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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware leading to cyber attack"

    May 28, 2012  |   By Balayage CNET TV

    Pros

    Likely a great piece of software. It was fine when I used it a year ago.

    Cons

    Some kind of spyware. Right after installing I started to receive notices from Gmail that an un-authorize entity was trying to log into my Gmail accounts (4). This is a copy of one of the notices; Someone recently tried to use an application to sign in to your Google Account, xxxx@gmail.com. We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

    Saturday, May 26, 2012 8:31:56 PM GMT
    IP Address: 74.115.3.67
    Location: Unknown Location

    IP Address: 74.115.3.67 belongs to anchorfree.com who own Hotspot Shield.

    I wrote them for an explanation but got no reply

    Summary

    DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE UNTIL THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED.

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  • Reply by beijingyouxi on June 8, 2012

    It seems pretty obvious to me that this was a result of YOU accessing your account with the IP provided via the VPN.

    That message is not such an unusual occurrence when using VPNS.

  • Reply by benlee01 on May 29, 2012

    I guess you misunderstood it. When you use a VPN you basically use their IP address. So if you are logging in on your computer it appears as if you are logging in from Hotspot Shield's IP address. I use Hotspot Shield too and have no problem with it so far.

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