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Hotspot Shield for Mac

CNET Editors' review

This freeware program promises to encrypt all your Internet connections, but since most public wi-fi access points in the U.S. are open, it's a bit hard to gauge Hotspot Shield's effectiveness. However, the connection itself is a bit wonky.

Once the program is installed, it creates an HTML link on your desktop. Double-clicking on it will open the application in your Web browser, and you'll be taken to a page detailing your Connection Status, IP Address, Server Address, Bytes sent and received, and the duration of the connection. Hotspot Shield is ad supported, so you'll get a big banner ad that lives at the top of every Web page, too. Closing the tab with the app's control panel doesn't disconnect the shield, though: for that, or to reload the control panel, you have to go through the green shield icon that gets loaded into your system tray. Also, there's a 5 GB transfer limit.

Overall, we can't give Hotspot Shield a strong recommendation, but as a last resort it might be worth trying out.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Be ware!!!"

    May 2, 2011  |   By Henrycly

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    Works fine

    Cons

    it installs ask toolbar even if you disable and uninstall, its install automatically everytime.
    Lots and lots of ads!!!! you hardly browse through webpages.
    Annoying popups!
    Audio ads which you can't stop!!!
    Possibly they re tracking your emails.

    Summary

    Get another software if you can.
    If you really have to use this, you it with firefox and adblocker extension. that will be a great comfort for you..

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Used to work"

    January 11, 2011  |   By samlee14

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    was great for watching shows outside us

    Cons

    stopped working
    ads....but not that bad

    Summary

    wish it would work again

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Full of ad ware"

    January 5, 2011  |  

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    Nothing. I uninstalled it.

    Cons

    If it worked it would be great but it has too many ads even if it did.

    Summary

    Too many ads

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware of Malware! Death for Macs!!!!!"

    October 17, 2010  |   By glore2jc

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    workable proxy

    Cons

    infects your computer (even macs) with Malware, inhibits download speeds, may even gather personal data from users

    Summary

    I downloaded this proxy so I could access American movie/tv screening sites from abroad. My husband is Air Force and we recently moved to Japan. Our Japanese IP address was inhibiting our ability to stream videos from Netflix or Hulu. So, some friends recommended that we download "hotspot shield" so we could access these websites with an "American" IP address. It worked for about a week on my Mac. The program always had pop-ups in Safari after I connected to the proxy, so I used Firefox to browse and stream videos. It did work for a proxy, but not reliable and it inflicted my mac with malware.

    I have used a Macbook for 4 years without a problem with malware until today. Do not get Hotspot shield. It will limit your download speed and will start redirecting your browser to third party search engines and adware sites.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worked for a few days then kaputt"

    September 19, 2010  |   By peterpetercnet

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    The concept is great. Access Hulu, Kindle etc, from overseas.

    Cons

    It simply stopped working. Ironically, the guy who made a YouTube video extolling its worth couldn't get it to work on the video - he said - oh well, sometimes it isn't working, send them a message. What sort of advertising video shows a failing!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    August 5, 2010  |   By grethy

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    The concept is good.

    Cons

    I simply could not get this to work after the first day. The first day, it worked. After that it would simply not, even after showing that my computer was connected to the server.

    Summary

    Make it work and I'll love to use it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It used to work"

    June 13, 2010  |   By gharwell1

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    works great when you first download it.

    Cons

    It later stopped working. All request for information from the company have gone unanswered.

    Summary

    It might work in the US, but if you need it outside, it will work for a while and then quit. You won't get any answers from the company. I gave it a bad rating because of the customer service.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "HOTSPOT SHIELD IS NO.1 IN THE WORLD"

    May 22, 2010  |   By yawar100

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Pros

    realy that is v.good product in the world

    Cons

    hotspot shield is my life patner

    Summary

    hotspot shield is good i told to every body not same like any other product in the world i wish hotspot shield manufactur

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid like the plague"

    April 3, 2010  |   By AJ Pants

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.341

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Horrible, horrible adware. Good luck uninstalling it once it hijacks all your web browsers and search engines. It runs hidden processes until physically halted via activity monitor. Not cool.

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