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Hola lets you browse faster, access content blocked by your government, company or ISP and much more. If you are an American travelling abroad, unblock Hulu, Netflix, Pandora and other geographically blocked sites without needing a VPN! For Brits - you can see the BBC, iTV while abroad!
Hola is a peer to peer network that provides everyone on the planet with freedom to access all of the Web! It works through the community of its users - Hola users help you to access the web, and you help them in return when your computer is not in use. That means that when you are not using your device, you are helping others. If you want to use the network but not be a part of it, sign up for Hola premium.
Hola is available on the following platforms:
A download for Windows (7, XP, Vista - Win8 coming soon) - for Internet acceleration and unblocking of sites
An app for Android - for Internet acceleration ONLY. (unblocking feature coming soon!)
A Chrome extension - for unblocking ONLY. Runs on all operating systems that run Chrome version 22 and up, except mobile.
A Firefox extension - for unblocking ONLY. Runs on all operating systems that run Firefox version 12 and up, except mobile.
What is Hola?
• Peer to peer Internet accelerator
• Compression of about 70% of HTTP: reduces 3G data costs, and speeds up web pages
• URL Caching: reduces 3G data costs, and speeds up web pages
• Chooses the closest and fastest P2P sources
• Multiple connections: opens multiple concurrent connections to alternative servers
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This is a program I actually can't recommend anyone as it turns your computer into a VPN server. This means that every abusive action another Hola user commits on the internet you might be hold responsible for that. So, yeah, it's very hard to proof but it doesn't look good having the cops in your doorstep.
So how much bandwidth is this really “costing” you? On average about 6MB per day now, which is like an additional 3 web page loads per day or 15 seconds of a YouTube clip. You can choose this “value exchange” model, or opt out with the Hola premium ($5 per month).
"Be aware that Hola will use you as a exit node or as an intermediate node if you're not paying for premium. If somebody does something malicious and you're the exit node then you may be liable for it depending on your country of residence. If you're just an intermediate node in their P2P network then you'll have some of your upstream/downstream used up by Hola when it is running." Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/AdviceAnimals/comments/2ckpiv/not_too_long_ago_reddit_taught_me_about_hola_just/cjglk37
I've decided to give ZenMate a try instead.
There was some concern that by selling our VPN services to enterprise customers, we were possibly exposing our users to cyber criminal traffic that could get them in trouble (Thus the ‘botnet’ accusation). The reality is that we have a record of the real identification and traffic of the Luminati users, such that if a crime is committed, we can report this to the authorities, and thus the criminal is immediately identified. This makes the Hola/Luminati network unattractive to criminals - as opposed to Tor for example, which provides them complete anonymity for free.
Last week a spammer used Luminati by posing as a corporation. He passed through our filters and was able to take advantage of our network. We analyzed the incident, and built the necessary measures in our processes to ensure that such incidents do not occur, and deactivated his service. We will cooperate with any investigation of the incident to ensure that he will be punished to the fullest extent.
In 2011 a hacker paid Amazon and used their servers to attack the Sony Playstation network. Following such attacks, Amazon required additional proof of identity from customers for use of their network. At Hola we learned the same lesson this past week, and will be developing technological monitoring solutions to minimize the risk of abuse.
Pandora is blocked in Canada, but this great little program unblocked it
Actively malicious. Do not install under any circumstance.
When I installed this app on my PC, I expected to get an app for the computer-wide VPN.
Instead I got a chrome browser with the add-on.
Waste of time.
Uninstalled this piece of bytes.
Great article. The DNS option is better than using a VPN regarding content streaming because you can achieve direct connection with the media station ex. Netflix and avoid the “middle-man”. Personally, I am using UnoTelly which is similar toHola. Perhaps you should check UnoTelly as well if you haven’t done so.