If you're looking for a VPN that focuses on anonymity and privacy whilst online, Hidden24 could be just it. Read on for our Hidden24 VPN review (to find out more about how a VPN can benefit you, visit: What is a VPN?)
Created by a group of Swedish journalists in 2005 in response to their country's snooping laws, Hidden24 tunnels your traffic to its own UK-based server farm.
Hidden24 uses the operating system's own VPN capability, so it will work on any device (Android, Mac, iPhone or Linux) that has a built-in VPN client.
It does mean that it's not as simple as downloading an app and clicking connect, but detailed, graphical setup guides are available for all common platforms, but all are as simple as clicking a few buttons and entering your credentials.
In Windows, the VPN appears above the list of wifi networks in the toolbar. Click it and the VPN configuration window appears. Click the VPN connection and click Connect. That's all there is to it.
The downside of using the operating system's own VPN is that you only have the options available to that platform. This means no kill switch to drop connections or kill applications if the VPN tunnel collapses. In testing, the service was stable and fast, however.
If you're looking to watch Netflix US shows this is not the service for you (check out our best VPN round-up for alternatives). The VPN connection is always made to the UK, though there are plans to open a US option later this year. Having said that, if you're non-UK based and want to access the BBC or similar UK-only services, this may be the low-cost VPN for you.
We had an initial problem changing our account password, and Support was very helpful indeed, though lodging a support ticket with them on a Friday afternoon is probably why the response was delayed until the following Monday.
We were also told by the company that many other VPN services can offer access points in so many countries because they simply rent cloud services, which are obviously not completely under the control of the provider.
Hidden24 has been built from the ground up to be 100% owned, operated and controlled by Hidden24. The service itself operates from 9 UK data centres, each with an operator class internet connection.
Though head office is in Sweden, which is in the group of "14-eyes" countries, Hidden24 claims that they "do not log anything". It also doesn't keep a log of its customers beyond email address and credit card number.
As well as the £4.99 1-month option, and 12-month option for £47.88/year (£3.99 per month), there's also a recurring 3-month option for £13.47. This puts it on a par with CyberGhost, but the terms and conditions state that while you can cancel at any time, there are no refunds for the remaining time for your subscription.
The only payment option for Hidden24 seems to be credit cards. No PayPal, Bitcoin or other options are listed on the website. This is bound to upset those looking for 100% anonymity.
A serious VPN solution designed for people who need to communicate anonymously. Those looking to unblock streaming services such as Netflix US need to look elsewhere.