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Hotspot Shield for Mac

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Key Details of Hotspot Shield

  • Lets users to navigate the Internet while keeping activities private
  • Compatible with a wide range of platforms and devices, including Windows, macOS, Android and iOS
  • Has a simple and user-friendly interface
  • Boasts of a substantial user base
  • Offers features such as geo-restriction bypass and encryption

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Hotspot Shield for Mac gives you the ability to surf the Internet securely, even when you're connected to public Wi-Fi networks. You can turn on or off your protection at any time, and you can see clearly what the app is doing to protect you through its straightforward interface.


Flexible plans: Depending on how much you think you'll use the Hotspot Shield, you can pick a payment option that fits your needs. For example, you can purchase a whole year of unlimited coverage for $29.95, one month's worth of service for $4.99, or 20 passes for $10. On the left side of the interface, you'll see how much time or how many passes you have left, and an option to purchase more. And you do get a few days to try out the program before you have to commit to buying any time.

Quick walk-through: While this app doesn't have an overly complicated interface, it is nice to get a little tour. And that's exactly what the program provides with a quick tutorial that highlights different aspects of the display to explain each in a bit more detail.


Interference: This program can interfere with your ability to log on to certain sites because of the way it masks your IP address. In fact, using Gmail can be a bit of a hassle, because the random locations Hotspot Shield shows you logging in from trigger Gmail's built-in security features, so you may get blocked from logging in and receive messages about unauthorized attempts to access your account.

Bottom Line

If you often log on to the Internet using public Wi-Fi networks, this app can be a good investment. It works as intended, and it shows you exactly what threats it's blocked and how much data is going in and out of your computer while it's turned on. Just be aware that you may have issues accessing some of your key sites.

What's new in version 7.9.0

There’s no specific patch note information regarding version 7.9.0.

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Full Specifications

February 7, 2024
Latest update
February 7, 2024
Operating System
OS X 10.9, Mac OS X, OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
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Developer's Description

Get Wi-Fi privacy and security, protect yourself from malware threats, and access blocked content.
Hotspot Shield allows you to access blocked websites and services online, secures your browsing session, protects you from hackers and WiFi snoopers on public WiFi networks, makes you anonymous and untraceable on the Web and detects and blocks malicious websites.