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Hotspot Shield Editor's Review

Hotspot shield helps you to secure your connection while gaining access to internet in a Wi-Fi zone. It also helps to access sites blocked outside USA. Hotspot shield works by creating a VPN or Virtual Private Network between your system and the website of the hotspot shield’s developer. This connection makes it seem like you are connected from the USA and you can gain access websites blocked out of USA.

Installation procedure is pretty simple as you just need to follow the onscreen commands, hit ‘Next’ a couple of times and it is done. During installation, option will be given to install a toolbar in Mozilla or Internet Explorer but you can uncheck it. Upon installation a small icon will be added in your browser which will contain your browsing data and current status of the connection.  

Hotspot shield is compatible with all major operating systems namely Windows, Linux and Mac. Compatibility is extended to even the latest versions of the operating systems like Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. Hotspot uses HTTPS encryption and the infrastructure is absolutely secure for shopping online or transmitting data. The IP address is kept hidden which provides security from snoopers in Wi-Fi spots.

Configuration panel is simple to use, but has extremely few options. The program can be configured so as to alert you whenever you are connecting to an unsecure connection. There are options to include Hotspot Shield in the startup also, so that it loads along with the operating system.

In order to ensure security the connection is routed through servers owned by Anchor Free. This not only helps to secure the connection but also makes sure that the privacy of your IP remains intact. If a trace is attempted on your IP the person trying the breach will be able to trace the company’s servers and not your private IP. However, one major drawback to its service is that if you are using Firefox without Adblock or any other browser, you are bound to see adverts on every page you visit.

Speed might be considerably compromised while using Hotspot Shield as it uses a United States IP to route the connection. So if you are based anywhere except US you might find the routing process affects the connection speed. But this should not be a big problem if you have a large bandwidth. Additionally, there is no usage limitation imposed by Anchor Free which enables you to use the software without the limitations of a data cap.

Positive Points:
 -- Supports all major browsers, make anonymous on the whole.
 -- Minimal yet decent user interface.
 -- No usage cap.

Negative Points:
 -- Ad supported, displays advertisements on most of the browsers, if not using certain extensions or addons.
 -- Can be a little slow sometimes.

Conclusion:
Hotspot Shield does a good job of protecting the user’s IP and establishing a secure connection. Even though the connection is not the fastest outside United States, accessing blocked sites from a secured connection is probably worth the loss in speed.

Rating: 4/5







Hotspot Shield Publisher's Description

Most public wi-fi hotspots are not secure and make your computer and communications vulnerable to attack and security breaches. Hotspot Shield gives you a simple solution to maintain your anonymity and protect your privacy when accessing free wi-fi hotspots.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Hotspot Shield secures your Internet connection from attack

Publisher: AnchorFree | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 1.10 | Size: 3235 KB | Platform: Win2000, WinOther
Released Date: 25-07-2009 | Rating: 5 | Title: Hotspot Shield

Author Url: http://www.hotspotshield.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.hotspotshield.com/
Download Url: http://www.hotspotshield.com/

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