PrivateVPN is a market-leading service provider with numerous advanced security features and a knack for bypassing geo-restrictions worldwide. Hotspot Shield, on the other hand, is backed by a large security company (AnchorFree) and has been used by over 600 million people worldwide. While Hotspot Shield provides 2,500+ servers in 25 countries, PrivateVPN operates a streamlined network of over 100 ultra-fast servers across 57 countries. Both VPNs use strong encryption and support multiple protocols, including OpenVPN and IKEv2. PrivateVPN’s advanced features include IPv6 leak protection and port forwarding, whereas Hotspot Shield offers malware protection. With regard to refund policies, Hotspot Shield and PrivateVPN offer 45-day and 30-day money-back guarantees, respectively, on new orders. While Hotspot Shield may appear to have more budget-friendly prices, PrivateVPN’s prices are very competitive, and the provider makes up for any cost difference by offering more security features. In addition, while Hotspot Shield forbids torrenting on its servers, PrivateVPN supports P2P file-sharing activities on its UK servers and offers port forwarding as well. A more comprehensive comparison across multiple categories follows below. NOTE: This comparison is for the paid Hotspot Shield version, Hotspot Shield Elite.