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See for yourself why the experts say Hotspot Shield may defy physics and increase your connection speed
Experts agree that the world’s fastest VPN is finally here
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Hotspot Shield is the fastest, most secure VPN for streaming your favorite shows, movies, games, videos, and more
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Hotspot Shield’s patented technology is verified as the #1 VPN for speed in ZDnet, TechRadar, PCWorld, and Comparitech
Stay safe and private online, wherever you are
Hide your real IP address and encrypt all your web traffic with military-grade encryption to stay safe from hackers and snooping ISPs — we don’t log what you view online
Hotspot Shield uses robust AES 256-bit encryption to secure your traffic.
It also uses perfect forward secrecy, a key-agreement protocol that constantly changes your encryption key. This ensures that even if your session’s current encryption key is somehow compromised, the rest of your data remains secure.
All of Hotspot Shield’s native apps use the vendor’s proprietary Catapult Hydra protocol. The protocol is similar to OpenSSL, but is optimized to get the fastest connection speeds, especially over long distances.
Hotspot Shield is a VPN service from a company called Pango, formerly Anchorfree, that was started in 2008 and now has over 3,200 servers in more than 70 countries. That’s an impressive number of servers; only a handful of VPNs have more. The number of servers is important for a VPN service because your distance to the server you’re connected to directly factors into your internet speed.
Hotspot Shield is based out of Redwood City, California. I know what you’re thinking. “Uh oh, doesn’t the United States have strict data retention laws?” Yes, yes they do. The United States is a part of the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and Fourteen Eyes international surveillance alliances, which means Hotspot Shield could be forced to provide your data if requested. But Hotspot Shield knows this might be a source of uncertainty and that’s why they have committed to releasing yearly transparency reports. Their most recent 2019 Transparency Report showed they received 56 requests for user data, and zero user data released. That makes me feel better.