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!
|Inspect Elements||Checked||Point Weight|
|Outside 14 Eyes||✗||0/4|
|Double VPN Servers Routing (MultiHop)||✗||0/4|
|Private DNS (Smart DNS)||✗||0/4|
|No Bandwidth Limit||✓||3/3|
|Public Wifi Protection||✓||4/4|
|Own Server Farm||✗||0/4|
|Google Play Review||(1,468,529)||5/5|
|App Store Review||(129,893)||5/5|
|Download Speed Reduction||✓||0/4|
|Upload Speed Reduction||✓||1/4|
|DNS Leak Test||✓||4/4|
|WebRTC Leak Test||✓||4/4|
|IPV6 Leak Test||✓||4/4|
|Auto Cookies Deletion||✗||0/2|
|Scan Downloaded File||✗||0/2|
Last fact checked: 10th February, 2021
Ranked 10th from all of the best VPN tested.
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
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
|Type||Without Hotspot Shield||With Hotspot Shield||Differences in %|
|Download||32 Mbps||25 Mbps||-21.87%|
|Upload||23 Mbps||19 Mbps||-17.39%|
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
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|
Greater the measure distance, higher the ping time will be . 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
DNS Leak Test
I am connecting to a Singapore server. So, it was as expected. No DNS leak from Hotspot Shield VPN.
Though they are showing a different location from my exact real location, but the server I am connecting is not from Swiss. Anyhow, I still give them a pass on the WebRTC leak test.
IPV6 Leak Test
Misc – Server Farm
Though Hotspot Shield have over 3200 servers across 80 nations, but most are not owned by them.
There you have it, my full examination with a score for Hotspot Shield VPN.
With most of my tested VPN 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.
… or read my Hotspot Shield review here.