Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac

Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.85
File Size:
1.66MB
Date Added:
February 26, 2013
Price:
Free to try; to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
365,524
Downloads Last Week:
1,085
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac secures your Wi-Fi connection, protects you against identity theft, and gives you the ability to access blocked Web sites-- proving to be a valuable security tool. It doesn't protect your mobile device, though, unless you buy a separate subscription.

Pros

Intuitive UI: All of Hotspot Shield Elite's functions can be accessed through an icon on your Menu Bar. The shield-like icon is green when active and red when inactive.

Warnings or alerts: This application makes use of AnchorFree's regularly updated database of Web site information to provide alerts when you are accessing malicious or unsafe URLs. Also, the application raises an alert when you try to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot. What's more, you can set it to automatically activate every time you connect to hotspots.

Flexible VPN subscription pricing: While a monthly VPN service subscription is $4.99, an annual subscription is just $29.99. If you don't mind seeing video ads, you can stick to the free version. The good thing is that to go to the free VPN service from your elite subscription you don't have to uninstall and install another version of the application -- you are automatically downgraded to the free version once you sign out.

Cons

Designed to make you pay for the product: Once installed, this application bars your browser from connecting to the Internet until you register it. This setup feels like you're being forced to buy it.

Separate VPN subscription for Mac OS and iOS devices: One Hotspot Shield Elite account provides protection for up to five devices, but this refers to five similar platforms. Your iOS devices cannot make use of your Mac VPN subscription. Similarly, you will need another subscription for your Windows and Android devices.

Bottom Line

Hotspot Shield Elite looks like a useful tool for those who want privacy protection while connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots. This application delivers what it promises and, if the ads or aggressive registration process don't turn you off, you should give it a try.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac 2.85.

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  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Great vpn for the paranoid"

    September 20, 2013   |   By flylikeaskyler

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    Like any other VPN, Hotspot Shield hides your real IP address. So why do I give it 5 stars? Well, it's cheaper than other VPNs plus it has the ability to change IP addresses from a different country.

    Cons

    It works, so I have nothing to complain about.

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  • 5 stars

    "Seems excellent"

    August 01, 2013   |   By annalira2000

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    simple to use, affordable, can choose between US and UK (love using it to watch my fave show, Downtown Abbey), protects computer from malware

    Cons

    although one subscription can be used on 5 devices, I have to buy a separate subscription for Android phones

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Great!!!"

    July 23, 2013   |   By MikeAndreso

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    I really like Hotspot Shield Elite because I can use it in public wifi to access blocked websites that is already blocked on that wifi network. The price is not too shabby and Elite can be used on multiple computers or smartphones.

    Cons

    Nothing really.

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  • 5 stars

    "I love this software!"

    July 22, 2013   |   By Jewels_Dalibor

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    I've been a Hotspot Shield user for about a year already. The benefits of Hotspot Shield Elite is that I can use it on both Macbook and my iPhone under one account. I work remotely from my job, so I usually spend my time working at my local Starbucks. I've been hearing so much on how public wifi is "unsafe". It's better to be safe than sorry, and I've dealt with my bank account being hacked before. It's a pain in the ass. With Hotspot Shield, my computer is protected and secure from ever being hacked again.

    Cons

    I haven't run into any problems for the past year I've been using it. I think the software is improving as time goes by, if there is a problem, it's likely to be fixed in the next update.

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  • 5 stars

    "6 star security app!!"

    July 03, 2013   |   By MissMilena

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    1. one subscription is good for 5 computers or iPhones, so you pretty much get your money's worth
    2. choose usa, united kingdom or australia ip addresses. i mainly use uk IP though

    Cons

    you have to buy a seperate subscription for android, which is unfair. it doesn't bother me because i have an iPhone, but it just sucks for my husband because he has an android.

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  • 5 stars

    "Elite has better features than Free version"

    June 19, 2013   |   By Patty_VanQueen

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    Elite has extra features that regular free version does not have:
    -IP selection
    -More malware protection (I guess it detects other forms of malware while the free version is limited)
    -No ads
    -Dedicated "Elite" Network? (I think this means it connects to different servers than the free version, which means it's faster)

    Cons

    They should have that IP selection feature for the free version too.

    Summary

    In my opinion, Elite is worth it if you want to use different IP addresses (that was my main purpose). They let you select IP locations in USA, UK or Australia. Other than that, I don't mind using the free version even if it has ads. I recommend both Elite and Free to everyone!

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  • 5 stars

    "Bang for your buck!"

    June 19, 2013   |   By teeebeemac

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    Has better features that the regular version doesn't have like having the ability to choose between IP locations and no advertisements

    Cons

    Takes a while to connect to different servers

    Summary

    Overall a really good VPN. I tried other VPNs, but this Hotspot Shield Elite is affordable for my price range.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good VPN!!"

    June 07, 2013   |   By musclemilkman27

    Version: Hotspot Shield Elite 2.85

    Pros

    works well to me! good for the online privacy paranoids like me. plus no annoying ads since this i bought the Elite version

    Cons

    Haven't encountered any issues yet so far.

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