VPN %u2013 Secure Private Virtual Network Service %u2013 Hide My Ass!. The unfortunately named Hide My Ass (hereinafter HMA) is my favorite VPN service. For around $7 a month, you can create a VPN anywhere you are, and use public WiFi or other unsecure networks while remaining secure and anonymous. Yes, I know. The name is unfortunate. However, would you rather have a hacker steal your passwords and personal information? I didn't think so. The thing I like about HMA is that it has access numbers just about everywhere; and, once installed, it is point and click simple to use. If you are dealing with confidential client information, and you only have access to an open network, a VPN or similar security system is mandatory. I normally access the net on my encrypted private networks at home or at the office, and I carry a MiFi from Verizon when I travel. But, when you need absolute anonymity and security from prying eyes, it is really handy.