Consumer security vendor AnchorFree has repackaged and repriced its virtual private network (VPN) offering for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The offering, called Hotspot Shield VPN, is priced at $99 per month for up to 50 business users. It works across Windows, Macintosh, Apple iOS and Android platforms.
A big focus of the technology is helping protect SMB employees who need to connect frequently to company applications or networks using public Wi-Fi networks, by encrypting all Internet communications while they are browsing. The offering also protects privacy, by preventing the tracking of online activity or IP addresses.
Two other features include:
- Protection against more than 3.5 million known malware sites
- Botnet detection and interception
Why should your small company start using a VPN? AnchorFree cites data from the Verizon 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report suggesting that up to 75 percent of all cyber-attacks are opportunistic. That is, they aren't launched at any one particular individual or company, but seek simply to exploit the ones that haven't bothered to take protective measures. Another statistic you should know: seven out of 10 SMB data breaches involve hacking of sensitive data, the research finds.
"Nearly one out of three reported data breaches occurs in a business under 100 employees," said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO of AnchorFree. "Whether on the road or in the office, HotSpot Shield encrypts employees' Internet communications and detects and blocks malware, protecting all Internet communication and securing customer and employee data."