Expat Shield

Expat Shield

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.25
  • Total Downloads:
    669,311
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 03, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,360
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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

    2.7

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 89 votes

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

"Absolute rubbish."

October 03, 2014  |  By Valdis Vilks

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

NONE. Waste of time.

Cons

1 Day trial for free.

Summary

Typical SW trap. OS registry polluted as a result of installation.
Editor's Choice???

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1 stars

"Was a great product, now it's not"

September 20, 2013  |  By leeds46

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Good secure VPN

Cons

It's no longer free if you want to access sites like BBC iplayer, a paywall appears and you need to pay $4.99 a month for hotspotshield elite. And hotspotshield elite is always "on" even when you don't want it to be,so things that don't work through a VPN, like torrents and satellite TV remote viewing, don't work. I had to uninstall elite to restore my sanity.

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2 stars

"Stop working for free. Went to pay wall to pay $4.99"

September 13, 2013  |  By lnvharris

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Worked great for years. Until now. They want you to pay to go to the UK BBC I-player page.

Cons

Now it comes up saying you need to pay $4.99 or buy it for a year.

Summary

I need to find another download that will let you watch UK programs.

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2 stars

"Was great... past tense"

September 13, 2013  |  By PaulBinCT

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Worked well in the past... apparently no longer

Cons

Used it at least a few times a week to access BBC iPlayer, which I gather was a big piece of their market. But today I get redirected to a paywall where they insist I buy an "Elite" version. Really a shame, I was happy to accept the ads for a good free product.

RIP

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4 stars

"Can watch UK on demand TV"

September 02, 2013  |  By pnjnewell

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

I can watch UK on demand TV

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

Does what I want it to do

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2 stars

"Incompatible with Windows 8"

August 09, 2013  |  By agogohome

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Worked well with Windows 7, but it will not install on Windows 8 machines

Cons

Good speed - sometimes, but not always.
Messy to disconnect - just closing the browser is not enough.
Amateurish appearance and interface, which needs improving

Summary

Good software, spoilt because it hasn't been updated to run on Windows 8

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2 stars

"Good Speed but the Embedded Ads is Annoying"

June 04, 2013  |  By szsjq

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Good Speed. Not sure how that software achieved it but the upload speed tested on speedtest.net seems to be faster than the upper limit of my internet.

Cons

The Embedded Ads is very Annoying.

Summary

Went with OpenVPN and Vpnbook eventually due to the Annoying ads.

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1 stars

"seriously awful"

June 02, 2013  |  By thebig1_2013

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

allows access to iplayer sometimes

Cons

plagues you with adverts and other spam
hijacks your browser
introduces popups
unusable as intended

Summary

not worth the trouble and difficult to remove

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5 stars

"For FREE allows me to stream uk tv abroad"

April 11, 2013  |  By jim_m123

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Free
Allows me to stream uk television whilst abroad
Gives the same picture and audio as a paid for VPN

Cons

there's ads. a banner ad at the top of the current page and everyonce in a while a new full page ad pops up. it's free though so i can deal with it

Summary

Excellent product. yes there's ADS, which are annoying, but it's a free product so there has to be some cost.
i recommend this product. fully deserving of 4.5 stars as it does what it says it does and....ITS FREE!!!

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3 stars

"Used to be great, until I upgraded to Windows 8..."

April 03, 2013  |  By 16bitmick

 |  Version: Expat Shield 2.25

Pros

Lets you watch BBC iPlayer
Free
Does what it says it does.

Cons

Ads
OMG, ADS
It will not go away until you make it (still worth it)
Not compatible with Windows 8 :(

Summary

I am super bummed that I can't use this anymore with Windows 8. I guess I will just have to find another proxy server that gives me a UK IP... You guys dropped the ball and lost someone. Windows 8 isn't BRAND NEW. You have had time.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.25
Version 2.25 includes multiple bug fixes and various enhancements.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date August 02, 2012
Date Added August 03, 2012
Version 2.25
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.67MB
File Name HSS-2.25-install-anchorfree-232-expatshield.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 669,311
Downloads Last Week 1,360
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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