A virtual private network (VPN) is a network set up to communicate privately over a public network. For example: You occasionally want to or need to work from home and your employer knows that if you do, the data that travels between your PC and an office PC needs to be protected. Another example is when you use public WiFi, knowing your wireless data can be sniffed out by criminals. Using a VPN solves that problem.

Hotspot Shield VPN service is a great option that protects your entire web surfing session, securing your connection on both your home internet network and public internet networks (both wired and wireless). Hotspot Shield’s free proxy protects your identity by ensuring that all web transactions (shopping, filling out forms, downloads, etc.) are secured through HTTPS—the protected internet protocol. Further, Hotspot Shield encrypts all mobile data, protecting the user’s identity. Finally, the mobile version of the app compresses bandwidth, allowing users to download up to twice as much content at the same cost. Since its launch in May 2012, users have saved 102.9 million MB!

While it bears noting that the 10 million downloads milestone was achieved roughly twice as fast on mobile as with the desktop product, which was first released in 2008, Hotspot Shield continues to rack up impressive numbers on non-mobile platforms too. In the past 12 months, the service has protected more than 50 billion pages.

What Hotspot Shield does:

Security: Encrypts users’ entire web sessions, turning all HTTP sites into HTTP(S) and making the entire web as secure as major banking sites—protecting users in unsecured WiFi networks and blocking malware in the cloud.

Privacy: Protects users’ identity from unwanted tracking and masks their IP addresses.

Access: Establishes a secure tunnel between a user’s computer or mobile device and the internet, allowing users to gain secure uncensored access to all internet content.

Bandwidth compression: Compresses all traffic on the server side before sending it to a user’s phone, allowing users to stretch their data plans.

Hotspot Shield is available for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Once installed, Hotspot Shield will run in the background, protecting all applications, email and web browsing.

Robert Siciliano is an Identity Theft Expert to Hotspot Shield VPN. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen See him discussing internet and wireless security on Good Morning America. Disclosures.

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