Hotspot Shield VPN

Hotspot Shield VPN

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    148,795
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 22, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try; monthly subscription (7-day trial); $0.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    8.73MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    455
  • Platform:
    iOS
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Paying for no service"

February 09, 2014  |  By joeintokyo

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN for iPhone Best VPN for WiFi Security, Privacy, Unblock Sites 2.1.6

Pros

You get multiple connections with one subscription.

Cons

If anything goes wrong with the service, you will be hard pressed to get any customer service. If the problem is beyond what the already have posted online, you will need to go through a number of reps before anything may get done.

Summary

I have been down for a number of weeks without the service that I pay for and am getting absolutely the poorest customer service I have ever experienced with a paid service.
If you are using the free Hotspot Shield, I can understand not getting very good service. however, i opted for the "Elite" service. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. You are better off just using the free service.

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5 stars

"Just what I needed!"

September 19, 2013  |  By scootah68

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN for iPhone & iPad -Unblock Sites, Provide WiFi Security, Protect Privacy and Save Data 2.1.3

Pros

The one app that I can use for those sites that are blocked, or where you want to sign-on anonymously for whatever reason.
I feel like my data AND transactions ARE safe & secure from being tracked.

Cons

I haven't come across any as of yet! The install went very well in 8.1 Preview despite what I'd read about it's incompatibility w/8.1 on some blog. ? Maybe I got lucky?

Summary

How you use the app depends entirely on your IT needs, your lifestyle & such. Since we're all different, we can all use the portions of the product that we need and disregard the rest. If you find out that it's not the product for your needs, then you can always remove the app, but I doubt that you'll want/need to do that once you get it configured and are able to use it easily! And NO, I'm not a paid spokesperson for cnet or HotSpot. Just a guy who likes a good deal on new technology.

Updated on Sep 19, 2013

SORRY - I got this review mixed up with another of my products that I purchased and downloaded today (hence the reference to Windows 8.1)!!!
BUT, I did add it to iTunes and so for I am not having any problems getting it to run and perform as it should on my iPhone 5 and iPad 2 as I'm syncing them now. I'll report more as I continue with this installation.
I APOLOGIZE, once again, for getting my reviews confused between all of my devices!
Thanks for your patience with me on this and don't send me emails as to how stupid I am - I've admitted that I blundered this review so please don't "nail me to the cross" for making this mistake.
Perhaps the Ops can remove my review on this item? I didn't see anywhere on cnet where I could do this for myself.
:-) Have a great day and give an old man a break if you're gonna send negative comments as to my honest MISTAKE!

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1 stars

"Creates unwanted flashing ad banners"

July 18, 2013  |  By Nicola9393

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN Best VPN for Wi-Fi Security, Privacy, Save Data and Unblock Sites 2.1.0

Pros

None that I can see

Cons

Hot Spot Shield was installed as part of a Filezilla download I made. I now get annoying flashing adverts from Hot Spot Shield at the top of my browser.

I find this an incredibly low minded attempt at sales and marketing and could never recommend this product on this basis. It can't uninstall the software.

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5 stars

"GREAT APP!!"

November 10, 2011  |  By pal04

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN 1.0.1

Pros

cheap subscription, data compression, access blocked sites, wi-fi security

Cons

haven't experienced any issues

Summary

Now I can finally watch my favorite shows on Hulu and Netflix overseas :). Thanks Hotspot Shield!!

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5 stars

"Got to get this for sure!"

November 10, 2011  |  By sherateit

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN 1.0.1

Pros

Love that I can watch my tv shows when I travel. Must have!

Cons

dont see any

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5 stars

"Unlimited bandwidth for the win"

November 10, 2011  |  By fenerbahces

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN 1.0.1

Pros

Easy to install
Data compression feature helps save on the iPhone data plan
Unlimited bandwidth
Gives access to US-only content

Cons

Could not find any so far

Summary

I've been using their PC version for some while for accessing Netflix and Pandora when I'm traveling abroad for business. I'm so happy to finally have the iPhone app because now I'll be able to listen to Pandora when I'm traveling. This is huge!

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5 stars

"Cool and Sleek, the iTunes store has a new superstar"

November 10, 2011  |  By hmbgeek

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN 1.0.1

Pros

Compression, bandwidth savings, security, do I need to say more?

Cons

Not that I have been able to identify

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5 stars

"Low-cost iPhone VPN safeguards and saves money"

October 31, 2011  |  By coastboy23

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield VPN 1.0.1

Pros

Recognizes when you launch an app and need VPN.
Compresses images so you save on bandwidth and speeds up page loads
Hides your IP and encrypts your app and browser traffic
Unlimited bandwidth--most other iPhone apps are pay as you go

Cons

If you WANT your location to be known for certain apps that require your location to work, you will have to turn it off and turn it back on again.

Summary

Can't go wrong for .99 a month. In fact, if you are like me and don't have all you can eat data plan, this app will more than pay for itself just with the image compression.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6
Version 1.6 fixes problems affecting usability and performance.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date August 20, 2012
Date Added August 22, 2012
Version 1.6
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.73MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 148,795
Downloads Last Week 455
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 7-day trial
Price $0.99

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