Comparison

Atlas VPN review vs. Hotspot Shield review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between AtlasVPN and Hotspot Shield is Hotspot Shield. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: AtlasVPN has worse privacy features than Hotspot Shield
  • Features: AtlasVPN has less features than Hotspot Shield
  • Speed: Same quality
  • Countries:  AtlasVPN has less countries available than Hotspot Shield
  • Security: AtlasVPN has worse security than Hotspot Shield
  • Price: AtlasVPN is cheaper than Hotspot Shield
  • Compatibility: AtlasVPN supports less platforms than Hotspot Shield
  • Support: AtlasVPN has less options to contact support than Hotspot Shield

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
IP addressYes
DNS Yes
TrafficNo
BandwidthYes
TimestampsYes

AtlasVPN is located in United States which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is part of enemies of the internet countries while Hotspot Shield is located in United States which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of AtlasVPN and Hotspot Shield such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
Kill-switchYes
Streaming (Netflix)Yes
P2P traffic - torrentsYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, AtlasVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Hotspot Shield has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test AtlasVPN was more on the side while Hotspot Shield had below average speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption AtlasVPN and Hotspot Shield use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
Encryption256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN
IP leaksYes
DNS leaksYes

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. AtlasVPN uses and protocol and Hotspot Shield uses 256-bit and es and OpenVPN protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and AtlasVPN had IP leaks and DNS leaks while Hotspot Shield had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether AtlasVPN or Hotspot Shield is cheaper.

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
Price$2.50$7.99
Trial versionYes

6. Compatibility

AtlasVPN supports connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Hotspot Shield on 5 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
WindowsYes
MacOSYes
Linux
AndroidYes
iOSYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with AtlasVPN or Hotspot Shield you can reach out to their support via:

NameAtlasVPNHotspot Shield
LivechatYes
EmailYes
PhoneNo

Summary

AtlasVPN ranked in our list on 101. position while Hotspot Shield. is on 92 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.