Hotspot Shield Elite v5.2.1

Set up a VPN for safe browsing on any Wi-Fi network

  • Category:

    Network security

  • Version:

    v5.2.1

  • Works under:

    Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Full version
  • Vote:
    7.4 (5761)

Hotspot Shield Elite is a subscription-based service that encrypts and tunnels your web traffic through Hotspot servers, protecting your online privacy and allowing you to view USA-restricted websites such as Hulu, Netflix, and certain videos on YouTube.

Hotspot Shield comes in a both a free version and a paid version. The free version has certain limitations and includes a permanent banner ad that displays while you are browsing. The paid version, Hotspot Shield Elite, removes the banner ad, provides a much more stable connection, and allows you to surf securely from any WiFi location around the world through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN works by establishing a secure connection between your computer and a server located elsewhere. All of your traffic is secured with 128-bit encryption, which provides privacy and also adds a layer of protection from snoopers and hackers. When you are surfing the web, checking your email, or chatting online, websites and other computers see the Hotspot server's IP address instead of your computer's address, providing you with anonymity. And since the server is located in the United States, it allows you to appear as though you are also in the United States. This prevents services such as Hulu or Netflix from blocking you based on your location.

Normally, public WiFi connections are unencrypted and not secure. Anyone else logged into the same WiFi hotspot can use tools to potentially steal information or infect your computer. According to Hotspot Shield, 75 percent of people who have used WiFi have experienced cyber-crime. By encrypting your traffic with Hotspot Shield, which now includes a malware protection program, you are protecting your privacy and shielding your computer from potentially damaging spyware and malware.

Pros

One of the most effective ways to remain anonymous online and protect yourself from cyber-crime

You can try Hotspot Shield for free

Cons

Free version comes with an permanent banner ad and can be unstable

Surfing through a VPN is slower than normal web surfing

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