Hotspot Shield

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Hotspot Shield is a VPN provider with free and paid service options. It lets you access blocked content when traveling and works with public Wi-Fi. You can sign up for its basic VPN services at no charge through its website.

Pros & Cons


  • Stream without throttling
  • Works on public Wi-Fi
  • Access to blocked content
  • Free basic download


  • Premium features require payment
  • Not compatible with all devices

Bottom Line

Hotspot Shield offers free basic downloads and paid subscriptions for advanced features. It works on smart TV, mobile and desktop devices, and its premium security services enable unlimited bandwidth.

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Cupertino, CA

I travel a few times a year and always used Hotspot Shield product to catch up on the news and favorite TV shows. It also sometimes takes the hassle out of checking my banking det...

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Toronto, ON

I'm usually turned off by products that claim they're the 'fastest' out there, especially at price points that are comparable to alternatives. That's why I was blown away by Hotsp...

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What is Hotspot Shield?

Hotspot Shield is a VPN provider that offers a free basic download for streaming, apps and games and paid premium subscription plans for advanced security features, military-grade encryption and unlimited data access. Its VPN prevents websites from discovering your IP address and unblocks restricted content and blocked websites. It protects your identity from trackers so your web experience is private and secure.

Hotspot Shield’s VPN connects to thousands of servers across more than 80 countries and over 35 cities, letting you access sites and streaming content all over the world while protecting your security. You can watch movies, TV shows, sporting events and live shows and listen to music online from any country. Hotspot Shield also sells routers that are compatible with its VPN — these come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

What does Hotspot Shield do?

Hotspot Shield’s VPN lets you stream safely and privately. You can download its VPN at no cost from the company’s website or buy a subscription for premium security services. The basic free download has limited streaming access, up to 2 Mbps connection speed, a 500 MB daily data limit and one virtual location, and it’s not compatible with all devices. Both Hotspot’s basic and premium plans come with an internet kill switch.

Hotspot also offers premium VPN subscription plans for Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, Linux, routers and TVs. These plans are optimized for streaming with popular platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Disney+. You can register up to five devices and get unlimited data and speeds up to 1 Gbps. This VPN allows for over 115 virtual locations.

Hotspot’s family plans include up to 5 accounts and 25 devices (5 for each family member). Both the premium and family plans provide 24/7 customer support and advanced security features like identity theft, malware and phishing protection, smart VPN and password management.

Is Hotspot Shield free?

The Hotspot basic VPN download is free. The company offers subscriptions starting at $7.99 per month for the premium plan and $11.99 monthly for the family plan (when paid in full for one year). Prices for monthly billing are $12.99 for premium and $19.99 for the family plan. All paid subscription plans come with a 45-day money-back guarantee.

Hotspot Shield FAQ

What is Hotspot Shield used for?
Hotspot Shield’s VPN keeps your data safe from hackers while you use the internet on multiple devices. The software also allows unrestricted access to blocked websites and services. It works on unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Does Hotspot Shield have an app?
Yes. Hotspot Shield is available for download on Android and iPhone devices.
Is Hotspot Shield available everywhere?
Hotspot Shield is available nationwide and in many countries around the world.
Does Hotspot Shield hide my IP address?
Yes, Hotspot Shield can hide your IP address and location. Hotspot Shield has over 3,200 servers in more than 73 countries.

Is Hotspot Shield safe?

While it offers its advanced security features only with a paid subscription, Hotspot Shield’s family plans protect up to 25 devices and mask IP addresses so internet providers won’t throttle internet speeds when the whole family streams online. The added security of Hotspot Shield’s VPN is ideal for business travelers needing access to important files and information on public Wi-Fi while on the go.

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2019

Great product and have recommended to my colleagues! Excited to see more features come out in the new year. Best VPN I've used - in terms of speed and reliability. Particularly impressed when watching videos and streaming. Use it on Android and my Mac laptop.

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2019

I'm usually turned off by products that claim they're the 'fastest' out there, especially at price points that are comparable to alternatives. That's why I was blown away by Hotspot Shield. The setup was easy and it was lightning fast, almost didn't feel like I was using a VPN at all. I tend to stream a fair bit, and haven't experience any lags yet. I'm currently on month-to-month but will likely change to annual soon.

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    Reviewed Dec. 17, 2019

    I use Hotspot Shield almost every day for streaming tv and I've also heard it's great for torrenting movies (I totally don't do that though). It's faster and more reliable than the other VPNs I've tried (nordVPN, expressVPN, etc) - 4 months and haven't had any issues with it so far.

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    Reviewed Oct. 10, 2019

    I travel a few times a year and always used Hotspot Shield product to catch up on the news and favorite TV shows. It also sometimes takes the hassle out of checking my banking details, since some of the tools are blocked for overseas users. And it's great to shop around for the best price (airline tickets or car rentals - saved as much as $200/week on rental).

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