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Hotspot Shield Test Report

Below is the checklist sheet for Hotspot Shield’s score.

Same as the previous, Hotspot Shield went over 28 testing parameters.

The final score is 58 over 100!

58
Inspect Elements Checked Point Weight
Kill Switch 4/4
Outside 14 Eyes 0/4
No Logs 4/4
OpenVPN Protocol 0/4
AES-256 4/4
Double VPN Servers Routing (MultiHop) 0/4
Private DNS (Smart DNS) 0/4
No Bandwidth Limit 3/3
P2P Function 3/3
Public Wifi Protection 4/4
Own Server Farm 0/4
Google Play Review 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,468,529) 5/5
App Store Review 4.5 out of 5 stars (129,893) 5/5
Download Speed Reduction 0/4
Upload Speed Reduction 1/4
Latency/Ping 4/4
Ad-Blocker 0/2
Unlimited Devices 0/2
Obfuscation/Camouflage Mode 0/3
DNS Leak Test 4/4
WebRTC Leak Test 4/4
IPV6 Leak Test 4/4
Autoconnect 4/4
GPS Spoofing 0/4
Secure Hotspot 3/3
Auto Cookies Deletion 0/2
Ddos Protection 2/2
Scan Downloaded File 0/2
Last fact checked: January, 2022

Ranked 10th from all of the best VPN tested.

  1. Beta Distribution for Google Play and App Store Review

Playstore review of 4.1 stars rating from 1,468,529 individuals score is 0.82

Appstore review of 4.5 stars rating from 129,893 individuals score is 0.90

Remark:
Calculation closer to 1 is better.
1.00 < x < 0.8 – earn 5 points
0.79 < x < 0.6 – earn 4 points
0.59 < x < 0.4 – earn 3 points
0.39 < x < 0.2 – earn 2 points
0.19 < x < 0.0 – earn 1 point

  1. Speed Test

Type Without Hotspot Shield With Hotspot Shield Differences in %
Download 32 Mbps 25 Mbps -21.87%
Upload 23 Mbps 19 Mbps -17.39%

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Without Hotspot Shield (Benchmark)

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With Hotspot Shield

Remark:
We are using fast.com to run the speed test for download and upload speed.
x < 5% – earn 4 points
x < 10% – earn 3 points
x < 15% – earn 2 points
x < 20% – earn 1 point

  1. Latency / Ping Test

Locations Without Hotspot Shield With Hotspot Shield Differences
Washington 320 ms 276 ms -44 ms
San Francisco 205 ms 206 ms +1 ms
Sao Paulo – ms – ms – ms
Hong Kong 66 ms 65 ms -1 ms
Amsterdam 192 ms 193 ms +1 ms
Moscow 278 ms 254 ms -24 ms
Average 212 ms 199 ms -13 ms

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Without Hotspot Shield

Ping-Test-with-Hotspot-Shield

With Hotspot Shield

Remark:
The greater the measure distance, the higher the ping time will be. The calculation is based on the average ping time.
Sau Paulo server is having error when I try to connect. Thus the result from there will be omitted.
x < 60 ms – earn 4 points
x < 100 ms – earn 3 points
x < 150 ms – earn 2 points
x < 200 ms – earn 1 point

  1. DNS Leak Test

Hotspot-Shield-VPN-DNS-Leak-Test

I am connecting to a Singapore server. So, it was as expected. No DNS leak from Hotspot Shield VPN.

  1. WebRTC Test

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Though they are showing a different location from my exact real location, the server I am connecting is not from Swiss. Anyhow, I still give them a pass on the WebRTC leak test.

  1. IPV6 Leak Test

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  1. Misc – Server Farm

Though Hotspot Shield has over 3200 servers across 80 nations, most are not owned by them.

Final Word

There you have it, my full examination with a score for Hotspot Shield VPN.

If you put them side by side with the like of ExpressVPN, Surfshark, or NordVPN, Hotspot Shield are way below their league.

With most of my tested VPNs that falls in the range of 70 and above, Hotspot Shield is in the 50+ range score.

It certainly raises a lot of questions given the number of installations and downloads.

Nevertheless, they are offering 7 days free trial with no commitments.

Find out more at HotspotShield.com

… or read my Hotspot Shield review here.