Expat Shield

Expat Shield Free

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José Fernández Senior editor

Expat Shield is a VPN solution that lets you browse the web securely. It is a free application, developed by AnchorFree, makers of the popular HotSpot Shield. Unlike HSP, this one does not give you a USA IP address, it gives you a UK IP. The benefits of connecting to Expat Shield are the same, though.
Once connected, anyone who wants to track you will not be able to see your real IP address, which makes it difficult for anyone to attack you on the net. Privacy is also a benefit with this application. There will be no record of the websites that you browsed outside of your computer.

There are a few UK websites that impose geographical restrictions. The most popular one is BBC iPlayer, which streams UK TV shows and sports. When you are connected to Expat Shield, you will be able to stream content from those websites as if you are at a café in London. In my testing, I opened a full episode of Top Gear. It streamed rather quickly, and it never stopped to buffer content.

Expat Shield is ad-supported, so you are bound to see ads pop up. You can close them, but they will appear again. Considering most good VPN services are paid, an ad here and there does not bother me, especially when the utility works so well.

Pros

  • It works great.
  • Fast.
  • Easy set-up.
  • Free.

Cons

  • Ad-supported.
This software was checked for viruses and was found to be clean. Click here to see antivirus report.
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Publisher's description

Expat Shield helps you protect your identity, maintain your privacy, and freely access all web content.

Get a UK IP address.
Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.
Protect yourself from identity theft online.
Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.

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    Alex Hertz 2 months ago

    Corinne Sellens, I'm enjoying UK TV with Seed4.Me VPN. + iPlayer, 4OD, Hulu, Netflix, etc.

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    Guest 6 months ago

    It does not work. It is not FREE, you have to pay to use it.

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    Guest 9 months ago

    Hate it! Too slow, too invasive. Slows down your PC even when not used. Maybe not technically malware or spyware, but the unwanted toolbar in the browser and sending keystrokes to preferred advertisers make it pretty close. Installs a program called "Search Protect" which tied up 40%-70% CPU time from start up. To uninstall, you need to remove the Shield itself, then the Toolbar, then the Search Protect. Hate it!


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