HideMyAss – Secure and Anonymous VPN Service
Hotspot Shield in a few words: “Free Anonymous Browsing – 100% Security Through a VPN“. More: “It’s FREE!”
This small software creates a VPN – virtual private network between your computer and an Internet gateway. The tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over the network.
So, you can use Hotspot Shield not only to hide your IP address but for complete anonymity! It is ideal if you need to change your IP to a US one. There several reasons you might need a US IP address, such as watching videos from Pandora or Veoh, playing an online game Mabinogi, etc.
How to use Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield security application is free to download and is easy to install and use.
After you download the product, you have to unzip the file and launch the setup. Hotspot Shield will be installed in a matter of seconds. When the product starts, the VPN connection is initialized as you will see in the configuration page (to see all values click Show Config):
In order to check your new IP address, go to XMyIP.com.
When you are done and you what to use your real IP address Disconnect from the VPN or exit Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield – Pros and Cons
Now, I have listed several Pros and Cons regarding this solutions. Make sure you read them, especially the Cons. 🙂
- It’s free!
- It uses VPN technology
- It is more than a hide IP software, it provides total anonymity (including email, chat, etc)
- It has a 3GB limit usage per month (it was more for previous versions)
- You don’t have any guaranty that the traffic is not logged (this is my main concern). My advice is to use it with care and make sure you read the terms and conditions of using Hotspot Shield.
To sum up, Hotspot Shield is an excellent free anonymous browsing tool to hide your IP and get a US IP address, but, as with other good things in life, do not abuse it.
Update: If you get the Daemon Error please read: Q&A: HotSpot Shield does not connect. I get the Daemon Error. What can I do?
If Hotspot Shield does not work for you or it is blocked in your country, you should try some alternative VPN services.