You’ll find Hotspot Shield Elite to be a handy application to protect the data on your computer, especially if you are a frequent user of wireless connections that are unsecured or have inadequate protection. Most public hotspots lack basic security and this makes Hotspot Shield Elite an essential tool for your laptop. The application uses a remote server of the AnchorFree network to reroute the data sent from and received by your computer. This server’s IP is assigned to your system, preventing other users or websites from accessing personal information on your computer or from determining your real location. This process achieves the application’s objective of giving you a secure VPN connection without you having to personally configure that connection. When you use a new wireless hotspot, you simply enable the secure connection provided. If you want it to be even easier, you can configure the program to start automatically when connecting to a new or unknown network. The status of Hotspot Shield Elite is easily determined by checking the color of its icon on the tray or, at your choice, the button placed on the interface of the browser. The color will remain at red under normal browsing conditions and show green when you are using the secure VPN connection.
Users outside the U.S. may notice a slower load or browsing speed due to the secure server being located in the United States. However, tests show this delay is barely noticeable in most cases. Hotspot Shield Elite is a useful application for home environments or for employees at work. You will find the program is easy to install and it uses very small amounts of computer resources, allowing it to run on most computer configurations. The version downloaded is ad supported and uses banners and ads when actively using the secure VPN connection.
The limitation of this program is that it is provided on a seven day trial basis and is supported by ads. When installing, users must carefully evaluate which of the offered changes to browsers and other defaults are desired. The downloaded version supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7.
Overall, this is a very useful program, especially with its new malware protection.
|Windows 2K, XP, Vista, 7|