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Norton Hotspot Privacy Review – Reliable Privacy Solution

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Norton Hotspot Privacy is a premium privacy solution from Symantec Corporation, the creators of Norton suite of anti-virus and security products. Launched in 2012, the service aims to deliver unbreachable level or security and privacy for wired and wireless connections. In this Norton Hotspot Privacy Review, we will evaluate the service and decide if it worth the subscription price.

Server Locations & Site Access

As of this writing, Hotspot Privacy has VPN gateways in United States and United Kingdom. The service makes it incredibly easy for US and UK expats to unblock their favorite streaming services and local sites from any geographical region in the world. By connecting to Hotspot Privacy’s servers, you’d be able to access On-Demand sites like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Sky Go, FOX, Pandora, Lovefilm, CWTV, USA Network, Eurosport, Amazon Prime, UK TV, Demand 5, Vudu, Xfinity, MTV, HBO Go, STV, NHL, 4OD, iTV, Hulu, MLB, Vevo, NBC, TNT and CBS as well as unlock blocked sites like Facebook, GTalk, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Viber and YouTube from locations such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Qatar, Brazil and Thailand. The customers of the service are even allowed to switch servers unlimited number of times so it becomes possible to access both US and UK based content with just one VPN subscription.

VPN Bandwidth and Speed

Hotspot Privacy provides ultra-fast speeds along with unlimited bandwidth (no download or usage caps) to subscribers. The lack of speed or bandwidth limits makes it easy for customers to stream HD content, use VOIP services, download big files and play games without worrying about buffering, slowdowns or hitting their monthly quotas.

Privacy Settings

Hotspot Privacy creates a 128-bit encrypted tunnel through the OpenVPN protocol to ensure the security and privacy of your data and online activities. The tunneling and data encryption ensures that your passwords, financial transactions and social networking activities cannot be compromised over unsecured pubic wireless networks. The solution is powerful enough to detect unsecured wireless networks on its own and launch the service automatically. The service even provides foolproof protection from all kinds of surveillance, monitoring and security attacks.

Symantec logs connection details (including IP address) and aggregate usage data for its VPN service. And although the company respects the privacy of its customers, it would co-operate with law enforcement if the service is used for illegal activities.

Supported Operating Systems

Hotspot Privacy works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), iPads and iPhones (iOS version 4.3+) and Mac OS X (10.5.x or later). As of now, the service does not work on Android Smartphones and tablets which is indeed a disappointment. On the plus side, the company offers VPN clients for all systems so you don’t have to tinker with network settings or create new network connections manually. The service allows you to protect 5 different devices with a single purchase which is another huge plus. The service connects to the nearest server automatically but you are free to change servers once the service is up and running.

Customer Support

Symantec provides customer support through live-chat and dedicated help desk. The company has even published troubleshooting information for all OS so you should be able to fix common errors on your own.

Pricing Options

Hotspot Privacy subscription plans are available for $19.99 a month or $49.99 per year. Unfortunately, Symantec does not offer free trials but you can test the service for a day by purchasing a 1-Day Pass for $2.99. Unlike other VPN solutions, you need to register each device that you wish to secure before you are allowed to use the service on that device.

Final Verdict

Overall, Hotspot Privacy delivers an excellent privacy solution. While the service is not yet compatible with Android devices and offers gateways at just 2 locations, it delivers unmatched performance and privacy to its subscribers. So, if wish to subscribe to a dependable VPN service that has the backing of a well-known security company, try Hotspot Privacy today. For more information, please visit: hotspot.norton.com


September 2, 2014
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