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Hotspot Shield
FREE / Windows / macOS
Popular VPN app to protect your internet privacy and ensure security


Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service. Despite the popular name, Hotspot Shield is used for protecting both wired and wireless connections, and it’s been designed to allow secure internet access no matter where you are.

From wireless hotspots in cities and towns to making use of free Wi-Fi in hotels and airports, there’s always a risk associated with accessing the web on the go.

Hotspot Shield creates a VPN between your device and the wireless router. This strong, impenetrable tunnel prevents hackers and snoopers from viewing your credit card information, personal messages, email, or anything else that you send over a Wi-Fi network, meaning you remain anonymous and keep your privacy protected.

Your IP is kept hidden, allowing you to surf the web anonymously, but the key focus here is on security. Hotspot Shield has several other advantages. By acting as a robust proxy, Hotspot Shield makes it easier to access parts of the internet that could otherwise be restricted. Websites that are blocked for visitors from specific regions can be accessed, no matter the location

Whenever you access the Internet, you expose your devices and yourself to multiple threats online. Hackers could potentially steal your financial information and passwords. Also, the websites you visit may contain spyware or malware.

Hotspot Shield uses advanced encryption technology to secure the user’s browsing session, detect and block malware. It also lets you access geo-restricted content from anywhere.

Let’s check out the key features of this powerful VPN software.


  • Unblock websites: If you can’t access Facebook or YouTube at work or school, using Hotspot Shield will allow you to bypass the block on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites.
  • Protect IP: Hotspot Shield helps you protect your IP address and enables private browsing, which, in turn, protects you from prying eyes.
  • Anonymous web surfing: By creating a powerful encrypted tunnel between your device and Hotspot Shield servers, the VPN software lets you surf the Internet anonymously without being exposed, tracked or spied on.
  • Secure web sessions: Secure your personal data and information online with HTTPS encryption.
  • Prevent malware attacks: The latest version of the Hotspot Shield software offers full malware protection!
  • Wi-Fi security feature: Protect yourself from unwanted threats and identity theft with the Hotspot Shield Wireless Security feature.

Whether you’re concerned about your online privacy or want to access geo-restricted websites and content, Hotspot Shield is worth checking out.


Windows version 9.6.2:

Sorry, we don't have any changelog information available yet for version 9.6.2 of Hotspot Shield for Windows. Sometimes publishers take a little while to make this information available, so please check back in a few days to see if it has been updated.

macOS version 3.2.1:

Access the top security apps for free, included in your Premium subscription. Just open Hotspot Shield and activate any of the following apps:

  • Robo Shield: Stop annoying robocalls from spamming your phone.
  • 1Password: Keep your passwords safe across multiple devices.
  • Identity Guard: Safeguard your digital and financial identity.