Hide My Ip- Free security and privacy using Hotspot Shield

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otspot Shield in a few words: "100% Security Through a VPN". More: "It's FREE!"
This small software creates a VPN – virtual private network between your computer and an Internet gateway. The tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing your email, instant messages, credit card information or anything else you send over the network.Hotspot Shield
So, you can use Hotspot Sheild not only to hide your IP address but for complete anonymity! It is ideal if you need to change your IP to an US one. There several reasons you might need an US IP address, such as watching videos from Pandora or Veoh, playing an online game Mabinogi, etc.
Hotspot Shield security application is free to download and is easy to install and use.
After you download the product, you have to unzip the file and launch the setup. Hotspot Shield will be installed in matter of seconds. When the product starts, the VPN connection is initialized as you will see in the configuration page (to see all values click Show Config):
Hotspot Shield Config
In order to check your new IP address, go to www.whatismyipaddress.com or www.allanonymity.com/what-is-my-ip-address/.
When you are done and you what to use your real IP address Disconnect from the VPN or exit Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield disconnect
Now, I have listed several Pros and Cons regarding this solutions. Make sure you read them, especially the Cons. :)
Pros
  • It's free!
  • It uses VPN technology
  • It is more than a hide ip software, it provide total anonymity (including email, chat, etc)
Cons
  • It has a 3GB limit usage per month (it was more for previous versions)
  • You don't have any quaranty that the traffic is not logged (this is my main concern). My advice is to use it with care and make sure you read the terms and conditions of using Hotspot Shield.
To sum up, Hotspot Shield is an excellent product to hide your IP and get an US IP address, but, as with other good things in life, do not abuse it.


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