Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 636 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.52
File Size:
7.68MB
Date Added:
October 07, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
28,088,134
Downloads Last Week:
67,418
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.

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 636 votes

    • 5 star: 186
    • 4 star: 102
    • 3 star: 61
    • 2 star: 55
    • 1 star: 232
  • Current Version:

    2.8

    out of 8 votes

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