Hola VPN vs Hotspot Shield vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

 
Rating
Features
  • 1.2
  • 4.0
Pricing
  • 3.0
  • 4.5
Ease of Use
  • 2.0
  • 4.5
Reliability & Support
  • 1.0
  • 4.3
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Guy Fawkes
Various tips from anonymous experts
  • 1.5

Hola is a community-powered peer-to-peer network. It does not use servers, like ExpressVPN or NordVPN, but rather routes traffic through peer nodes provided by the 115 million users of the service. In fact, when turned on, you can’t search on Google. However, Hola offers yo

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Latest positive user review
Marie
  • 5.0
No problems Works great and free! I enjoy using it from time to time.I cut it off when not in use.I have not had a problem and it is very easy to use.I don't know why it would get a low rating it is very user friendly compared to others.
Latest negative user review
TM
  • 2.0
Free and that is it As long as you realize that it is stealing band width and is not secure the free version is unusable. I only use it to specifically visit some sites that are blocked when I am not in the UK. NOT for banking etc but for viewing TV.
Review by our expert

Ran Greenberg
New-Media and online expert, Venture Capitalist and investor
  • 4.4

With over 2,500 servers in 25 countries, Hotspot Shield Elite is a fast and reliable service that gives users access to a selection of well-encrypted IP addresses. This service has proven to be one of the most effectual at hiding data, drastically reducing the risk of interception by employing 128-bit AES and 256-bit AES encryption. Using their protocol Catapult Hydra, Hotspot will also co

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Latest positive user review
AN
  • 5.0
It’s really good The hotspot shield works amazing, it’s better than any VPN I’ve ever used on my computer! It never lags, stays connected all the time and is very fast! It allows me to used sites that are blocked on my school’s WiFi, so that’s definitely a bonus.
Latest negative user review
Harry
  • 1.0
Very hard to cancel this -hope I did I got this on an apple Iphone when it said my phone was infected-I had to look for a long time on the site to find instructions on how to cancel and I am not sure if I got it canceled yet- their instructions on Q&A were sketchy at best-Apple needs to get this out of Apple Store.
Latest positive user review
Marie
  • 5.0
No problems Works great and free! I enjoy using it from time to time.I cut it off when not in use.I have not had a problem and it is very easy to use.I don't know why it would get a low rating it is very user friendly compared to others.
AN
  • 5.0
It’s really good The hotspot shield works amazing, it’s better than any VPN I’ve ever used on my computer! It never lags, stays connected all the time and is very fast! It allows me to used sites that are blocked on my school’s WiFi, so that’s definitely a bonus.
Latest negative user review
TM
  • 2.0
Free and that is it As long as you realize that it is stealing band width and is not secure the free version is unusable. I only use it to specifically visit some sites that are blocked when I am not in the UK. NOT for banking etc but for viewing TV.
Harry
  • 1.0
Very hard to cancel this -hope I did I got this on an apple Iphone when it said my phone was infected-I had to look for a long time on the site to find instructions on how to cancel and I am not sure if I got it canceled yet- their instructions on Q&A were sketchy at best-Apple needs to get this out of Apple Store.
 

Pricing

Starting price $0.00/ month $2.99/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
Devices per license 1 5
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

Hotspot Shield is basically a simple, no frills VPN service. For the most part, the free version will get the job done, but those who want more server options and access to streaming services will need to upgrade to the paid version.

 

Interestingly, if you compare Hotspot Shield with NordVPN, which is our top ranked vpn, you'll see that Hotspot Shield can learn a lot from NordVPN. Compare Hotspot Shield with NordVPN