It's a simple, dark blue window with cyan highlights and a modern aesthetic. And while it has comparably few server locations, it offers server locations in locales often ignored by competitors. We use this information to provide and improve the services, troubleshoot, and perform analytics on our services. Hotspot Shield customers disappointed by its dearth of servers in Africa should consider , which has a few in the region. Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield customers looking for servers in the Middle East or Africa will be disappointed.
For a free download of Hotspot Shield visit:. If you are using the premium Hotspot Shield Elite version this approximate city-level location will not be collected and will not be shared. Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Hotspot Shield Elite for Mac 2. You are logged in as. On other platforms, Hotspot Shield exclusively uses its own proprietary protocol, brashly named Catapult Hydra.
That's a lot of servers, but we like to see them more widely distributed. He spends much of his time polishing his tinfoil hat and plumbing the depths of the Dark Web. It also spells out nearly every instance of information gathering carried out by the company, why the information is gathered, and how AnchorFree mitigates threats to user privacy. Hotspot Shield has servers in Asia, Central America, Europe, North America, and South America. When it's not connected, the app shows a large Power button, encouraging you to start a connection.
While the free version of Hotspot Shield has data restrictions of various volumes for different platforms, that's not the case for iPhone users. Hotspot Shield members get just 25 server locations worldwide to choose from, with some 2,500 servers in total. We've got a whole feature on how to. We had a bit of trouble at first, as it seemed the only options were to use the free edition or buy a subscription. From the moment I realized that I could create a searchable Internet that everyone from the oldest woman in Cambodia to the youngest toddler in Borneo could use, I knew that it would take at least a generation for technology to catch up to the web's awesome potential. Since most of the public hotspots are not secured, it is a must-have application for your laptop. From what we've seen, the app seems very much in line with Apple's established look and feel.
A lot of different server locations gives you more opportunities to spoof your location, and it also means you're more likely to find a nearby server when traveling. Hotspot Shield Elite Free Shipping Policy There is no shipping required when you buy a plan from Hotspot Shield. At the other end of the spectrum, TorGuard increased latency by 193. The Chrome plug-in also has links at the bottom of its windows to popular services, which feels a bit like advertising. In fact, Switzerland is one of the better places to store data, if privacy is a major concern. You may turn off auto-renewal at any time by visiting our. I found it increased latency by 3,145.
With Hotspot Shield, my computer is protected and secure from ever being hacked again. Company representatives have made similar assurances to me directly. Previous versions of the software were pushier than I like to see, affecting the appearance of the browser and such, and I'm happy to see that behavior removed in the current incarnation. That's great, especially if you find yourself using that sketchy, unsecured Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop. That's great, especially if you find yourself using the shifty, unsecured Wi-Fi at the local coffee shop.
One notable setting is that Hotspot Shield can be configured to connect automatically on unsafe Wi-Fi networks. A simple pull-down menu displays the 25 countries in which AnchorFree maintains servers. Note that against this kind of cheating, as are other services. You just need to enable the secure connection when you are using a new wireless hotspot. Hotspot Shield Elite on the iPhone wowed us with excellent speed test scores, though it lacks the advanced features enjoyed by Windows users.