Looking for an added layer of protection or security for those times when you hop on public hotspots? You might be interested in checking out AnchorFree’s new Android client which combines VPN web browsing, broadband data compression, a bit of malware protection, and more.
Created as a response to the continuing growth of Android malware, AnchorFree‘s Hotspot Shield is available in both free and a paid (Elite) flavors. The free client gives users VPN browsing, Wi-Fi and 3G encryption, and protection against malware threats, phishing, and spam. Should you need a little extra peace of mind, the Elite service offers expanded malware protection, and broadband data compression. The latter bit is a nice feature to have if you’ve got a set amount of monthly data and could be well worth the $1.99/month.
In cases where you have more than one Android device you only have to pay for the service once. What’s more, you can also acquire credits toward the Elite package just so long as you complete some advertising offers.
ANCHORFREE EXTENDS HOTSPOT SHIELD TO ANDROID USERS
Hotspot Shield Mobile Security Solution for Android Stretches Data Plans, Saves Money, Secures Web Browsing and Enables Access to Content
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – (Marketwire – May 31, 2012) – AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer security and internet freedom, today announced the availability of its popular Hotspot Shield security, privacy and open Web access solution for Android devices. Hotspot Shield has more than 60 million total desktop downloads worldwide, and is already the most popular mobile security solution in the Apple App Store. Hotspot Shield for Android allows users to browse the Web free from privacy and security concerns, access all internet content from anywhere in the world and save money on their data plans.
Within the last year, nearly every major mobile carrier has increased its rates or put limits on the amount of data users can consume under their current plans. Hotspot Shield for Android functions as a bandwidth compression service, allowing users to more than double the amount of Web content they can use under their mobile data plans. In addition to the skyrocketing costs of mobile data plans, smartphone users face increasing threats to their mobile security. Android malware grew by 400 percent in the first half of 2011, according to a recent study by security company BullGuard, yet smartphone users remain largely unaware of the security software available to protect their mobile devices.
Hotspot Shield protects users from over 3.5 million malware, phishing and spam threats.
“Hotspot Shield for Android provides an easy way for users to secure their apps and browsing on Android devices, as well as increase their mobile data,” said David Gorodyansky, co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree. “We anticipate becoming the default solution for Android users to secure their Internet browsing and communication.Hotspot Shield is already the most popular security app on the iPhone, and we expect even larger growth and popularity on Android.”
Hotspot Shield is available as a free and Elite premium version for Android. The following features are incorporated in the free and the Elite versions:
- Security: Wi-Fi and 3G encryption, protection of apps and browsing
- Privacy: Private browsing, identity theft protection, protection from 3rd party tracking
- Freedom: Access to all Web content from anywhere, unfettered access across the Web
- Malware Protection: Protection from over one million malware threats, phishing, and spam. Elite users receive heightened protection against an additional 2.5 million threats.
- Data Saving: Bandwidth compression more than doubles the amount of Web content Android users can use under their mobile data plans and save money on their mobile data bill. (Elite only)
Hotspot Shield’s VPN technology encrypts a user’s entire Web session – turning all HTTP sites into HTTP(S) – so that every website visited and every mobile app is as secure and private as a banking site. To install Hotspot Shield, download the app from Google Play, 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 saving 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 Google Play. Users may use the free version of the app or purchase the Elite version, which is available for $1.99/month or $19.99/year. A unique payment method also allows users to complete advertising offers in exchange for credits to use the premium Hotspot Shield Elite app at no cost.
AnchorFree’s mission is to provide secure browsing, privacy, and freedom to more than 1.6 billion people around the world who are in need of securing their web activities or freedom to access Internet content. AnchorFree does this through Hotspot Shield, the world’s most popular privacy, security and Web access tool. Hotspot Shield ensuressafe, private Web browsing and disrupts censorship of commonly blocked content such as breaking news, social networking and search engines. Hotspot Shield is available on PC, Mac, the Apple iOS, and the Android platformsat www.AnchorFree.com. AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.