How do I block Hotspot Shield from Anchor Free?

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Anchor Free Hotspot Shield software is an OpenVPN-based internet privacy service. The principle is that users connect to the central VPN servers and route all their internet traffic via the remote servers.


Using Hotspot Shield bypasses the web filter proxy.


From your firewall, block the following TCP and UDP ports:

  • 1194
  • 8040-8045
  • 8245

Note: UDP port 1194 is a regular OpenVPN port. You may need to leave this open if you have users using OpenVPN legitimately.

If Smoothwall is your firewall, go to:

Make sure the following domains are blocked:

  1. Create a custom category containing the above domains.
  2. Create a block policy for the newly created custom category.


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30 August 2016   Tanja