Hotspot Shield: The Good
We've tested plenty of great VPNs here at Tech.co, but Hotspot Shield has impressed us with what it's capable of.
Great VPN Speeds
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hotspot Shield is its speed. Short-hop VPN connections barely slow your internet connection down at all. Even long-distance connections to a different continent only lose approximately 10% of the normal downstream bandwidth.
Hotspot Shield manages this through its own high-speed network and, in some cases, by using servers that might not actually be located where the app says they are. However, if they appear to be located there and all the websites you connect to believe so, that’s not a problem.
Hotspot Shield showed no signs of telltale leaks in our tests. That means no tell-tale data giving the game away that you're on a VPN or revealing your true server.
Good VPN Features
Hotspot Shield also has enough server locations to give you decent global coverage, plus features like a killswitch and anti-malware protection that give you a little extra protection when you’re online.
Not Much Netflix
While it wouldn’t unblock the notoriously trick US Netflix from Europe, it worked for other region-locked US streaming sites, including NBC and Comedy Central.
Use it, and you won’t have to miss out on your favourite shows while travelling abroad. But, if Netflix is what you're truly after, check out our reviews of the best VPNs for accessing Netflix.