Hotspot now shields you ad-free

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by SUPERIOR, Sep 29, 2011.

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  1. SUPERIOR

    SUPERIOR Registered Member

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  2. Ranget

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    Not Really Sure :/
    Last time i checked it wasn't working for me
    maybe my country Blocked it or something

    using instead Layerd protection Ultrasurf + tor

    Duble encryption
     
  3. SUPERIOR

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    same here .... on other hand, expat shield working very well so far
    u sure we dont live in the same country o_O

    PS : Hotspot Shield Elite Runs 100% Faster
     
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  4. J_L

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    Interesting, how do they make money off of free users now?
     
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    ad-free and high speed for elite version i guess which means u have to pay money
    for free users ....i guess nothing changed :(
     
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    The free product still serves up ads. The new "Elite" product is $45/year subscription which is affordable. Until recently I was using Witopia and paying $60/year. I only use Hotspot Shield when I connect at places like Starbucks. The open WiFi there is not very fast and I don't notice a slowdown with the free product. Has anyone had a look at the EULA for Elite? I wonder if they're still data mining as they do with the free version?

    Edit 1: I could not find a statement on the website regarding privacy for the Elite product.
    Edit 2: Sent email to Anchorfree asking if they "aggregate data" in their Elite product in the same way they do with the free product. We'll see if I get an answer.
     
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  7. box750

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    The title at CNET is quite misleading, it should probably read "HotSpot launches paid for ad-free version", but that would get less people to click on the article, journalists just love big headlines, ad-free after you have paid to get rid of the adverts it isn't like breaking ground stuff.

    There are already VPNs at $5/month that have been around for a long time, all HotSpot Shield has is a huge number (millions according to them) of free users, it will probably work out for them with just a tiny percentage of upgrades to paid for users, I think it is a smart move for the company, but nothing special for the users, nothing you can not get elsewhere, HotSpot Shield elite service is still offering a single location (USA) when most VPNs, even small ones, have at least a couple of IP geolocations.
     
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