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:
    1,980,228
  • Date Added:
    October 11, 2012
  • File Size:
    2.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,194
  • 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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1 stars

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January 11, 2013  |  By yaser13

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 2.72

Pros

so so slow and heavy

Cons

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4 stars

"237 days of bliss."

November 29, 2012  |  By jimuleda

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 2.72

Pros

for $29.00, to the best of my knowledge, my constant, daily wi-fi exchanges have been protected by the Shield.

Cons

i have no idea how the Shield performs this awesome task.

Summary

in 128 days i'll have to renew my 'faith' in the Shield or risk the tragic consequences of unprotected browsing...

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1 stars

"Not Worth downloading if you want to USA Tv."

October 27, 2012  |  By Lady-Dukes55

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 2.72

Pros

NONE I have found

Cons

Does'not do what it says it will

Summary

I used to have an Older version of hotspot, and whilst I was not able to watch ABC I could watch the other channels and Hulu.
But now I cannot watch anything at all, since down loading the newer version. My only choice now is to subscribe to something like Expat network

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5 stars

"Its just a fabulous app for mac,"

October 15, 2012  |  By wantedboy420

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 2.72

Pros

1. every site unblocked at full speed.
2. Easy to setup and connect.
3. Mountain lion compatible.

Cons

There are absolutely in cons for this great app.

Summary

I recommend everyone to use hotspot shield instead of any other common vpn application. i used to get 600kbps and now with hss on i am getting more than 1mbps. :) and all sites are unblocked with absolute ease. I had a very great experience with it and planning to buy elite version. ITS GREAT.

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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, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, 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 1,980,228
Downloads Last Week 2,194
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Free, ad supported with no limitations
Price Free

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