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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent service with paid version"

    November 28, 2012  |   By Elliott Minor

    Pros

    Easy to use. More convenient that using my phone for a mobile hotspot. Faster than any other VPN service I've used. Web pages seem to open faster with it running than without. It's a product/service I'd recommend to friends. I see it running when I open my Web browser. Occasionally I've had to start it manually. It's easy to get complaisant - or to forget - about the risks on public networks. Hotspot shield is there to protect us even when we're absent-minded.

    Cons

    No negatives so far in about a week of use. With any VPN service, there's an element of trust. We have to trust that it's providing the protection that's claimed. At least that's how it is with me. I certainly don't have the technical skills to test it. So we rely on the evaluations of reputable sites like CNET.

    Summary

    Nothing in life is free. I read the CNET review and decided to pay for Hotspot Shield, rather than be subjected to ads. It was easy to install and set up. It deserves to be one of CNET's most popular downloads.

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