- AnchorFree today formally announced the launch of Hotspot Shield, a breakthrough software application that keeps Internet connections 100% secure by shielding Internet users' personal information from potential hackers at shared Wi-Fi locations. The software is free and can be easily downloaded at http://www.anchorfree.com/downloads/hotspot-shield.
Wi-Fi users who download Hotspot Shield protect themselves from online identity theft, including a new wave of sophisticated Internet hacking called sidejacking. Sidejackers obtain authorized site access to computers that are on shared wireless connections at hotels, coffee shops and other public Wi-Fi locations. The offenders then infiltrate emails, view confidential information, change passwords, and in general have full control over all aspects of a user's screen without their consent or knowledge that this malicious activity is occurring. Additionally, Hotspot Shield encrypts all activity to protect users' entire online shopping experience -- not just the check-out process which is usually secured by e-commerce sites directly.
Hotspot Shield prevents sidejacking and other forms of online ID theft by establishing a virtual private network (VPN) connection between laptops and wireless networks. The VPN acts as a virtual shield, making the Wi-Fi user completely anonymous to others and free from threat from potential hackers looking to view personal emails, credit card information or any other behavioral activities conducted online.
"AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield was created to provide mobile laptop professionals a safe and private environment from which to connect to broadband Internet, while ensuring wireless connections are safeguarded and that network level data isn't being eavesdropped upon," said David Gorodyansky, co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree. "Hotspot Shield creates the ultimate defense for Internet users in public places as well as those seeking a secure shopping experience beyond what e-commerce sites offer. We are proud to be able to offer the software at no cost to anyone looking for a secure connection."
In addition to helping individual Wi-Fi users, AnchorFree allows small businesses to keep their networks secure. Responsible businesses can offer free wireless access through AnchorFree and then direct their patrons to Hotspot Shield, a value-added tool for maximum protection and security while online at a place of business.
To download the application, go to the AnchorFree Hotspot Shield homepage: http://www.anchorfree.com/downloads/hotspot-shield. The program is free and will install automatically. Hotspot Shield currently runs on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard) and Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger).
AnchorFree, the largest broadband media network, is a new marketing channel for brand advertisers to deliver interactive, timely and targeted advertisements to laptop and mobile device users when they are away from the home or office. The AnchorFree network connects advertisers with millions of consumers in a captive, persistent manner that is highly measurable and geo-targeted. AnchorFree is also the first advertising network to offer consumers full control over their privacy and security through the company's Hotspot Shield, a free advertising supported VPN client available for download at www.anchorfree.com. AnchorFree is a privately held company based in Sunnyvale, California.