Hotspot Shield for Mac

Hotspot Shield for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 78 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.19
File Size:
2.11MB
Date Added:
February 10, 2014
Price:
Free; to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
1,954,933
Downloads Last Week:
2,127
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Hotspot Shield for Mac gives you the ability to surf the Internet securely, even when you're connected to public Wi-Fi networks. You can turn on or off your protection at any time, and you can see clearly what the app is doing to protect you through its straightforward interface.

Pros

Flexible plans: Depending on how much you think you'll use the Hotspot Shield, you can pick a payment option that fits your needs. For example, you can purchase a whole year of unlimited coverage for $29.95, one month's worth of service for $4.99, or 20 passes for $10. On the left side of the interface, you'll see how much time or how many passes you have left, and an option to purchase more. And you do get a few days to try out the program before you have to commit to buying any time.

Quick walk-through: While this app doesn't have an overly complicated interface, it is nice to get a little tour. And that's exactly what the program provides with a quick tutorial that highlights different aspects of the display to explain each in a bit more detail.

Cons

Interference: This program can interfere with your ability to log on to certain sites because of the way it masks your IP address. In fact, using Gmail can be a bit of a hassle, because the random locations Hotspot Shield shows you logging in from trigger Gmail's built-in security features, so you may get blocked from logging in and receive messages about unauthorized attempts to access your account.

Bottom Line

If you often log on to the Internet using public Wi-Fi networks, this app can be a good investment. It works as intended, and it shows you exactly what threats it's blocked and how much data is going in and out of your computer while it's turned on. Just be aware that you may have issues accessing some of your key sites.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 78 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 27
  • Current Version:

    2.8

    out of 5 votes

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

    "Sad State of Affairs"

    August 22, 2014   |   By Leigh_Lundin

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

    Pros

    For years, it used to be great, working silently in the background.

    Cons

    Opens frames and advert windows that are impossible to get rid of. It's become so annoying, I'm going to take my chances without it. Very sad.

    Summary

    A once great product has become virus-like adware. I regret to say that for the first time in years I'll go without the product. As soon as I finish writing this? assuming another ad doesn't crop up? I'm removing it from my system.

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  • 2 stars

    "Injects ads everywhere"

    June 16, 2014   |   By ri4d3n

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

    Pros

    Easy installation and setup

    Cons

    Injects nearly everywhere new ads which doesn't belong to the website!

    Summary

    The software itself injects ads (overlay and side ads) to nearly every website you're visiting!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Almost Malware"

    May 13, 2014   |   By Waimport

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

    Pros

    Unknown at this time.

    Cons

    It installed automatically, then kept a large commercial on my screen. It could not be closed (red dot grayed out). It could not be stopped with "Force Quit" as it didn't show up there. It could not be uninstalled until I chose to go to their website, click that I wanted the free version, then pause it, then close it, then Remove the file.

    Summary

    Only malware is harder to remove.

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  • 5 stars

    "Got it now IT works Great"

    April 04, 2014   |   By johnkagu

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

    Pros

    Easy to install
    No configuration after installing
    Got to watch Hulu for the first time

    Cons

    The FireFox got slow when hotspot was on
    They put you to buy the Elite version but for the way it works i just may buy it.

    Summary

    Great I has tried may options but this works so easy. Unless they change its the VPN you need.
    It was worth going through all the sites and the various downloads to get this One piece of Gold.

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  • 5 stars

    ""it is what it is" aristotle. good job 90%"

    February 25, 2014   |   By cantuburyofkent

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

    Pros

    fast, secure, works well, does not crash

    Cons

    little slow to strat, sometimes it hangs up my connection speed

    Summary

    its good i bought the premium pkg and now with "man in the middle" hacking on apple i am happy. no protection is complete, even quantum encryption but this is good and it is responsive.

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