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Hotspot Shield is a popular VPN platform recently acquired by Pango. This acquisition has allowed any user signing up for the VPN service to utilize three more products – the 1Password password manager, the Identity Guard identity theft protection service (US-only), as well as the Robo Shield robocall and spam blocker (US-only).

The VPN vendor offers a decent ad-supported free tier but truly shines in its Premium version, removing ads and limitations in terms of data transfer, features, and server access. Specifically, all users can utilize over 1,800 servers in 80+ countries.

Apps are available for all the major platforms – Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux. Unfortunately, due to the proprietary Catapult Hydra protocol’s lack of support for many other platforms (for now), it can be installed on hardly any other device except those listed above, as well as Android TV and routers that support DD-WRT and FreshTomato firmware. The platform is also offered as a Chrome extension.

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Up to five devices can use the VPN at the same time, but the fact that Hotspot Shield can be enabled on a router allows it to expand the coverage to a virtually unlimited number of devices connected to that router.

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