VPN – TorrentFreak Criticisms of HideMyAss VPN
One VPN service takes its response one step further, as it explicitly uses Snowden’s name for PR purposes. As can be seen below, the popular VPN HideMyAss lists a screenshot of an account with the username ESnowden in the App Store.
Two years ago HideMyAss made headlines all over the Internet when it became known that they were ordered to share the personal details of one of its users with the authorities. The user in question, the now-jailed LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger, was exposed by the VPN which he assumed would keep him safe.
This revelation got a discussion going about the logging policies of various providers, and it was the reason for us to provide an overview of VPN services that store no, or minimal logs.
HideMyAss certainly didn’t make it into this list. The company records the following identifiable information of its users according to its logging policy, which is then stored for a period of two to three months:
· a time stamp when you connect and disconnect to our VPN service;
· the amount data transmitted (upload and download) during your session;
· the IP address used by you to connect to our VPN; and
· the IP address of the individual VPN server used by you.
In other words, in terms of IP-logging HideMyAss doesn’t really offer more privacy than the average Internet provider.
While this is totally fine, since the company is transparent about its policies, using Edward Snowden’s name for their PR is a bit ironic. After all, if the authorities wanted to they could easily obtain Snowden’s IP-address from HideMyAss.
Perhaps this type of PR should serve as a reminder that not all VPNs are as anonymous as they appear to be.