MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - AnchorFree, the global leader in consumer privacy and Internet freedom, today announced the addition of malware protection to its security, privacy and open Web access solution, Hotspot Shield ( AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield addresses a market of more than 1.5 billion users -- 600 million of whom live under censorship and another 800 million of whom use anti-virus products to secure their devices, but lack a solution to secure their browsing and Internet communications. Hotspot Shield is already the world's most popular consumer Virtual Private Network (VPN) with more than ten million monthly users and one of the most downloaded mobile security solutions in the Apple App store. New malware protection transforms the product into a complete browser security offering, with a database of more than three million malicious domains. Malware protection will be available on all platforms with Hotspot Shield, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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. The new layer of 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.

"Malware is one of the biggest threats on the Web -- and it's growing every day," said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree. "People go to great lengths to avoid desktop viruses, but many of us still leave our browsing sessions unprotected and open to hacking attacks. Merging our powerful encryption and private browsing technology with malware protection now makes Hotspot Shield the world's most comprehensive Internet security solution -- available at no cost to consumers."

Hotspot Shield complements any anti-virus solution because while anti-virus protects users' devices, Hotspot Shield protects a user's entire browsing session.

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 1.5 million malware threats. Users of Hotspot Shield Elite and Hotspot Shield's mobile application receive heightened protection against an additional 1.5 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 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or personal computer, please visit

About AnchorFree
AnchorFree's mission is to provide free and secure Internet access to the more than 1.5 billion people who live under censorship or are need of a secure browsing solution. 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 AnchorFree ( is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.

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