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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

    "Locks up and won't run."

    January 26, 2011  |   By rlwebfoot

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    None so far.

    Cons

    Locks up and won't run.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Netflix won't work on PC but will work on MAC"

    January 20, 2011  |   By sagemartin

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    It's very fast on my iMac with few if ever buffer interuptions at 3mb speed.

    Cons

    Stopped working on Netflix. Get error message saying I'm outside the US and therefore can't use the service.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GREAT, with some modifications"

    January 11, 2011  |   By nickboy98

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    great it is better without this client especially since i use the built in vpn client on ubuntu just google instructions to set it up without this client it makes it much faster and easier

    Cons

    client lets it down better to use with built in vpn clients in ubuntu, windows, mac osx

    Summary

    great service, client let's it down better off googling how to use it without this client than using it with

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works, but prefer free PPTP VPN without installation"

    January 4, 2011  |   By bestfreevpn

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    Thanks, it works!

    Cons

    Need install additional software, has bandwidth usage limit.

    Summary

    Personally I prefer to use the 100% FREE VPN from http://www.bestfreevpn.com :

    1/ 100% FREE, no usage gap;
    2/ no software installation needed, use built-in PPTP client in windows, mac or mobile phones;
    3/ This VPN works with Symbian nokia phones, Apple iphone/ipad/ipod touch, and Android tablet or smartphones like Droid and Nexus etc.;

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Seems to work"

    January 3, 2011  |   By deenie

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    It makes sites think you're in the US when you're not. I used it in S. Korea to access certain restricted sites in the USA successfully.
    Free is good. Popup ads no problem. Can close the Hotspot Shield site and still be safe. Built-in safe search.

    Cons

    It does slow down your connection a lot depending on time of day.

    Summary

    I like this product as it is minimally intrusive. Testing with Shields Up at grc.com shows it works as advertised. It is updated periodically. Be sure to get the latest version especially if it seems to stop working.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, does what it says."

    December 26, 2010  |   By wolvo7

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    - Changes IP adress, usually to one in the US, so you can access US-restricted sites to watch videos like HULU etc.. That'smainly why I use it.

    Cons

    Connection may be a bit slower but it's not annoying and is way better than with the previous versions.

    Summary

    Really like it to watch videos as i'm not in the US.

    Updated on Dec 26, 2010

    For the ads, if you use Firefox just install the Adblock Plus add-on and you won't see any. I actually just learned that there were ads by reading the CNET review and I have been using Hotspot for more than a year.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "To Protech advertisor fooling around"

    December 10, 2010  |   By Chungnya

    Version: Hotspot Shield 1.56

    Pros

    I can disable some advertise that stick around

    Cons

    sometime there is some advertise cannot disable by me

    Summary

    there must be an improvement about this software

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