LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced that it will offer a personal VPN for customers to use when connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The VPN will be seamlessly integrated into the Boingo Wi-Finder app and will use the customer’s Boingo account credentials to log in to both premium Boingo networks and free networks.
The new Boingo VPN will be available for Windows and Macintosh laptops, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It is currently in limited beta release among select customers, and is scheduled to launch in early 2012. The personal VPN will be free to Boingo monthly subscribers.
“The single most reliable means of security when using public Wi-Fi is a personal VPN,” said Niels Jonker, Chief Technology Officer for Boingo Wireless. “Especially with the proliferation of unmanaged free networks and new hacker exploits, people need a tool to protect their personal information while they’re online. Our easy-to-use VPN will help make it simple.”
The new personal VPN will incorporate important technological updates that leverage the power of cloud computing to deliver quality service around the world, as well as extend support to new mobile computing platforms that need secure access options.
With the explosion of new devices and exploits, and as less technically sophisticated users flood the Wi-Fi market, overall risk is at an all time high. As a result, Boingo has published a security whitepaper to help venue owners understand the risks of operating open networks and the importance of ensuring that their network operator actively manages those risks to protect the venue and its customers.
The security whitepaper describes the most common exploits used to compromise a network’s integrity and intrude on user security. It also provides guidance on the difference between well-managed networks and unmanaged networks in mitigating those risks to the network and the user, as well as limiting potential legal liabilities to the venue owner.
“Open Wi-Fi is inherently unsafe, but there are actionable steps that venue owners, network operators and users can all take to enhance safety,” added Jonker. “This security initiative is designed to educate venue owners and to reinforce Boingo’s active efforts to maximize safety and minimize risk for all parties.”
Boingo experts are available for interviews focused on Wi-Fi security trends and the company’s new Wi-Fi security initiative.
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 400,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users 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 and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary operate wired and wireless networks at large-scale venues worldwide such as airports, major sporting arenas, malls, and convention centers, as well as quick serve restaurants. For more information about Boingo, please visit http://www.boingo.com.
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