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Hotspot Shield

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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Satisfied"

    June 21, 2010  |   By Several9920

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.45

    Pros

    Hackers have a harder time finding me if ever since i'm anonymous now.

    Cons

    Hotspot Shield disconnects which is a little annoying.

    Summary

    I love Hotspot Shield so far and it really does give you privacy, But the disconnections are annoying. Other than that its a great software and considering its free i appreciate Hotspot Shield.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dangerous program"

    June 21, 2010  |   By ayurmana

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.45

    Pros

    anonymous browsing

    Cons

    either drops trojans and spyware or allows them

    Summary

    I installed in 3 of my computers and all were infected by trojans and spyware. Dont install

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good enough, seems to protect just fine."

    June 20, 2010  |   By wonderboy2012

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.45

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Slow to start, and sometimes the ad has loud background sounds.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best free VPN service for anonymous browsing."

    June 9, 2010  |   By Archangel11

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.45

    Pros

    1.Hides your true ip address.
    2.All web traffic is encripted including P2P file sharing.
    3.No packet snifers or hackers can steal your information.
    4.Be anonymous - no legal threats.
    5.No data transfer limit.
    6.Fast and easy to use.

    Cons

    1.Gets disconnected after a few hours or after large amounts of data transfer.
    2.Ads at the top of each web page.
    3.openvpnas.exe is detected as unwanted app. by nod32 - false positive.

    Summary

    Hotspot Shield is the best free vpn service available.. Its a must for all those people who want an extra layer of privacy and protection for free. It can really hide your identity and make you anonymous online. All your web traffic including P2P file sharing is encrypted and rerouted through a US based server. It is very useful for those people who live in fear of a door knock by their ISP or Government. There is no bandwidth capping or data transfer limit and is fast and reliable.There are no frequent disconnections - only after hours or after large data transfer session.

    As far as ads are concerned, I think it's a fair deal. And its not a big issue if you are a Firefox user - just use adblock plus to block the script.

    Proxy servers are useless most of the times and fail to provide the privacy level Hotspot shield can provide. Also there is bound to be a significant decrease in browsing speed using a proxy server which is not the case with Hotspot Shield.

    Amongst its competitors in free VPN category Hotspot Shield is clearly a winner by a huge margin and its a highly recommended download for all users.

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