Get started with Hotspot Shield for Chrome

HSS Chrome Extension

Hotspot Shield is available as a Chrome extension! Get privacy, security and access for Free—just add it, turn it on and browse.


Adding Hotspot Shield to Chrome

To add the Hotspot Shield extension:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Search for "Hotspot Shield".
  3. Click + ADD TO CHROME.
  4. Click Add to confirm and install the extension.
  5. The Hotspot Shield  icon will appear at the top-right of your Chrome browser.

Turning Protection ON and OFF

To turn Protection ON:

  1. At the top-right of the Chrome browser, click the Hotspot Shield  icon.
  2. Click the Hotspot Shield Protection switch to ON.

To turn Protection OFF:

  1. At the top-right of the Chrome browser, click the Hotspot Shield  icon.
  2. Click the Hotspot Shield Protection switch to OFF.

How can you tell Protection is ON or OFF?

  1. = Protection is ON when you see a green shield.
  2.  = Protection is OFF when you see a red shield.

Changing Virtual Locations

Currently there are four Virtual Locations to choose from: US, Canada, France and Netherland.

To change Virtual Locations:

  1. At the top-right of the Chrome browser, click the Hotspot Shield  icon.
  2. Click Virtual Location.
  3. Select the Virtual Location you wish to use by clicking the flag.
Optimize your connection speed. Choose the globe  in Virtual Location options to connect to the Virtual Location that gives you the fastest connection speed.
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