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Hotspot Shield for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 84 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.19
  • Total Downloads:
    2,054,169
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,696
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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2 stars

"VERY VERY SLOW VPN Connections"

August 06, 2015  |  By steve canning

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

easy to set up

Cons

Customer service is slow to respond and I was never able to actually get a problem resolved with the support team. SLOW SLOW SLOW VPN Connections.

Summary

My internet connection speed is typically 150 MB with no VPN service connected. After I connect to a Hotspot Shield VPN server, my speed typically drops to 3 - 5 MB. After multiple attempts to contact the technical support team to help improve the speed, they did nothing to help.

FIND ANOTHER VPN Service Provider....., This on is NOT recommended !!!

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1 stars

"Restricting paying customers? Really?"

August 01, 2015

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Sort of works when it isn't harassing me to spam my contacts.

Cons

I paid for this service and even then I went to go on Netflix one night and it said I have restricted access till I invite 20 people from my email list to join. That is just not right. I paid, I shouldn't have to deal with that.

The window won't close only minimize so it is always on your desktop.

It opens new tabs everytime you activate it to their dumb website.

Summary

I will not be renewing this service that's for sure. I strongly recommend finding a better VPN even if it costs a little bit more because I am sure it will be better than HSS.

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1 stars

"Worst VPN ever."

June 17, 2015  |  By Ashkon Khalkhali

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

It used to work I guess.. And I loved it when I got good internet.

Cons

95% of the time I use hotspot shield I have never been able to load any page, and it just ends up being a huge nuisance. I can never browse the web, and this app is literally useless most of the time. And this started occuring maybe a month ago. Before then, it was great... but now I can never use it becaues when I launch it I get like .5mbps download speed.

Summary

I wouldn't buy it unless they fix this problem, and I don't know if it's only me but I am suffering here.

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4 stars

"Mostly Awesome!!!"

April 19, 2015  |  By Ahmed Sarfraz

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

1. I can access content that is not available to me otherwise.
2. It has a light app.
3. It warns me about harmful websites.
4. Secures the network so that no one can see my things(I Cannot Confirm this but I think it does).

Cons

1. The app is tooo light, some more features/options are welcomed.
2. Sometimes it glitches and does not give me Elite Features.
3. Sometimes slows down the internet although very rare.

Summary

Recommended to Everyone...By a User from Pakistan.

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1 stars

"Login Probleme, Sicherheit fraglich"

December 16, 2014  |  By joergrosemeyer

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Pro ist sehr einfach gehalten. Für jeden Anwender geeignet da man sich um nichts kümmern muss. Der Preis geht auch in Ordnung für ein Jahr... Das war es aber auch schon

Cons

Zur Sicherheit:
Es ist fraglich ob die Sicherheit wirklich gegeben ist. Denn man kann nur VPN Server aus den 5 Augen Ländern wählen. Diese Länder sind UKUSA Verträge eingegangen. Diese Länder Speichern Daten auf Vorrat und nehmen es mit der Schutz der Daten nicht so genau.

Weitere Informationen dazu gerne auf Wikipedia:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA-Vereinbarung

Zur Handhabung:

In der Mac Version verliert das Programm ständig seinen Login. Schaltet häufig runter auf den Free Modus mit Werbung und Zwangs VPN in den USA (NSA lässt grüßen!)

Summary

Guter Ansatz und für nicht Sicherheitsrelevante Dinge sicher okay. Firmengeheimnisse oder aber Ihre privaten Schlafzimmeraufnahmen würde ich Anchorfree so nicht anvertrauen!

Es würde schon etwas mehr Vertrauen geben wenn man Server in Ländern anbieten würde die sich nicht UKUSA angeschlossen haben und auch sonst die Freiheit des Internets vor dem Gewinnstreben von Rechte-Inhabern schützen.

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5 stars

"Best app for getting secure browsing"

September 28, 2014  |  By rafaybutt

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Secure Browsing
Free US ip address automatically
Easy to use
Easy to install
Get access on all the blocked website.

Cons

no cons in my view.

Summary

I love it because it help us for safe and secure browsing at any public place as well as now the app of hotspot shield is available on Mac & Windows Android and IOS therefore now we can get this app according to our requirement. If anyone want to get for android then visit this link. http://******/1ti8XE0

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.19
Product improvements
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date February 10, 2014
Date Added February 10, 2014
Version 3.19
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.11MB
File Name HSS-3.19-553.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,054,169
Downloads Last Week 1,696
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Free, ad supported
Price Free

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