November 24, 2008 08:00 ET
iPhone Users Can Now Go Online Securely and Privately With New App
AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield Now Available for iPhone Users Around the World
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - 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 Jaffray predicts that Apple will ship 45 million iPhone
units in 2009(1), 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
http://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 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
(1) "Apple, Inc., Apple's 3 Cylinder Engine: Part 1 - iPhone," Company
Note, Gene Munster, March 31, 2008.