What can you do with HotSpot Shield?
To secure your internet connection, Hotspot Shield creates a Virtual Private Network (a secure connection, usually abbreviated to VPN) between your computer and the Hotspot Shield developer's website, Anchorfree, based in the USA. This connection makes websites think that you are based in the US.
The major reason why users are flocking to Hotspot Shield is because it allows you to view US websites that are usually restricted to people who don't live there. This is particularly useful for video sites such as Hulu or region-restricted restricted videos on YouTube.
Hotspot Shield now includes malware protection meaning that while using it, you shouldn't get infected by anything that may damage your system.
Is it easy to use?
Everything is done in an extra tab open in your browser, so there's no need to configure anything. A green and red shield in your system tray indicates when Hotspot Shield is or is not connected. The VPN is encrypted with 128 bit SSL encryption so you can surf safely without worrying about others intercepting your data.
Hotspot Shield generally works very well. It is ad-supported, however, and be warned that it tries to install a toolbar, although you can opt out of this. If you've got Expat Shield installed, you'll also need to remove it before installing Hotspot Shield. Bear in mind that surfing with Hotspot Shield is noticeably slower than normal, but it's fine for streaming video from video sites such as Hulu.
If you'd like an app that allows you to access other types of blocked and banned sites, check out the rest of our VPNs and access apps here.
Hotspot Shield is easy to install and a useful way of accessing sites and protecting your privacy.
- Pros +
- Secure connection
- Unrestricted US sites
- Easy installation
- Good streaming
- Unlimited data transfer
- Cons -
- Intrusive advertising
- Slow surfing
- English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese Simp, Russian
- File size:
- 8.6 MB
- March 5, 2014
- Anchorfree, Inc. | More programs (6)
- Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Network security > VPNs
User rating: 919 User reviews
Hot Spot Shield was installed as part of a Filezilla download I made. I now get annoying flashing adverts from Hot Spot Shield at the top of my browser. I find this an incredibly low minded attempt at sales and marketing and could never recommend this product on this basis. It can't uninstall the software.
I used to use Hotspot Shield elite, but not anymore ... Hotspot leaks your IP on Secure websites (httpS) without you knowing it without a warning whatsoever. Apparently it provides nothing but a false sense of security and privacy. Anchorfree the makers of Hotspot Shield is not a security company, but actually it's an advertising company. You can go to httpS://www.whatismyip.com or https://www.dnsleaktest.com/ and see for yourself that your real IP is shown not cloaked... This company must be sued for false advertising ... There are better VPN services out there, and I'm using one that truly works as advertised (plus they offer proxy servers too)