Total 3,792 users 17.41 Mbps Hotspot Shield, developed by AnchorFree, has an estimated 500 million users around the world relying on its privacy service. By bouncing a user's internet and browsing traffic through its own encrypted pipes, the service makes it harder for others to identify individual users and eavesdrop on their browsing habits. But WTF is a VPN anyway? A VPN is a virtual private network between a device in front of you and a server in a data center. If you want to hide your internet traffic from other people on your local network, you can create a tunnel between your device and a server. Benefits of 499,470 Desktops & All-in-One Computers Competing Devices: The more devices that are sharing your Internet connection, the more bandwidth each is competing to use. Try disconnecting some of your devices that aren't in use to improve performance on other devices. Sections Find an expert