HotspotShield VPN & Wifi Proxy

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Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Productivity 2.0.6 Dec 30, 2013 Apr 09, 2018 5.7 MB iOS 10.10 or later 4+
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Hotspot Shield VPN is the World’s most trusted security, privacy and access app with top performance on speed, stability and security.


- Access all websites and apps securely and privately at home, school, work or from anywhere in the world.

- Stay private and anonymous online. Prevent anyone from tracking your IP address, identity, and location from websites and online trackers.
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- No Logs Kept: Hotspot Shield doesn’t track or keep any logs of its users and their activities. You are completely private with Hotspot Shield.

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UPDATED: Nusance Review Prompts; continually improving; expensive
Comment est-ce que on dit non. on 4/19/2018
Their support has in the past been responsive and effective. I’ve used this app for years, and recently bought a lifetime license along with the high speed license (about $200 total). THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: Desktop version 6.0.6b66 i is markedly improved. I now can stream subscription videos at full HD over 6 hours while in the US without experiencing latencies due to the previous server-hopping. I don’t see any indication it is doing server hopping anymore. I’ve tried US and Canadian servers so far for this purpose. There was a major hiccup in the app that made it unusable for about a week or two until the support team provided this release. Many users reported this problem as I was informed. I believe the problem was due to the harassing requests for frequent reviews. The new version user interface looks nicer than the old one but it seems to disconnect more frequently now, and then it reconnects almost immediately which the old app version didn’t do so well. This usually happens a lot when browsing that involves more than 60 seconds of dwell time on a website. It also happens now when I video stream from Netflix, which is something no version ever did do very well — I usually remember to disable the app when video streaming, so the quality of the video isn’t disturbed by the frequent cut-outs. SECOND UPDATE: As of 3/2018 the connectivity issues have mostly been resolved, but sometimes reappears. I can now stream video at HD quality. Occasionally the repeated reconnections still cause serial interruptions to video lasting each up to 30-60 seconds. THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: this problem no longer exists, as stated above. Whether the newest version with high speed option really is speedier than before will have to wait until my next trip to Europe to prove. Europe is where the speed was noticeably slowed before. THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: While real-time monitoring my data transmission speed from use in the US on a US server (with Activity Monitor - Network) the download speeds while streaming video and simultaneously downloading an app update can reach between 1 and 2 MBPS but this rarely is necessary, and more usually it is reaching 400 to 600 KBPS peaks to match demand. It still remains true that some websites refuse to allow access when I use this app. I haven’t sorted out whether this is due to a server the app is using being off shore, or just the app itself. I think the only affected sites are US Government sites intended for private access to personal information by private citizens. It is easier for me to just turn the app off than to troubleshoot the root cause. THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: I now can reach at least one privacy secure US Government website that I frequent, without needing to disengage the VPN - great progress! Generally the app delivers what I choose to use it for: encryption between my computer and the first server node. This saves me some worry about eavesdropers hacking my personal information such as passwords or frequent account pages. I am not concerned about government monitoring, per se. I suspect that technologically advanced governments have access to the data stream anyway, maybe through a improper backdoor to the app, or maybe just through sophisticated decryption routines. Bottom line: it serves my needs but could be significantly improved considering the almost $200 in payments made for this app. Stopping the app from disconnecting automatically and reconnecting frequently would be a good start. Allowing continuous seamless use with Netflix would be an even better fix. (See 3/2018 SECOND UPDATE above). THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: These issues are now fully resolved and no longer exist, per above comments. FIRST UPDATE 8/2017: The constant resetting to different primary servers is such a nuisance I sometime/often just shut off the VPN when I would most want to have it running! Hope they work a solution to this. (See 3/2018 SECOND UPDATE above). SECOND UPDATE 3/2018: New issue is that too often the app requests I do a review of the product, and this nuisance involves about three mouse clicks to stop. Then you have to choose a rating of 4 in order not to be directed to a survey asking which of several short listed reasons are your cause of dissatisfaction. The nuisance review prompts are not listed as a choice! So you have to choose another, for instance "app doesn’t work” in order to be released from the demand. What a pain. Still, based on performance when it does work the app is probably a four star. It would take a major effort on the part of the author to raise this to a five star in my opinion. There are locations where the connectivity is probably being blocked by the location's WiFi IT folks, and if this is the cause then I wonder how the author could contrive a work around. Listing here which places would probably cause the censor to delete my review. One particularly nasty problem may still exist, whereby when the computer is idle for many hours while the app is connected to its VPN, hundreds of megabytes of data are being transferred? Why? This is the major reason for needing diligence while using the app: I constantly monitor my data/sec while using it. I may get around to doing another ‘idle computer’ test in the future to see if this has been resolved. THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: The idle computer high data usage doesn’t seem to happen anymore for periods up to several hours at least - I may get brave enough to try it longer when I am not actively monitoring real-time data transmission rates. The review prompts still happen and still require about three mouse clicks; I give it a four star to avoid difficulties, so don’t know if three stars would still create an issue as reported. THIRD UPDATE 4/19/2018: I am much happier now with this app and hopefully it continues to work well when I travel Europe, and they eventually stop harassing me for reviews. I might then consider giving five stars.
Straight forward protection
BetterintheShade on 4/18/2018
I’ve been so completely and utterly drained by searching for VPN protection that suits my familys needs, spending hours and hours fuming over confusing technicalities and completely unnecessary prices. I downloaded the app and gave the free trial a go and immediately knew I'd found my new service, HotSpotShield is the easiest VPN to operate that I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve noticed absolutely no negative effects on my connections or workflow running on a mid-2010 MacBook Pro 15”. The prices are still a tad steep for long term subscriptions but I’ll make my decision which option fits my budget before this trial is up. You just can’t beat the simplicity IME, Thanks!
Version is free, but doesn’t work - what’s the point?
ADA11500 on 4/16/2018
I downloaded the latest supposedly free version, but it just keep cycling through the options of VPN connections without actually connecting. I wish developers would not say there was a free version if there really isn’t one. This certainly doesn’t encourage me to purchase the paid option.
Lufien on 4/15/2018
*thumbs up*
Moises D on 4/14/2018
what can i say for $100 bucks one time pay is better then paying a mo/ severs it doesnt slow down my speed i havent in counter any issues theres always room for improvements however is just small problem they don’t tell you or shows it on there website hotspot shield doesn’t support ipv6 while connected it disconnect and reconnect it doeesn’t play well it with ipv6 and vpn you must! disable ipv6
100% uptime
arshaparthia on 4/14/2018
Reliable, Fast and generious daily data limit for free version
Sanddunesurfer on 4/13/2018
I have been using this program , now an app as well for many years . Both the elite and free versions are the most reliable VPN you will ever have. I reccomend upgrading , trust me its so worth it !! Altough the free version is so reliable you will thank me for either subscription
Free version with LAN
Z-nizzle on 4/11/2018
The free version works great while connected via LAN with a highspeed fiber optics connection. It was 30mbps rather than 100, but that’s more than enough to stream US netflix while abroad, etc. I would love to try the Elite version at some point.
grand100000 on 4/9/2018
this is nice
best vpn
Smilesforthewin on 4/8/2018
i have gone threw so many vpns and this is by far the easest and fastest that i have come across
Annoying rating requests
EV&KK on 4/8/2018
I like the way this VPN works. It is very user friendly, does the job very well and is very reliable. Would have given it 4 or 5 stars, but the endless requests for reviews are getting to be very annoying, especially since I pay for the elite version of HotSpot Shield. Can’t even disconnect the VPN without giving a rating first.
D100000 on 4/8/2018
Very good!
keeps crashing
Essanusef on 4/7/2018
it doesnt start anymore and keep crashing please update and fix it.
Not working for mac
Adam112m on 4/7/2018
This update is not working for my mac. It opens and then shuts down. Fix it (or at least tell me you’re fixing it) or I will cancel my monthly subscription today.
Doesn’t work anymore
Brandonyony on 4/7/2018
The most recent update prevents the application even opening - even after deleting and reinstalling. Please fix.
new version 2.0.5 is n ot working for mac!!!!!!
Bjoker33 on 4/6/2018
the product is awsome but is not working for my mac rigth now ever sence i updated it it won’t launch it just automatically turns off!! please Fix this !!!!!
Keeps closing after few second
M3iisam on 4/5/2018
please update it, it cannot be open, every time i tried to open it, it closes after few seconds
Hotspot Shield VPN
Mjk42784 on 4/5/2018
Works great I’m in a Japan and am able to watch netflix and amazon prime movies and use products as if I were in the USA. Also gives you the ability to change to other countries any country you are intereseted in using products from you can VPN to. Worth the 13 dollars a month excellent product.
Loai Alyamani on 4/4/2018
Excellant! but please stop asking for review :@
Its Not Working
hosh5 on 4/4/2018
Lately My vpn is not working I am clicking on it which it opens and shut down auto. I uninstall and intall same thing what to do.
No longer works
Lilytozz on 4/3/2018
Worked fine for the first couple of months of paid subscription but is no longer working for Netflix on any of our devices.
Hotspot shield will not work
Guam Diver on 4/1/2018
I have used this app for years on my mac. It is showing on my app page but will not open. I have had this problem for the past two days. I have even paid for the Elite version thru next March. Any suggestions o how to get it to load again? It starts up and immediately disappears without fully opening. Thanks for any suggestions.
Stopped working on mac, now won’t open
Jonathan Yusuf on 3/31/2018
Was working fine, but now when I try to open the app, it will not open.
Nothing happens
RURIGHT on 3/30/2018
Ok so I downloaded, installed and I see the Icon but nothing! Absolute nothing. Is something suppose to open,setup etc. Nothing but the same screen and connections as before. Well someione just got their dollar!
Bahman Adabi on 3/30/2018
It is a great app and I love it! thanks to the developers
Doesnt seem to work with Vuze
Pantoleone on 3/29/2018
As far as I can tell, its utility with Vuze is very limited. I set up the network connections correctly: in Connection | Advanced Network Settings | Bind to Local IP Addr, I used the VPN interface, but it still didnt seem to allow remote connections, and it failed the NAT test. (Running most recent version, 2.0.5b65, on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan)
Dont Use This Application
Victimvic on 3/29/2018
They are Spy your Information and Sell to other this application not safe
Exactly what I needed.
feefeefeefeee on 3/26/2018
Anyone complaining about this app asking for reviews is a baby. The functionality of this app exceeds its value, so i am very hapy
åGood Product, get the Paid Version though …….
Practic245 on 3/24/2018
Hotspot Shield is a Great Product, I use it on, and off for regular surfing, but i recommend getting the paid version for qualify fast surfing the internet with virtually no buffer.
More feature needed
fjwnmne on 3/24/2018
Still missing kill switch
Not working with netflix
Majeedlol on 3/24/2018
I bought HSS just to unblock US Netflix but since Feb, it doesn’t work anymore.
I think it works fine
Karlbopp on 3/22/2018
It works fine for me i love it, it helps me get onto sites faster.
Mac users treated second class
bsm1970 on 3/21/2018
Hotspot has had a free version for years and still has the free ad-supported one available for Windows users, but some time recently decided to no longer offer that for Mac users. Instead they offer a 7-day free trial before they start charging you. Now if that’s going to be their business model going forward, fine. But don’t treat Windows and Mac users differently. Hotspot was nice for the occasional times I needed to use a VPN and it’s just not worth it to me to pay for something monthly that I only use on occasion. That’s why the free version was perfect for me. Bring that option back for Mac users, guys.
fastet ever
Mohammadtm on 3/19/2018
hotspotshield is definately fastest and the best vpn ever
Bo dooda on 3/19/2018
I love everything about this app
Fast and Easy
123JE456Nn789 on 3/19/2018
Able to connect fast and provides great connection, only problem is some website say data limit reached.
Very Good!
The One Who Knocks Loudly on 3/19/2018
Very Good! Very Fast! Honestly never had an issue with it. Can even help you bypass games you may or may not get banned from ;)
N.arias018 on 3/18/2018
I’ve been using Hotspot Shield for over 4 years now and it’s my go-to service. It’s very reliable and provides great service for what you pay. It offers essential locations and I can say with confidence I’ve never had any issues that have deterred me from using it or canceling my subscription. The reason I continue is because of how easy it is to use as well as the convenience.
mohamad_ on 3/17/2018
It’s good
Keeps fishing for ratings
BuffDaddyDeluxe on 3/16/2018
I purchased the yearly subscription and this POS app developer thinks that it’s perfectly exceptable to harrass people with spam notifications to rate the app. It does so in a manner that you’re not able to do anything, including shutting down the app without responding to the notificatin to rate the app. Even if you have dismissed the notification it will continually pop up. Ridiculous, Apple should ban the app until the developer learns to stop spamming customers. JUNK!
not working
Tayea105 on 3/15/2018
The hotspot shield will not work it just keeps saying sorry will not work try again.
Constantly begs you to rate it. Every time you open it
JoeCirig on 3/15/2018
I hate this app. It never stops asking you to rate it. Pop-ups that take up a third of your screen. I’ve already rated it - but it doesn’t care. It’s for this reason alone that I will not renew my subscription.
Love this App!!
Lasdflkajsedfokjasdlkfj on 3/15/2018
I have been using this app for almost a year and have no complaints. Some shopping sites are blocked for me and this app allows me to use them as if I was in the USA. Love this app and could not live without it.
Works well.
Longkeg on 3/12/2018
That about sums it up. I’m mainly writing this to see if it will kill the pop up that prompts me to write a review… very annoying.
Good VPN
Nokzimmon on 3/10/2018
Good VPN. really.
bellasydney on 3/10/2018
Just downloaded but it refuses to open
It is working!
fedars on 3/10/2018
would recommend it!
SAGTOROHET on 3/9/2018
Annoying Rating Requests
Pepito Bandito on 3/8/2018
Hotspot Shield performs well enough, but the nagging requirement that you rate the software before each use (even if you’ve already rated it) is obnoxious. This is not something I expected when I purchased the Elite version. :-(
I like it
Manvierchahal on 3/7/2018
*tongue clicks* nice i very much like this
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