Comparison

SaferVPN review vs. HideMyAss review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between SaferVPN and HideMyAss is SaferVPN. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: SaferVPN has worse privacy features than HideMyAss
  • Features: SaferVPN has more features than HideMyAss
  • Speed: SaferVPN is faster than HideMyAss
  • Countries:  SaferVPN has less countries available than HideMyAss
  • Security: Same quality
  • Price: SaferVPN is cheaper than HideMyAss
  • Compatibility: SaferVPN supports more platforms than HideMyAss
  • Support: SaferVPN has more options to contact support than HideMyAss

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
IP addressYesYes
DNSYes Yes
TrafficYesNo
BandwidthYesYes
TimestampsYesYes

SaferVPN is located in United States which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is part of enemies of the internet countries while HideMyAss is located in United Kingdom which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of SaferVPN and HideMyAss such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)YesNo
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, SaferVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside HideMyAss has kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test SaferVPN was more on the average side while HideMyAss had fast speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption SaferVPN and HideMyAss use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
EncryptionAES-256256-bit
Tunneling protocolsPPTP, OpenVPN and PPTPPPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN
IP leaksYesYes
DNS leaksYesYes

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. SaferVPN uses AES-256 and PPTP, OpenVPN and PPTP protocol and HideMyAss uses 256-bit and es AES-256 and PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and SaferVPN had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while HideMyAss had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether SaferVPN or HideMyAss is cheaper.

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
Price$2.50$4.99
Trial versionYesYes

6. Compatibility

SaferVPN supports 5 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use HideMyAss on 5 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
LinuxYes
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with SaferVPN or HideMyAss you can reach out to their support via:

NameSaferVPNHideMyAss
LivechatYesNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

SaferVPN ranked in our list on 58. position while HideMyAss. is on 63 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.