WiFi 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 WiFi 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
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.