MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – (Marketwire – November 10, 2011) – AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer privacy and Internet freedom, today announced the availability of its popular Hotspot Shield security, privacy and open Web access solution for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the Apple App Store. Hotspot Shield provides a gateway to the Internet for nearly 10 million users around the globe, ensuring complete privacy, secure browsing and open access to all Internet content from anywhere in the world. Already the world’s most popular consumer virtual private network (VPN), Hotspot Shield functions as a bandwidth compression service for iOS devices, allowing users to more than double the amount of Web content they can use under their mobile data plans and save money.
This year, mobile devices outpaced personal computers when it came to accessing the Web on both wired and Wi-Fi networks. In an increasingly mobile world, consumers face threats to their security every time they enter a password, make a purchase or simply surf the Web using an unsecured network. Despite these threats, the average mobile phone user remains unaware that their information is not protected and they are at risk. Hotspot Shield aims to simplify the process of securing the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, helping users keep security and privacy threats at bay while allowing them to stretch their mobile data plans and save money.
For many users, Hotspot Shield will literally pay for itself through the bandwidth savings alone. Purchasing one subscription to Hotspot Shield on any iOS device covers usage on all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In addition, Hotspot Shield and Skype are working together to offer up to two hours of free Skype calls to new subscribers of Hotspot Shield for iOS.
“The convenience of doing business on mobile devices is now offset by growing privacy and security risks and the skyrocketing cost of mobile data plans,” said David Gorodyansky, co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree. “With Hotspot Shield for iOS, we provide a fast, cheap and secure gateway to all Internet content from anywhere in the world. As Web users increasingly turn to mobile devices, they are counting on Hotspot Shield to provide the same protection and access to a free Web on their phones that we already enable on their personal computers. We’re excited about our new app, which allows all mobile users of Hotspot Shield to stay secure and save money.”
Nearly 10 million consumers around the world already use Hotspot Shield each month on their desktop and laptop computers to gain secure, open access to the Web. In recent months, as user growth has exploded virally, AnchorFree’s technology has:
Hotspot Shield works by establishing a secure tunnel between a user’s mobile device and the Internet. The software acts as a virtual private network, encrypting the user’s entire Web session so that every website they visit is as secure and private as their banking site – turning all HTTP sites into HTTP(S).
To install Hotspot Shield, download the app from the Apple App Store, 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 even encrypting iMessage exchanges. Additionally, Hotspot Shield saves you money by increasing the amount of data you can use under your current cell phone data plan.
Hotspot Shield is now available for download in the Apple App Store. Users may try out the app free of charge for 7 days, after which the app is available for $0.99/month or $9.99/year. Purchasing one subscription to Hotspot Shield on any iOS device covers usage on all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Additionally, subscribing users of the Hotspot Shield app will receive a complimentary coupon valid for up to two hours of free Skype calls. For more details, visit: hotspotshield.com/iphone.
AnchorFree enables millions of users around the globe to surf the Web freely and securely through Hotspot Shield, the world’s first and most popular ad-supported virtual private network. Ten million monthly users in more than 100 countries rely on Hotspot Shield to secure their Web browsing experience, proliferating freedom of information online and democratizing the Web. AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California. For more information, or to download Hotspot Shield on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or personal computer, please visit www.anchorfree.com. The UK version of the tool, Expat Shield is available at www.expatshield.com.