///Hotspot Shield Test Report
Hotspot Shield Test Report

Hotspot Shield Test Report

Below is the checklist sheet to Hotspot Shield’s score.

Same as the previous, Hotspot Shield went over 28 testing parameters.

The final score is 57 over 100!

57
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Inspect ElementsCheckedPoint Weight
Kill Switch4/4
Outside 14 Eyes0/4
No Logs4/4
OpenVPN Protocol0/4
AES-2564/4
Double VPN Servers Routing (MultiHop)0/4
Private DNS (Smart DNS)0/4
No Bandwidth Limit3/3
P2P Function3/3
Public Wifi Protection4/4
Own Server Farm0/4
Google Play Review4 out of 5 stars (1,431,620)4/5
App Store Review4.5 out of 5 stars (115,200)5/5
Download Speed Reduction0/4
Upload Speed Reduction1/4
Latency/Ping4/4
Ad-Blocker0/2
Unlimited Devices0/2
Obfuscation/Camouflage Mode0/3
DNS Leak Test4/4
WebRTC Leak Test4/4
IPV6 Leak Test4/4
Autoconnect4/4
GPS Spoofing0/4
Secure Hotspot3/3
Auto Cookies Deletion0/2
Ddos Protection2/2
Scan Downloaded File0/2


Last fact checked: 29th July, 2020

Ranked 9th from all of the best VPN tested.

  1. Beta Distribution for Google Play and App Store Review

Playstore review of 4.0 stars rating from 1,431,620 individuals score is 0.79

Appstore review of 4.5 stars rating from 115,200 individuals score is 0.89

Remark:
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

  1. Speed Test

TypeWithout Hotspot ShieldWith Hotspot ShieldDifferences in %
Download32 Mbps25 Mbps-21.87%
Upload23 Mbps19 Mbps-17.39%

Speed Test without Hotspot Shield VPN

Without Hotspot Shield (Benchmark)

Speed Test with Hotspot Shield VPN

With Hotspot Shield

Remark:
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

  1. Latency / Ping Test

LocationsWithout Hotspot ShieldWith Hotspot ShieldDifferences
Washington320 ms276 ms-44 ms
San Francisco205 ms206 ms+1 ms
Sao Paulo– ms– ms– ms
Hong Kong66 ms65 ms-1 ms
Amsterdam192 ms193 ms+1 ms
Moscow278 ms254 ms-24 ms
Average212 ms199 ms-13 ms

Ping Test without Hotspot Shield

Without Hotspot Shield

Ping Test with Hotspot Shield

With Hotspot Shield

Remark:
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

  1. DNS Leak Test

Hotspot Shield VPN DNS Leak Test

I am connecting to a Singapore server. So, it was as expected. No DNS leak from Hotspot Shield VPN.

  1. WebRTC Test

Hotspot Shield WebRTC Leak Test

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.

  1. IPV6 Leak Test

Hotspot Shield VPN IPv6 Leak Test

  1. Misc – Server Farm

Though Hotspot Shield have over 3200 servers across 80 nations, but most are not owned by them.

Final Word

There you have it, my full examination with a score for Hotspot Shield VPN.

If you put them side by side with the like of ExpressVPN, Surfshark, or NordVPN, they are way below their league.

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.

Find out more at HotspotShield.com

… or read my Hotspot Shield review here.