Hotspot Shield is a program developed and released by AnchorFree, Inc. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and led by founder David Gorodyansky since 2005. Hotspot Shield is the flagship product of AnchorFree and is available on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS devices. Since its 2005 release, Hotspot Shield has garnered over 120 million downloads and has an average of 20 million users actively using Hotspot Shield each month across 190 countries.
Hotspot Shield is available via a freemium model payment system. Users can use Hotspot Shield for free with ads or pay to use a private, ad-free virtual private network (VPN). AnchorFree’s VPN service allows private, uncensored browsing across the web. The Hotpsot Shield network is spread out across multiple servers in the United States, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland — all countries that restrict web censorship. Hotspot Shield can also be used to bypass school & work firewalls and DNS systems that disallow users from accessing popular websites like Facebook and YouTube. Perhaps the most secure feature of Hotspot Shield is the ability to protect a public WiFi connection from attackers by utilizing the VPN while connected to the public network.
AnchorFree offers a variety of coupon codes for their available software subscriptions. These coupon codes vary in the amount discounted and expire at different times. New coupon codes are often released by AnchorFree and can be used on the checkout page of Hotspot Shield before completing a purchase.