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Hotspot Shield

By AnchorFree Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Hotspot Shield

  • Unblock Web sites to access videos and social networks while keeping your activities private
  • Last updated on 07/30/18
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 14, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.9.0

Version 7.9.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release July 27, 2018
Date Added July 30, 2018
Version 7.9.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 30,793,819
Downloads Last Week 791
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Developer's Description

Access blocked websites and apps such as Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, BBC, ITV Player, and Pandora. Get unrestricted access to mobile VoIP services and messaging apps such as Skype and Viber around the world. Switch virtual locations with ease; we have dedicated servers in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, UK, US. Secure all online activity with banking-level encryption on any public or private network. Mask your IP address for maximum privacy & security while preventing hackers from stealing your personal information.