Hotspot Shield

You don’t have to be a criminal to take your online privacy and anonymity seriously. Edward Snowden has done a tremendous job revealing government secrets of spying on their own citizens. VPN is the most popular, widely used and most convenient method of being anonymous on the internet. Other than that, it also allows you to visit geo-restricted websites and contents from anywhere in the world.

Hotspot Shield is a well known mobile app which is available for iOS and Android devices. It allows users to connect to VPN server easily as this app has a simple interface. What makes Hotspot Shield a great app is its amazing service and light weight app. Interestingly you don’t have to have prior technical knowledge or experience to use VPN. All you need to do is install this app on your mobile device, connect to the internet and run this app.

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Hotspot Shield has one version and two different subscriptions; the free subscription works fine but it has some restrictions and limitations. If you want to lift those limitations then you should get premium subscription. The paid subscription is called Hotspot Shield Elite and you can get it for $49 per year or for $29 per 6 months. Some of the advanced features of Hotspot Shield Elite are ability to change the connected server’s location, use multiple devices at the same time and no time limit.

Other than these differences in features, free subscription also has ads. Hotspot Shield does not collect paid users’ data, personal information and web activities but it does collect free users’ data to show the relevant ads. Hotspot Shield is available for iOS, Windows Phone and Android devices. Setting up this app for the first time is quite simple; first download the app from relevant app store. The installation process takes few seconds depending on your device and network speed.

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Run the app and tap on the connect button; it’s simple as that. Unfortunately you cannot change server location without premium subscription. You can either create an account from the Hotspot Shield office website or within the app itself. Gladly, free and premium subscriptions both deliver almost the same connection speed and performance so you don’t have to worry about that department.

The company is based in USA and its main server is located there too; free users are entitled to use the USA server that means you can only access websites which are available in the USA. Premium subscription allows users to change server location and company’s servers are located in Australia, India, UK, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong. The company has been trying to introduce more servers and more locations.

The majority of people use Hotspot Shield to access geo-restricted websites, services and contents like Netflix, Hulu, BBC, Pandora Internet Radio and others. Although there is not much information available about the security standards of Hotspot Shield VPN connection but indications are they use 256-but AES encryption standard which is one of the most powerful encryption algorithms in the world.

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