Avast Introduces SecureLine VPN App for iOS, Android
Avast has added to the growing lineup of inexpensive VPN apps for Android and iOS that can make public WiFi both convenient and secure.While the world may have enough products with exclamation points in their titles, it could use some more safe public WiFi, and so Avast has introduced the avast! SecureLine VPN. Now available as a mobile app for Android and iOS, SecureLine purports to put some security and privacy between devices and the public networks that mobile users too often connect to with little more than crossed fingers. Nearly 50 percent of all smartphone users connect to an open WiFi signal, such as at a café or airport, once a month, according to an Avast-commissioned study. Forty percent said they do so weekly or daily. "Hackers target public hotspots, where it is easy to follow every move that users of the WiFi connection make, allowing them to access emails, passwords, documents and browsing behavior," Avast Software CEO Vincent Steckler said in a Jan. 28 statement. "Open WiFi is not going away—we just need to make sure there's a more secure way to connect."
After the avast! SecureLine VPN is downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, users are notified of possible risks when connecting to an unsecure WiFi hotspot and presented with the option of connecting to Avast's virtual private network. A user can also set up the VPN to automatically connect when a device connects to open WiFi. Once the VPN is activated, says Avast, "all of the user's activities done over the Internet are anonymized and protected from hackers."