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NetShade for Mac

CNET Editors' review

With its functionality and unobtrusive operation, NetShade for Mac enables you to protect your online security by connecting to the Web anonymously. This premium product comes with a ten-day trial and can connect to free online proxies as well as dedicated VPN servers that deliver better reliability and speed. The app manages to cover all the basics in terms of features and delivers them in a custom but easy-to-use interface.

When started for the first time, NetShade for Mac asks you to install a helper tool. Once you do that, you are presented with a clean, attractive interface. You'll like the Menu Bar icon that enables quick changes as well as the addition of bars in the main window that indicate how anonymous and secure the selected proxy or VPN is. The supplied proxies connect with no problem, but at random points you might receive a message that there is an IP address mismatch. Switching to a new proxy solves the problem. In terms of speed, this app proves to be fast, having in our tests a latency of 0.40 seconds and download speeds of up to 1.2MB/s.

If you want to connect to the Web anonymously, you will find NetShade for Mac extremely useful. Convenient, fast, and unobtrusive, it's easy to forget about it once you set it up, which is how a program of its kind should be. Although it does come with a price tag, advanced features such as using a VPN and a proxy at the same time make it a sound investment.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of NetShade for Mac 5.4.4.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not What It Seems"

    August 11, 2013  |   By MrKumquat

    Version: NetShade 5.3.1

    Pros

    Easy to use...

    Cons

    I downloaded the trial using a non-gmail email account for the trial registration code to be sent to and I tested one of the proxies and was sent a warning from gmail that NetShade's server, http://www.raynersw.com, had tried to suspiciously access one of my gmail email accounts. I've emailed NetShade's developers for a response to this, but at present it seems that this "security" software is actually being used to hack users' private information.

    Summary

    I would really not recommend that anyone download this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great support"

    April 25, 2013  |   By wmillik9

    Version: NetShade 5.3.1

    Pros

    Proxy & VPN setup on computer & iOS very easy. Much easier than trying to train doctors at work to use our corporate VPN. Support was very prompt to explain the interaction between the OS & Netshade. Based on ping time there is very little impact on response time

    Cons

    No issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "High Performance, Works Well."

    January 18, 2013  |   By mreckhof

    Version: NetShade 5.2

    Pros

    VPN Support
    Fast VPN and Proxy Nodes
    Flexible Pricing Structure
    Clear Privacy Statements

    Cons

    No VPN Support for iOS

    Summary

    In reading through some of the past posts, I can see a clear line between love it or hate it. I usually jump directly to the 'hate it' ones to see what issues I may have missed. A majority of them seem to support on either incompatibility or support.

    Re: Support, I have contacted the support team twice. Once to ask a question about the iOS version and the second regarding graphics switching. The iOS question was answered within an hour. The graphics switching question answered within 45 seconds. Obviously, this is far better than I would expect from any company, but I say it only because it's a drastic difference than what I see in the other posts. So either things have improved drastically, or the other posts aren't entirely accurate.

    As an enterprise level network security engineer, I can tell you that technologies like VPN and Proxy will act up. It doesn't matter if it's a $200,000 piece of hardware or a $29 piece of software. Not all applications will like every proxy server and VPN tunnels, due to additional encapsulation, can cause headaches with firewalls and large packets (hint: make sure you're allowing icmp type 3 code 4 messages in or turn off Path MTU discovery in your OS). When things do not work, most of the time, it does not tend to be the devices fault but something unique about the environment surrounding the device. If you're not ready to learn about the technology and how it works, then you might not be ready to dive into the world of trying to mask where you're coming from, what you're doing, or where you're doing it from. Essentially, what I'm saying is, this sort of software isn't really for the average joe.

    Even though, the company has done an excellent job of making it work seamlessly for what I suspect is a good 95% of average joe's.

    I'm looking forward to VPN support for iOS. That should round this solution out very nicely.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works and works well"

    August 26, 2012  |   By MattL_12

    Version: NetShade 4.2.2

    Pros

    The program does what it is supposed to and is not difficult to figure out. The programmer did respond to a query I had. Sites I could only access with difficulty now work JUST FINE! I have no problems recommending it.

    Cons

    None to speak of.

    Summary

    Current version works flawlessly for me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buy beware, no support at all"

    August 21, 2012  |   By Kawaii_uguu

    Version: NetShade 5.1.1

    Pros

    Absolutely none

    Cons

    They literally steal your money, do NOT buy it. They are thieves.

    Summary

    Been emailing support, but to no avail. I've read the FAQ, I've tried everything I can to make it work. There is literally zero support, if something is wrong you are f*cked and short changed.

    Thumb down and report the glowing reviews, they are unsubtle reviews from company workers.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't take the protection for granted. Verify."

    February 26, 2012  |   By opoponox

    Version: NetShade 4.3

    Pros

    It's a needed product. It has several proxy addresses all over the Western world. It works if you work with it by always verifying your proxy connection and switching browsers if necessary.

    Cons

    Seems pretty inconsistent in providing the proxy connection, although its graphic shows you are connected. Check your IP address every time you activate Netshade. I switch between browsers because it works on one but not the other at times.

    Summary

    Not at all seamless. Can be frustrating. You've got to make sure you are getting a proxy connection by testing. Switch your browser if it isn't working on one. Do not take the protection for granted. Make sure you are connected via a proxy. Reviews on sites by the "professionals" have been too positive. It works if you make sure it works.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not Work"

    June 10, 2011  |   By saneman

    Version: NetShade 4.3

    Pros

    There is no pro's.

    Cons

    The free trial does not work, it automatically says the trial period is over and asks you to buy it.

    Summary

    If a company is going to offer a free trial it should actually allow you to try it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seemed to work well during trial period."

    January 17, 2011  |   By veldugo

    Version: NetShade 4.2

    Pros

    Installed easily.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the trial period.

    Summary

    I would recommend this to anyone who felt they needed it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent cover"

    October 25, 2010  |   By alexmartinelli

    Version: NetShade 4.0.1

    Pros

    provides exactly what it specifies and more! right now im streaming from hulu where i would otherwise be blocked from the site because of my location. it does not slow down connection or streaming speed!! excellent!

    Cons

    the price - $29 for first year, then $19 annual membership renewal. Despite this, it will be well worth the buy when my trial runs out!

    Summary

    excellent software, well worth the purchase and if not just try it out. very simple to use and self-explanatory, if necessary check the site which is more than helpful. in short, the best software of its kind i have found at a very reasonable price - compared to all other mac and pc products which i have tried.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Pretty bad support."

    March 20, 2010  |   By grh-akl

    Version: NetShade 3.3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Aside from the complaints of others before me, is the issue of trying out this tool.

    Registered users can use the NetShade server. Unregistered users, that is people who want to try NetShade for a week, can use public servers.

    If any.

    There are none!

    Forget this utility, it seems as bad as the developers are painted by others.

    Plonk

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