Hotspot Shield

Hotspotshield.com
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Website: www.hotspotshield.com
Price: Elite version from $2.49 / Month. (If purchased via 12-month plan)
Our Rating: – 71.6%
Protection: 3/5
Software / GUI:
3/5
Features:
2/5
Speed:
3/5
Ease of Use:
4/5

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Service Overview and Reviews

Protocols: PPTP, L2TP

Service: Hotspot Shield offers a VPN service connecting to virtual locations in USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Canada and Germany.

There is a free version but this comes with ads loading directly into your web browser which most will find intrusive. The paid (Elite) version does away with these ads and boasts faster, less populated servers.

The software is basic and will protect you from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots such as at hotels, airports and corporate offices and allow you to unblock sites like Hulu, YouTube, etc that may be blocked from your location.

Versions are available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android

The Android version includes ‘Smart Protection’ which automatically detects unsafe Wi-Fi networks and then turns on to protect you.
Note: p2p / torrents are blocked completely.

Privacy: They are a US company governed by US law. See their Policy/Terms/FAQ

Our Thoughts: We tested both the free and paid services and whilst the speeds were tolerable on the free service the intrusive advertising will not be for most people. The paid service is faster and very cheap for the 12 month option but the total block on p2p will put off many hardcore users.

If you are just looking for ultra-basic security and privacy at wi-fi hotspots or to unblock censored sites this could be for you. If p2p file-sharing or stronger security and anonymity is your thing you’ll really need to look at other VPN alternatives.

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Hotspot Shield Speed Test Results

Hotspot Shield Speed Test

Below you can see our testing results for Hotspot Shield. For more details of how we conduct our speed tests go to VPN Speed Tests

Test PC #1 – United States – OS (Mac OSX) – ISP (Cox)

SpeedTest.net (Firefox) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United States 31 24.75 6.99
Using FreeVPN Software United States 82 9.87 4.29
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States 53 13.09 5.49
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 845M 1643k 08:46
Using FreeVPN Software United States 845M 999k 14:24
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States 845M 1156k 12:28
P2P Test (Transmission) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United States 695.3Mb 1.65Mb 07:02:00
Using FreeVPN Software United States Blocked Blocked Blocked
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States Blocked Blocked Blocked

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Test PC #2 – United Kingdom – OS (Win 7) – ISP (Sky)

SpeedTest.net (Firefox) Location Ping Download Upload
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 36 10.57 0.95
Using FreeVPN Software United States 182 4.05 0.94
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States 143 9.02 0.93
Download Test (Curl) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 783M 1228k 10:52
Using FreeVPN Software United States 783M 277k 48:04
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States 783M 997k 13:23
P2P Test (uTorrent) Location File Size Av. Speed/sec Time/mins
Not Using VPN United Kingdom 695Mb 1.1Mb 09:58
Using FreeVPN Software United States Blocked Blocked Blocked
Using Elite (paid) VPN Software United States Blocked Blocked Blocked

*P2P Blocked All Servers

Note: The handshake protocol (MSCHAP_V2) used by many PPTP connections has been cracked and therefore PPTP could now be considered unencrypted. For maximum security use OpenVPN or L2TP.
https://www.cloudcracker.com/blog/2012/07/29/cracking-ms-chap-v2/

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3 Comments

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    Hotspot shield is horrible and it just now started limiting my Bandwidth use even after I delete it? What the hell???? This is a terrible program and now I can’t search anything. Stupid Stupid Stupid

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    Its simply an awesome program, I have been using it for years trouble free and thank Hotspotshield crew for giving me the tools to enjoy TV that I normally could not watch and whats really amazing is that its FREE, no I am in no way associated with them but just expressing my gratitude, Thank you.

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    User since 2007 – just gets better and better. Now with the ability to choose point of presence. Also I have the iOS version and it includes data compression – paid for itself in a month. Keep up the good work guys

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