Another cloaking service that popped up and shares a similar name is Hide My IP. I browsed over to their site and it seemed quite jumbled up. I eventually got to the page and clicked on order and instead of a smooth process my application was flagged as ‘manual review’. This was probably because I was browsing through my own VPN service but not a good start so far.
I waited and after 30 minutes I had not recieved a confirmation to my purchase so I proceeded to download the application and use it is trial mode. Don’t fall into the trap that I did, the software asked me to restart but I ignored it and then the software failed to work. I rebooted and fired the app up and it was all really easy. The software is simple to use and very self explanatory. The options are simple but there is very little to customise.
The testing I did was done using cachfly to download a 100Mb file but this failed to go through the software. Likewise when I used a bit torrent client, it was not hiding my IP. I am not sure if this is a big in the system but it is definitely a false sense of security. I tried to access speedtest.net and I was unable to get the page to load. Browsing was laggy and very un responsive. I was also unable to bypass services like Hulu.com geo-targeting. I was then informed that you can not use the service for P2P or IRC so this may be a very limited tool to say the least.
In conclusion, I was pretty unhappy with Hide My IP. If I had to make the recommendation, I would advise against using Hide My IP and rather go for something like Hide My Ass which is a true VPN service which offers full security, good speeds and much more flexibility.
If you know a service that you would like me to look into, let me know and I will happily write a review on it.