ExpressVPN and HP partnership – An end to Public WiFi threats

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ExpressVPN and HP partnership – An end to Public WiFi threats:

The dangers associated with public WiFi are numerous and this fact cannot be overemphasized. Public WiFi is often free and available in coffee shops, hotels, public parks, and restaurants hence it affords mobile users the opportunity to connect on the go since it is comfortable and hassle-free. Unfortunately, this level of comfort comes with its drawbacks as unscrupulous individuals take advantage of this situation for malicious reasons by either hacking the access point of the WiFi or positioning themselves between the users and the access point, with the aim of obtaining information illegally.

Another popular method by which these hackers perpetrate their malicious acts is by setting up their “free” WiFi using enticing names such as “X Park WiFi” or “Y Hotel WiFi”. This way, unsuspecting users connect to these networks and unknowingly give up their information. Before this fake access point is detected by the authorities, the hacker would have made away with the stolen credentials.

In a survey conducted by privatewifi.com, 33.33% of people mentioned that they access their personal email while connected to public WiFi. This staggering figure has gotten the attention of security experts and technology stakeholders, driving them to find a way of salvaging this menacing situation. Educating the users is one crucial way of managing this situation and security consultants often use unprotected sex as a metaphor to explain the dangers associated with connecting to unsafe WiFi.

Staying safe:

One of the many ways of staying protected on public WiFi is to make use of a VPN while connecting to these networks. That way, the user gets an added layer of encryption and security on the data transferred to and from the device. This way, if any hacker were to intercept the connection, the complex decryption process would drive them to move onto easier prey. Tech giants in the industry are aware of the pressing need for users to make use of VPNs and that is why ExpressVPN and HP are teaming up to provide an express solution for HP customers.

HP and ExpressVPN Team Up:

In a statement released by the chief technologist and vice president of Customer Experience, Personal Systems at HP, Mike Nash, he pointed out the fact that many users are not aware of the risks associated with connecting to public WiFi and their partnership with ExpressVPN is a move to increase the number of security offerings they deliver to their consumer customers. Since studies show that VPN is the new indispensable tool for digital safety, adding ExpressVPN as a feature on new HP products will not only ensure security for their customers but will also be a direct way of letting users know the importance of VPNs when connecting to WiFi networks.

Executing this partnership will entail the factory installation of ExpressVPN on the new HP Spectre x360 13 at the point of manufacture. This feature will afford HP users a free 30-day trial giving them access to all of ExpressVPN applications after which they would be required to pay an access fee to continue enjoying the service.

This partnership, however, isn’t limited to ExpressVPN and HP alone. ExpressVPN added that they would be announcing more partnerships in the coming months seeing that both device makers and consumers are beginning to realize the need for VPNs in securing their data and privacy daily as cyberattacks on individuals and corporations are on a steady rise.

Conclusion:

In as much as public WiFi comes with its pros – one of which is convenience and enhancement of productivity on the go, the downsides outweigh the upsides. It is better and out rightly logical to pay the costs of acquiring a VPN other than risking personal or sensitive information falling in the hands of hackers. Asides the protection that VPN ensures, it gives users access to geo-restricted websites and allows them to enjoy services they can’t at their current location. Encrypting emails, text messages and hard drives are other ways of staying safe while sending data back and forth on the internet.

 

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