Hotspot Shield VPN is a free iOS app with a single aim: to protect your online presence. Even novice users will be pleased to navigate through the simple interface the app ships with, but in order to understand all the key aspects of the app, they will be tempted to access the help section, which offers a brief introduction on how the app works and what it provides.
However, security comes at a price, even though it shouldn't: during our testing, we got several error reports, which surely suggests the app needs some polishing work. Secondly, while we are amazed by the idea of being safe, we were kind of sad to find that the app is centered on purchasing monthly or annual subscriptions.
Meanwhile, first-time users can enjoy seven days of free protection and data compression provided by Hostpot Shield, which turned out to be very useful. Additional installation is required to get the Shield erected: as soon as you launch the app it will guide you to its Web site to download the profile you'll install on your iPhone, depending on whether you'd like to have the protection shield always on (recommended for novice users) or manually activated (for advanced users). But as soon as you have that profile installed, you'll notice the difference in Web page loading times. We liked the fact that Hotspot Shield cut down average loading times by more than 30 percent -- when it worked! (Sometimes we got an error message saying the iPhone wasn't connected to the Internet.)
Overall, Hotspot Shield VPN is a nice app that does a pretty decent job of protecting your privacy by compressing and encrypting Internet traffic to keep spies off your smartphone. However, as the aforementioned errors show, there is room for improvement, because you get exactly the same performance, even if you choose a subscription plan.
World's most popular VPN with over 200 million downloads. #1 Security app on iOS. Try it for FREE!* Unblock blocked websites; unblock Facebook, unblock YouTube or others such as Netflix and Hulu where it is blocked* Give unrestricted access to mobile VOIP services and messaging apps such as Skype and Viber* Secure your WiFi connection with HTTPS encryption * Prevent hackers from stealing your private information* Browse the web privately & anonymously* Compatible with iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch with iOS 4.3 or later* To uninstall, uninstall the app and go to iOS Setting > General > Profile and remove Hotspot Shield Profile.Recommended by CNET, PC WORLD, CNN and PC Magazine.5 stars- "Control your Privacy and Security - I've now tried them all (VPNs) as I travel 200k miles each year. This is the only VPN that works consistently, especially in MENA and APAC. This is the only one with REAL support. This is the only one with malware protection. This is the only one with data compression, (saving me big money on data roaming). If you want privacy, security (& Pandora when you are outside the US), and data savings, then look no further. JMHO" Cster 5 stars- "Love it!!! - Thank you, creators of Hotspot Shield!!!! Now I can access US content abroad!!!!! Love it!!!!!" - XuxubeeHotspot Shield VPN mobile for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is free to download, and now you have an easy access to all of our great features through two auto-renewing subscription options:* Monthly: as low as $4.99* Yearly: as low as $29.99 (Best deal: 50% off!)Subscriptions will automatically renew until canceled and will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Manage your subscriptions at Settings -> Manage subscriptions in the app after purchase.Features:* Protect yourself while using Wi-Fi hotspots (VPN encrypts your internet traffic); protect your identity, your IP address and stop unwanted tracking. Share and communicate privately.*Gives you access to your favorite sites: Unblock blocked content and services - get Facebook, Skype, BBC, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Viber, VOIP and other services: at work, school or while traveling * Take full control: you can choose country IP to connect, and if you want to start the VPN automatically or not.Hotspot Shield VPN is available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Web.
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