Hotspot Shield

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Hotspot Shield
Original author(s)AnchorFree, Inc
Developer(s)AnchorFree, Inc
Initial release2005
Development statusActive
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android
Size7,7 Megabyte
Available inEnglish, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish
TypeVPN
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteHotspot Shield
 
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Hotspot Shield
Original author(s)AnchorFree, Inc
Developer(s)AnchorFree, Inc
Initial release2005
Development statusActive
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android
Size7,7 Megabyte
Available inEnglish, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish
TypeVPN
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteHotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is a software application developed by AnchorFree, Inc. that allows users to surf the Internet privately by creating a virtual private network so the user can gain secure access to all internet content, while staying in control over their personal privacy.[1][2] The program is also used for cloud malware protection especially by travelers and expats that want to save data or access their home content while roaming abroad.[1] It is used by business travelers and students to protect their online activities in Wi-Fi hotspots.[1] It is also used by people in regions that are subject to Internet censorship, giving users access to the world’s information.[3] Hotspot Shield was used to bypass government censorship during the Arab Spring protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and has been mentioned by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.[4][5]

Overview[edit]

Hotspot Shield was developed by AnchorFree, a company in Silicon Valley.[1][6] The software was released in April 2008 for Windows and Mac operating systems, and was expanded to include support for iOS and Android in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[7]

Hotspot Shield establishes a virtual private network connection (VPN) between a device and a web server. This makes the user anonymous and secures data being transferred to and from the computer or mobile device. The software also protects information from being accessed or tracked by third parties.[4] It has free and paid versions, with the paid version offering more extensive online protection.

Product[edit]

Hotspot Shield uses VPN technology to encrypt data sent through a network.[2] The software increases privacy and security while browsing the web through a proxy connection to AnchorFree’s servers, located around the world, to let users access websites that might be blocked locally or regionally.[3] This allows users to bypass Internet censorship, and offers access to all internet content and protection for mobile users.[3]

International Use[edit]

In many regions with internet censorship, using Hotspot Shield has allowed users to access Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, among other sites, which assisted them in organizing protests as well as reaching out to international media.[8][5]

During the Arab Spring protests in 2010, protesters used Hotspot Shield to access social networking tools to communicate and upload videos.[5][9] Hotspot Shield was also widely used during the Egyptian protests and revolution in 2011, when the Mubarak regime cracked down heavily on access to social media sites.[10]

In 2012, Hotspot Shield usage increased among Mac users in the United States and Europe, as 500,000 Mac users were infected by the Flashback virus.[11] Hotspot Shield was used as a solution to prevent cloud side viruses and threats.[11]

In 2013, usage of Hotspot Shield increased in Turkey, in response to the suspected efforts of the Turkish government to censor social media and citizen access to international websites.[12][13]

In 2014, usage of Hotspot Shield increase tenfold in Hong Kong after Instagram was blocked by China's Communist Party.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2013, Hotspot Shield (and AnchorFree) was awarded the Appy Award for Best Online Security/Privacy Application, as well as Softonic's 2013 Best Apps of Mobile World Congress.[15] AnchorFree was also named among the Most Important Security Startups of 2013.[16] In 2014, Fox Business recommended HotSpot Shield as a way to "outsmart" data brokers, which use IP addresses to track online activity.[17]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Company Overview of AnchorFree, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Empson, Rip. "With Its Hotspot Shield Hitting 60M Downloads, AnchorFree Lands A Whopping $52M From Goldman Sachs". TechCrunch. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Colao, J.J. "How To Thwart Hackers And Dictators With One Free Download". Forbes. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Levin, Dan (16 January 2010). "Software Makers See a Market in Censorship". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Greene, Rachel. "Arab Spring and Emerging Technology". CNN iReport. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "About AnchorFree". AnchorFree. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "News & Events". AnchorFree. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hotspot Shield Free VPN Experiences 1000% Growth Surge in the Wake of Recent Turkish Unrest". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Messieh, Nancy. "Hotspot Shield: A quiet hero for Internet privacy and security around the world". TNW. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Koehn, Josh. "AnchorFree Opens Doors to Revolution". SanJose.com. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Mac virus a ‘wake-up call’, says CEO". CNME. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Ballim, Evren; Sandle, Paul (6 June 2013). "Turks skip suspected censorship with Internet lifelines". Reuters. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Acohido, Byron (5 June 2013). "Turkey citizens use VPN to air grievances". USA Today. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hong Kong Protests Beating the Media Crackdown". Forbes. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Thornton, James. "The http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/heartattacksandwater.asp apps of Mobile World Congress 2013". Softonic. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Bort, Julie. "The 15 Most Important Security Startups of 2013". Business Insider. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "6 Ways to Outsmart Data Brokers". Fox Business News. Retrieved 26 October 2014.