A fierce competition is taking place between two US-based VPNs: PIA and Hotspot Shield.
Both VPNs have large networks of servers, with PIA offering 3,000+ servers in over 30 countries and HotSpot Shield having 2,000+ servers in over 20 countries. They also both allow P2P and torrenting. Yet while Hotspot Shield offers a limited free VPN service and a 45-day money-back guarantee, PIA only offers a 7-day money-back guarantee.
These two VPNs also provide user-friendly client apps. However, HotSpot Shield doesn’t have an app for Linux and has an extension for Chrome only. PIA has apps for all platforms (including Linux) and browser extensions for Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. Hotspot Shield takes the lead for unblocking restricted streaming services like Netflix, which PIA fails to do. On the other hand, although both providers claim to keep no logs, Hotspot Shield has been accused in the past of leaking sensitive user information to third parties for advertising purposes.
Read on to see these American VPNs battling it out across several important categories.