Hotspot Shield for Mac

Hotspot Shield for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 79 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.72
  • Total Downloads:
    1,965,003
  • Date Added:
    October 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    2.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,312
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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Despite a couple of flaws that can be annoying, especially if you use Facebook or Gmail, AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield Elite is an otherwise good tool that does its job well. The shield's job is to protect your online privacy, especially when you're connecting to the Internet via wireless hot spots.

The installation isn't the usual drag-and-drop routine; you need to have admin rights to install it, but as soon as the application is on your computer, you'll notice the change. First of all, your browser can't connect to the Internet until you register the trial version using an e-mail address. Interestingly, the e-mail sent by AnchorFree ended up in the Junk Mailbox, which we found odd, since it's from a security company. What we liked, though, is the product's simple interface: it's a shield that is placed in the Menu bar when you launch the application. It communicates using colors: red is off and green is on. And it's that simple. Hotspot Shield excels in simplicity, and we love the the fact that the application is ad-free.

Unfortunately, the second thing we noticed was that we couldn't connect to our Facebook account. If you have recognized devices activated, the social network will block your account. In addition to that, our Mail application stopped fetching e-mails from our Gmail account. This is pretty annoying if you use Gmail for communication. Except the aforementioned flaws, however, Hotspot Shield performed well during our testing. The load time of the Web sites we visited was visibly faster, so the browsing experience was good (and safe), which is the primary role of the app. Although Hotspot Shield primarily aims to protect the online presence of those who connect to the Internet through hot spots, it can easily become the choice of privacy-conscious individuals as well.

We liked the feeling of a protected online presence, but if the shield works against you, then it isn't quite the tool you need. Also, users only have eight days of free protection, and they need to opt for one of the available offers if they want to have all their browsing information shielded from prying eyes.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac 1.585.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best app for getting secure browsing"

September 28, 2014  |  By rafaybutt

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Secure Browsing
Free US ip address automatically
Easy to use
Easy to install
Get access on all the blocked website.

Cons

no cons in my view.

Summary

I love it because it help us for safe and secure browsing at any public place as well as now the app of hotspot shield is available on Mac & Windows Android and IOS therefore now we can get this app according to our requirement. If anyone want to get for android then visit this link. http://******/1ti8XE0

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1 stars

"Sad State of Affairs"

August 22, 2014  |  By Leigh_Lundin

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

For years, it used to be great, working silently in the background.

Cons

Opens frames and advert windows that are impossible to get rid of. It's become so annoying, I'm going to take my chances without it. Very sad.

Summary

A once great product has become virus-like adware. I regret to say that for the first time in years I'll go without the product. As soon as I finish writing this? assuming another ad doesn't crop up? I'm removing it from my system.

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2 stars

"Injects ads everywhere"

June 16, 2014  |  By ri4d3n

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Easy installation and setup

Cons

Injects nearly everywhere new ads which doesn't belong to the website!

Summary

The software itself injects ads (overlay and side ads) to nearly every website you're visiting!!!

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1 stars

"Almost Malware"

May 13, 2014  |  By Waimport

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Unknown at this time.

Cons

It installed automatically, then kept a large commercial on my screen. It could not be closed (red dot grayed out). It could not be stopped with "Force Quit" as it didn't show up there. It could not be uninstalled until I chose to go to their website, click that I wanted the free version, then pause it, then close it, then Remove the file.

Summary

Only malware is harder to remove.

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5 stars

"Got it now IT works Great"

April 04, 2014  |  By johnkagu

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

Easy to install
No configuration after installing
Got to watch Hulu for the first time

Cons

The FireFox got slow when hotspot was on
They put you to buy the Elite version but for the way it works i just may buy it.

Summary

Great I has tried may options but this works so easy. Unless they change its the VPN you need.
It was worth going through all the sites and the various downloads to get this One piece of Gold.

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5 stars

""it is what it is" aristotle. good job 90%"

February 25, 2014  |  By cantuburyofkent

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.19

Pros

fast, secure, works well, does not crash

Cons

little slow to strat, sometimes it hangs up my connection speed

Summary

its good i bought the premium pkg and now with "man in the middle" hacking on apple i am happy. no protection is complete, even quantum encryption but this is good and it is responsive.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.72
- increased UI robustness
- improved installation/uninstallation
- various bug fixes

- support of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain View
- brand new and intuitive user interface
- stability and connectivity improvements (faster connection)
- 64bit OS support (universal binary)
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date October 11, 2012
Date Added October 11, 2012
Version 2.72
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.11MB
File Name HSS-3.19-553.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,965,003
Downloads Last Week 2,312
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Free, ad supported with no limitations
Price Free

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