Install Free VPN Hola for Android and Chrome

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Internet anonymity and privacy is something more and more people concern themselves with these days. New and exciting technology sometimes brings with it a dark side, and in the case of web related content and tools, privacy becomes a massive issue.

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One simple yet effective way to reduce your footprint online is to access the web with the use of a VPN or Virtual Private Network. With Hola, users can take advantage of their free VPN service directly from their computer (Mac and PC) or mobile device.

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In addition to adding a layer of privacy to your browsing and internet access, Hola helps users access content that is either restricted in their country or, content that is only available from a specific geographical location.

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Please remember that Hola's free peer-to-peer VPN service will use some of your systems WiFi or data when it's running in the background. The developers claim that this is minimal and is how traffic is routed through different locations/users. Purchasing a subscription would remove the peer-to-peer style VPN.

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Hola Google Chrome Extension

You can add Hola's free web extension directly to your chrome browser, without needing to install and setup or additional files.

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    From either your Mac or PC desktop or laptop, launch Google Chrome.
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    Either navigate to Google's search page or type, "hola chrome extension" into the address bar
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    When the results populate, click the Chrome web store link (should be the first).
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    When the Chrome store loads, click the blue, "ADD TO CHROME" button in the upper-right corner.
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    When prompted with the pop-up window, click "Add extension".
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    After a few moments another pop-up window will display notifying that the Hola extension was installed.
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    Now the Hola is installed, you will see a fireball smiley icon somewhere on your browser's toolbar
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    Click the Hola icon to view the various options, popular sites, and what country you're connected to.
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    You can turn it off by clicking the power button in the upper-right corner.
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    To access the extension settings, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-left corner, then click "Settings".
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    You can also; sign in, change the language and access help from the same menu.
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    To test out the Hola VPN extension, we visited NBC.com from a Canadian IP address and browsed to a TV show.
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    Once the episode loaded, you can see that Hola is connected to a US IP address as the icon in the toolbar is now an American flag.
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    Normally, this content would be restricted visiting from a Canadian IP.
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Android Hola VPN

You can also enjoy Hola's free VPN directly from your mobile device.

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    Access and tap the Play Store App.
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    Once inside the Play Store type, "hola VPN" into the search bar, and ap the first result that populates.
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    On Hola's app page, tap "INSTALL".
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    Review the permissions screen and tap, "ACCEPT" when you are ready to proceed.
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    Once the Hola Free VPN Proxy app has installed, tap the green "OPEN" button.
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    On the introduction screen, review the terms and conditions, then and tap "I GOT IT", followed by "CONTINUE".
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    Here on the app's main screen you can see what country is selected by the flag in the upper-left corner.
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    You can search for things or go directly to a specific URL by typing it in the search box at the top.
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    To access Hola's settings and additional options, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner
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    The drop-down will allow you to; enable Unblocker, enable Popular list, Clear history, share and manage Settings.
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    You can also add favorites by tapping the star, as well as reload the proxy by tapping the refresh button.
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    To change the country you're using the Hola app with, tap the flag in the upper-left corner, then select a country from the list.
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    To use a specific app with the Hola VPN running, tap it from the main screen
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    For our test, we used Chrome.
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    Once you tap the app you want to be routed through Hola, select the country from the drop-down beside the flag
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    Once you've selected a country, tap "OPEN".
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    You will see a pop-up dialog window with some basic information about how Hola works, tap "OK" to continue.
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    Now with Chrome open, we went to abc.go.com and browsed to the TV show Dancing with the Stars.
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    When you see the little key icon in the status bar, it means you're properly connected to the Hola VPN.
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    Once the episode page loaded, we selected one that didn't require verification
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    Some sites make users wait a few weeks to watch the latest episodes.
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    After tapping the play button, a brief advertisement appeared before the full episode played.
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    The original IP address used for this test was Canadian-based.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • If while using the Chrome browser extension you're unable to access the site's content, click "No, fix it" from the Hola's drop-down.
  • If you use the free peer-to-peer version, check your data and WiFi usage from time-to-time to ensure nothing is out of the ordinary.
  • If your device/browser was not listed above, visit Hola's download page to get the appropriate setup file.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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