Hotspot Shield Review: Be Careful With It!
We tested a VPN provider that has a special relationship with US authorities and secret governmental services. Hotspot Shield VPN.
Of course, many questions arose about why someone offers the VPN service as anonymization. A service, which is directly supported by U.S. intelligence bodies! You must understand the logic. Many citizens in the United States continue to think that the authorities want to do only the good for them. That is, without a doubt, true. But do we want to trust such a service after all the information that we know from the time of Edward Snowden’s documents – is another question!
“Hotspot Shield users trust US authorities to protect the privacy of foreigners.”
|Product description||Hotspot Shield|
|Recommended applications||avoiding geo-blocking|
This review is also slightly different from our usual format. So far, we have not received any technical answers to our written requests to Hotspot Shield VPN. Much of what we found was confirmed by our assumptions. There are clear ties with US NSA intelligence, as well as with the FBI! And finally, each user must be aware of the potential for “monitoring”. The provider is now a part of Pango.
To find out more about the service, we have had a look at the responsible managers of Hotspot Shield. We found out about the proximity and relations with the US authorities. The employees of this company are working or have worked before in government bodies.
Prices / Tariffs
The basic service is provided to you today for free. It offers unlimited NSA access to your PC, including tracking all your activities and all due to your privacy!
|Prices / Tarifs|
|Tariff (12 Months )||95.88 USD (per month 7.99 USD)|
|Number of connections per account||5|
|Test options||Free tarif is availableMoney back guarantee|
Streaming – TV and video content
Streaming is allowed and possible in all available locations.
|Streaming TV and video content|
|Use on the home router||✘|
|Use with KODI||✘|
|Supported streaming platforms|
|Download and Torrent|
|Torrent usage allowed||✘|
|Own Torrent Server||✘|
Anyone who installs this service can also voluntarily become part of the US International Internet Surveillance Strategy.
At first glance, it sounds ironic, but it has a rather serious background. Technical components of the service allow you to control users much better than without using a case. With approximately 400 million PC installations worldwide, Hotspot shield can be a very interesting factor in your worldwide monitoring strategy for the Internet!
Specifications also allow for targeted monitoring. In our test, we installed the application on a specially prepared Windows PC. In addition to the usual VPN connection certificates, access certificates have also been installed. Besides, it could technically be unnoticed on the user’s PC to connect or request various data for sending to the server. Data transmission will also be encrypted, and thus, the user is unlikely to be able to prove this.
This is also especially bad from our point of view, as the service has been widely advertised in Turkey in recent years. Government activists must trust this service. As a Turkish journalist recently reported via Twitter, he was accused of criticizing the government and he always used this service himself.
Of course, Hotspot Shield is available in all languages!
A simple trojan, such as HotspotShield, is used only if it is easy to install. Language versions help a lot with this. service is translated into all the necessary languages of the world.
|Always On Server||✘|
|Multi Hop VPN||✘|
|Own IP adresses||✘|
|Own Torrent Server||✘|
|VPN with TOR||✘|
Hotspot Shield VPN on the router
|Using with VPN-Client Router|
|Using with Routers||✘|
|Own router application||✘|
|VPN for travelling and in foreign countries|
|Using in restrictive networks (China, hotels)||✘|
|Protection in unsafe WiFi-networks||✔|
|Shadowsocks or SOCKS5||✘|
Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield is not compatible with any gaming systems.
|Use on game consoles||✘|
The service offers a 24/7 live chat. So you can always report a problem.