What is a VPN?

A virtual private network, or VPN, extends across a public or shared network, and acts like a tunnel so you can exchange data securely and anonymously across the Internet as if you were connected directly to a private network. Watch this video to learn more.

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VPN explained

Information travelling between a connected device (computer, smartphone, tablet) and a VPN server is encrypted, and as a result, any applications running on the VPN network benefit from the security, functionality, and strength of the private network.

What many people don’t know is your home Wi-Fi network can be just as unsafe as a Public Wi-Fi network. Additional layers of security are needed to keep hackers, cyber criminals, and data thieves at bay. A VPN provides the privacy and data security you need.

Hotspot Shield VPN is a top choice for encrypting your Wi-Fi connection.

How does a VPN work?

When you establish an internet connection at home, at a coffee shop, or while travelling, you’re connected to a public or shared network through an internet service provider (ISP).

This means that any information you send through the public network is just that: public. Since an ISP can see what information you’re accessing, they can control the content you have access to by blocking and censoring websites.

Virtually anyone with the tools and know-how, including governments and businesses, can see what you’re doing, 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 you don’t want out in the open — to commit fraud.

How do I use a VPN?

Using a VPN is simple, with Hotspot Shield you can connect with just one click. Once you download Hotspot Shield and sign up, all you have to do is:

  • Step 3

    Connect to the Internet with any device

  • Step 2

    Open the Hotspot Shield app

  • Step 1

    Click “Connect”

It’s really that easy! Now, you’re free to access the content you want when you want it, wherever you are.

What are the main benefits of using a VPN?

  • Stream everything

    Stream everything

    With unlimited bandwidth, you can access all your favorite content from any device, anywhere. Hotspot Shield is rated “by far the fastest VPN” by PC World.

  • Location privacy

    Location privacy

    By connecting to a VPN, you can hide your IP address and location from public view. Hotspot Shield has over 2,500 server in 25 countries so you can choose where you connect.

  • Military-grade security

    Military-grade security

    Hotspot Shield uses best-in-class security and 256-bit AES encryption to ensure your data is protected so you can’t be watched or tracked, even from public Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • Anonymous browsing

    Anonymous browsing

    We never track, log, or store any of your personally identifiable information, including your IP address.

Why else should I get a VPN?

  • Avoid censorship and surveillance

    Avoid censorship and surveillance

    Governments, businesses, and hackers all over the world can see your private data, censor your favorite sites, and steal sensitive information. Put a stop to it with Hotspot Shield.

  • Get unlimited bandwidth

    Get unlimited bandwidth

    Never worry about how much data you use ever again. Unlimited bandwidth means unlimited access to all your favorite content for streaming, browsing, social, and more.

  • Keep your information private

    Keep your information private

    Hackers, cyber criminals, and identity thieves scour the internet for your personal data. With Hotspot Shield, your data is indecipherable because we use the highest standard of encryption.

  • Use the fastest VPNs available

    Use the fastest VPNs available

    With over 30 patents, our unique, proprietary VPN technology optimizes multiple server connections that are stronger and faster over long distances.

  • Connect on any device

    Connect on any device

    Just like you, we’ve got a lot of different devices, so why not connect them all? Connect up to 5 devices under 1 account, for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Chrome, and more.

  • It’s super easy to use

    It’s super easy to use

    Sign up, install, and connect. That’s it. Once you see the check mark, you’re good to go. We’ve engineered Hotspot Shield for the easiest, most intuitive user experience on the market.