Hotspot Shield 7.4.2

Allows users to unblock websites and browse them safely and anonymously

  • Category:

    Network security

  • Version:

    7.4.2

  • Works under:

    Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In Spanish
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.3 (9675)
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Hotspot Shield is a program that connects you to a free VPN service, securing your connection when you use public WiFi hotspots and allowing you to access some websites and online services if you're outside of the USA.

A Simple VPN Client

Compared to other programs in its category, Hotspot Shield is very easy to use, as it requires little configuration on the user's part. Once you install the program, you can choose between several languages for the user interface and can opt to have it automatically connect to the service when you're using a public WiFi network.

To use the VPN service, all you have to do is press the connect button. A confirmation will appear once the connection is established and there's a tray icon which is colored green when you're connected to the VPN and red when you're disconnected.

Browse Securely and Access US Websites From Anywhere

As a program that connects to a free VPN service, Hotspot Shield helps you protect your privacy and security, especially when you use unsecured public WiFi networks. It creates an encrypted tunnel between your PC and the Internet, preventing data from being intercepted along the way. The service also comes in with a built-in security feature that blocks access to websites known for distributing malware.

While it's a great tool to protect your privacy when you use free WiFi networks, it can also come in very handy if you're outside of the US and want to browse certain websites. Hotspot Shield gives your computer a USA-based IP address, which allows you to bypass geographic restrictions and access certain websites such as Hulu or view YouTube videos that are made to be only accessible from within the United States.

Decent Quality for a Free Service

The Hotspot Shield application and its VPN service are completely free to use with no time or bandwidth limitations. However, the service is ad-supported and the ads can get a bit annoying at times, as they may cover part of the page you're viewing in your browser. If you want to use the service without ads, you'll have to upgrade to the paid "Elite" version of the service.

Overall, the VPN service is very reliable and offers decent data transfer speeds. During times when a lot of people are using the service at the same time, it can take a little longer for the application to connect to the service, though the process rarely takes more than a minute at most. Using the Hotspot Shield application may slow down your Internet connection somewhat, but it's still fast enough to watch streaming videos without difficulty.

Pros

  • Simple to install and use.
  • Protects your privacy while using public WiFi networks.
  • Gives you an IP address from the US to bypass geographic restrictions.
  • Completely free to use with no limitations.

Cons

  • Continuously displays ads while connected to the service.
  • Can slow down your Internet connection slightly.

If you are looking to operate the programs that you love at home in the United States from anywhere in the world, then the Hotspot-Shield is a solid computer program for you. The Hotspot-Shield allows you to mask the location of your computer's IP address to access content that is normally geographically restricted. Whether you are trying to access Skype or Facebook in the Middle East and you need to get around the area's prohibitive and sophisticated firewalls, or you want to watch Hulu while you are on vacation in the heart of France, the Hotspot-Shield offers you the ability to do this.

The Hotspot-Shield also offers you an anonymous IP address that will not let outside organizations track the sites that you are visiting from your computer's locally assigned IP address. Using a virtual private network is a safe and secure way to view online content from anywhere in the world. The Hotspot-Shield is easy to install and simple to activate. To turn it on, all you need to do is click on the program and tell it that you want to start an online connection. Once you do this, it will route your machine to a VPN and assign an IP address to your machine. This will allow you to gain easy access to that content that once told you that it was unavailable to viewers in your area.

The Hotspot-Shield is a cheap and easy way to work around the restrictions that some companies and some countries want to place on your Internet freedoms. If content is available in one location, it should be available to everyone throughout the world. Anchorfree's Hotspot-Shield makes that a reality. You will enjoy using a VPN that offers an anonymous-browsing experience, and you will feel safe knowing that none of your personal information will fall into the hands of those who do not need to know your information.

Pros:

  • Unbeatable value
  • Ease of download
  • Unlimited access to sites that were previously blocked
  • Safe and secure browsing

Cons:

  • Slow and choppy download times
  • Pop-up advertisements that are tough to turn off
  • Slower computer performance

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