Download of the day: Hotspot Shield Free

Keep it secret, keep it safe

Hotspot Shield Free

If you’ve ever idly looked at a shed online only to spend the next decade being followed around the internet by adverts for sheds, you’ll know that when you’re online you leave a footprint.

But you probably don’t realise just how many different organisations are tracking you online – and if you’re on a public Wi-Fi connection, how vulnerable your data may be. Hotspot Shield Free aims to protect your privacy and your data on Windows, Mac and on mobile devices too.

Why you need it

Hotspot Shield Free creates a virtual private network, or VPN for short. It keeps your online surfing anonymous, and has the happy side-effect of bypassing geographic blocks – so you can bypass those annoying “this video is not available in your country” messages on your favourite video sites, or blocked sites if you’re connecting at work or school. And if you’re connecting to public Wi-Fi, Hotspot Shield Free encrypts your communications so that the bad guys can’t intercept what you’re doing.

If you’re sharing secret stuff or just don’t want advertisers to track your every move, Hotspot Shield Free is a powerful ally.

Download here: Hotspot Shield Free

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