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Customer Comments
  • Lena
    20/08/2018

    Although there are only 34 server locations offered, they are well distributed and the speed is also fine.

    Lukas
    19/08/2018

    A good VPN client, if you want to increase privacy protection through an AES 256-bit encryption.

    Christian
    18/08/2018

    Had initially a few problems, however, the support helped me quickly.

    Kevin
    17/08/2018

    Unfortunately, no money-back guarantee, but can be canceled monthly, so you can test the premium version 30 days.

    Marco
    16/08/2018

    Try the free version before you switch to the premium one.

  • Michael
    15/08/2018

    Data are collected for the evaluation and calculation of used data volume, cause it is limited in the free version.

    Patrick
    14/08/2018

    I travel a lot and have to use public networks quite often. With this client, I protect myself and my laptop against hacker attacks.

    Matt
    13/08/2018

    What I like is the high AES 256-bit encryption, which makes me secure and no one can access my data.

    Kate
    12/08/2018

    A short period of 30 days is great when you need a VPN only for a certain period of time.

    Adam
    11/08/2018

    Cross-compatibility between my mobile device and computer convinced me.

  • Markus
    10/08/2018

    Data are stored, only the most necessary though, but it is still a small minus. Luckily, no identification data are stored.

    Peter
    09/08/2018

    I like to watch streams and use this VPN. So that my internet provider can't see which pages I surf and slow down my speed.

    Jennifer
    08/08/2018

    The traffic runs through the Hotspot Shield VPN server. This unblocks content, and also conceals the original location.

    Chris
    07/08/2018

    I like the simplicity of the interface. You will appreciate this also, especially, if you are a little older.

    Eric
    06/08/2018

    With the tracking protection, my employer can't track my browser history. Like!

  • Luca
    05/08/2018

    Works perfectly on all my devices: PC, tablet and mobile! I am now secured everywhere.

    Daniel
    04/08/2018

    As soon as I connect to a public network I am automatically secured. I do not need to worry about this, finally.

    Michael
    03/08/2018

    I am very, very satisfied! Best service ever!

    Kevin
    02/08/2018

    No data limitation in the premium version.

    Sven
    01/08/2018

    Very good service with AES-256-Encryption!

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Customer Comments
  • Lena
    20/08/2018

    Although there are only 34 server locations offered, they are well distributed and the speed is also fine.

    Lukas
    19/08/2018

    A good VPN client, if you want to increase privacy protection through an AES 256-bit encryption.

    Christian
    18/08/2018

    Had initially a few problems, however, the support helped me quickly.

    Kevin
    17/08/2018

    Unfortunately, no money-back guarantee, but can be canceled monthly, so you can test the premium version 30 days.

    Marco
    16/08/2018

    Try the free version before you switch to the premium one.

  • Michael
    15/08/2018

    Data are collected for the evaluation and calculation of used data volume, cause it is limited in the free version.

    Patrick
    14/08/2018

    I travel a lot and have to use public networks quite often. With this client, I protect myself and my laptop against hacker attacks.

    Matt
    13/08/2018

    What I like is the high AES 256-bit encryption, which makes me secure and no one can access my data.

    Kate
    12/08/2018

    A short period of 30 days is great when you need a VPN only for a certain period of time.

    Adam
    11/08/2018

    Cross-compatibility between my mobile device and computer convinced me.

  • Markus
    10/08/2018

    Data are stored, only the most necessary though, but it is still a small minus. Luckily, no identification data are stored.

    Peter
    09/08/2018

    I like to watch streams and use this VPN. So that my internet provider can't see which pages I surf and slow down my speed.

    Jennifer
    08/08/2018

    The traffic runs through the Hotspot Shield VPN server. This unblocks content, and also conceals the original location.

    Chris
    07/08/2018

    I like the simplicity of the interface. You will appreciate this also, especially, if you are a little older.

    Eric
    06/08/2018

    With the tracking protection, my employer can't track my browser history. Like!

  • Luca
    05/08/2018

    Works perfectly on all my devices: PC, tablet and mobile! I am now secured everywhere.

    Daniel
    04/08/2018

    As soon as I connect to a public network I am automatically secured. I do not need to worry about this, finally.

    Michael
    03/08/2018

    I am very, very satisfied! Best service ever!

    Kevin
    02/08/2018

    No data limitation in the premium version.

    Sven
    01/08/2018

    Very good service with AES-256-Encryption!

Overview

The Hotspot Shield VPN-software was developed by AnchorFree and has been in use since as early as 2005. AnchorFree Inc. is headquartered in California and additionally operates a branch office in Switzerland. Over the many years the software has been in existence, the VPN network has been continually expanded. AnchorFree Inc. currently operates more than 2,000 servers in over 20 locations.

The Hotspot Shield enables convenient and uninterrupted streaming of movies and series. The VPN client is compatible with almost every known platform, with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video being just two examples. This makes waiting for the latest films and series a thing of the past. NBA and NFL events can also be streamed using the VPN software – from any country on the world. Thanks to strong encryption, Hotspot Shield users can reap the benefits of high performance and a secure data connection. The VPN software allows anonymous participation in all known filesharing platforms, such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, and eDonkey. Thanks to a non-traceable IP address and a location that can be adjusted to suit your individual needs, the VPN software even bypasses firewall and Internet blockades in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and China.

On the Hotspot Shield website, an extensive knowledge database is available to both potential buyers and customers. Here you will find an answer to almost every important question. In case of further questions or problems, users can simply contact customer support via e-mail.

Performance Data - Hotspot Shield VPN

FeatureValue
Max Download Speed 42 Mb/s
Max Upload Speed 38 Mb/s
Ping Time 32 s
Average time to connect 12 s
Reliability Score Very good
Pros
  • Very simple and intuitive app
  • Simultaneous use on up to 5 devices
  • Lifetime subscription pays off relatively quickly
Cons
  • No multihop and kill switch features
  • Cannot select a specific city

Prices and Conditions

1 Month
No Discount
$15.99
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$6.99
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Overview

The Hotspot Shield VPN-software was developed by AnchorFree and has been in use since as early as 2005. AnchorFree Inc. is headquartered in California and additionally operates a branch office in Switzerland. Over the many years the software has been in existence, the VPN network has been continually expanded. AnchorFree Inc. currently operates more than 2,000 servers in over 20 locations.

The Hotspot Shield enables convenient and uninterrupted streaming of movies and series. The VPN client is compatible with almost every known platform, with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video being just two examples. This makes waiting for the latest films and series a thing of the past. NBA and NFL events can also be streamed using the VPN software – from any country on the world. Thanks to strong encryption, Hotspot Shield users can reap the benefits of high performance and a secure data connection. The VPN software allows anonymous participation in all known filesharing platforms, such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, and eDonkey. Thanks to a non-traceable IP address and a location that can be adjusted to suit your individual needs, the VPN software even bypasses firewall and Internet blockades in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and China.

On the Hotspot Shield website, an extensive knowledge database is available to both potential buyers and customers. Here you will find an answer to almost every important question. In case of further questions or problems, users can simply contact customer support via e-mail.

Streaming

On numerous streaming platforms such as HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video, series and movies are available for viewing much earlier than they are on public television. A wide selection, ad-free content, and great picture/sound quality – this combination makes video streaming more popular than ever. It goes without saying that new content appears earlier in the countries where the movies and series are produced than in other countries. Due to licensing problems or a slow dubbing process, many streamers are forced to wait a long time before they can access content. This problem doesn’t stop at just movies and series. Sporting events, such as those broadcast by Fox Sports or Sky Go, are also affected.

With the help of VPN software, the streaming problems and restrictions can be very easily solved. The VPN client connects to one of the many servers located across a wide range of countries. The user is given a new IP address and the virtual location changes accordingly. This new address makes streaming providers think that the VPN user is located in either a country with the necessary broadcasting rights or a country in which the content was produced. The VPN software allows streaming users to enjoy new movies, series, and even sports broadcasts without delay.

Hotspot Shield uses a global server network that boasts more than 2,000 powerful VPN servers in over 20 locations. There are over 300,000 IP addresses at the disposal of users. The VPN software stands out through its high download speed of up to 38 Mbps, which is even fast enough to stream content in 4K UHD quality. In addition, Hotspot Shield provides its customers with unlimited data volume. With the Hotspot Shield app, the service can also easily and seamlessly be used on up to 5 devices.

Filesharing

Most households have a fast DSL or cable connection with a high bandwidth. With high download rates, larger files can also be downloaded in no time at all. Users can get movies, series, programs, and music via well-known file sharing platforms such as BitTorrent or uTorrent. Downloading these types of content often violates copyright laws. The risk of being caught illegally downloading is very high, especially if users participate in file sharing without first implementing the necessary security measures. Anyone caught illegally downloading content faces a hefty fine.

Internet users using file-sharing platforms should make absolutely sure that they have the necessary security measures in place. The simplest and most effective means of protection is VPN software. This type of software uses a high level of encryption and disguises the IP address of users to protect them during file sharing. Thanks to these effective security measures, it is almost impossible to trace a user’s IP address. With the tried-and-tested kill switch technology, the file-sharing client is automatically terminated as soon as the VPN is disconnected.

Users of the Hotspot Shield VPN software can download files from the internet with a high download speed of up to 38 megabits per second. The exceptional upload speeds of 42 Mbps will certainly convince many users of the quality of the provider as well. This is ideal for file sharing. Unfortunately, the VPN provider foregoes the use of both kill switch technology and other features designed to conceal the IP address, such as the popular “multihopping”. Hotspot Shield does offer its customers the popular DNS leak blocking function. With regard to the logging policy, AnchorFree stores only a minimum of its users’ connection data. Activities are neither logged nor stored/retained.

Bypass firewalls

A firewall can be used to record, control, and block data traffic on the Internet. In most countries, such as Germany or the USA, governments make little use of these opportunities. In other countries, such as China, Russia, and Turkey,  the censorship of websites and content on the Internet is widespread. These governments believe that, where freedom of expression is concerned, the Internet must be censored and some pages and offered services must be made unavailable. As a result, these governments regulate Internet traffic and block popular websites and services such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia.

Residents and travellers with restricted Internet access in Turkey, Russia, and China do not have to resign themselves to censorship and blocked websites. These Internet users can easily bypass the firewalls with VPN software. The VPN client obscures the actual address of these Internet users and changes the virtual location. With the help of secure encryption, all data communication is concealed, meaning it cannot be classified as undesirable by firewalls.

The Hotspot Shield has already been in use for many years, and has at its disposal a worldwide network of VPN servers. Users of the VPN software have a total of more than 300,000 IP addresses available to them all over the globe. The company operates over 2,000 servers at more than 20 locations. High-quality, 265-bit AES encryption ensures users are reliably protected, and can also safely surf without worry on public networks such as in restaurants, bars, or cafes.

Security and Anonymity

Global networking via the Internet brings a great many advantages with it. Networking with people all across the globe has never been easier. It does, however, also have its disadvantages and problems. For criminals, the Internet is a new market that makes it significantly easier to access other people’s data than it would be in real life. Over the last few years, the incidence of cyber-crime and hacker attacks has increased enormously. There is also an increase in the number of incidents involving the misuse of personal data for advertising purposes, and the number of cease and desist orders issued by Sony, BMG, and other media enterprises has also risen dramatically.

In this day and age, anyone surfing the Internet without reliable protection is taking a huge risk. A simple and low-cost remedy to this problem can be found in the form of VPN software.  Users access the Internet through a secure VPN connection and benefit from a high level of encryption. The entire stream of data communication is no longer publicly available on the Internet, but rather takes place exclusively inside a secure data tunnel. The IP address of the VPN user is disguised and made completely unrecognisable. Thanks to these effective protection measures, neither Internet criminals nor companies can access user data and activities. Even government authorities will be unable to decipher the user data.

The Hotspot Shield uses strong 265-bit AES data encryption and provides its customers with an extensive, global server infrastructure. Contrary to many other VPN providers, Hotspot Shield does not support the OpenVPN protocol. Hotspot Shield instead supports the L2TP/IPSec protocol, as well as a proprietary protocol for data transmission.

ProtocolHotspot Shield
L2TP/IPSecx
Proprietary protocol

(Hydra Protocol

x

Table 1: Protocols

 

When it comes to users’ anonymity in relation to their activities on the Internet, information from Hotspot Shield is neither logged nor stored, meaning it cannot fall into the hands of third parties. In addition, the DNS leak protection reliably prevents DNS leaks. Should they wish, customers can also pay for the VPN software completely anonymously using Bitcoin. All of Hotspot Shield’s supported protocols and security functions are listed in the following tables.

Security featureHotspot Shield
AES-256 data encryptionx
DNS leak blockingx
Accepts Bitcoinx

Table 2: Summary of security and anonymity features

Performance

With a huge number of more than 300,000 IP addresses, every Hotspot Shield user will always get a free and suitable IP address. And with more than 2,000 servers in over 20 locations around the world, the VPN server network is outstandingly constructed. The maximum download speed is 38 Mbit per second, and is therefore also suitable for streaming 4K content. The upload speed of up to 42 Mbit/s is also very good and outperforms a great number of competitors.

Hotspot Shield customers benefit from a quick connection setup of 3 seconds on average, a good ping time of 12 milliseconds, and the joy of unlimited data volume. When we ran the endurance test, the VPN client of Hotspot Shield ran very stably and reliably.

Performance featureHotspot Shield
Max download speed38 Mb/s
Max upload speed40 Mb/s
Ping time12 ms
Average connection setup time3 s
Reliability evaluationVery good

Table 3: Performance data

User-friendliness

The Hotspot Shield VPN client can be installed on a computer in just a few minutes and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh OS. One of the software’s selling points is that it is very easy to use. Unfortunately, users cannot select a specific city in the settings. In addition to the computer software, there is a mobile app for terminal devices that use the iOS or Android operating system. The mobile application is very clearly arranged and can be operated intuitively. The following table lists all compatible devices and operating systems.

DeviceHotspot Shield
WindowsApp
Mac OSApp
iOSApp
AndroidApp

Table 4: Device compatibility

 

AnchorFree operates its own website for its Hotspot Shield. This clearly arranged page contains an extensive knowledge database with answers to all common questions. If users need further help, they can send an email to the support team at any time to receive advise from a competent support agent.

Conclusion

Hotspot Shield offers convincing VPN software thanks to its secure encryption, ease of use, and well-developed server network. The 20,000 high-performance servers are located in more than 20 countries such as the USA, Japan, Great Britain, and Germany and offer users more than 300,000 IP addresses. The anonymization of users is particularly worth mentioning. They can create their profiles completely anonymously and pay via Bitcoin. In addition, only a minimum amount of log data is stored. Data on users’ activities is neither logged nor stored.

The VPN software is intuitive to use and most questions can be answered by the knowledge database. Customer support is available by e-mail, with answers being delivered in a friendly, fast, and competent manner. Thanks to its highly impressive download/upload rate and unlimited bandwidth, Hotspot Shield’s VPN software is ideal for streaming and file sharing.

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