Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 650 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.42
  • Total Downloads:
    29,441,922
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    7.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    26,052
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Hotspot Shield is a free tool and service that lets you connect to the Internet via Virtual Private Network (VPN). Hotspot Shield is mainly geared toward those who want a more secure connection when accessing the Internet from public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Pros

Value: Hotspot Shield is one of the largest free VPN services in the world. Though the free version is ad-supported, the paid Elite tier comes at an affordable price, with cross-platform support.

Customizable: Hotspot Shield allows you to connect from other countries. This not only helps to shield your connection origins, but it also potentially lets you access content that's available only from certain global regions.

Control: Hotspot Shield's dashboard gives you an overview of the protection status and data speeds for both uploads and downloads, allowing you to monitor your connection performance.

Cons

Ad disruptive: Hotspot Shield Free occasionally shows up as a pop-up or header on the top of your browser. While this window may be closed, it does become rather tedious to have to close it every time.

Limited connection: The free version does not allow you to connect from other locations or regions.

Bottom Line

Hotspot Shield is a lightweight VPN solution that we recommend for anyone who's even slightly concerned about privacy. The free version may be riddled with a few ads, but it's a service that's worth the price, especially if you find yourself frequently accessing the Internet from public places. Hotspot Shield is a valuable service and remains competitive with other premium VPN services.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star 15
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 9
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 650 votes

    • 5 star 196
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 55
    • 1 star 236
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1 stars

"It worked a while customer service is awful"

February 19, 2015  |  By rob222345

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

I paid for the elite version It worked for a while.

Cons

The customer service is awful. They fail to read the problem and then reply with "solved" in the header. At this point, you are forced to start a new ticket. I will not be paying for anything from this company in the future.

Summary

They can offer pathetic support if they want. I just will not pay them for any services.

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5 stars

"an excellent free program"

January 22, 2015  |  By CondonAuber

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

performs all functions i need.

Cons

none at this time

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1 stars

"Completely unreliable."

January 20, 2015

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

There are none.

Cons

This product cannot be relied upon. ISP changes back to local ISP while it appears that you are still protected. Impossible to rely on when traveling abroad and access locally blocked websites like Google.

Summary

Don't waste your time or your money on this product.

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

January 05, 2015  |  By SeiverPenrose

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Excellent product and no difficulties at all

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

December 23, 2014  |  By DoukasFidel

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Great tool, no nagging appearance.

Cons

None I can think of.

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5 stars

"Best App to surf the web securely & anonymously."

December 04, 2014  |  By raffaymalik

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

This is the best VPN service I've ever used, good pricing, fast servers and reliable.
I can access any blocked content from school. It's free and has no monthly bandwidth limit. It provide US IP address for free which enables me to download applications available only in US. It doesn't keep log of users browsing history.
A safe choice on public wifi. Also available on android/IOS.

Cons

I could not think of any cons of using Hotspot Shield. If you are little annoying with ads, upgrade to The premium version of @HotspotShield (Elite). It is cheaper then other VPN.

Summary

Best app To secure my connection and browse the web privately and anonymously.

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5 stars

"For me, it is very suitable"

November 21, 2014  |  By litklxjg

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Has every useful function

Cons

Never any problems.

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5 stars

"Fast, reliable, secure, and easy to use."

October 29, 2014  |  By fahmi.suryanta

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Fast
Easy to use
Reliable

Cons

I have no issue with this app.

Summary

Hotspot Shield is the only app I expected to do. Using it, I can browse restricted websites in my country such as vimeo and imgur. And also, I can stream TV shows without any problems. The speed is very fast and reliable. I can access anything securely while in public hotspot, such as Mall or public park. Hotspot Shield gives me options to choose IP from UK, US, Japan, etc. I love this feature. Highly recommended !!

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5 stars

"Just great!"

October 29, 2014  |  By MorgonSport

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Very easy to use and very thorough.

Cons

Nothing can make me picky.

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5 stars

"Hotspotshield is simply awesome !!"

October 28, 2014  |  By JamaicaTaklova

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

I been using this app almost a year and I really love it. It very easy to use and works flawlessly. Hide your IP address to remain uncensored/protected against hackers attack or remain in total security while using public wifi at a coffee, hotel or in an airport.

Cons

I think not the cheapest price on the market but really worth its price no regrets on choosing this app :)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.42
Version 3.42 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher AnchorFree
Publisher web site http://anchorfree.com
Release Date May 13, 2014
Date Added May 30, 2014
Version 3.42
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.67MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-686-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 29,441,922
Downloads Last Week 26,052
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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