Software Deal of the week: Save 50% on HotSpot Shield Elite

For one day only, grab a copy of HotSpot Shield Elite for just $14.95 and surf in public Wi-Fi networks without worrying about your personal information being hacked.

Do you ever sit at a cafe that provides you with a free Wi-Fi connection? I often work from cafes and airports, where I connect to the free public Wi-Fi that is provided to me, but little did I know, I was an easy prey for hackers and snoopers to access my personal information.

Many of you probably already know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, but some of you may not, so I'll go over that a little bit here. If you are just browsing around the internet, HTTP will do, which stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Not too long ago, Facebook offered users to "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible" - and you can find this setting in your Account Settings > Security Settings. So, for Facebook browsing, you can choose to browse in HTTP or HTPPS - personally, I haven't enabled HTTPS only because I haven't felt the need to just yet, but I might, later down the road. On the other hand, if you are banking or shopping online and entering financial information or passwords, you want to make sure these sites are in HTTPS, where S stands for secure. So, when you are accessing public Wi-Fi networks, your connection is not always secure, which makes you an easy target for hackers to tap in to your personal data.

Hotspot Shield Elite VPN (virtual private network) service adds a layer of must-have protection when you are connecting your computer to the internet by establishing a secure tunnel. This secure tunnel uses the VPN technology to keep your identity and information out of the hands of the hackers and snoopers. Not only does this app allow you to browse the internet anonymously, it also stops your activity from being tracked. According to Anchorfree, the developer of Hotspot Shield program, they have over 10 million users around the world that trust their app to keep them secure and safe.

So, check out the main features here and see for yourself why this is a must-have for everyone:

  • No ads in the Elite version
  • Dedicated Customer Support - email and live chat support
  • Malware protection
  • Secures your browsing experience by turning all HTTP sites in HTTPS
  • Protects your Wi-Fi connection from snoopers and hackers
  • Protects your IP address and your identity from being tracked
  • Works for both Mac and PC

This offer is exclusively available on CNET for one day only. Grab this deal - buy one for your friend and get one for yourself too. Offer expires at Noon PT on Saturday, March 31, 2012.