HotspotShield free download for Mac


19 September 2019

Securely browse public Wi-Fi networks.


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
  • 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 3.1.0:

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

  • 3,200+ servers in 80+ countries around the world, including 25+ cities in the U.S and Europe
  • Connection and stability improvements

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35 HotspotShield Reviews

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16 June 2011

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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.
Like (9)
Version 1.582
27 November 2019
Fair working VPN. Sometimes have slowness/connection problems but overall useful.
Version 3.1.0
20 October 2018
Very good as far I can criticize. Easy install, both on iMac as on iPhone and Samsung
Version 2.0.8
24 February 2017
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.
Like (1)
Version 1.4.5
22 January 2017
Terrible! There are DNS leaks (even in the Elite version)! There is no real security here!
Like (2)
Version 1.4.5
21 January 2017
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.
Like (2)
Version 1.4.5
08 November 2016
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! :(
Like (2)
Version 3.19
21 May 2015
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.
Like (3)
Version 3.19
1 answer(s)
22 January 2017
I've tested Hotspot Shield Elite, (Yes ELITE), and I can confirm that there are DNS leaks. That is, you are not really safe using this "VPN" It is actually - a False VPN - which is often worse than nothing because you may feel falsely protected!
30 March 2015
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.
Like (1)
Version 3.19
06 February 2015
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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Version 3.19
28 November 2014
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
Version 3.19