forum profiles, video directories, article directories, or press release sites, if you do everything from the same IP address you run the risk of your IP being flagged and not allowing you to signup at those sites any longer. Some sites will only allow one account from the same IP.
To combat this, many people use proxies to hide their true IP address. I have been buying proxies from YourPrivateProxy.com for quite some time. They work. They’re reliable. I have no complaints other than that I tend to burn through proxies pretty quickly, and they are expensive.
In 2011, I decided to start taking a hard look at my expenses and see where I could “trim the fat”, so to speak. One thing that so many people forget who decide to try to make a buck online is that running an internet based business is no different then running any other business. The truly successful people online are those that run it as such. In other words, you need to watch the bottom line.
One option I discovered was the use of a VPN in place of proxies. If you do a little digging, you will quickly learn that Hide My Ass VPN Pro is the industry leader. If you are not familiar with VPN’s, a VPN is a Virtual Private Network. It is a secure network link to the internet. It encrypts your entire connection. In more technical terms, VPN’s use a cryptographic tunneling protocol to provide the user with confidentiality by blocking intercepts and packet sniffing. In layman’s terms, it keeps your important shit safe.
Hide My Ass (by the way, I love the name and will probably try to use it as often as possible the rest of this post) works through an easy to use desktop application. The dashboard on Hide My Ass is intuitive and easy to use, but has plenty of more advanced features for the power users.
In addition to keeping your internet connection secure from prying eyes, Hide My Ass VPN has the added benefit of allowingyou to change your IP address at anytime with the click of a few buttons. In addition to that, it allows you to rotate your IP address on a schedule. You can tell it to change every 10 minutes, every hour, or once a day. It is up to you. HMA currently boasts over 17,000 IP’s to choose from, and that number is increasing every month. For you frantic Web 2.0 builders (think SEO Link Robot, Magic Submitter, SEnuke X), it is a perfect solution.
Outside of the IM world, Hide My Ass VPN has its benefits too. For example, some sites that you may want to access are geo-targeted. Hulu for example, only allows connections from inside the United States. With HMA, no problem. Just use a VPN located in The States and Hulu cannot tell the difference.
Also, if you do a lot of work on the go and find yourself regularly making use of public WiFi networks, you REALLY need to consider picking up Hide My Ass to protect your logins, personal information, and the information of any clients you may do work for. Public WiFi spots have become a popular hangout for cyber criminals.
I have been testing out Hide My Ass for several months now and have experienced zero problems with it. One thing that people always worry about when running a VPN is it slowing down their connection. I have seen a slightly, and I emphasize slightly, slower connection on occasion, but nothing that was a real drag on what I was trying to do. If it does appear to be slow, you can just change to a different IP that is less bogged down.
I mentioned that I was looking to cut down on my costs. Well, Hide My Ass VPN has helped in that area too. Right now you can signup for $11.52/month, pay for 6 months upfront at a cost of $8.44/month, or pay for the next year at a cost of $6.58/month. Compared to the $99/month for 50 proxies I have been paying and it is a steal. I have run Sick Profile Builder, SEO Link Robot, Article Marketing Robot, Bookmarking Demon, and SEnuke X behind the VPN with no problems whatsoever. I no longer have to fiddle with the clunky interface of changing the IP address in Internet Explorer to one of my proxies for Sick or SEOLR.
Lastly, Hide My Ass offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose by clicking this link and trying out HMA VPN for 30 days to see what you think.
If you have further questions regarding HMA, you can post them here or check out the Hide My Ass FAQ.