Hotspot Shield/Expatshield

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by kennyboy, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. kennyboy

    kennyboy Registered Member

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    Would the knowledgeable members here consider these to be in any way secure as a limited vpn.
    They are useful when accessing blocked websites from this country, but ....securityo_O Don't know.

    Any thoughts appreciated.
     
  2. Sordid

    Sordid Registered Member

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    Security? Or privacy??

    Perhaps, things have changed. And I may stand corrected:

    It will give you HTTPS/encrypted connection to HPShield which could benefit you on non-secure networks, and the pro version uses what seems to be akin to a anti-malware DNS, but they log activity and also inject 3rd party data on the free version. The software seems janky and when I used it long ago, would push startup and connect to home. IMO, Between the weak dev, lack of security or privacy policy, and suspicious internal activity, I'd say it increases your attack surface area and any anonymity is cosmetic.

    It's essentially an easy way to grab a foreign IP on a burner computer, but I wouldn't use it for much else including a "hotspot shield" unless in a real pinch. :isay:
     
  3. ComputerSaysNo

    ComputerSaysNo Registered Member

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    Wouldn't use it honestly, free VPN's have to make money somehow and it's usually by injecting add's into the software.
     
  4. kennyboy

    kennyboy Registered Member

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    Useful comments.

    Many Thanks.
     
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