MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, May 31, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) – AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer security and internet freedom, today announced the availability of its popular Hotspot Shield security, privacy and open Web access solution for Android devices. Hotspot Shield has more than 60 million total desktop downloads worldwide, and is already the most popular mobile security solution in the Apple App Store. Hotspot Shield for Android allows users to browse the Web free from privacy and security concerns, access all internet content from anywhere in the world and save money on their data plans.
Within the last year, nearly every major mobile carrier has increased its rates or put limits on the amount of data users can consume under their current plans. Hotspot Shield for Android functions as a bandwidth compression service, allowing users to more than double the amount of Web content they can use under their mobile data plans. In addition to the skyrocketing costs of mobile data plans, smartphone users face increasing threats to their mobile security. Android malware grew by 400 percent in the first half of 2011, according to a recent study by security company BullGuard, yet smartphone users remain largely unaware of the security software available to protect their mobile devices.
“Hotspot Shield for Android provides an easy way for people to secure their apps and browsing on Android devices, as well as increase the amount of mobile data they can use under their current plans,” said David Gorodyansky, co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree. “We anticipate becoming the default solution for Android users to secure their internet browsing and communications. Hotspot Shield is already the most popular security app on the iPhone, and we expect even larger growth and popularity on Android.”
Hotspot Shield is available as a free and Elite premium version for Android. The following features are incorporated into both versions:
-- Security: Wi-Fi and 3G encryption protects both apps and browsing -- Privacy: Private browsing, identity theft protection, protection from third-party tracking -- Freedom: Unfettered access to all Web content from anywhere -- Malware Protection: Protection against more than one million threats including malware, phishing and spam. Elite users receive heightened protection against an additional 2.5 million online threats. -- Data Savings: Bandwidth compression more than doubles the amount of Web content users can consume on their Android devices and saves them money on their mobile data bills. (Elite only)
Hotspot Shield’s VPN technology encrypts a user’s entire Web session – turning all HTTP sites into HTTP(S) – so that every website visited and every mobile app is as secure and private as a banking site. To install Hotspot Shield, download the app from Google Play, boot it up on the home screen and select a payment plan. Once installed, Hotspot Shield will run quietly in the background, protecting all applications and Web-browsing, and saving users money by increasing the amount of data they can use under their current mobile data plans.
Hotspot Shield VPN for Android is now available for download in Google Play. Users may download the free version of the app or purchase the premium Elite version, which is available for $1.99/month or $19.99/year. A unique payment method also allows users to complete advertising offers in exchange for credits to use the premium app, Hotspot Shield Elite, at no cost.
About AnchorFree AnchorFree’s mission is to provide secure browsing, privacy and freedom to the more than 1.6 billion people around the world who are in need of a secure browsing solution or freedom to access internet content. AnchorFree does this through Hotspot Shield, the world’s most popular privacy, security and Web access tool. Hotspot Shield ensures safe, private Web browsing and disrupts censorship of commonly blocked content such as breaking news, social networking and search engines. Hotspot Shield is available for PC, Mac, Apple iOS, and Android platforms at www.AnchorFree.com . AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.
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