Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield 3.19.3

Access blocked sites and encrypt your surfing

Hotspot Shield for Mac is a free program that allows you not only to secure your connection while surfing the net, but also to access sites not normally available outside of the USA such as Pandora and Hulu. View full description

PROS

  • Secures your internet connection
  • May allow you to watch sites restricted to the USA
  • Easy to use and install
  • Streams fairly well
  • No data transfer limit

CONS

  • Inserts advertising banners into sites you visit
  • Slows down connection

Excellent
9

Hotspot Shield for Mac is a free program that allows you not only to secure your connection while surfing the net, but also to access sites not normally available outside of the USA such as Pandora and Hulu.

To secure your internet connection, Hotspot Shield creates a Virtual Private Network (a secure connection, usually abbreviated to VPN) between your computer and the Hotspot Shield developer's website, Anchorfree, based in the USA.

Everything is done in an extra tab open in your browser so there's no need to configure anything. A green and red shield in your system tray indicates when Hotspot Shield is and is not connected. The VPN is encrypted with 128 bit SSL encryption so that you can surf safely without worrying about others intercepting your data.

The major reason why users are flocking to Hotspot Shield though is because it allows you to view sites in the USA that are usually restricted to outside users. This is particularly useful for video sites such as Hulu or restricted videos on YouTube.

Hotspot Shield generally works very well. However, you do have to put up with an ad banner at the top of your browser although you can close it. In addition, it tries to install a toolbar at the beginning although you can opt out of this. If you've got Expat Shield installed, you'll also need to remove that first before installing. Also, surfing with Hotspot Shield is noticeably slower than normal but it's fine for streaming video from video sites such as Hulu.

Hotspot Shield for Mac now includes malware protection meaning that while using it, you shouldn't get infected by anything that may damage your system.

Hotspot Shield for Mac is an easy to install and use way of accessing sites that are blocked in your region.

Changes

  • Better security, new interface, faster connection.
Hotspot Shield

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Hotspot Shield 3.19.3

User reviews about Hotspot Shield

  • claremccullars

    by claremccullars

    "Crap!"

    It's constantly not working and telling me to buy the elite upgrade even though I have it. Frustrating and a waste of ti... More.

    reviewed on December 8, 2015

  • backStabber2

    by backStabber2

    "Does not work on MAC's - even though it is advertised as such"

    Works (of a fashion) on windoze platforms. Have not managed to get it working on OSX Snow Leopard or Mountain Lion. . More.

    reviewed on July 23, 2013

  • MultiGabStar

    by MultiGabStar

    "Hotspot shield does not work on the new Mac OS's"

    Hello everybody, I got the newest MAC OS X, the mountain lion one. When I tried to install the hotspot shield, a notifi... More.

    reviewed on October 23, 2012

  • radiomars

    by radiomars

    "Hotspot shield doesn't work with MAC Snow Leopard"

    I used to use Hotspot Shield on my old iMAC; it worked perfectly. When I purchased the new MAC with OSX 10.6 and downloa... More.

    reviewed on January 4, 2011

  • CSD11

    by CSD11

    "It doesn't work!!"

    Im in China and I need this software so I can access website like facebook and youtube. So, I have just paid $2. 99 for... More.

    reviewed on July 16, 2010