Hotspot Shield is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) product of Anchorfree that compresses and encrypts your computer/mobile data while connecting to the internet. The application is an advertisements (see the below screenshot) based freeware and runs in the background and will compress and encrypt all incoming and outgoing exchanges on the fly. Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network between your laptop and the destination. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over a wireless network. Which means you remain anonymous and protect your privacy.
The service gave me a good 2+Mbps speed on my 4Mbps broadband network.
The service works through a VPN tunnel, where the user connects to servers run by AnchorFree, which then encrypts their data as they browse the Web. This grants every Web page the user visits the same level of security as their banking websites, turning HTTP connections into HTTPS. The service also takes users’ IP address—their online fingerprint—throws it out, and assigns them a new one. This makes it so that the user cannot be tracked by their IP. The company also mentioned they doesn’t store data of the users (I don’t believe though, do you?), which has been an area of controversy among other VPN services—since if someone demands the information, offers to pay for it, or breaches their systems and takes the data, then the user is placed at risk.
The service is free, but is paid for by an ad placed at the top of the user’s Web browser while using the service. They also have a paid package that removes ads, increases speed, and offers other services. If you would like to go for the paid version, these are the subscription plans you have.
Free Version Features
- Ensure you are private, secure, and anonymous online!
- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
- Access all of your favorite content privately
- Secure your web session with HTTPS encryption
- Hide your IP address for your privacy online
- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices and ISP hubs.
- Works on wireless and wired connections alike.
- Provides Unlimited Bandwidth.
- Secure your data & personal information online
- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.
Once installed don’t forget to turn Hotspot Shield ON and use it. Enjoy Hotspot Shield for free and share it with friends. This VPN is also available on iTunes AppStore for all your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch etc.,) but is not free for them.
PC and the Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 7, Snow Leopard, Lion)
Download of the free HotSpot VPN
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For Windows version, send email to: win(at)anchorfree(dot)com
For Mac version, send email to: mac(at)anchorfree(dot)com