Expat Shield is a new VPN service from AnchorFree, maker of the popular HotSpot Shield, that enables users to create VPN connection to servers located in the United Kingdom, and thereby access all services which are region locked to the UK, such as BBC iPlayer and Spotify. Expat Shield also enables user to remain anonymous, and offers protection from packet sniffers, such as Firesheep, by way of encrypted (HTTPS) connection.
Expat Shield is available as a web based installer for Windows. The program installs a VPN client using which users can quickly connect and disconnect from the VPN server.
Expat Shield is free and supported with advertisement banners which sticks to the top of the browser page. Currently the service assigns only UK IP addresses, but according to one report, the service might offer US IP addresses in future, which would enable users to access sites like Hulu for free.