Hola VPN vs Hotspot Shield vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

 
Rating
Features
  • 1.8
  • 4.0
Pricing
  • 2.0
  • 3.5
Ease of Use
  • 2.0
  • 3.9
Reliability & Support
  • 1.2
  • 3.8
 

Reviews

Expert Review

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 in Google and Hola offers you to buy a paid

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Latest positive user review
Alex
  • 5.0
Free to use! A rare thing in VPN services, other than the limited free-trials. This service remains free, if you agree to act as a node for other users. If you don’t want to have to sign up to a contract, and pay monthly or yearly, this is a great alternative. It’s worth it to know your data is uncensored and secure
Expert Review

Ran Greenberg
New-Media and online expert, Venture Capitalist and investor
  • 4.0

A useful and fast proxy service, Hotspot Shield Elite, gives users access to a selection of well-encrypted IP addresses. This service has proved to be one of the most effectual at hiding data (along with our two best, NordVPN and ExpressVPN), drastically reducing the risk of intercepti

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Latest positive user review
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Works as advertised! I've had the lifetime deal for a year now. Speeds are unnoticeable from when the vpn is off! Switching countries works with Amazon Prime Video. Works on all 3 of the devices that are registered to it.
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
Alex
  • 5.0
Free to use! A rare thing in VPN services, other than the limited free-trials. This service remains free, if you agree to act as a node for other users. If you don’t want to have to sign up to a contract, and pay monthly or yearly, this is a great alternative. It’s worth it to know your data is uncensored and secure
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Works as advertised! I've had the lifetime deal for a year now. Speeds are unnoticeable from when the vpn is off! Switching countries works with Amazon Prime Video. Works on all 3 of the devices that are registered to it.
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.
 

Pricing

Starting price $0.00/ month €6.99/ 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 lowprice, simple, no frills VPN service that is ideally suited to those looking for hassle-free streaming of international media services, like Netflix. However, without getting a reasonable reply from their support services, and a lack of information regarding their security protocols, including what data they share with law enforcement, we can't recommend this service to those of you that take security and reports on openness more seriously than a quick connection to a foreign server.

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