Unblock Websites Or Accelerate Web Browsing On PC & Android With Hola

Internet censorship is becoming more and more serious everyday. Many governments block access to certain websites or online services within their country. In other cases, many online services don’t offer some or all of their content in certain regions; many of us have click a YouTube video link to land on a message saying the selected video is not available in our region. Same goes for many other services that are being provided in the US only. While finding out the reason why these services aren’t accessible in your part of the world is probably something beyond your control, what you can still do is actually access the website using a VPN, though most free VPN services have a catch: low speed or advertisements. Hola is one of the newest entries in the free VPN services scene with clients for Windows and Android that accelerate internet browsing and allow you to access blocked content without compromising the speed. Moreover, it allows you to browse the internet while maintaining complete anonymity, and supports major internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. Keep reading to find out more about Hola.

There are two main features of the application: Unblocker and Accelerator. Both of these features can be used together, as well as separately. When you launch the app for the first time, it displays a list of all the available connections, with the one you are currently connected to highlighted in green color.

Hola Connections

Hover your mouse over the Wi-Fi tab on the left side to view detailed information about the connection, including the total connection time and total data sent & received.

Hola Connection Details

The Acceleration and Unblocker features can be accessed by clicking their respective tabs on the left side. To activate any of these, just tick the provided check box.

Hola Unblocker

While acceleration is activated instantly, unblocker requires you to specify if you want to only unblock media websites blocked in your country, or also firewall entries.

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You can also activate or deactivate any of the two features instantly by clicking Hola’s system tray icon.


Hola System Tray

Right-clicking the tray icon lets you view the unblocker settings, start or stop acceleration, view statistics, mute sounds, or access the app’s settings.

Hola Options

The Settings window gives you control over a few general options, Wi-Fi management, and acceleration related settings. You can choose whether Wi-Fi should be managed by Windows or Hola.

Hola Settings

Other than the desktop client, Hola also has extensions for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome internet browsers, as well as an Android app. While the browser extensions only provide you with the ability to unblock restricted websites, the Android app also offers the acceleration option found in the PC client, but as stated on the Hola website, will also allow accessing blocked websites in the future.

Hola Android Hola Android Enabled

Hola for Windows works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, while the Android app runs on 2.3 and above.

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  • Turn0quette

    “Browse the Internet with Complete Anonymity…” rubbish. Look into the roots of this company and where the proxy caches reside and I think you will find some interesting details. If it isn’t directly linked to NSA then it is indirectly – this is the US government’s attempt to get around the difficulty (but not impossibility) of tracking TOR sessions. Wise up, people – this is just making the data collection job easier.

    • ofer

      Hi Turn0quette,

      We’re a startup trying to make your Internet better. This is our third startup, and we are not employed by the NSA (we’re not even in the US) :-)

      Enjoy, and you can contact me directly at info at hola org with additional questions, etc.

      Ofer

  • http://www.facebook.com/rboscio Rene Boscio Babilonia

    Wasted my time. I installed the Chrome Add-on, but still can’t any of the series on CBS or Fox.

    • http://www.addictivetips.com/ Sameed Khan

      The extension is for acceleration only, as mentioned in the article. You’ll have to install the desktop app to access region-restricted sites.

  • annoyed in md

    Hola is preventing Firefox from getting to Pandora or to Hulu; when I type in either of those addresses it takes me to a Hola page. So i disabled, then deleted Hola completely and now it still takes me to Hola telling me to download the program again. It’s like it’s hijacked my computer. Anyone else have this problem?? I hate hola at this point.

  • Kendra

    Thanks for the article Fawad .Why using a VPN when you can use a DNS service like UnoTelly? The DNS option is much faster and easier to use.