Hide My Ass (HMA) VPN Pro Review

by Mike on April 14, 2011 · 75 comments

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.

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Boris C. May 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

How can you conveniently run link building programs with Hide My Ass VPN Pro? You have to constantly change IP address.

I cannot subscribe to comments here, nor i can contact you by email. Please respond to me by my email.

Thanks.

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Admin May 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

You can schedule HMA VPN to rotate your proxy on any interval you want. For example, you can set it to change proxy every 30 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 hours, etc. However often you want it to change, it can do. It does take it a few seconds to reset the IP address, so I wouldn’t do it every 2 minutes or anything like that.

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Chris May 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

Hey Mike

I completely agree- HMA kicks ass. I’ve been testing using HMA on one VPS and 25 private proxies on another. HMA’s success rate has not been any lower than the private proxies. I’m paying 36 a month for 25 proxies vs 12 bucks for HMA.

HMA is the clear winner IMHO.

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Admin May 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the feedback. I’ve done some more testing and results in some cases have even been better with HMA. So I bought the 6 month subscription. Hate committing to anything for a year, or I would have just bought that.

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David June 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Hi Admin,

I have a query. I know you use SENUKEX as I read some posts by you in the SenukeX forum. My question is whether you use HMA for SenukeX and if so, how do you use it when you use the wizard?

- Do you type in the username and password you get from HMA into the Username and Password under the Proxy tab?

- Do you set HMA to change IP settings every 10 minutes when you run a wizard campaign or… ?

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Admin June 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

HMA operates completely independent from SEnuke X. I just setup HMA to run. Then in SEnuke you select the option that says something like “Do not touch IE proxy settings”.

I set it to change IP every 60 minutes.

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David June 11, 2011 at 5:21 am

Thanks for the info. I just bought you a beer buying HMA through your link. Cheers! :)

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Mark June 13, 2011 at 6:14 am

I’m confused… what is VPN vs VPS? I keep hearing that you should or can run SENUKE X in a VPS (what does this mean?) If you run it in VPS.. do you still need this VPN or are they the same thing?

Thanks!

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Admin June 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

A VPN and a VPS are two different things for two different purposes. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and is used for concealing your IP address or making use of multiple IP addresses.

A VPS is a Virtual Private Server. Think of it as a computer outside of your office or home that you can log into remotely and use from anywhere you have an internet connection. When it comes to tools like SEnuke X that you mentioned, a VPS has a few advantages. It shields your computer from viruses. It does not tie up your computer all the time, especially if you have 10-15 campaigns running at once. The VPS is also running 24/7, so you do not need to keep YOUR computer on all the time. You can set SEnuke X or whatever other tools you are using to go about their tasks and then disconnect from the VPS. The VPS keeps running whether you are connected or not.

Make sense?

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Mark June 14, 2011 at 4:40 am

Yes, thanks for your clear explanation.. I understand now! :)

But.. if you were to run any programs or SEnuke in VPS .. isn’t there some security concerns because its not on your computer? And would you still need to have VPN in the VPS?

Do you run VPS yourself? Can you recommend a VPS?

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Admin June 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

No security concerns to worry about. It is just like buying hosting from another company.

You’ll still need a VPN on a VPS. Otherwise, eventually you’re IP address will end up blocked at a lot of the sites. The VPN will let you rotate your IP address as often as you want. I have mine rotating every 60 minutes.

I have two VPS’s from here. When you get to that page, look under the VPS servers, and you will want to look at the Windows servers.

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charles terrence harper June 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Okay so are you saying I need this in addition to a captcha service and the vps. I got my vps from the same place you did.

CT

Ps…Thanks for your help on the Warrior Forum

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Admin June 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

No problem. Glad to help out.

You do not have to have a VPN, but I have found it to be cheaper than proxies. It depends on what you are using on your VPS.

For example, Article Marketing Robot I have never used proxies for. On the other hand, Sick Submitter or SEnuke X require proxies or else you will quickly see diminishing returns as your IP gets banned more and more places.

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charles terrence harper June 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

What do you think of this:

warriorforum.com/warrior-special-offers-forum/357967-must-have-senukex-users-phenomenal-new-proxy-software-will-blow-you-away-over-50-off-6.html

Does it serve the same purpose?

And what are you doing about captchas…

I am clearly green when it comes to this.

CT

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Admin June 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

That could work. Stuff like that always worries me though. How many other people are getting those same proxies and blasting the heck out of them with SEnuke X or some other tool? If a lot of people are using those same proxies, they won’t last very long.

If you are using them with SEnuke X, for example, you will need to constantly stop the software and load in your new proxies. You will probably want to test that they are live first too. Just seems like a lot of extra work to me. On the other hand, it’s only about $30, so you could give it a try and see how it works.

I have my VPN running and changing my IP automatically every 60 minutes.

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Rob June 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

When using SEnuke X and HMA, what are your success rates? When I use some of the free IP:Port Proxies I get almost 100% failures for all of the RSS, social bookmark accounts.

Let me see if I completely understand how the HMA VPN works.

1. You start up your VPN which is completely independent to SEnuke X.
2. You select a interval for HMA to refresh the IP address (ie. 30-60 minutes).
3. You set up and run your campaign on SEnuke X with the proxy settings set to “Do not touch IE proxy settings”.
4. While SEnuke X is running in the background HMA will refresh the IP address at the interval rate you set up. Are there any ill effects of the refresh process to SEnuke X running in the background?

Is that it? Does this accomplish everything that private proxies offer?

Thanks!

~Rob

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Admin June 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Rob -

Yeah you got it.

The results you are seeing from public proxies are about right. Too many people are using those. They will be banned quickly and never work for you.

My success rate is in the 70-90% range generally. Where I found the biggest jump in the success rate was the forum modules. I was only having about 30-40% success with private proxies on those. Now it is more like 75%.

The only ill effect you can see when using HMA or any other VPN is that when the software does switch your IP address, it takes it a few seconds to do so. If SEnuke X is running at the same time when then switch happens, you could have an unsuccessful submission on a site or two. However, SEnuke X tries most processes more than once (unless you have set it to do otherwise), so it shouldn’t be an issue.

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Mark June 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Exactly the information I was looking for. I’ll use your link when I purchase HMA. Thanks for sharing and clearing up the 5 million questions I had… Although I do have one more for you…

Can I use the HMA VPN with Scrapebox the same way I would with SEnukeX? Simply sign in to my account, bypass the “upload proxies” phase and start blasting? That would save a ton of time and frustration considering my recent success rates. Thanks for posting!

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Admin June 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

HMA is not the best option for Scrapebox. It could work for small jobs, but that is about it. Scrapebox is typically harvesting so much information at such a fast speed that the current IP address will be burnt out quickly. Even if you set HMA to change proxies pretty often, it takes HMA about 15 seconds to obtain that new proxy. In that time, Scrapebox has probably moved on and missed information.

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Paul July 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

The other benefit is that you can select RANDOM in North America, this gives you a different ip in a different city not just a different ip in the same city when the “refresh the IP address” kicks in.

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Jamie Hudson July 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hey man, just had a quick few questions for ya. I use senuke x daily and have 50+ campaigns running daily. I am running senuke x on a laptop along with scrapebox, article marketing robot and xrumer.

Back with senuke, I got around 80% success rates. When I started using x, I got around 70% or so. Now, I’m getting 90% failure rate on all campaigns and modules. I’m guessing it’s me using the same IP address and all of a sudden I’ve been banned everywhere.

So I’ve looked into proxies and was about to purchase some before I came across your post. I’m about to purchase this tool through your link just so you know.

What kind of success rates are you getting when you’re running 20-50 campaigns at a time?

Do you use proxies at all?

Do you think hide my ass will instantly “revive” my success rates?

Thanks a lot and love the site.

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Admin July 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I think you will see a pretty drastic increase in your sucess rate. That sounds like a problem as a result of your IP address being banned.

I have about 18 campaigns going right now and I get around a 90% success rate on account creation.

I no longer use any proxies with SEnuke X. Just HMA. Scrapebox is the only thing I use proxies for.

Honestly, I think it is like $11 for the one month subscription. I would say sign up and try it out. If it doesn’t help for you, cancel the subscription.

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Jamie Hudson July 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Thanks a lot, will purchase in a few days tops. Please leave my link, thanks. LOL

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Jamie Hudson July 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Just downloaded through your affiliate link, will let you know how it goes.

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Jamie Hudson July 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Ok, may as well post once more. The results are in and it’s freaking crazy! Success rates are at around 90% on account creation, 80% submissions, 5 things running at once. Very cool, this should make a huge difference to my overall rankings. Appreciate it!

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Admin July 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

Glad to hear it is working well for you.

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paul smith August 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I’m interested in this product, but let me tell you what I’m up against. I would like to post numerous service reviews on a website, but they only allow one review per IP address/email addresss per year. Can this product get me around this? Obviously I would need to create all new email addresses to couple with the new IP addresses, but would that be a solution? Thanks for your help!

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Admin August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’m not sure about the ethics of what you want to do, but I see no reason why HMA would not work for this.

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Rob August 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Couple of questions:

1. How many computers will HMA work on? Do I need a separate account per computer? I have at least 3, maybe up to 7, that I would need. (I run SENukeX, AMR, and Venom)

2. I have 150 clients that I do SEO work on. I believe that this would help my success rate in the programs dramatically – i’m currently using private proxies, but I on average get about 70% sign up rate and a 60% success submission rate for like a total of 40 to 50% total the number of sites attempted.

That number JUMPS to 90% and 80% when I shut the private proxy off. Note that this is private proxies…you think a VPN like HMA would help?

3. As I said, I have have 150 clients I would like to use AMR on. However, without proxy support, I haven’t been able too. Will HMA work with this amount of work? (1 article per client per month…150 account creations/submissions spread over the month)

Thanks!

Rob

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Admin August 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

1. I am not sure what the limit is. I have it running on two laptops and two VPS’s right now. When I checked HMA’s FAQ, I do not see anything listed about a limitation. You may want to contact them for that information.

2. I use Scrapebox, AMR, BMD, SEO Link Robot, and SEnuke X on a regular basis. Scrapebox and BMD are the only ones I still use proxies for. With AMR, SEnuke X, and SEO Link Robot, I saw far better success with HMA than with proxies. You can get HMA for about $11/month. Without you have a ton of different IP addresses you can use, so you don’t have to worry about burning through them. I used YourPrivateProxy before that at about $30/month for 10 proxies. If you are using them a lot, you can burn through 10 proxies in a week.

If you are on the SEnuke X forum at all, you will also find that a lot of the heavy Nukers switched to HMA and saw better success (after I started recommending it over there).

3. I can see no reason why it wouldn’t work. You could change your IP address after every 2-3 submissions and you should be just fine. Or, like I do, I have my IP change every 2 hours automatically.

Worst case, sign up for the 1 month license. It’s $11 and some change. If it doesn’t work out for you, cancel the subscription. They even offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose.

Hope that helps.

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Stephen Mcinally August 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

I only bought hide my ass pro a few day ago and I am impressed. The irony is I bought a subscription elite or level 1 proxy from a company called host folks only at the weekend and was told by some on the Internet is was the best solution for concealing your real IP address?
I will ask what is your opinion!

Steve

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Admin August 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

It depends on your reason for concealing your true IP. If you are doing it just for safety concerns, one proxy is probably fine.

If you are doing it to so that you can register multiple accounts somewhere, it will quickly be banned by that service. Your one shiny proxy is now useless.

If you are going to go the proxy route, go with YourPrivateProxy. Get at least their 10 pack. They let you rotate to 10 new proxies every month.

Either way, HMA is the cheaper option.

HMA also gives you access to hundreds of proxies all over the place. So if you want to look like you are a user in another country to get around internet restrictions that your home county may have in place, HMA is the answer.

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Tiarnan August 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for all the info – its been a real eye opener…

When I’m creating Web 2.0′s – and if all the domains I use for registration are hosted by the same company will that cause any flags with the Search Engines?

And if I’m using different IP’s as per the HMA VPN way youve outlined could I use the same domain emails for registration with different web 2.0′s like:

123@xxx. com
456@xxx. com
789@xxx. com

In other words to conceal any trail is it just a matter of IP’s or are there other factors they trace too?

Thanks

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Admin August 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

When it comes to Web 2.0′s, you are hiding your IP because the Web 2.0 properties will block your IP address if they feel you are abusing their network and creating multiple accounts. The search engines have no idea what IP address was used to create something. You don’t have to worry about anything there.

Yes, you can use multiple email addresses from the same domain. I routinely buy .info domains to use as throw aways for email addresses.

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Howard August 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hi,

You guys are definitely talking over my head but this is something I should have addressed a long time ago because I do work online full-time and I always have to play the outsource game and other time wasting tactics.

I was actually having a problem trying to access the HTML code for a banner from a new affiliate program and whenever I click on get the HTML code nothing happens but in the bottom corner of my browser I see: javascript:returnfalse; which is something I have never experienced before so I was doing some research about that and I then I got caught up with reading about Proxies and VPN thus leading me to your site.

How’s that for wasting your time? I came across this site: http:/ /www. personalvpn.biz/index.html and you can get a personal VPN for 49.99 per year so I was wondering if you have any experience with them?

I was also wondering if I used a service like that can it be turned on and off and would Google be able to figure out what you are doing and if so would that cause some problems?

I was also curious as to how it would affect your search results in Google if you are signed into your Google account?

A lot of questions for just stopping by?

Appreciate any help you could offer.
Sincerely,
Howard

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Admin August 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

I have not had any experience with the VPN service you referenced. I have used HMA and StrongVPN, and can recommend both.

A VPN can be turned on and off at will. Working behind a VPN will affect local search results. For example, if I search for “landscapers” Google will give me local results to my area based on where I am connecting to the internet from. If I am using a VPN with an IP address from another state, Google would give me appropriate landscapers in that area.

The only inconvenience I have found with using a VPN is I was locked out of my Facebook account once because once I was logging in from one location and then a few minutes later after changing the IP on my VPN I was logging in from the other coast. I just had to answer a couple of security questions and everything was fine. Just something to keep in mind.

I’m not sure about StrongVPN or the service you mentioned, but Hide My Ass does provide a 30-day money back guarantee. You could try them for a month risk free and see what you think of the service.

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Howard August 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions, I truly appreciate that!

You have a lot to offer on this site and I think it’s terrific that you are so willing to help others, I know how time consuming it can be to respond to question after question or in my case email after email.

I am definitely going to give HMA a try and I am definitely going to purchase through your link.

Thanks Again!
Sincerely,
Howard

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Admin August 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

Always glad to help.

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Question September 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Does HMA hide someones MAC address from the local ISP service?

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Admin September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

By default it does not. I’m not sure if it has a way of doing that or not. I’ve never had a need to do that. I would suggest contacting their support for an answer.

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George September 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

My question will be how this ip change will effect the various affiliate type programs such as yahoo banner ads, google adsense etc. Isn’t this software can generate tons of fake hit for those who want to abuse t system ?

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Admin September 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

Google and Yahoo are much smarter than that. I wouldn’t try it.

They have tons of data on what kind of CTR’s to expect in different niches. If they see something out of whack, they are going to take a hard close look at it and you will end up with a banned AdSense account and forfeiting any money in the account.

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Alex October 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Not sure if this was brought up but does HMA hide your info if your using an unsecured wifi connection from someone else? example; i using a public or neighbors fee connection but i don’t want them to see where i’ve been or doing etc..?

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Admin October 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

I have no idea. I have never stolen someone else’s internet connection.

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omid November 26, 2011 at 3:51 am

so let me get this straight…if I have a VPS and HMA I would not have to worry about my ISP banning me or my IP address getting banned?

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Admin November 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

That would be correct.

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Lucas December 9, 2011 at 4:13 am

Hi Mike,
Very very useful info in this post, but also i have a question. In last part of your article is specified that you use HMA also for BMD, but in one of the comments above you said that for BMD you use proxy. Why that? You use proxy all the time with BMD? The success rate is lower when you use BMD behind HMA?
Thank you!
PS anyway i will purchase through your link a 6month subscription.

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Admin December 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

I apologize. I should have been more clear about that. It depends on what you are doing with BMD at the time. If you are blasting out 500 bookmarks all at once, I would recommend proxies. However, if you are using the scheduler and you have a small run happening every hour or two, HMA would work fine to rotate the IP address on a similar schedule.

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Jennifer December 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Hi Mike,
Really great post and comments about VPN’s and Hide My Ass but had a question on your method.

If you’re using a VPN and visit a site, isn’t it possible for them to do a reverse DNS and see that it’s Hide My Ass VPN? (which I know is highly unlikely).

And if that’s the case, that’s why you use a VPS to hide DNS etc.?

Lastly, does a VPS hide your MAC address, IPv4, IPv6 etc.? (that was more than one question i know) :)

Thanks and Cheers!

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Admin December 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

A VPS has its own MAC address, IPv4, etc. Your MAC address does not fit in the equation at all when you are using a VPS.

Someone probably could do a reverse DNS to find that you are using a VPN if they really wanted to. You are over thinking it though. The main reason internet marketers use a VPN (or proxies, for that matter) is so that they can sign up for multiple accounts at the same service. For example, if you wanted to setup 8 distinct accounts and blogs at Tumblr. If you were constantly setting up accounts at Tumblr from the same IP address, you could trigger one of their spam filters and get accounts deleted. Using a VPN prevents that.

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LadyLewin December 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hi!
Okay.. this sounds great! Have a few questions.. Does your service allow the option to chose the IP address location, by city? Is your service banned by any sites? Craigslist, Backpage?

Do I need another service as well? VPS or VPN?

Thanks sooo much for clarifying!

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Admin December 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

HMA does allow you to choose an IP address by location. You cannot just use any location you want though. It has to be one of the locations they provide, which are quite a few.

You do not need a VPS with a VPN. But the two can be used together.

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Jennifer December 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Mike!

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Admin December 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

No problem. Glad to help anytime.

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Jennifer January 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hi Mike,

I bought 1 month of HMA via your link and here is my review so far.

UI is awesome and switching IP’s is a breeze. It even automatically assigned local IP’s with servers in my city. It’s fast, I barely notice any difference in speed. One thing to be aware is when you disconnect sometimes it will still keep running and you need to go into task manager and end process, no big deal at all.

But…..here’s back to my earlier point Mike. Use HMA and visit RetailMeNot coupon site. It has banned HMA’s network (dns) and can’t access the site, probably because of scrapers.

Now if I had HMA set up on a VPS this would not happen, correct?

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Mike January 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

There are a few places out there that have taken proactive methods to prevent someone from visiting their website while using a VPN. Apparently RetailMeNot is one of them. HotMail is another one I have had issues with. I believe that HotMail has only banned IP addresses it believes are part of a VPN network. I could not access their site from my VPS (running HMA). I switched IPs and got in fine. I did the same test on my home PC. Sometimes I can access it, sometimes I cannot. I tested the same thing with RetailMeNot. Same result. Try changing your IP address a few times and see if you can access it.

And to answer your question, HMA on a VPS would still have the same problem.

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Mike January 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

And I apologize it took me 3 days to answer your comment. For some reason your comment found its way into the spam list.

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mattman February 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I have had no luck with HMA. I think it is a great idea but have had troubles with there software from day one. To make it worse, you cannot get any help as they do not reply to mails and no one seems to help out on the forums. On top of never working correctly, it now has my computer so screwed up I can barely stay connected to the net without my router having to constantly re-identify me. Best to try a VPN that has customer service, because you will not get any help from these guys. Even worse I paid for a year because I thought they would be the best.

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Mike February 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have always had a quick response to customer service questions with them. That is odd. Their forum is pretty quiet most of the time, so yeah I would not expect much help there. I would recommend posting your question on their Facebook page. That is visible to everyone, so I bet they would be quick to answer any question on their to keep from looking bad.

I’ve never experienced the kind of issues you are talking about. I have it running on my home computers and 2 VPS’s. Not a single snag.

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Bucee February 17, 2012 at 3:15 am

Thanks for your informative post. I’m just thinking about giving it a try for a month for link building purposes. However, what if I’m logged into Google. Won’t it show Google that I’m doing something tricky? What do you think?

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Mike February 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

So don’t log into Google.

If you think that just using a VPN is going to make Google think that you are doing something tricky, the answer is no. Tons of people use VPN’s for reasons that have nothing to do with link building.

I would not do any link building to my own sites though while logged into Google, with or without a VPN. I do not even use Chrome when I’m doing any kind of SEO work.

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Dorothy Mayer February 20, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Mike
If I clicked onto a link in Google’s search results whilst running HMA, could Google know that the click was coming via a VPN? This has nothing to do with adsense, I hasten to add.
Thanks for all the help you are giving us all!

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Mike February 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Not necessarily, unless they have gathered a list of IP addresses used by HMA or any other VPN software.

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Simon March 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hi Mike

I have just got a vps through 123reg and installed the HMA VPN, the problem i’m having is that as soon as the VPN switches my IP address I get thrown out of my vps, and I can’t login in through my remote access. I asked HMA for help but they did not offer anything that could solve it, I have a fixed Ip address with my vps, how do you login to your vps and how do you stop been thrown out when the vpn changes your ip?

I hope you can help as this is so frustrating.

Regards

Simon

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Mike March 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Hey Simon. There is actually a really simple solution. There is a free program called Logmein Hamachi. There is also one called just Logmein. Hamachi is far easier. Install it on both the VPS and your home computer. On the VPS, setup a network through Hamachi. Then login on your home computer. You will see an IP address for this specific network. Use that with Remote Desktop Connection or whatever program you are using to connect to your VPS. Do this first, just to make sure it is working ok. Then activate HMA. When HMA switches IP’s, you may experience a few seconds that the VPS becomes unresponsive, but then it will work again. Just always use the IP address provided through Hamachi, and you will be fine. Email me if you have any trouble with it and I can try to guide you further.

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DirkPitt March 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thanks for the info about Logmein Hamachi. I already have HMA VPN running on my laptop and was thinking of getting a VPS to run it from. I was worried about how I would be able to remotely access the VPS if it was running HMA VPN. Now I know it can be done.

Many thanks,
Dirk

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Joey March 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Does anyone know if HMA keeps the same IP addresses at each server? Ex.: Manhattan location 1, Server #8. 48 IP addresses available. Do I get one of the same 48 every time I log in, or are those 48 IPs rotated out occasionally?

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JT April 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Hi,

I now have VPN HMA and all I see is this spinning thing saying it is connecting. And at the top part of the window of the program, it shows, that I am not connected. I really want to use this program for my senuke projects, but not sure if this is even working.

I am on a vps account and have about 5 campaigns running and I can’t even think about creating more campaigns for both clients and my own sites until this thing starts working for sure. I just saw this and now it said that the connection failed. Does anyone else experience this sort of thing when they first start with HMA VPN?

When I checked firefox, the ip was different but I know that SEnuke uses explorer, so i opened up explorer and it shows the same ip address, does anyone know what I could be doing wrong?

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Mike April 24, 2012 at 6:52 am

I’m not sure why you are having a problem connecting. I’ve never had that problem, and I’m using HMA on 5 different systems.

The best advice I can give you would be to go straight to the source. Visit their forum http://forum.hidemyass.com or email them at info@hidemyass.com.

If you catch them at the right hours, they also have a live chat feature on their website.

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Jonathan Elano May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

I was happy with HMA speed and huge server choice but it certainly was upsetting when for some reason the connection dropped and then my IP was left out in the clear, the whole point of using a VPN is to make 100% sure that your IP will be hidden AT ALL TIMES, not buts or ifs accepted. I also looked at VPN4ALL, they are located somewhere in the Caribbean and their privacy policy is quite good, I was about to sign up with them I clicked on the first sign up button and then on the sign up page I read a notice saying that the cheap VPN4ALL plan has a ridiculous bandwidth allowance, I think it was 5GB. So I decided not to sign up.

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Mike May 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

I have never had such a thing happen, but I will keep my eye on it. I wonder if it was something to do with your PC versus HMA.

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Mark Ackley July 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

Hide my ass is a great VPN, but you can try Hotspot Shield as well. It offers both a Free and a paid Elite version. I am using it from past few months and its good.
Hotspot Shield Works on wireless and wired connections alike and Provides Unlimited Bandwidth.

With Hotspot Shield, you can get access to all blocked websites and you can surf anonymously.

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John C August 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

Have you had any problems with HMA concerning spam? They disable my account without even sending me an email. I had to ask them why my account was disabled. They said they received a spam complain. What is that? I never email spam. NEVER. Only use it for submission. I was thinking about proxies instead but now I read your post about proxies having a lower acceptance rate.

As long as HMA close peoples account for no reason I cannot recommend HMA. I paid 1 year up front.

Your reply is appreciated.

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Mike August 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

I have been using them for around 2 years now and never had a problem like that. I see you are dealing in forex, which is one of the most spammed niches in IM. Websites are much more touchy about forex links than a lot of other things, and rightfully so. I would contact HMA for some further clarification on the nature of the spam complaint. Spam complaints are not just email based. If you are spamming junk links, a site could register a spam complaint against you for it. HMA is pretty easy to deal with. If they explain what happened, and you promise not to do it again, I would bet they reinstate your account. If not, I’m sure they would provide you with a pro-rated refund for their service. Good luck.

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Iderz Creative Agency May 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

Really help me to using proxy for link building.. thxs

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