Mountain View, CA-(September 24, 2013 ) – Students from the University of Florida, Arizona State University and the University of Michigan have proven themselves to be the most online security savvy in the country, winning more than $50,000 in scholarship funds in the process.
Students from these universities registered the highest number of downloads of Hotspot Shield, the world’s most popular virtual private network (VPN) software, compared with other institutions in the UK and the US. Students from more than 500 universities on both sides of the Atlantic participated in the Hotspot Shield “College Privacy Challenge,” a global campaign to improve online campus privacy for students.
As part of the campaign AnchorFree offered university students a share of $50,000 in scholarships and a free one-year subscription to its hugely popular VPN, which helps students to protect their identity online, keeping digital lives private and secure. Hotspot Shield has been downloaded more than 150 million times worldwide.
“Sharing content privately and securely is an issue of increasing concern to young people,” said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree. “Students have begun to recognize the digital revolution has reshaped university life to such an extent that measures need to be taken to protect the wealth of personal information shared online.
“Mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones have replaced pen and paper as the go-to tools for the lecture hall. With such a great reliance comes even greater risks. Supposedly private online information can resurface in the public domain and come back to haunt graduates looking for jobs. VPNs such as Hotspot Shield are one way that students can protect their online content, whether it is academic work or personal data.”
Recent research from AnchorFree has revealed that 82% of college students are concerned about online privacy. Four out of 5 were also worried that pictures and videos they shared today could come back to haunt them when it came time to look for a job.
One of the scholarship winners was Luke Whittaker, 22, a student at Leeds University, United Kingdom, who will use the money to pursue graduate studies. Whittaker says he uses Hotspot Shield VPN “for security and privacy reasons on my laptop in public or private WiFi locations where I was worried about the security of the networks. As an international student, another great use was to catch up on all the great TV shows that I was missing from home.”
In the “College Privacy Challenge,” universities were ranked by the highest number of Hotspot Shield privacy software installations. Any university student with an “.edu” email address could enter and receive a free premium subscription to Hotspot Shield on iOS, Android PC or Mac - valued at $30. Scholarship winners were chosen at random from all eligible entries from the winning universities. For the top ranking colleges and the names of the actual winners please visit http://blog.hotspotshield.com.
AnchorFree believes in placing consumers in control of their personal information online. The company’s mission is to enable secure access to the world’s information for an addressable market of 5 billion people who access the Web through computers or mobile devices.
AnchorFree does this through Hotspot Shield, the world’s most popular app for safe browsing. Hotspot Shield secures all Internet communications, protects the user’s identity online, and provides universal access to all Internet content. Hotspot Shield is available for PC, Mac, Apple iOS, and Android platforms at www.AnchorFree.com and www.HotspotShield.com. AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.
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