Olympics turns to gold for Expat Shield

Expat Shield's status box.

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As the Summer Olympics kicks into high gear, complaints about television coverage from outside Britain appear to be driving people watching the games online to Expat Shield (download for Windows only) to get real-time BBC streaming.

Anchor Free’s ad-supported Expat Shield masks your actual IP address and sends your Internet traffic through its servers in England. Like its software sibling HotSpot Shield, it’s a VPN service that encrypts your traffic as it reroutes it. The primary differences between them are that HotSpot Shield (Windows | Mac | iOS | Android) offers an ad-free Elite version, and that HotSpot Shield’s VPN servers are based in the United States.

Nick Shepherd, a representative for AnchorFree, told CNET over e-mail that the company saw enormous tr… [Read more]

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