Hotspot Shield is a free program that allows you not only to secure your connection while surfing wifi hotspots, but also to access sites not normally available outside of the USA.
To secure your internet connection, Hotspot Shield creates a Virtual Private Network (a secure connection, usually abbreviated to VPN) between your computer and the Hotspot Shield developer\'s website, Anchorfree, based in the USA.
Everything is done in an extra tab open in your browser so there\'s no need to configure anything. A green and red shield in your system tray indicates when Hotspot Shield is and is not connected. The VPN is encrypted - although it\'s not clear with what level of security is offered - so that you can surf safely without worrying about others intercepting your data.