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hide.me Releases Windows App 2.0

October 11, 2018

Governed by its policy of providing Windows users with a quick and painless setup process, hide.me announced version 2.0 of its Windows app, which brings a wide variety of new features, including stealth mode, split tunneling, and an advanced killswitch that operates in the kernel. 

Let’s take a closer look at these brand-new features implemented in the latest version of the app.

hide.me Windows App 2.0

Split Tunneling

Splits tunneling is a very useful tool that allows you to control which applications use (or don’t use) your VPN. It literally gives you the best of both worlds, which makes your VPN experience a lot more convenient. 

The settings menu features a convenient blacklist/whitelist that allows you to define which apps should use your VPN and which shouldn’t. 

IKEv2 Stealth Mode

IKEv2 is one of the most secure connection protocols currently available on the market, but many ISPs throttle or block it completely. With the new stealth mode, hide.me introduced some modifications to how Windows configures this protocol so that you can maintain the same level of security without worrying about your ISP throttling or blocking your connection. 

Killswitch In The Kernel

In the past, hide.me’s killswitch worked in the “User Mode,” an OS layer in which applications are executed and communicate with deeper layers of the OS, like the kernel, for example. This opens up a lot of possibilities for conflicts, so the killswitch may not work as reliably. In order to rectify this, the new version of the hide.me app moved the killswitch to the kernel itself, which is the lowest possible level of the OS. 

In short, this means that no other app can get in the way of your killswitch, so you won’t have to worry whether or not it’ll work when it really matters. 

Compatibility

hide.me Windows App 2.0 is available for downloading from the official website or you can use the built-in update feature if you already have it installed. It supports Windows 7, 8, and 10.