- Price – Free limited plan/ $12.99 per month
- Fastest VPN
- Strong Encryption
- Kill Switch support
- Torrenting allowed and Netflix unblocking supported.
- Up to 5 devices simultaneous connection
- Some logging issue
- Pricey monthly plans
Hotspot Shield is a free VPN that you can download on your smartphone as well as on your computer. It also comes with a premium Elite version which costs $12.99 per month.
Hotspot Shield is popular and has over 650 Million around the world making it one of the most popular VPN clients in the market today.
The free version of Hotspot Shield comes with a bandwidth cap. It also shows ads on the browser at times which means Hotspot Shield stores some user data to show relevant ads.
These issues do not exist in the premium Elite version. What sets Hotspot Shield apart from other VPNs is its speed.
We tested the VPN using a 100 Mbps connection and got the following results for the EU server.
- Download Speed: 92 Mbps
- Upload Speed: 45 Mbps
The speed is even better on the UK server and marginally slower on Asian servers. However, for the US server, the speed is not good.
The user interface of Hotspot Shield is one of the best things about this VPN client. It displays the connection status, connected server and country, IP address along with up and down data usage stats.
You can download torrents and unblock Netflix using the VPN. However, it does not support Tor at the time.
Hotspot Shield is recommended if you want the fastest VPN for a short time and also if you are looking for a free VPN. It also comes with a money-back guarantee in case you bought the Elite plan and did not like the service.
Hotspot Shield can keep your privacy safe, even while you’re using WhatsApp.
Apart from state authorities, WhatsApp is also blocked by educational institutions and private companies to prevent the employees and students from using WhatsApp.
As of now, there are at least 13 countries in the world, where the state authorities have completely banned WhatsApp for various reasons while some countries have only blocked the voice calling features of the app.
We have included VPNs that offer robust security and privacy features such as 256-AES encryption and Kill switch to keep your connection private and prevent any data leak while also allowing you to bypass any restrictions from the ISPs.
It is important that you select the right VPN as per your requirement and budget. Make sure that you go through all the points carefully before committing to any one of the VPN services recommended by us.
FAQ: Using VPNs with WhatsApp
- Does VPN work for WhatsApp?
Yes, you can use a VPN with WhatsApp is the VPN client has a corresponding app for your platform. Private Internet Access offers support for app major platforms: iOS, Android, Mac and Windows and you can protect up to 10 devices at once.
- Is WhatsApp video call safe using VPN?
All data can be intercepted before reaching its destination. However, if you use a VPN like PIA, the data sent by your device is encrypted with military-grade algorithms, making it virtually unreadable to anyone other than the desired recipient.
- How to use WhatsApp with VPN?
- Sign up for Private Internet Access
- Download the app for your device
- Log in and connect to one of the thousands of servers worldwide
- Use your device as normal to make WhatsApp video or voice calls
This post was written by Tashreef Shareef and was first posted to WindowsReport
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