For some reason now, the internet has become very dangerous for all its users. Several Web sites store the IP addresses, traces user information, get information about the contents, email addresses, monitor your purchases via the Internet and block several options according to the location where the user is using the computer. Another common problem is with the creation of sites which loaded with massive multimedia content calling as On Demand - in which the user chooses the video you want to view, significantly increased the number of restrictions on various portals. Even YouTube is a common example of a site with various clips that are exclusive access to U.S. territory. There are other portals, where the restrictions do not apply only to content but the site altogether. To overcome this problem and create absolute freedom in Internet, a VPN service is the only solution. While there are a lot paid VPN service available, but they are usually too expensive to bear and the free VPN’s normally took eternity to connect! Hotspot Shield is an amazing free and fast solution for VPN. Unlike other free VPN’s, it’s fast – reliable and secure. Hotspot Shield is avialavle for Windows, Mac and iOS while the Android version is under development.
Hotspot Shield takes an old and very powerful feature : the VPN. If you are not familiar with the term, then probably you've never used such a configuration on the computer. To Install or use Hotspot Shield, you don’t need to know anything about VPN, it’s so easy. But anyway, what is a VPN? Basically, the VPN (Virtual Private Network) is exactly what the name says, a virtual private network. By using this feature, the user enters through a secure network where PC’s can be connected over a long distances range - this configuration is also known as virtual tunnel.
To get started with Hotspot shield, download the file below and then install it. During installation, it will show a window with advanced extra settings. Letting these options as default can cause difficulties on your browsing as it will change your HomePage, Search Engine etc. So Uncheck all boxes and then click Next.
Another thing, Hotspot Shield will create new Network Service so it will install a new Virtual Network Service Device Software. Click on Install when prompted otherwise the VPN may not work.
When running the program, the page control Hotspot Shield will be opened automatically. From there, you will have two options to shield your connection. One is from the page itself by clicking the Connect. The other is by right clicking on the Hotspot Shield’s system tray icon (red when disconnected/green if already connected) and click on Connect/ON. The icon turns green, a new page is opened and the data are displayed in it's secure, as IP addresses, bytes used and connection time.
To disconnect from Hotspot Shield, just click Disconnect on the control page or right click on the Hotspot Shield’s system tray icon and click Disconnect/OFF.
Hotspot Shield VPN is also available for iOS. The iOS version of Hotspot Shield also provides free HTTPS browsing from your device. This VPN app works with all 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connection. To make it run, all you have to do is after connecting to internet, enable Hotspot Shield VPN under settings. It can be disconnected by from Settings> VPN.
Unlike other working free VPN service, Hotspot Shield is more faster with a secure gateway. To overcome the VPN Network cost, the developer, instead of making it fully paid, displays ads while browsing. Although it’s annoying but it makes this service free. To get rid of ads from one page, click on the x icon on the corner of an app. Also there’s an ad-free paid version available.