If there’s something we should all be well aware of by now, it’s that data is like some kind of delicious drug to some reprehensible types in the digital world and they can’t help but try and steal it from you. Whether it’s a Trojan trotting in alongside an app, poorly coded downloads leaving the backdoor open and your apps equally open to attack, or even, in the case of some recent chart-topping app options, duplicitous downloads masquerading as the real McCoy, the information superhighway is populated with hijackers desperate to fleece your phone. But now there’s a way to keep you and your data safe from the robbing wrong’uns, thanks to Hotspot Shield.
Available for download from Google Play on devices blessed with Android 2.0 and up, Hotspot Shield uses a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt any browsing session held over Wi-Fi, keeping your data secure from prying online eyes on public hotspots, along with encrypting other apps to ensure nothing is leaking out and being collected by net-ne’er-do-wells.
Created by AnchorFree, download is free, but there is the option to upgrade to an ad-free subscription service, Hotspot Shield Elite, which not only keeps you safe from the man-in-the-middle lurking on public hotspots, but also adds in built-in compression software which purports to effectively double the amount of online content you can access with your data plan to save you money.
With ever more malware doing the rounds, if your lifestyle sees you hugging hotspots wherever you go, this could well be your phone’s new best friend.