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Hotspot Shield 5.0.4

Protect your computer and enjoy unrestricted internet access when using wifi hotspots

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 November 2015
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Downloads To Date: 235970
Developer: AnchorFree, Inc
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Hotspot Shield 5
Hotspot Shield helps to protect your privacy online and allwos unrestricted access to the internet

Despite the name, Hotspot Shield can be used to protect both wired and wireless internet connections, and it has been designed to allow safe, secure internet access wherever you may be. From wireless hotspots in towns and cities, to making use of free internet connections in airports and hotels, there are risks associated with access the internet on the move. Hotspot Shield create a virtual private network which in turn helps to secure your internet connection and protect personal information from potential hackers.

Your IP address is kept private making it possible to browse the internet anonymously, but the key focus is on security. The program also has a number of other benefits. By acting as a proxy, Hotspot Shield makes it possible to access parts of the internet that might otherwise be blocked. Web sites that are restricted to visitors from particular countries can be accessed regardless of where you are

It is worth pointing out that during the installation of Hotspot Shield, various other programs and browser toolbars are offered as optional extras. These are not needed to use the program and can be safely ignored. Whether you are concerned about your privacy, or what to access limited international site, Hotspot Shield is worth checking out.

What's new in Hotspot Shield 5?

- New and improved UI
- In-app sign-in. Sign in to your Elite account easily from within the app
- One button to connect and disconnect. Click the same button on the app's home screen to turn Hotspot Shield on and off
- No more Protection modes (Full, Smart, Selected). Staying protected is now simpler with the new Auto-On feature for Networks and Sites
- Auto-on for Networks. Automatically connects Hotspot Shield based on the connected network type (unsafe, safe, other)
- Auto-on for Sites. One-click access to favorite sites bookmarked on the app's home screen
Miscellaneous bug fixes


Hotspot Shield is packed with unnecessary extras, but hiding beneath the surface is a genuinely useful tool

Your Comments & Opinion

This is an extremely bad software to install in your PC or notebook

Posted by: Howard Mann, 31 October 2012 15:33

Even though this software appears to be highly rated by stupid online reviewers it is in fact an extremely bad and intrusive piece of software because it uses the Conduit push ad engine to bombard your browsers with all kinds of unsolicited and unwanted ads that you cannot get rid of. And it is also extremely difficult to erase, delete or otherwise banish the stealthy Conduit engine software that it installs without your knowledge or approval in your computer. Be very, very wary of this software. There are better free anonymous surfing softwares out there to choose from. reply:

Which is a reason why we only gave it a relatively low-average rating.

not worth the inconvenece of all the adds

Posted by: pilbarapete, 16 October 2010 01:10

well i down loaded it but it has one magor draw back all those never ending adds on top of the page they never end they tend to take over everything when you try to delete them dosnt always work and opens new pages to some sites that are not suitable for kids R rated when you setb up the down load and turn everything off you still get all those bloody adds not worth the free soft ware . pissing off value very high on the crap- o- meter

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.