Sunnyvale, Calif. – November 24, 2008 – Internet users have long been the target of online security and privacy infringements, a problem that has been transferred to mobile communications given the rapid growth in recent years of iPhones and other smart phones. To combat this and give iPhone users peace of mind, AnchorFree has made its popular Hotspot Shield security solution available for the iPhone, delivering the only free security iPhone application that keeps Internet sessions 100% secure and anonymous. Hotspot Shield protects Internet users’ personal information from potential hackers on shared 3G and Wi-Fi networks, does not require any download, and is easily configured in seconds by visiting http://hotspotshield.com/clientless/iphone.
Hotspot Shield for iPhone is an extension of AnchorFree’s flagship security product for laptops and desktops, which is currently used by millions of people across 190 countries, an increase of more than 500% in 2008. Hotspot Shield is the world’s first free consumer Virtual Private Network (VPN) that allows users to surf the web, email, conduct business, pay bills or shop online securely. Hotspot Shield for iPhone provides the same standard of security for mobile users, and works in any country where the iPhone is available.
Research firm Piper Jaffrey predicts that Apple will ship 45 million iPhone units in 2009 , while AT&T is promoting the ability for iPhone users to connect for free to its network of 17,000 U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. Yet, because iPhones have the capability to join countless networks, they are constantly opening the door for data intrusion. These open networks have limited in-transit data security options and lack the ability to secure content sent wirelessly from one device to another.
“Our vision behind Hotspot Shield is plain and simple: to provide anyone going online with a safe and private environment from which to connect to the Web,” said David Gorodyansky, co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree. “Hotspot Shield for iPhone offers a free way for savvy, security-conscious consumers to now use the iPhone securely. We’ve created the ultimate defense for iPhone users jumping from one 3G/Wi-Fi network to the next.”
Hotspot Shield prevents any form of third party theft or monitoring by establishing a VPN connection between the device and 3G or wireless networks. The VPN acts as a virtual shield, making the iPhone user completely anonymous to others and free from the threat of potential hackers looking to view personal emails, credit card information, business documents or any other behavioral activities conducted online.
Further, mobile phones are powerful enough to handle complex business applications and are increasingly becoming more like handheld computers. Given the countless number of new apps for the iPhone enabling everything from instant messaging to online banking or joining a Webex session, more and more private transactions are occurring on the iPhone that go beyond everyday Web surfing and email. Hotspot Shield enables the safe, secure exchange of this confidential information.
To download the application, go to www.hotspotshield.com/clientless/iphone. The service is free and only takes a minute to configure directly on your iPhone. You can also access the computer version of Hotspot Shield, which currently runs on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard) and Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger), which can be downloaded at http://www.hotspotshield.com.
AnchorFree operates a global platform of wireless connectivity and user privacy tools. We enable millions of people to access the Internet through our connectivity services in over 190 countries worldwide from a variety of computing and handheld devices. Our flagship consumer privacy tool, Hotspot Shield, offers a free and easy way to ensure privacy, security, and total anonymity online while our broadband monetization platform converts standard networks (Wi-Fi or broadband) into revenue generating ones through advertising. A full description of our services can be accessed at http://www.anchorfree.com. Those interested in staying abreast of online privacy issues and news should visit The Privacy Cops blog at http://www.privacycops.net.