When you are away from a wireless network, when you are out and about with your iPhone you have to make use of your mobile provider’s data packages. This can quickly become expensive because even if you have an inclusive allowance, it is all too easy to use the internet more than planned and end up with a hefty bill.
Hotspot Shield can help you to reduce these costs by compressing data so you do not need to download as much data when you are visiting web sites. This not only helps to save money, but it can also help to speed up internet usage, so it can be handy when at home as well. But the app also includes security features and a handy VPN feature.
The VPN side of things makes it possible to access sites that have been blocked in certain countries, but the security options that will be familiar to anyone who has used the desktop version of the software are particularly noteworthy. Any data you send when using a wireless hotspot is encrypted to prevent data from being intercepted, and your IP address and identity are protected.
While the app is free and all of the features can be used free of charge for a week, if you want to continue working with the app you will need a subscription. You can buy a subscription as an in-app purchase, and this will set you back $0.99 for a month or $9.99 for an entire year.
What's new in 2.1.2?
- Bug fixes
- Japanese translation
- Russian translation
NOTE: There is a newer version of Hotspot Shield now available to download here.
The money-saving aspect of the app may be negated by the subscription costs for some people, but security features are impressive and worthwhile.