Hotspot Shield Review 2023

With over 1,800 servers in over 80 countries, you can expect fast speeds from Hotspot Shield.

By Aliza Vigderman Aliza Vigderman, Senior Editor, Industry Analyst & Gabe Turner Gabe Turner, Chief Editor
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Editors Rating:
8.9 /10

What We Like

What We Don't Like

  • Only five simultaneous connections per account: Five just doesn't cut it for some people.
  • Strict data retention laws: The United States is not the best place to base a VPN service in, given its membership in Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes.
  • Slow customer support for non-paying users: If you're using the free version or simply shopping around Hotspot Shield's website, there's no live chat or phone support option. Queries go through email tickets only.

Bottom Line

Total security doesn't have to sacrifice speed. Hotspot Shield is a perfect example, with super-fast speeds during our upload and download speed tests.
Citations
  1. Hotspot Shield. (2019). AnchorFree Transparency Report.
    hotspotshield.com/reports/AnchorFree_Transparency_Report-2018.pdf

  2. Netflix Help Center. (2021). Internet connection speed recommendations.
    help.netflix.com/en/node/306