Hotspot Shield for Mac

Hotspot Shield for Mac

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 78 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.341
File Size:
2.11MB
Date Added:
January 05, 2010
Price:
Free; to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
1,917,612
Downloads Last Week:
4,493
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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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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:

    1.7

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 7
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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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