Hotspot Shield

Safely access blocked and restricted sites

Hotspot Shield is a free program that allows you to secure your connection while surfing WiFi hotspots and to access sites not normally available outside of the USA, like Hulu and Pandora. View full description

PROS

  • Secure connection
  • Unrestricted US sites
  • Easy installation
  • Good streaming
  • Unlimited data transfer

CONS

  • Intrusive advertising
  • Slow surfing

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Hotspot Shield is a free program that allows you to secure your connection while surfing WiFi hotspots and to access sites not normally available outside of the USA, like Hulu and Pandora.

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.

Conclusion

Hotspot Shield is easy to install and a useful way of accessing sites and protecting your privacy.

— User reviews — about Hotspot Shield

  • "dissapointed "

    this is far from what I was expecting, I dnt know whether the problem is my Pc coz I am using windows 7 but this is not ... More.

    reviewed on June 3, 2016

  • dashakol

    by dashakol

    "Takes so much long to quit"

    Takes so much long to quit When I want to quit a program I want to quit, simple as that. What's the deal with all these ... More.

    reviewed on May 12, 2016

  • "Lovely stuff!"

    Good. Works well and still allows normal connections on your home network. Some VPNS have the efeect of making the compu... More.

    reviewed on February 9, 2016

  • denizsarisoy

    by denizsarisoy

    "not free"

    need premium not free ... bad program.................................................................... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2016

  • "it is good to use and i like it because it works very very perfectly"

    it good to use i like it because it works very very perfectly. More.

    reviewed on November 4, 2015

  • rob22234

    by rob22234

    "Junky problematic software with poor customer service"

    It's junk. If you harass the "customer no service people"; they grudgingly respond and claim to have solved th... More.

    reviewed on May 1, 2015