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11 January 2020

Browse privately using anonymous proxies and VPN servers.

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Big77
15 December 2019
Version: 8.3

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NetShade 8.3 (230) release notes: - Globe now has clickable pins for proxy servers - Added buttons to Preferences->VPN for viewing or clearing PKI - Right-clicking or long-pressing on the globe now sets your location - Now properly removes defunct servers from the list
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Pablo-The-Innocent
22 April 2020
Version: 8.3.1
Netshade 8.3.1 flies on a 2017 5K iMac27. Am running Catalina Beta 10.15.5 and often use the US West Servers. Just ran Speedtest : 310.3 Mbps download 8.83 " upload Am a very happy user.
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aaronclottey
13 January 2020
Version: 8.3.1
I HAVE BEEN USING FOR YEARS BUT THIS PAST YEAR. I COULD NEVER SEEM TO BE BLOCKED FOR MORE THAN 2 MINUTES AND I AM SKEPTICAL ABOUT RENEWING BECAUSE I DIDN'T GET TO USE THE SERVICE AS MUCH. BECAUSE NETSHADE KEPT KICKING ME OUT SOMEHOW.
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Big77
15 December 2019
Version: 8.3
NetShade 8.3 (230) release notes: - Globe now has clickable pins for proxy servers - Added buttons to Preferences->VPN for viewing or clearing PKI - Right-clicking or long-pressing on the globe now sets your location - Now properly removes defunct servers from the list
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Big77
16 June 2019
Version: 8.0
This page is giving release notes for Netshade 7 even though Netshade 8 is out. Netshade 8 is a newer GUI and now supports different connection modes (VPN, SOCKS, HTTP). includes a speed test, and Netshade 8 apparently also lays down the foundation for their new product, HOP, which lets you easily configure your own computer as a VPN server.
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jpnedeleg
23 October 2018
Version: 7.2.1
Been using Netshade since NS3. Never had ANY problem with it. Smooth, easy, and very reactive developer, even for local problems! Won't change before next century :p
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SprintiPhone
10 August 2017
Version: 7.0.3
Netshade is the only annually billed VPN/proxy that I've been willing to pay for. More reliable than the other paid or free ones I've tried. There are periods where there are issues, generally when there is an update. But developer is very quick to respond to inquiries, usually in a day or two.
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ben-marko
07 January 2017
Version: 7.0.3
Good bit of software, but goes through periods where no network traffic can make it through. When it works however, it is very reliable.
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Odysseus
29 October 2016
Version: 7.0.3
The app is buggy beyond a shadow of a doubt. The service is incredibly slow -- both the proxy and the VPN server.
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tcr
20 June 2016
Version: 7.0.1
For clarification: Today's MacUpdate promo is for 6 months of VPN + Proxy access, which would normally be $29.50. It works for new and existing customers.
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markr9439
20 June 2016
Version: 7.0.1
This is the best product by far i bought it at version 5 and never looked back its awesome and very secure the they reply really fast with queries. i made a mistake of buy another company VPN offering a lifetime subscription as i was installing it on another mac in another country but it was not as good as this one so the saving did not really work out. buying another one of these while its on offer ;) version 7 is really cool they are on the ball with this product and i feel safe and secure using it.
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Guido-Muldoon
01 June 2016
Version: 7.0.1
Version 7 is fast, easy to use and seems far superior to me versus other paid for VPN/proxy software I've tried. I first used Netshade back in version 4. All the problems/concerns/issues and needed features of past versions appear to have been addressed in version 7. Many VPN services are now offering lifetime licenses for less than the Netshade annual fee but they just don't seem to me as professionally implemented. Netshade does not now offer lifetime licensing but do offer several license options and occasional discounts. They also have Keyshade for password security and Flight Kit which looks like it might be nice for private pilots but I am not a pilot so I can not offer any advice on that one.
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Achim2
23 May 2016
Version: 7.0
7.0 crashes as soon as I switch to any other app. It's broken. The previous version worked fine.
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tcr
17 May 2016
Version: 7.0
Hello NetShade is doing a promo this week, for the launch of NetShade 7. $39 for NetShade with a year of proxy & VPN access. (normally $59) https://secure.raynersw.com/store.php Free trial available too. -RS
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Macupdate-User
20 February 2016
Version: 6.3.1
Hello, I'm interested in purchasing soon. When will NetShade be discounted next or appear in a bundle?
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Mrtomato
15 December 2015
Version: 6.3.1
Over the last year I've become somewhat disenchanted with Netshade. The move to NetShade 6 was a bit awkward -- a $10 charge for, in essence, an add-on that I don't use and have no use for. I could live with that, but over the last 9 months the servers - particularly the UK servers -- became so slow that I moved to another VPN (CyberGhost, FWW), which has been 5x ~ 10x faster than NetShade. I'm not sure what's gone wrong. NetShade is the only VPN for Mac that I know of that is consistently updated and has a completely Mac-friendly interface, so it's a real shame that the essential service is now so slow.
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Sincoseis
02 December 2015
Version: 6.3.1
Is VPN and Proxy access included in the Netshade version that is part of the bundle "11 awesome apps, 1 super low price" If so for how long ? One year or ...
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joaonunosoares
08 October 2015
Version: 6.3.1
used the trial, and only can say booth proxy and VPN very fast. best proxy and vpn service i used till now. any discount soon, so i can buy? ;)
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Geoff6
11 July 2015
Version: 6.3
Netshade works and works really well. I have been using it from earlyish days and I have never had a problem with it. The developer replies quickly to questions and I appreciate the continual effort to improve it. Definitely a five star app.
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4.5
Rickzeman
11 July 2015
Version: 6.3
I like this product. Very stable, unobtrusive, and the proxy servers aren't so overwhelmed that they're unusable. Was surprised to see that Netshade suffered from ipv6 leakage, too.
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mgus
21 May 2015
Version: 6.1.5
Netshade works very well, and is far superior to some of the other so-called VPNs. It runs smoothly in the background, provides plenty of VPN and/or proxy options, and customer service is top notch. Highly recommended.
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GregSkilleter8619
30 April 2015
Version: 6.1.5
Has anyone tried Netshade from Australia? I have tried a number of VPN services over the last few months but although many say they have servers located all over the globe this translates to the northern hemisphere. Australian broadband is already slow enough without only being able to connect to a VPN server located somewhere in Europe. Would appreciate any feedback from users as I am distrustful of the marketing information released on behalf of actual software companies.
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gjcreative-1
30 April 2015
Version: 6.1.5
Never a bad experience with NetShade and I've been using it for years. The software is very intuitive and easy to use. Both VPN and Proxy services work as advertised. Support when needed is very responsive. This is a first class service that's Mac-centric. For me, it's been a five-star experience all the way.
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Sgginc
29 April 2015
Version: 6.1.5
I just purchased and it appears I need to add $9
for the upgrade to v6 from v5.

It states:
"This promotion is for NetShade and 1 year of Proxy and VPN services"

This certainly was not clear!!!
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tcr
29 April 2015
Version: 6.1.5
If you are a current NetShade user and you only want the proxy service (not VPN), you can buy this promo and we'll convert your 1 year of proxy+VPN to two years of proxy. Just e-mail us with the registration code and the MU receipt and we'll get it all sorted out. support@raynersw.com
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Mylon
29 April 2015
Version: 6.1.4
Hello,

I am using NetShade, and I just renewed the service until April 2016.
If I buy today, will this extend my present service beyond that date ?
Thanks.
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Tim27
21 March 2015
Version: 6.1.4
I am just curious to know how you know if apps like this actually work and do what they say they do? Why would I trust a service like this instead of a hotel wifi network? Couldn't companies like this collect data by having it beamed to them directly through their apps? Anyone can make a front end GUI that says "Your IP address is being hidden." How can I test this to make sure?
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wissme
14 March 2015
Version: 6.1.4
Nice software. I use it for a year. May I get a bargain to rebuy for a year ?
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lalicata
11 January 2015
Version: 6.1.4
I have used this software for at least 3+ years (back when it was version 4 on a PPC MAC) in places where the author could not have imagined, under conditions that are absolutely bizarre, and using combinations of VPN and proxies just to get mail out and manage bank accounts, using Safari and this software. It has yet to let me down, and when something came up that seem not to work correctly, the author fixed it, or tried his best. I have stressed tested this software and it has come through in every case but one, which was NOT its fault, but the public wifi connections I was trying to access. So, if you need the features and options this program offers, I can say with near certainty that this software will deliver and will perform as it described.
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xcoxco
11 January 2015
Version: 6.1.4
Why the negative reviews? This is a great product. It works as advertised, and is updated regularly. Users seem to confuse the application's functions with those related to the "public" Internet. For example, do you really think a VPN is going to work flawlessly in China, if at all? If so, you may not be living in the real world ...
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Pirx
08 January 2015
Version: 6.1.3
I spent EUR 60+ for VPN & Proxy on NetShade. While it works in India and Singapore (where it is not really needed), It does not work in China. All NetShade's VPN servers are unresponsive when accessed from China. The developer should make sure, that NetShade actually serves its advertised purpose. People in certain countries depend on a working VPN for life and livelihood. Selling NetShade as-is without a label "May not work where needed most" is irresponsible.
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Wts
29 December 2014
Version: 6.1.3
Apparently NetShade is an Internet security tool that conceals your IP address on the web.

I want to give this app a try however the price seems steep and also...

Does this app work straight out of the box or how much fidgeting with the settings do i have to do and how do i confirm that NetShade actually conceals my IP address ? Should i still use Little Snitch which i always thought concealed my IP address.

And can i hide my true IP address only from certain sites or is my IP address hidden from every web site i visit ? And if that happens will those web sites prevent me from downloading upgrades to the software i purchased as an example?
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tcr
20 December 2014
Version: 6.1
If you've had issues with NetShade and Yosemite, you were likely running into an issue involving corruption of one of NetShade's helper tools. It affected some users during Yosemite install and not others. Version 6.1 should correct this. If you still have issues with 6.1, please run the Uninstaller: http://www.raynersw.com/downloads and then re-launch NetShade, and you should be in business.
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Xipper
01 December 2014
Version: 6.0.2
Hangs on Yosemite, completely unusable.
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Macatak
14 October 2014
Version: 6.0.2
I cannot get v6 to install and launch on Yosemite Beta Current Build: 14A388b. Keeps saying the app is damaged. Anyone else experiencing that, or do I need to dig up a solution elsewhere?
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Mcr
25 September 2014
Version: 6.0.2
I recommend Private Internet Access: 1) Client software is always free, you only pay the subscription. 2) More than 2 dozen server proxies located in US, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe. 3) Accessible from within China (I've tried it, it works) 4) Supports Port Forwarding, UDP or TCP, and VPN Kill Switch (if you lose your VPN connection it will disconnect from the Internet). 5) Client software for both Windows and OS X, with manual setup instructions for tablets, phones (iOS, Android) and Linux, based on OpenVPN protocols, so you don't even have to use their client software if you don't want to, any VPN client that supports OpenVPN can be used, or you can setup manually yourself from within OS X or Windows. 6) Install client software on as many devices as you want, only limitation is no more than 5 can be logged in to any of their servers simultaneously, which I think is very generous. 7) Annual subscription is $39.95, price hasn't changed in three years. 8) they don't log or track usage, anonymous, especially if you choose a server in Canada or Europe where the laws are more pro-consumer regards the courts being able to request user data. 9) you can even purchase anonymously through various methods (gift cards, and so on), so there isn't even a paper trail back to you, and that is the main point right? Being anonymous.
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0.5
Surfspirit
19 September 2014
Version: 6.0.2
Amazing that a so called Privacy App don't have an unninstaller, it leaves system extensions benhind like tap.kext and tun.kext that only God know exactly what they do, even when you trashed the app...!!
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0.5
Amcan12
02 September 2014
Version: 6.0.2
NetShade sucks! Tried to use it for about a year, all without much luck when on trips to China and other 'censored' places. Finally switched to ExpressVPN and never looked back.
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Malby
19 August 2014
Version: 6.0.1
I've been using Netshade 5 with some frustration. My Macbook Pro tells me that it's always 'using significant energy' causing the fans to run full tilt while I watch Netflix. My daughter uses a Chrome plugin on her computer that performs the same trick as Netshade but is completely free and doesn't run her computer hot. So, I select 'Check for updates' to see if a newer version of Netshade has been produced that runs more efficiently. Sure enough version 6 is available and the notes claims, 'Deep optimizations and streamlining. App is smaller in size despite many added features'. But the catch is a $9 upgrade. But hang on, I'm already paying a yearly subscription of about $20 per year. Surely, I shouldn't have to pay extra for them to get their client software running properly????? What planet are these guys on? I think I need to talk to my daughter about that free plugin for the Chrome browser.
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3.5
Big77
12 August 2014
Version: 6.0.1
I took a closer look at version 6 using the 20 day free trial. First the nice parts: giving the option of using TCP via port 443 is nice. I've never had a problem using the UDP default but that's not to say it can't happen. And the preference dialog definitely is nicer. I haven't tried scripting it, but Applescript support now exists and a quick peek shows 8 Netshade specific instructions and lots of information available to be queried. But other than port 443 and Applescript I really don't understand the upgrade. The selection of Proxy of VPN servers can no longer be made from the Netshade windows but must now be made from the menu bar. Performance doesn't seem any better or quicker. And a password manager called Keyshade now is integrated into the app. I don't want another password manager (and a limited one at that), I'm perfectly happy with my existing password manager which fills the proper fields in websites, unlike Keyshade. Nor is the app quite ready -- when I click on "What's Keyshade?" in the preferences, a window pops up saying "What's [newline] Keyshade?" and nothing more. RaynerSW, I don't want to pay $9 for a password manager I don't need. I didn't get your app years ago for password management. Or put another way, I don't want to pay to upgrade a formerly free app when I already have to pay for a subscription, especially when I don't gain anything in performance. Yes, new VPN features are nice but that should be covered by the subscription. There are a lot of choices in the VPN market and your pay model makes no sense to me, especially when NEW subscribers still get the app for free. (New subscribers pay $10 more for the first year of service but that was always the case.)
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Big77
12 August 2014
Version: 6.0.1
Used to be the app was free and you pay for the service. Now there is a charge to upgrade the app. I find it a really odd way of doing business. Kind of like buying an anti-virus package and then having to pay for a subscription on top of it.
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3.5
Michael-Wayne
01 August 2014
Version: 6.0
My subscription is now due and as I am English living in various EU countries I watch SkyGo and iPlayer etc to catch up. Now I have been reviewing other VPN services such as Express VPN and HideMyAss and othrs that provide Tier1 service. Some have their own servers and infrastructure so unbeknowns to you, the connection is just being rented or piggybacked from another provider. The top 5 providers in Europe use euro based servers so are much closer for europhiles who use the majority of their connection in europe. For some time I have found that when watching sky or iPlayer on Netchade I can never watch a complete programme without the "buffering" spinner. Having tested non US based providers based in UK and europe excluding Latvia and Romania I have found them to be faster and no "buffering" spinner. So I am now in the position to change but don't really want to as I can't find out from Netshade site if they just rent space on others and whether the new update is faster or more reliable. This is quite important when you want VPN and encryption. Still looking for an answer but based on past use with the buffering issue (not related to poor or bad connections)( I am a telecoms engineer and designer) I am giving it 3 stars based on my last 12 months use.
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Franko
31 July 2014
Version: 6.0
Version 6 heads up: Before someone ignites a firestorm, note that version 6 is paid upgrade (9$ from v5). For the app, not the proxy service (so if your service is paid to, say December that continues). Personally I'll upgrade as NS serves me well but others may want to remain with v5.
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Stassi
17 June 2014
Version: 5.4.8
Note - you are buying a subscription to the Proxy service when buying this software. There is no warning of this - it just STOPS working one day (there is one public proxy available, which won't work - any others cost money to access with this software). I chose to buy another year of service and chose PayPal as my payment option. Again - NO Warning that if you pay with paypal there may be a delay! I have paid - and I can NOT use this software until they get around to their paypal?! Had I known that, I would not have renewed and would have found another option.
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Frankof
11 February 2014
Version: 5.4.5
I like the program for what it does. For my likings, it has too much eye-candy in its main window, but that's just cosmetics. What REALLY bugs me that NetShade does not remember the user's proxy settings. I use proxies a lot (one example for a local proxy I use is Glimmerblocker), but every single time I use NetShade for something I have to remember to go to system preferences and manually type in the proxy settings again. Why does NetShade not simply save the proxy settings it encounters when the program starts, and restores them when it quits???
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mrtomstone
22 December 2013
Version: 5.4.5
Really pleased with this software. I am from the UK but currently live in the far east and I mainly use it to access my Netflix UK account and BBC iPlayer. It was very simple to setup, I can use it on all of my devices (concurrently if I wanted to, but that would be silly). In the 2 years approx that I have been using it, the UK servers were only down for me once. When I contacted support (because I thought that I had broken something), they were very apologetic and explained that the UK servers had gone down in the middle of the night, US time. It wasn't long before things were back up and running. I would call that first class support. When I use BBC iPlayer, I can just connect with a standard UK proxy, but Netflix requires a UK VPN. Another UK TV catchup service I have used in the past (but stopped because of the 5 minutes of ads every 10 minutes), called 4oD really didn't want anyone outside of the UK connecting because they were still able to know that I wasn't in the UK when I connected with a proxy or VPN. They thought they had one up on me, that is until I combined a proxy and VPN (ingenious!). The software does warn you that this may result in slower speeds but I was still able to watch what I wanted without any issues. Now if someone could just invent a streaming media ad blocker, things would be perfect.
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Geoff6
21 December 2013
Version: 5.4.5
I am just really happy with Netshade now. Its terrific. it went through a troublesome phase for me with the initial version 5 and the developer diligently worked out the kinks, one by one. I am so glad to have its use.
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JensT9787
19 December 2013
Version: 5.4.4
great kind of software. Now be able to listen to pandora.com and watch my favourite "neues aus Büttenwarder" on yt. Thanks. Even VPN plus Proxy takes no more than half a second roundup.
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Jp7
17 December 2013
Version: 5.4.4
I have version 5.5.5 installed. Today I upgraded to OS 10.9.1. Now every time I reboot Netshade says it needs to install a helper tool. Little Snitch stays out of it. I install. Next time I reboot, it wants to reinstall a helper for Netshade again. What's up?
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RogerKatz
13 December 2013
Version: 5.4.4
I downloaded from MacUpdate, but I got an alert that the file "was corrupted". I successfully updated from within the application.
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4.5
joelw3845
11 December 2013
Version: 5.4.3
For the life of me, I can't understand some of the negative comments and problems some people report. I have been using Netshade (both OSX and IOs )for many years with only a few outages that when reported were rapidly dealt with. I have found the technical and customer support to be excellent, and wish more companies would respond in their manner. I especially like the large number of proxies available and the fact that I can enter my own IPs and ports, many obtained online. The security is tops and though I tried their VPN, Ifound it wasn't necessary for my needs, though it was super.
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