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HotspotShield
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HotspotShield4.2.0

17 September 2020

Securely browse public Wi-Fi networks.

Overview

HotspotShield is a free privacy and security VPN proxy:

  • Unblock any websites; unblock Facebook, unblock YouTube or others such as Netflix and Hulu where they are blocked
  • Get unrestricted access to VOIP services and messaging apps such as Skype anywhere
  • Secure your WiFi connection with HTTPS encryption
  • Prevent hackers from stealing your private information
  • Browse the web privately and anonymously
  • Compatible with OS X 10.9 or later
Features
  • Protect yourself while using Wi-Fi hotspots (VPN encrypts all internet traffic); protect your identity, your IP address and stop unwanted tracking. Share and communicate privately
  • Gives you access to your favorite sites: Unblock any blocked content and services - get Facebook, Skype, BBC, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Viber, VOIP and other services wherever you are: at work, school or while traveling
  • Take full control: you can choose country IP to connect, change data compression levels, and if you want to start the VPN automatically or not

What's new in HotspotShield

Version 4.2.0:

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-App Purchases.

  • New look, same great features. Enjoy all the VPN features and services you love, now with a fresh new look.
  • Privacy you can trust. Our commitment to your privacy and security is as strong as ever before, and our privacy commitments to you remain the same.
  • Amazing things to come. Expect new, powerful innovations to help you safe online to come your way.

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36 Reviews of HotspotShield

ethan34woods
06 April 2020
Version: 3.1.0

Most helpful

Hotspot Shield at newserialkeys is a VPN that allows you to hide your IP address and access blocked websites when you are online. With this application, you can manage your activities on mobile devices with extremely high privacy and security. One of the great things about Hotspot Shield is that, unlike some of their competitors, they fully and wholeheartedly support anonymous torrenting.
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ethan34woods
06 April 2020
Version: 3.1.0
Hotspot Shield at newserialkeys is a VPN that allows you to hide your IP address and access blocked websites when you are online. With this application, you can manage your activities on mobile devices with extremely high privacy and security. One of the great things about Hotspot Shield is that, unlike some of their competitors, they fully and wholeheartedly support anonymous torrenting.
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djsailor
27 November 2019
Version: 3.1.0
Fair working VPN. Sometimes have slowness/connection problems but overall useful.
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4.5
willem-3
20 October 2018
Version: 2.0.8
Very good as far I can criticize. Easy install, both on iMac as on iPhone and Samsung
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Scubapath
24 February 2017
Version: 1.4.5
Forget it for iMacs. Never could get it to connect automatically so I had to uninstall it and go back to the old version 3.4. That works.
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0.5
TCalhau
22 January 2017
Version: 1.4.5
Terrible! There are DNS leaks (even in the Elite version)! There is no real security here!
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0.5
higherterrain-com
21 January 2017
Version: 1.4.5
Another app claiming to be free but it isn't. Can MacUpdate start differentiating what truly free and what is not. If once you install it and it say's "start you 7 Day Trail" then it isn't free.
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::mile::
08 November 2016
Version: 3.19
Mac OS Sierra has been out for almost 2 moths now and while other developers have made sure that their apps work even way before the launch HSS still isn't compatible and won't run on a Mac with Sierra. This is unacceptable! :(
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0.5
mgus
21 May 2015
Version: 3.19
I had the same bad experience as Pugwash and others below, and would categorize Hotspot as a FAKE VPN. Even though I had Hotspot Elite, I got both adware and email spam from Kaboomit, which is affiliated with Hotspot's developer AnchorFree. Hotspot also forces Elite members to sign in to their website in order to use the VPN, so there's no real privacy. Then, when you log out of your paid account, Hotspot automatically switches you to their free service and more adware instead of just closing the application. I literally had to uninstall the entire Hotspot app to get rid of the Hotspot window and adware on my desktop, since there was no way to click on the window to remove it ( Hotspot intentionally makes only the yellow "minus" icon work so you can't disable the window). MacUpdate should reconsider selling this fake VPN, because even after finally removing Hotspot, the next time I opened my browser it was in Arabic with a strange IP address I never used before.
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Mrtomato
30 March 2015
Version: 3.19
Don't waste your time and money on this app and service. I have the same issue as Markus Winter. Try to change country but it tells me I need to unlock elite in order to do so. I have "elite" and the app seems to register this fact (or had, I'm trying to cancel this incredible waste of money). The app itself is very intrusive. It always opens browser windows when it start up and connects to quite a few metrics services. And the question of whether it works. I have my doubts about whether this is a true VPN or a kind of proxy. The reason is that VPN is like an shield. It goes up and all connections must go through it. However, this one is leaky. Sometimes my actual IP is visible to the world and even on their website they mention that there are problems with Chrome and Firefox. I know that Firefox at least bypasses proxies, but it cannot bypass VPN...unless said VPN is not VPN. Hotspot Shield is cheap and apparently for good reason. I would recommend Netshade for a desktop at any rate. I've used it for years, but thought I'd give Hotspot a go. That, however, was a mistake.
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1.5
Markus-Winter
06 February 2015
Version: 3.19
When it works then it is good. However often it does not work. I try to change country and get the "Unlock Hotspot Shield Elite features" sign shown, even though I have a 1 year subscription and it says at the bottom "Your Elite protection is valid till December 3rd, 2015". Then it opens the website, I'm logged into my account, I can edit my account details, I see my devices that I enabled for it, and still I can't change countries. Logging in and out, no effect. Sorry, this is poor. Can't give more than 1.5 stars for this.
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4.5
Alvin-H
28 November 2014
Version: 3.19
This VPN service is quite good, but unfortunately they just have 3 servers. but it the connection is fast enough from my country. using it for 1 year ahead
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4.5
rafaybutt04
01 October 2014
Version: 3.19
Hotspot shield provide us safe browsing at public place wifi connection. It provide us free us ip address automatically. I am from Pakistan and there are lot's of blocked website like youtube. Therefore if anyone from Pakistan want to get access on these website then hotspot shield is very helpful for them. Now the app is available for IOS Mac Windows & Android. Here i am sharing a link through which everyone can easily download hotspot shield free version for their IOS device. http://bit.ly/1wqUtBu
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Dellsuxx
31 January 2014
Version: 3.15
Have been using about a year with paid subscription and had a lot of trouble with older version until they upgraded it for mac 4 months ago. now it works better but recently my Firefox browser started crashing during closing so I ran it in safe mode and that fixed it but when I started HotSpot Shield and turned it off before closing Firefox the problem came right back so It's HotSpot that's causing that's preventing Firefox from closing! Hotspot's tech help is atrocious so don't even bother to email them they want you to do all the work before they'll lift a finger to help. Something I hate about them is they attempt to censor/block webpages that they deem dangerous or phishing & that's nice for newbies and kids but I don't want a net nanny with a vpn service and there's no way to turn that service off! Bottom line Hotspot Shield is only good for newbies who don't know what they're doing or windows users. Otherwise It's an unstable mess that should be avoided at all costs.
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Macsweep
26 January 2014
Version: 3.15
Though Hotspot Shield works at many public wi-fi hotspots, it unfortunately is useless on almost all pubic libraries' wi-fi because those places block the ports which Hotspot Shield uses.
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jooliar3627
14 December 2013
Version: 3.15
As I'm living in China and Also in Middle east countiries,I'm a specialist in finding new ways to access blocked websites. I have tried all those softwares, hotspot shieled, vpn one click, tor,.... They are good but not good enough, I think you'd better use a paid vpn service, But before you pay for it, ask them to give you a free trial account at least for 1 day.and then you can decide which one is better provider.I compared many providers. Strong vpn, hide my ass, purevpn and saturnvpn. They are all offering almost the same service, but saturnvpn is really cheap, and the support is really patient and helpful. You know 1month for $3.3 is not too much. you can also but an account for 12 months for $16 and 6MOnths for $10 satunvpn.com has free test account and you can try that, You can also ask them to give you a free trial account for 1 or 3 days. I hope it could help you to get rid of all those restrictions.
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Pugwash
02 October 2013
Version: 2.90
My advice is to stay away. I paid for the subscription service on this and found it slowed down my browsing experience quite a bit. Also for some reason or another the ads, which were supposed to be blocked with the subscription would suddenly appear every now and then. But the clincher is trying to cancel a subscription, the information they provide via support is completely inaccurate and so it becomes a complete pain to cancel. Esellerate as well, say more. I recently purchased NetShade which is far superior in my opinion.
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Jonnyonenote
08 June 2013
Version: 2.85
Downloads v2.9. Running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on 2 different MacBook Pro laptops. On both laptops, after I installed this software, the Sleep function no longer works, or it takes 2-3 attempts to get the computer to go to sleep mode. I have to disconnect HSE and then turn off AirPort, and even then it still takes 2-3 attempts for the computer to sleep. Also, for a paid app, upon restart, it continually opens my Browser web page to their home page (though my browser is set to open to "none"). It takes longer to send email using this VPN service, and web pages take longer to load. I don't know if I will renew my paid subscription in a year. Right now I am weighing the pros of this program versus how much it is slowing down my computers.
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Dorkypants
11 September 2012
Version: 2.67
Macupdate admins: the download link for ver. 2.67 currently downloads the Windows .exe archive.
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Robert-Ballantyne
11 September 2012
Version: 2.67
I use Hotspot Shield for a couple of purposes that are not mentioned by the other commentators. The search engines, and some advertisers create a bubble especially for me. Every time I use HS Shield I pop up at a new ISP somewhere in the USA... so I seem to be able to have a generic browse (outside my bubble). It is useful to see how well my web sites are doing with the engines. Since I live outside the USA, services like Pandora now (and for a long time now) refuse to stream music to my account with them. For years Pandora has promised to negotiate with the music companies here. With HS Shield I seem to them to be in the USA and Pandora works.
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Esekel
31 July 2012
Version: 1.582
does this sofware also encrypt data from other apps on the mac where it is installed? or does it just ecrypt browser traffic?
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Harry-Liu
01 July 2012
Version: 1.584
I have bought the Hotspot Shield. I can install and run the software in my iMac, my iPad. However, when I try to activate my Hotspot Shield on my iPhone4S, it just say (Your code was already used. Please try another code.),and I could not restore the purchase. It was said that this version includes support for 5 Macs and 5 iOS devices, what is the reason that I could not activate my iPhone using the same Key you provided?
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3.5
Dawda
30 June 2012
Version: 1.584
In short: + Cheap + Easy to use + Free if you want it to be (in-browser ad ++ Support - No options (at all) - on iOS it stop transferring data (reconnect solves it) - Some servers have been "blocked" at different sites (due to spam) - P2P (torrents)seem not to work (skype and such does work) Conclusion: I like it.
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Mirek303
26 June 2012
Version: 1.582
Hi, Hotspot Shield is free of charge, and that's why it is with ads. But the software is working well and thanks to encrypted connection secures you on public WiFi's. It also allows you to access a content limited to US visitors only while you are outside the US - for instance pandora.com, hulu.com or netflix. If you are upset with the advertising, you can pay for Elite version ($29.99/year), which is without ads.
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marillion
02 December 2011
Version: 1.582
It allows me to connect to US TV sites, e.g..AMC The waking dead site & watch trailers & episodes I otherwise could not access.
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Borlox
16 June 2011
Version: 1.582
Anybody who contemplates using this or a similar service should understand what it does. It sets up an encrypted tunnel between your Mac and the vendor's server. All network traffic that passes through that tunnel is safe from eavesdropping or tampering -- at least, it is if the product works as advertised, which I haven't verified. The advantage is that if you're using a public WiFi hotspot, others on the same hotspot won't be able to sniff your traffic, as they otherwise might be. So you don't have to trust random strangers, or a person who might be following you. On the other hand, you do have to trust the operators of this service. They see all your network traffic, and of course, they know your identity. It's no more information than your ISP gets when you connect from home or work, but it's no less either. You might or might not be less inclined to trust this small outfit than a big corporation.
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HackDefendr
08 June 2011
Version: 1.581
Here is what I don't get... It says create a VPN between your laptop and your wireless router...if first you have to connect to HotSpot Shield to create the VPN, how is this done without being connected to your wireless router? Does it disconnect and reconnect you once the VPN is established...it can't do this without breaking the connection. If this is just routing through an external VPN, what is the backbone connected to the Anchorfree network, can it handle my bandwidth usage and everyone else's too? But seriously...if you have to connect HS before associating to your wireless router, how can this possibly be done without breaking the connection you already have to your wireless router? Something just isn't adding up. -- "I'm not in this for the points or smilies...so keep em for yourself!"
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1.5
xati-ba
08 March 2011
Version: 1.341
The ads make it incredibly annoying to use. Since it's free, I probably shouldn't complain, but then again, Tor is a better alternative.
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yazeedov
23 January 2011
Version: 1.341
that the spirit
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All-I-Need-Is-You
20 December 2010
Version: 1.341
thanks to allllllllll
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4.5
Tahirpharm
09 December 2010
Version: 1.341
excellent
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Mac-Adam
17 November 2010
Version: 1.341
Not Work on MacPro 64bits 2009
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Cowicide
28 October 2010
Version: 1.341
Shouldn't this be labeled as ADWARE instead of Freeware? Someone, especially the dev, please correct me if I'm wrong in this.
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Juniper
05 January 2010
Version: 1.341
I'm using Snow Leopard on my Intel Mac and when I upgraded to this version i got the Rosetta warning... Isn't this software universal? Why it looks like it is PPC?
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Whytoi
26 November 2008
Version: 0.942
I agree. Another one of those faceless companies offering free "secure data" service. What's in it for them? Why should I trust my data with them? By using it, I would be routinely feeding all my data to them. Using public WiFi, at least there's a random nature as to which bits of data a hacker can sniff. Not ideal!
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Nouser4u
07 June 2008
Version: 0.942
I am always getting the error, Safari can't open the page “http://127.0.0.1:895/config/?action=connect”. The error was: “Operation could not be completed. (kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork error 302.)” (kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork:302) Please choose Report Bugs to Apple from the Safari menu, note the error number, and describe what you did before you saw this message. When I click 'Connect' on the application. Please Help, I am using Mac Version 10.5.3 and Safari Version 3.1.1. I have tried this on Firefox and it just gives me a blank screen.
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resuna
30 April 2008
Version: 0.942
The website doesn't go into a lot of detail, but it says this is "sponsor supported" and requires an account on their site, so I assume that it's a VPN to their server, and puts ads on yur screen while you're using it... yes no?
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