A VPN ensures that the information traveling between your connected device (computer, smartphone, tablet) and the VPN's server is encrypted — and therefore secure from hackers, cyber criminals, and data thieves. As an added bonus, with your VPN connected, you can also access restricted websites and apps from anywhere in the world.
What does a VPN do?
With unlimited bandwidth, you can access all your favorite content — like games, live sports, and streaming sites — from any device, anywhere. Hotspot Shield is rated as the fastest VPN on the market, ensuring blazing-fast speeds with no buffering.
Access websites and apps
Get access to any app or website that may be restricted with just a simple click of a button. Hotspot Shield VPN provides unrestricted access to sites like Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Skype, and more.
By connecting to a VPN, you can hide your IP address and location. Hotspot Shield has over 3,200 servers in more than 73 countries, and we never track, log, or store any of your personally identifiable information, including your IP address.
Secure your devices
Hotspot Shield uses best-in-class military-grade security and 256-bit AES encryption to ensure your data is protected, even when connected to unsecured public WiFihotspots.
With Hotspot Shield connected, your Internet Service Provider can not see what websites you visit, meaning certain services, like streaming sites, will never be throttled.
Avoid price hikes based on your location. By using a VPN to change your IP address and switch your virtual location,, you can find cheaper deals on flights, vacation packages, and other goods and services.
How does a VPN work?
Without the security of a VPN, your web traffic is exposed. This means that cyber criminals can intercept your personal data and your ISP can see what you do online.
When you connect to Hotspot Shield VPN, your web traffic is routed through our secure VPN servers, where it is then encrypted. This acts as a 'tunnel' for your data to travel through, keeping your sensitive information secure.
Why do I need a VPN?
Stay private online
When you’re at home, at a coffee shop, or while traveling, if you are accessing WiFi without a VPN, you are connected to a public or shared network through your Internet Service Provider. This means that any information you send through the public network is just that — public. Since an ISP can see what information you’re visiting, they can control the content you have access to by blocking and censoring websites.
Protect yourself on public WiFi
Virtually anyone with the tools and know-how can see what you’re doing online, track when you do it, and where you do it from. What’s worse is hackers and cybercriminals can steal your personal information — such as credit cards, bank account numbers, passwords, and other personal data — and use it to commit fraud.
How do I get a VPN?
With the Hotspot Shield app, you get all the benefits of a secure VPN in just one click.
Download the Hotspot Shield VPN app on your mobile or desktop device
Open up the Hotspot Shield VPN app and sign in
Click the "Connect" button to turn on the VPN connection
You’re all set
Your device is now protected and you can access your content
VPN for every device
Hotspot Shield is available on all major platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Chrome. With the rise in internet-enabled smartphones and tablets, it’s imperative that you keep your mobile devices secure, along with your desktop or laptop computer. Our premium plan allows you to protect up to 5 devices with just one account, ensuring every device you own is secure.
Will a VPN slow down my internet connection?
It depends on what VPN service you use. Since VPN services encrypt your data and require you to connect to a specific server before accessing the internet, these extra steps may slow down your connection. Low-quality VPN services will cause a significant slowdown on even the fastest internet connection. Sometimes the difference is so drastic that it can render a high-speed connection almost unusable.
However, if you’re using a top-tier VPN service, the difference in speed usually isn’t noticeable, and can sometimes even speed up your connection. Our VPN servers are the fastest in the industry, due to our proprietary VPN protocol (Catapult Hydra). Learn more about what makes our technology superior.
Is a VPN legal to use?
It’s perfectly legal to use a VPN in most countries. However, there are a handful of countries where VPN use is a legal gray area or banned altogether. Some countries only allow the use of approved VPNs and others have separate laws for companies and individuals.
Be particularly careful when traveling to the following countries:
- North Korea
- United Arab Emirates
Hotspot Shield works in most countries, but that doesn’t mean it’s always legal to use a VPN in a specific country. If you have any doubts about the legality of using a VPN in a certain country, always consult a qualified lawyer. If you’re still unsure, then it’s best to play it safe and abide by the most conservative guidelines of a country.
AV-Test calls Hotspot Shield the fastest, most secure VPN service