HideMyAss VPN


Diterjemahkan dari bahasa InggrisHideMyAss! adalah penyedia jaringan pribadi virtual yang didirikan pada 2005 di Inggris Raya. Ini telah menjadi anak perusahaan dari perusahaan cybersecurity Ceko Avast sejak 2016.


HideMyAss! (HMA!) is a virtual private network (VPN) provider founded in 2005 in the United Kingdom. It has been a subsidiary of the Czech cybersecurity company Avast since 2016.

HideMyAss! was created in 2005 in Norfolk, England by Jack Cator.[1][2] At the time, Cator was sixteen years-old.[3] He created HMA! in order to circumvent restrictions his school had on accessing games or music from their network.[3] According to Cator, the first HideMyAss! service was created in just a few hours using open-source code.[3][2] The first product was a free website where users typed in a URL and it delivered the website in the user’s browser.[4]


Cator promoted the tool in online forums[3] and it was featured on the front page of Digg.[2][5] After attracting more than one thousand users, Cator incorporated ads.[2] HMA! did not take any venture capital funding.[3][2] It generated about $1,000 – $2,000 per month while the founder went to college to pursue a degree in computer science.[2] In 2009, Cator dropped out of college to focus on HMA! and added a paid VPN service.[3][2][1] Most early HMA! employees were freelancers found on oDesk.com.[2] In 2012, one of the freelancers set-up a competing business.[3] HMA! responded by hiring its contractors as full-time employees and establishing physical offices in London.[3][5]

In 2012, the United Kingdom‘s government sent HideMyAss! a court order demanding it provide information about Cody Andrew Kretsinger’s use of HMA!’s service to hack Sony as a member of the LulzSec hacking group.[4][6][7] HMA! provided the information to authorities.[6] HMA! said it was a violation of the company’s terms of use to use its software for illegal activities.[8]

In 2013, HMA! added software to anonymize internet traffic from mobile devices was first added in 2013.[9] In 2014, the company introduced HideMyPhone! service, which allowed mobile phone users to make their calls appear to come from a different location.[5]

By 2014, the service had 10 million users and 215,000 paying subscribers of its VPN service.[5] It made £11 million in revenue that year.[2] HMA! had 100 staff and established international offices in Belgrade and Kiev.[5][3]

By 2015, HMA! became one of the largest VPN providers.[10][3] In May 2015, it was acquired by AVG Technologies for $40 million,[11] and became part of Avast after its 2016 acquisition of AVG Technologies.[12]

In 2017, a security vulnerability was discovered that allowed hackers with access to a user’s laptop to obtain elevated privileges on the device.


HideMyAss! provides digital software and services intended to help users remain anonymous online and encrypt their online traffic.[14] Its software is used to access websites that may be blocked in the user’s country, to anonymize information that could otherwise be used by hackers, and to do something unscrupulous without being identified.[3] HMA!’s privacy policy and terms of use prohibit using it for illegal activity.[15]

HMA! hides the user’s IP address and other identifying information by routing the user’s internet traffic through a remote server.[14][16] However, experts note that the company does log some connection data including the originating IP address, the duration of each VPN session, and the amount of bandwidth used.[10][17][18]

As of May 2018, the company had 830 servers in 280 locations across the globe and provided over 3000 IP addresses.

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