Boingo Adds Personal VPN to Wi-Fi App for Windows and Mac
Boingo’s Encrypted VPN Protects Laptop Users Against Public Wi-Fi Hackers
LOS ANGELES -- November 02, 2012
Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of
software and services worldwide, announced today the availability of its
latest Wi-Finder app for Macbook and Windows laptop and netbook users. The
updated version of the award-winning app includes the Boingo VPN (virtual
private network) to help protect users against security exploits in public
Boingo’s VPN – previously launched on iOS apps – provides an easy-to-use
security solution that can help users protect themselves from common security
exploits. With one click, users can encrypt their Wi-Fi connection and protect
their personal data. The Boingo VPN uses nearly a dozen VPN servers worldwide
to improve performance by delivering service in closest proximity to the user.
The VPN uses a customer’s Boingo account to authenticate in one simple step,
and the service is free to all Boingo Wi-Fi users who have set up an account.
“Since we launched the Boingo VPN for our iOS customers this summer, we’ve
seen nearly 20 percent of all iOS sessions protected with our simple security
solution,” said Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo
Wireless. “Nearly a third of the devices seeking Wi-Fi in our venues are
laptops, and we want to ensure that these users can also take advantage of our
intuitive VPN and feel secure connecting at any Wi-Fi location.”
Security threats on open, public Wi-Fi networks continue to increase, and many
people report feeling unsafe when surfing unsecured online. A recent study
conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance found that 90% of Americans
do not feel completely safe from hackers, viruses and malware while online,
and more than a quarter of those surveyed reported that they’d been notified
that their personal data had been exposed in the last year.
In addition to the Boingo VPN, the Wi-Finder app for Mac and Windows maintains
the ability to connect to Boingo and partner hotspots with a single click. The
app’s location directory also includes more than 150,000 free, crowd-sourced
hotspots that have been validated by Wi-Finder users, helping users find a
reliable hotspot when they need a connection the most. The enhanced Wi-Fi
location directory provides a color-coded rating system for hotspots,
providing an at-a-glance assessment of a hotspot’s quality.
Boingo’s Wi-Finder app received the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Award for
“Best Travel” app, and the company has twice received the award for “Best
Wi-Fi Service” from Global Traveler magazine.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI), the world’s leading Wi-Fi software and
services provider, makes it easy, convenient and cost-effective for people to
enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 600,000
hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users and Boingo’s wholesale
partners can access the mobile Internet via Boingo Network locations that
include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and
coffee shops, restaurants, convention centers and metropolitan hot zones.
Boingo, through its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary, operates Wi-Fi
and/or Cellular DAS networks at large-scale venues worldwide such as airports,
major sporting arenas, malls, and convention centers, as well as restaurants
and retail establishments. The company’s Cloud Nine media platform enables
brand advertisers to reach a captive audience through high engagement Wi-Fi
sponsorships. For more information about Boingo, please visit
http://www.boingo.com and http://cloudnine.com.
Boingo, Boingo Wireless, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo
are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are
the properties of their respective owners.
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Boingo Wireless, Inc.
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