Version 3.0 brings on board three new protection modes to Hotspot Shield. The new Selected Sites, Smart Protection and Full Protection modes prove that the app is not just your run of the mill VPN tunnel. They want to do more than just let you watch BBC shows, or access your Gmail when travelling to certain countries of the world.
While the app is free to install and offers some functionality from the get go, the majority of top features will require in-app payments at a small monthly fee to unlock. Considering the extra security benefits of Hotspot Shield, it would be good to at least check out the app before shrugging it off for its costs.
Looking at those new features, the Selected Sites tool, as the name implies, allows you to control your VPN usage and settings on a per-site basis. Not a bad start. Smart Protection offers up automated controls for the new settings, including the ability to select which settings should operate over which wireless access point you access. Full Protection mode is pretty simple to explain, you gain full security coverage for all actions on your device.
One of the best parts is that Hotspot Shield can be setup to run at boot, turn off when your device goes to sleep, and ultimately run autonomously. This means that you do not need to worry about starting and stopping your VPN on the fly, just go about your day and know that you are secure.