I connected to several other servers and ran a few tests using the third party website, to ensure the accuracy of this review. Little more than three hours later, a reply arrived. Support If Hotspot Shield isn't working for you, the Windows app has its own help system to give you advice. Oddly, the more distant servers turned out to be faster. When I tested the plug-in on Windows in the past, I had no such issues.
The extension gets more interesting when you tap the Configuration button, top right. You may turn off auto-renewal at any time by visiting our. The trial offer is laced with adware. You can switch server locations from this screen without having to turn off the proxy first. Using Twitter as an example, the representative said that if the company were to see tens of thousands of requests for Twitter and only a handful the next day, that would be indicative of someone censoring Twitter in a particular region.
Granted, the free version of Hotspot Shield does keep track of which sites its users visit, and at least the Android version shows you ads. We do not keep any activity logs for any of our users, whether they are free or Premium. I'm the common user internet, spend time for surfing, streaming and sometimes gaming e. The number of server locations is also important, but I am more interested in geographic diversity. The 'optimal server' connection option you get with Android isn't available here, and you're left to select a specific country as your default location. If you want your review to be accepted, please write a helpful, informative and unique review - either positive or negative. You may turn off auto-renewal at any time by visiting our.
We replaced the symbols with numbers and were able to log in immediately. When I first started using its free version, it was really bad. . We don't know if that's a temporary issue and the location lists will soon be back in sync, but if you're unhappy with the server selection in one browser, keep it in mind-- the countries offered by the other extension may be different. All in all, there are still a few concerns within the policy.
At least this shows that it is doing something! Click it, and the software supposedly goes through all your apps, looking for signs of infection and other problems. For example, you're finally able to set a default server which you'd like Hotspot Shield to access when you first connect, or have it automatically connect to the nearest server. In order to enjoy the discounted monthly price, you need to pay for your whole subscription period upfront. You're limited to paying with a regular old credit card, PayPal or store gift cards; the last option theoretically provides anonymity. We are very open about this. I switched them on and found there to be some rather serious side effects.
I could connect to another location most of the time, but that is less than ideal especially when I don't really want to use Canada's Netflix. A few different location options are nice. This is because ad blocking has to happen at the browser level. To end with Hotspot Shield sets the ground for a stress-free anonymous browsing experience. Hotspot Shield customers disappointed by its dearth of servers in Africa should consider , which has a few in the region.
Software Analyst Max Eddy is a Software Analyst, taking a critical eye to Android apps and security services. Cons I would go to bed downloading something, wake up and it had turned off. I would have to log out and in, restart it several times to get it working as normal again. Instead it uses its own proprietary Catapult Hydra technology. If that's correct, this is a clumsy error.
They work well and have by literally millions of people in times of desperate need. Setup and Customer Support Taking all of 5 minutes to download, install and connect, Hotspot Shield was easy to set up. AnchorFree notes that some obfuscated location information is shared with advertisers, although paid customers are not subject to this practice. Some readers may balk at the advertising based model for the free version of Hotspot Shield, but the company argues that these activities are necessary to deliver a quality product, particularly for free users. As a service, Hotspot Shield is superb. AnchorFree also uses Android resources to deliver occasional interstitial ads.
This isn't the full story. As such, an unlimited plan should only be purchased on the understanding that the service could change. Once everything was set up, I was able to connect to Hotspot Shield on the first try. I found it increased latency by 3,145. In the areas where it did not excel, it never disappointed, either. We've seen larger networks, but Hotspot Shield does spread its locations more widely than some, with options including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan and Russia, as well as North America and Europe.