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Norton Launches VPN App For Android And iOS

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | June 30, 2016

Norton Launches VPN App For Android And iOS

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It’s always wise to have a VPN solution on your phone or tablet when traveling. Now you have yet anther option to consider.

Norton by Symantec, the digital security people, recently launched a new app available for both Android and iOS that promises an extra layer of security for your personal information.

Aimed at staving off untoward parties that prey on those using free public Wi-Fi, the app adds what it calls “bank grade encryption” to your digital missives.

Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec explained, “We know many consumers believe that using a password to access public Wi-Fi means their information is safe, but that’s not necessarily the case.”

We have covered the importance of VPN security in the past. Keith Waldorf, iPass’ Vice President of Engineering, previously explained: “Free Wi-Fi, even airport free Wi-Fi or the free Wi-Fi at your hotel, comes with numerous security risks and privacy erosions, ranging from man-in-the-middle attacks to identity spoofing and tracking by ISPs and other entities, just to name a few.”

And yet, as Norton found, 61 percent of people believe their information is well guarded on public Wi-Fi.

Now we aren’t saying that any one VPN is the answer, just that picking one that suits your needs is a good idea if you are going to take advantage of any cafe Internet time while you travel.

As for the Norton Wi-Fi Privacy, you are getting encryption that will let you browse various websites, including those that might be blocked in the country you are visiting.

The security will cost you $29.99 for the year, which takes care of one device as well as customer support.

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Fran Rosch continued, “Norton Wi-Fi Privacy helps protect information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, and denies access to hackers who may be eavesdropping on the same network.”

Whether it’s the new Norton app or another solution, you should seriously consider taking care of the intangible but highly crucial information you send over the Internet.

You get what you pay for, and that includes the promise of free public Wi-Fi.


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