MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2012) - Historically, Apple devices -- desktops, laptops and mobile phones -- have been known for their resilience to security threats. However, the recent Flashback Trojan infection of nearly a million Mac computers highlights the importance of protecting one's browsing session regardless of the operating system. AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer privacy and internet freedom, reminds Mac users that there is a simple, easy way to arm themselves against the Flashback Trojan and similar threats in the future. Hotspot Shield, AnchorFree's popular security, privacy and open Web access solution, is among the top security downloads for Mac on Download.com and the number one security product for iPhone in the Apple App Store.
With more than 60 million total downloads worldwide, Hotspot Shield offers Mac users a proactive way to protect themselves against the growing threat to their security. Hotspot Shield merges powerful encryption and private browsing technology with malware protection to provide Mac users with an additional layer of security. Hotspot Shield is the most popular secure browsing solution for Mac users, with a powerful malware detection engine that identifies and warns users against more than 3.5 million malicious domains.
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. Malware protection now alerts Hotspot Shield users when they attempt to access domains containing malware, providing them with a snapshot of the page they're trying to access and blocking the malicious site. Regular updates to the malware database will ensure that Hotspot Shield users remain one step ahead of online security threats at all times.
"If you think that just because you have a Mac or an iPhone that you're safe, think again," said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree. "The Flashback Trojan that's received so much press in the past few weeks is a wake up call for Mac users. They need to protect themselves from this and potential threats to come. Luckily, there's a solution that secures your entire browsing session against the bad guys."
Last year, malware cost U.S. consumers over $2.3 billion, according to a study commissioned by McAfee Labs. Hotspot Shield's malware protection arms users of the free version against 1 million malware threats. Users of Hotspot Shield Elite and Hotspot Shield's mobile application receive heightened protection against an additional 2.5 million threats, including the following:
- Malware sites - Trojan sites designed to infect users with malware
- Malware-infected sites - Normal sites that have been infected with malware
- Phishing - Illegal sites designed to steal user information
- Spam - Spam sites, content farms and Web spam
For more information, or to download Hotspot Shield on your personal computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, please visit www.anchorfree.com.
AnchorFree's mission is to provide secure browsing, internet privacy and freedom online to the more than 1.6 billion people around the world who are in need of a secure browsing solution or live under censorship. AnchorFree does this through Hotspot Shield, the world's most popular privacy, security and Web access tool. Hotspot Shield ensures safe, private Web browsing and disrupts censorship of commonly blocked content such as breaking news, social networking and search engines. Hotspot Shield is available on all computers and the Apple iOS platform at www.AnchorFree.com. AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.