Anchor Free releases updated version of its popular Hotspot Shield app for all mobile iOS devices, including a new native VPN app for iPads; offers ALL college students in the US and UK a free one year subscription.
In the age of Web censorship and site filtering, the most recent being the UK’s efforts against a litany of BitTorrent tracker sites, VPNs have never been more popular or more important than they are now.
What is a VPN? A VPN is a private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear will surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.
“Sharing content privately and securely is an issue of increasing concern to young people,” says AnchorFree founder and CEO, David Gorodyansky, in a press release. “The Internet provides unprecedented access to information and essential communication tools to students, yet it also presents enormous hidden risks. We want to help protect students and make everyone aware of the risks to their digital privacy, particularly on mobile devices.”
What many don’t know is that Anchor Free’s Hotspot Shield VPN is also available on mobile iOS devices, and it just launched a major update that includes a much-anticipated native iPad version.
The update app includes great new features like upgraded malware protection and a 20% increase in mobile data compression, the latter possibly saving users anywhere from $10 – $30 a month in lower mobile data fees (depending on your service plan).
The new version also adds iCloud support which allows users to connect up to 5 mobile iOS devices to a single Hotspot Shield subscription. Now you can pay the same monthly fee to enjoy VPN protection on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
“Using a VPN like Hotspot Shield can protect the privacy of your browsing in the same way that apps like Snap Chat protect the privacy of photos and messages being shared,” added Gorodyansky. “The critical issue is that students not lose control of media or sensitive data that could impact them later in life or affect their chances in the job market.”
As part of the new launch, Anchorfree is also offering ALL college students in the US and UK with a free subscription to Hotspot Shield for a year as part of its efforts to support greater online privacy on campus.
“People of all ages simply do not understand the risks they take with unprotected browsing,” said Gorodyansky. “This may especially be true of college students, who have their minds on a million other things. We hope this campaign will focus their attention on the importance of taking control of their online privacy.”
Let’s hope indeed.
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