HidemyAss or VyprVPN – whats better?

HMA VS. VYPR

HideMyAss and VyprVPN are two of the best-known products on the market for providing internet security and privacy. Both operate Virtual Private Network (VPN) services and offer customers the ability to protect their internet connection and identity, as well as the means to work around internet censorship and geographical restrictions.

So which of the two services is the best overall?

Pricing

When it comes to a direct price comparison, VyprVPN charges just $6.67 per month for its most basic package, $8.33 per month for its Pro package and $10 per month for the most advanced package, when users subscribe for a full year. However, those prices go up to $9.99, $14.99 and $19.99 respectively when billed monthly.

HideMyAss, on the other hand, has just one full package, which customers can subscribe to for different lengths of time. A one month subscription costs $11.52, a six month subscription costs $49.99 ($8.33 per month) while a one year subscription is $78.66 ($6.55 per month).

VyprVPN offers a three day free trial, while HideMyAss offers a 30 day money back guarantee. Although the basic VyprVPN package, on an annual subscription, is cheap, it lacks a firewall, only supports PPTP encryption and still comes out as more expensive than a one year subscription to HideMyAss.

Security

HideMyAss and VyprVPN each provide support for a range of different encryption protocols, including L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and OpenVPN. This ensures that internet connections are secure from malicious threats and both services also obscure the IP addresses of their customers, protecting their identity in the process.

However, VyprVPN has a major security flaw in that its physical location is in the United States, despite being registered as a Swiss corporation. This means that it is subject to US data retention laws. The company stores user logs for 30 days, does not make use of shared IP addresses and have been known to respond to DCMA requests.

HideMyAss is not immune from some of the same issues, as it is based in the United Kingdom and is subject to UK data retention legislation. Partial user logs are kept and can be handed to authorities if requested, although the service does make use of dynamic shared IPs, which gives users an element of deniability.

Conclusion

Overall, HideMyAss emerges as the better option for most users, due to the fact that it operates a better pricing strategy and utilises the best encryption methods even on its cheapest package. VyprVPN’s pricing strategy is towards the expensive end of the market, unless users commit to a full one year subscription, and the basic package has limited encryption support

Both VPN services have some issues in terms of user security, as both are required by law to keep user logs. However, VyprVPN has a stronger reputation for surrendering data to the authorities and does not make use of shared IPs, meaning users have no plausible deniability.