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How to bypass Internet spies and censors

Moshin Khan, Hide.me

23-September-2015 Surf where you want with anonymity.

When Edward Snowden proved the truth of what privacy advocates and information security professionals  had long suspected, many thought that privacy was, like the Sun exec had claimed, dead.

While Moore’s Law may have made it impossible for you to live a prosperous life anonymously, entrepreneurs at Hide.me have made possible surfing the web anonymously. In doing so they’ve answered the two biggest issues of Interweb privacy – no visible reduction in connection speed, and price. They’ve even included a free version.

“One objective was to ensure Internet users bypass censorships and avoid spying,” said Moshin Khan, CEO of Hide.me. “We came up with a free VPN with a 2GB transfer limit, renewed every month, free of costs. It’s enough for users to use credit cards online and access financial websites. And it’s more than sufficient for mobile.”

Currently the firm serves 3.2 million users, including 2.2 million free users, and is adding about 80,000 per month. Recurring subscriptions comprise about 65% of users.

To serve educational content, help NASA and other organizations and improve its profile, Hide.me went for an independent audit of its infrastructure. Growth increased dramatically after Defense Code founder Leon Juranic granted certification.

“We’re not obliged to retain any user data,” Khan said. “In case any agency comes to us, we have nothing to relinquish. And we’ve added features to enhance Windows security nobody else has, based on user feedback.”

As soon as the app is running it deletes the default gateway. Your local network becomes inaccessible. So there’s no way someone can get at you. This occurs automatically; users don’t have to do anything. 

The app also blocks all outgoing IP connections, which is another measure intended to prevent IP leaks. 

All DNS requests are routed through our VPN, to remove the chance of a DNS leak.

The fast connection speed comes from a wide range of protocols, which make it easier for users in terms of improving speed.

For example on the mobile app you can use any protocol if you set it up manually. Automatic setup on iOS and Windows IPV1.

Another feature is called fallback protocol. If you connect with IPv2 and it fails, the VPN app will automatically fallback to another of several available protocols. Again, users will not notice.

All outgoing connections are disconnected if the VPN connection drops. Users can turn this kill switch feature on and off according to their preference.

In most disconnection cases, users don’t realize their VPN connections have stopped working. Criminals and surveillance agencies are always prowling for unprotected moments, and the opportunities to get into a system and compromise its security.

Once the VPN reconnects, it automatically reconnects other connections.

“We had to compete with VPN providers who are 8-10 years old and the perceptions they had created,” Khan said. “It was easier to compete in the market, because existing perceptions are far from reality. We’re much closer to reality.”

Servers are another secret to the back end.

The moment you connect you’re given a list of remote servers. The app connects to the fastest possible server, based on proximity and server load. So a user doesn’t have to choose.

If you want to manually connect to a server however, you can. See server loading in real time at the website.

“Other VPNs providers use 112 server locations; we have only 28 locations, with 118 servers,” said Khan. “We use dedicated physical servers, not VMs. Our VPN is flawless and fast.”