Expat Shield

Expat Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 89 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.06
  • Total Downloads:
    660,960
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,446
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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The freewheeling early days of the Internet are over, and it's no longer possible to rely on passive security measures. Today you need to take active steps to protect your identity, privacy, and personal security from an ever-changing array of threats. AnchorFree's ExpatShield protects your identity and personal data such as addresses and credit card numbers, lets you browse safely and anonymously, and even allows access to some of your favorite U.K. Web sites like BBC iPlayer. It shields you by establishing a proxy connection and assigning your PC a temporary U.K.-based IP address. ExpatShield is ad-supported freeware, which is standard for Web-based tools these days.

ExpatShield's installer automatically sets up your proxy IP address, displaying your connection status in a browser page and a system tray icon as well as an ad banner that opens with each new page. Clicking the icon opened a menu that offered a Disconnect/Off button, language options, and other basic entries, including a Properties sheet displaying connection details. Except for the ad banner and the ever-so-slight lag, using ExpatShield is just like browsing normally. Our favorite sites loaded quickly, but with a slight yet perceptible lag, especially when we accessed locally hosted news media. However, it's nowhere near slow enough to outweigh ExpatShield's much greater privacy and security. Each site loaded with a prominent connection status/ad link toolbar that we could close. With plenty of online IP locators and identifiers available, we quickly verified that our PC displayed an anonymous U.K.-based IP address instead of our actual (and static) IP address.

Proxy connections used to be difficult and slow, but ExpatShield addresses both of those issues. The ad bar is a minor distraction, considering it keeps ExpatShield free. One ad linked to BBC iPlayer, which is currently limited to U.K. IP addresses. The BBC is developing an international version to allow viewers everywhere to enjoy the finest television content in the world (radio is already available). But ExpatShield's proxy IP address enabled us to watch BBC series like "Doctor Who" and "Eastenders," U.K. and continental sports, and all the Beeb's channels, including the best HD quality we've yet seen.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 18 votes

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    • 3 star 1
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    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

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    out of 89 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 17
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 29
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4 stars

"Does what it claims to efficiently and without fuss."

July 21, 2012  |  By Erikkko

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

- Useful also for downloading files from file-sharing sites that use your IP address to cap your usage.
- Usually uses a different IP address when you reconnect to the service.
- No technical glitches experienced with my set-up (Google Chrome with WIN XP 32, SP2).
- Straightforward installation.
- Simple interface and operation.
- Ads can be strangled at birth with a program like Ad Muncher.

Cons

- Can be somewhat slow to set up a connection (up to circa 30 seconds), and to reestablish your normal connection when you quit.
- Sometimes low bandwidth leads to slow downloading of pages; probably not the best way for online gamers to be connected.
- Over-zealous simultaneous surfing can cause ongoing file downloads to time out and fail when you are connected via Expat Shield. (At such times it may be advisable not to run an email program or any other application that is liable to compete for bandwidth.)

Summary

Overall, I found this to be a reliable and easy-to-use program with no significant minus points.

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2 stars

"I have questions about its security."

June 21, 2012  |  By frank595

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

Occasionally worked for watching UK tv.

Cons

I suspect that installing and using this program caused my email to send spam/spoofed messages to contacts and others, however I can't prove this. So, if I was right it would be ironic that this program supposedly allowing you to be more private online caused my email to be spoofed. I uninstalled this program.

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5 stars

"Does what it says, and well"

June 18, 2012  |  By 0blom0v

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

-Allows streaming of BBC Iplayer (and live TV), as well as 4OD and other UK broadcasters.
-Simple setup
-With my cable internet, streams well enough for SDTV
-Image quality as good or better than regular TV
-Overall bandwidth nearly unaffected.

Cons

-Inserts ads at top of browser (fine, since it's free)
- Some issues with bandwidth on HD streams. Still tweaking so I'm not sure if it's permanently an issue.
-Slightly dubious feeling on my part (probably unwarranted) for installing VPN from a third party.

Summary

Tried some free VPN solutions but was a massive headache, so I installed ExpatShield. Small download, easy intall, small memory footprint. Allows me to watch all UK broadcasters I tried, including BBC, BBC Iplayer, and 4OD.

Inserts ads at the top of browser, but I watch full-screen the ads disappear and are no problem. Don't begrudge them ads since it's a free service.

Nifty solution, so far (after 4 days usage). Thanks, Expatshield!

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4 stars

"Does what it says."

April 24, 2012  |  By callenjr

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

Using Chrome and ad-block I can keep up with all my shows without a problem. Anyone having issues should try using a browser other than IE.

Cons

Does slow your connection down. However, this latest version is much better and only slows it down 10-15%. Just fine for watching Sky in HD.

Summary

Get it.

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1 stars

"Rubbish!! Too slow to watch live rugby."

March 17, 2012  |  By clmiant

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

Could listen to radio

Cons

Cons! Exactly!! Wasted my money

Summary

Upgraded from free to paid version because promised increased speeds - no change. Changed to Easy-Hide-Ip - IT WORKS!!! My connection speed is fine for watching normally but cannot access BBB hence the need for a VPN but this software slows my connection speed down so much that I could only listen to the radio commentary - until I installed a different VPN software recommended by CNET which worked just great.

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5 stars

"Expat Shield does as it says."

February 09, 2012  |  By LJHTIGER

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

You are able to watch show outside of the UK!

Cons

Watch out for the tool bar. I am not positive but I got this annoying advertising bar (like 5 lines tall at the top of each page) and my system would not let me use ebay properly at the same time. Could be a fluke. After uninstalling the tool bar all is fine.

Summary

Recommend Expat Shield. Know what you are agreeing to download additionally.

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4 stars

"Works great with Mozilla Firefox & AddOn Ad Block Plus"

December 29, 2011  |  By ImaMadridista

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

-complete identity protection
-view television programs in UK, YouTube ect.
-no hassle, just press icon to connect/disconnect
-the key to making the program work great is to use Mozilla Firefox with the AddOn- Ad Block Plus

Cons

-some webpages won't let you connect
-does not work well with Internet Explorer, constant pop up warnings (use Mozilla Firefox to avoid this)
-free version comes with ads (use Firefox AddOn- Ad Block Plus...with it, I have NO ads when using the program)
-I had a problem with the program, it locked up on me and wouldn't work anymore. I uninstalled and discovered I was using an older version. I reinstalled using the link here on CNET which is up to date.

Summary

If you're looking for free Identity Protection, with the bonus of being able to view programs in the UK, this program works very well with the addition of two other programs to make it run smoothly. Give it a try.

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3 stars

"Works but be aware of pop-under adverts when in use"

December 23, 2011  |  By RTFM2011

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

It works for Iplayer
It is quick
It does show a uk (London) I.P

Cons

Pop up adds were fine until it popped up a porno one (live sex chat cam) at night!!!
Does not work with 4OD
Cannot be installed with Hotspot shield
Redirects some searches.

Summary

This is dubious software if you want to use it I would recommend using it within a virtual machine (works fine this way as does hotspot sield for the us vpn).
I wouldn't use it for anything like internet banking as it all goes through their servers.
Saying that, it's not spyware and can be easily removed.

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4 stars

"Works well, little drop in bandwidth. Annoying adverts"

December 22, 2011  |  By johnm40

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

Works well with little or no loss of download speed.

Cons

Constant addition of advertising is very annoying, but as this is a free program it is usable!

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1 stars

"What BS this was"

December 10, 2011  |  By poulstaun

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.06

Pros

It changed the IP----BUT BUT

Cons

It would not change back to my "normal" IP....
Had to reset through Firewall and use old settings.

Summary

I hate it when they do like this dos

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.06
Version 2.06 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date June 01, 2010
Date Added September 23, 2011
Version 2.06
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.67MB
File Name HSS-2.25-install-anchorfree-232-expatshield.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 660,960
Downloads Last Week 1,446
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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