AVG is proud to announce a great step forward in its Wi-Fi security offerings. Today we are introducing the brand new version of AVG Wi-Fi Assistant, an Android app that protects you from Wi-Fi tracking and Wi-Fi hacking.
The app, from the AVG Innovation team in Amsterdam, is currently in BETA, and weâd love your feedback. Get AVG Wi-Fi Assistant for FREE today from the Google Play store (some features require in-app purchasing).
Fueled by news of NSA leaks, security flaws like Heartbleed and browser extensions that make it simple to hack someone on public Wi-Fi, security and tracking are becoming key concerns for smartphone users worldwide.
Read on to learn more about Wi-Fi threats and how the new AVG Wi-Fi Assistant can help protect you.
Wi-Fi Security Threats
Wi-Fi hacking is the most common threat when it comes to public Wi-Fi. When you connect to an public Wi-Fi network (i.e. coffee shop, airport, or hotel), others maybe able to intercept your Internet traffic, collecting your passwords, private photos, emails, browser cookies and a lot more personal info. CNN has a hands-on example of this.Â AVG Wi-Fi Assistant encrypts your communications to conceal them from hackers.
Wi-Fi tracking is the second big issue. Â Currently specialized software solutions allow virtually anybody to use your phone’s Wi-Fi signal, to track your location and in some instances identify you. MIT Technology Review took a look at this Wi-Fi tracking technology and the inherent threats in this article . Wi-Fi tracking is even more worrying as most smartphone users have their Wi-Fi on all the time. This is increasingly an issue as retailers can use your Wi-Fi signal to track how you move around stores or around the city and even identify who you are. And thatâs not all, if you keep your Wi-Fi open all the time hackers can trick your phone to connect to a fake Wi-Fi hotspot, and then snoop in at your private information.
AVG Wi-Fi Assistant can prevent tracking by turning off your Wi-Fi connection when you are not connected to a hotspot that you trust and automatically turns it back on when approaching the trusted hotspot again.
Wi-Fi Security Solutions
AVG Wi-Fi Assistant protects you against Wi-Fi Tracking and Wi-Fi Hacking by combining smart Wi-Fi Automation with VPN encryption in one simple to use app, for free. Hereâs how it works:
Turn on VPN (Virtual Private Network) when you connect to a Wi-Fi Hotspot to conceal your data from unfriendly eyes. VPN secures your Internet connection and encrypts all the data you’re sending and receiving. This allows you to Â use mobile data with lesser risk of your data or passwords being stolen.
Every month you get 500Mb of free VPN encryption; if you need more, you can upgrade to our premium VPN plan. We think this is a must have feature for online banking, emailing, or logging into your social networking accounts.
AVG Wi-Fi Assistant runs in the background and learns the locations of Wi-Fi hotspots you connect to â without using GPS. It then uses your location to automatically turn your phoneâs Wi-Fi adaptor on and off, exactly when you need it, hiding you from trackers. As a bonus, turning the Wi-Fi connection on and off can even extend your battery life.
Just to recap here are the Key Benefits of AVG Wi-Fi Assistant
- Prevent password hacking
- Prevent Wi-Fi tracking
- Save battery power
Download the AVG Wi-Fi Assistant today and do let us know what you think.