Who is Hotspot Shield?

If they wanted to, VPN providers could technically snoop on your online activities. So, better think twice about getting in bed with those who hide behind a veil of anonymity! Here are more good-to-know tidbits about Hotspot Shield:

Owned and Operated byAnchorFree
Year Launched2008
Base of OperationsUnited States
Operates in a Privacy-friendly Country?No
Logging PolicySome logs
Encryption Used256-bit AES Encryption
Servers Located in25 countries


Plans and Pricing

Starting at €15.99/month (or around $18.59/month), Hotspot Shield Elite has one of the most expensive price tags around. That’s a lot of money to shell out for a VPN service! Longer subscription terms shave off a few Euros, but you’ll still be looking at monthly costs of at least €6.99/month (or around $8.11/month). Even ExpressVPN’s pricey subscriptions are looking more reasonable at this point.

The good news is that Hotspot Shield also offers an unlimited plan for a one-time payment of €139.99. For the equivalent cost of nearly two years of subscription, you can enjoy Hotspot Shield’s service for a lifetime, which is a pretty good deal. Of course, that depends on what you’re hoping to get out of a VPN service.

Check out all the different paid plans below:

1 Month6 Months1 YearUnlimited
€15.99/mo.€10.99/mo.€6.99/mo.€139.99 one time


Payments accepted include popular credit cards, like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club International and Union Pay. You can also pay using PayPal and bank transfer.

If you’re unsure whether Hotspot Shield is the right VPN for you, you’ll be glad to know that you can try out their service at no cost, for 7 whole days. Even better, they have a rather generous 45-day money-back guarantee so you have more than enough time to decide whether you want to continue the subscription or not.

Alternatively, you can opt for the free version of Hotspot Shield. But take note that it has several limitations. Check out how the Elite and Free plans compare below:

 Hotspot Shield FreeHotspot Shield Elite
Bandwidth Allocation500MB per dayUnlimited
Server Locations125
Access to Geo-Restricted SitesLimited accessUnlimited access
Connect up to 5 Devices SimultaneouslyNoYes
SupportEmailPriority email, 24/7 chat (coming soon)
SecurityAES 256-bit encryptionAES 256-bit encryption