Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 647 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.57
  • Total Downloads:
    28,601,158
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 04, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    61,716
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 8 votes

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    • 4 star 3
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  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 647 votes

    • 5 star 194
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 56
    • 1 star 234
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1 stars

"Doesn't work on Hushmail !!!"

May 12, 2011  |  By MAQuinonez

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

Easy to use. Ads no problem with AdBlock

Cons

Downloaded program and all seemed well. Checked IP with several programs and it showed the proxy IP but, when I went to Hushmail, it showed my real IP in the Hushmail recent IPs. I tried this several times and still the same. This is NOT GOOD!

Summary

Can't trust it. Going to try Easy Hide IP.

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4 stars

"Works well as advertised."

May 09, 2011  |  By butterflyinac

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

Easy install, simple to turn off and on.

Cons

Regularly reminds you if your not connected, but only as a icon in lower tray.

Summary

Ran this software on my laptop while I was in a hotel, had a 2nd monitor, ran packet sniffing software on the second screen.

Once the program is running, I instantly saw they destination IP address for all my traffic change to their address. Didnt matter how many sites I brought up, anyone monitoring the network will only see your address and encrypted data packets to a single IP address containing no useful data.

On one occasion though, I downloaded a large software update, I noticed some of the packets stopped being encrypted, my guess is your saturating their servers bandwidth so some data was by passing their connection. For normal browsing and utube type streaming, I saw only encrypted packets.

One minor note, if you shut off your browser, it shuts off so for a short period afterward, ip addresses will remain in your in your buffer and attempt to continue to try and contact the site you were on. These are no longer encrypted and will show up.

If your very paranoid, ie, trying to avoid being picked up by a dictator monitoring all foreign connections etc, close all tabs but leave the hotspot shield running for a few minutes. Alternately, kill your internet connection completely and wait a few minutes before reconnecting to access the internet without Hot Spot running.

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4 stars

"Works most of the time"

March 29, 2011  |  By deenie

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

Free
Not intrusive
Works well

Cons

Switches to disconnect for no apparent reason, at times

Summary

Do check its status before going out on the internet.
It does work. Check it at Shields Up at www.grc.com
Also use Peer Guardian 2 if doing downloads via peer2peer torrents.

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4 stars

"Works great!"

March 25, 2011  |  By MumCash

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

I can watch my tv shows and movies.

Cons

Too many ads. It's annoying because they are always popping up at random times and sometimes even after you have closed the ad it still plays the audio.

Summary

I love program being out of the country. We live in Germany because of the US military and don't get but ten channels and they are boring and mostly re-runs. So, having this program helps me because it gives me a US ip address to watch Hulu and such over here. When we go back to the states I will get rid of the program but it works awesome over here.

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1 stars

"Use as a last resort"

March 21, 2011  |  By mikey1975777

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

none that I've found

Cons

ad based (constant banner ads on top of every new webpage), slows browsing, says it's working when it isn't

Summary

I know it's free, but this really isn't a good product. Half the time when I was surfing, the program told me I was secure when I really wasn't, which I confirmed via checking my IP through various sites. I don't recommend this to anyone. For $5.99 a month, I'm using GoTrusted, which works perfectly.

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1 stars

"DO NOT USE -- HORRIBLE COMPANY!"

March 18, 2011  |  By H3710

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

No pros whatsoever!

Cons

WORST company ever! Hotspotvpn didn't work; they didn't respond to my detailed customer service request; neither Hotspot nor the outside billing company that they use has responded to numerous requests to stop billing my credit card!

Summary

This may be the WORST company I have ever dealt with! I installed hotspotvpn. The program didn't work. I immediately notified the company of that fact, and sent them the exact wording of the error message I received. No response other than an automated "we'll get back to you." I notified the outside company that billed my credit card (2Checkout.com) to cancel the charge. 2Checkout assigned a user name and password, but didn't issue credit for first month's charge and has now charged for a second month! I cannot log into their site using the original user name and password. Hotspotvpn has not responded (other than assigning a complaint number and sending a boilerplate "we're working on it" message to the two additional complaints I have filed.

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3 stars

"great program for internet"

March 13, 2011  |  By nanoo2012

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

great program for internet

Cons

great program for internet

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3 stars

"great program lousy commercials"

March 11, 2011  |  By jonnywg

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 1.57

Pros

does every thing promised

Cons

commercial comes on and interferes with sound card

Summary

rarely use it because of commercial

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date March 04, 2011
Date Added March 04, 2011
Version 1.57
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-561-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,601,158
Downloads Last Week 61,716
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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