Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 644 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.42
  • Total Downloads:
    28,723,947
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2014
  • File Size:
    7.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    62,331
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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

    3.4

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 644 votes

    • 5 star 192
    • 4 star 102
    • 3 star 61
    • 2 star 55
    • 1 star 234
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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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5 stars

"What an excellent service Hotspot Shield provides!"

October 28, 2014  |  By Laurie Holman

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Been too worried before every time I go online because of the issues regarding internet security. When I found out about Hotspot Shield, all worries are gone. Its free benefits such as access blocked content like Netflix US, Pandora, BBC iplayer are indeed incomparable. Plus, it allows me to surf the net anonymously.

Cons

So far, I could not think of any disadvantage of using Hotspot Shield.

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1 stars

"Complete crap, waste of my $19.95, "KABOOM" MALWARE"

October 20, 2014

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

If you act like you are going to buy and cancel your purchase, they come back and offer it to you for $19.95 per year, instead of the $60 or $70 they initially try to charge you.

Cons

It hijacks your browsers and installs something called Kaboom, which tries to redirect all your social media, whether you like it or not!
The company is dishonest, they don't tell you they are going to hijack your browsers with a social media redirect that has NOTHING to do with VPN or proxy services
Sites such as Amazon Prime, Pandora, ESPN, Netflix, etc. Don't work with this proxy server
Customer support is awful
It has a noticeably slower connection speed
The application is buggy, sometimes it forgets you have a paid subscription

Summary

I trusted CNET editors when I purchased this. They are wrong. This is junk. It does not work as advertised, and what is not advertised, is that they install malware browser plugins that hijack your social media (such as twitter sharing, etc). If you think you are going to listen to Pandora, or watch sports or movies, you will be disappointed, as I have been. Customer support is very subpar as well.

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1 stars

"It's CRAP!!"

October 17, 2014  |  By SailorCandy

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

It does provided proxy service.

Cons

It launches itself! No matter how many times I stop is, it relaunches and at the most inopportune times! Or it changes Severs without warning. I checked never launch unless I start and guess what? It still launches itself. Total waste of money.

Summary

Don't waste money on the Elite version like I did.

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5 stars

"Work smoothly!"

September 17, 2014  |  By T4$^PRMMoJS3

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Come with free version(ad-supported) and elite(private vpn).
Also available on android which is very handy on my mobile device

Cons

The ads showing up, but it can be turned off if you feel annoyed. So no problem with me

Summary

Worth to try and keep, I also upgrade to elite version for ad free solution

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4 stars

"Works well"

August 28, 2014  |  By ageary79

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Easy to use and works as advertised.

Cons

Ads can get a little annoying, but it's free.

Summary

Good option. May want to consider Tor as well.

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

August 26, 2014  |  By RaBeekman

 |  Version: Hotspot Shield 3.42

Pros

Awesome, does everything it says, and is easy

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.68MB
File Name HSS-3.42-install-hss-561-conduit.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,723,947
Downloads Last Week 62,331
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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