Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 632 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.45
File Size:
7.68MB
Date Added:
June 09, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
27,523,422
Downloads Last Week:
74,346
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:

    2.9

    out of 632 votes

    • 5 star: 184
    • 4 star: 101
    • 3 star: 60
    • 2 star: 55
    • 1 star: 232
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 4 votes

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

    "Hotspot Shield is junk"

    August 03, 2014   |   By 8f2ad1fe

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Flashy app - Nothing more

    Cons

    - Gets funding from Goldman Sach, CIA NSA link established I guess
    - Monitors everything you do - They log everything.
    - Cannot download any torrents
    - Only a few countries to choose from

    Summary

    My advise to you is to give Private Internet Access VPN a try. It is worth it. They really care for your Privacy and they are super fast and have many servers in many countries and they don't log anything about you at all. They are Anti-NSA.
    Try it here
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/buy-vpn/PROXYBLOG

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a pretty good product"

    July 31, 2014   |   By MckeownProdan

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    It's a pretty good product

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 5 stars

    "Keep up the good work."

    July 29, 2014   |   By PayneGuan

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    it seems to me that it works very good

    Cons

    No cons from what I can see.

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  • 2 stars

    "Dissapointing"

    July 10, 2014   |   By vijayr1234

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    downloads not stable.

    Summary

    Avoid it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Downloads, updates, and upgrades easily."

    June 26, 2014   |   By swanjame

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Downloads, updates, and upgrades easily. Nice interface. Pretty intuitive to set up. Seems to be effective.

    Cons

    Only works on two of my three computers. It will not start or reinstall on my third computer, which is Windows 7 64-bit like one of the other two. It has acted up since I removed an unrelated persistent file a few months ago.

    Summary

    Except for the problem with one computer it is working OK. I don't blame that problem on HSS.

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  • 1 stars

    "Never use Hotspot Shield if you value Privacy"

    June 14, 2014   |   By DoubleSuper

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning except perhaps a good looking app.

    Cons

    Pro-Logging - They keep your ip and timestamp details in their servers for unspecified time.
    Pro-NSA - If NSA sends them a request for information about you, they will comply and spy on you without even telling you.
    Slow servers - Even the paid version is slow

    Summary

    If you truly value Privacy and don't want to give your information over to the government, only use Private Internet Access VPN. PIA VPN never logs anything about you and values your Privacy and Security for real. They use very high encryption and they are very fast.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great product, fast and easy"

    June 08, 2014   |   By crucialmkha

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    Nothing can make me picky.

    Summary

    A software worth having.

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  • 5 stars

    "Hotspot shield free works,upgrading to Elite is better"

    June 06, 2014   |   By QuentinVogt

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    I have been using this VPN for a long time, and after realising how good the free version was I decided to upgrade to Elite.

    Cons

    For a very low price Elite will cover up to five computers, including Apple, and Android devices, allowing you to flip your global footprint to any one of five countries.

    Summary

    By doing this you can watch movies not allowed where you are, access site blocked or banned in your country, as well as having protection from some of the less friendly hack that are on the web

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible Money grubbing software"

    June 04, 2014   |   By dhammond5

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Free version installs easily but beware the ads

    Cons

    After you pay for the ELITE service, they hit you with a bandwidth restriction that they did not tell you about and want $30 more to make it go away. You can not turn off this software so it keeps popping back up and will not allow you to surf the internet if you have exceeded the 750 MB bandwidth. This company SUCKS.

    Summary

    Do not bother with this software unless you like headaches

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  • 1 stars

    "Does not hide your IP address"

    June 03, 2014   |   By MrZeeeee

    Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

    Pros

    Nothing that could possibly compare to the cons.

    Cons

    I installed this VPN. I checked my protection and was told that I was assigned a different IP address in a different city. Sounded good.

    A few days later and while I was still protected through Hotspot shield, I went to a website that happened to log IP addresses. I could not believe it. They had my original IP address and location, even though my cookies and history had been cleared, even though I had never been there before, and even though another check of my protection indicated another IP address and location.

    I contacted Hotspot and they shined me on.

    Summary

    If you go someplace where you think you are protected and where Hotspots states you are protected, chances are high that you are not protected and are visible to the websites that you would like to be hidden.

    This is worse than worthless.

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