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With 100 Million Hotspot Shield PC and Mac Downloads and Three Million Mobile Downloads, AnchorFree Celebrates One Year of Explosive Growth With $1 Million in Mobile Giveaways

To Celebrate, AnchorFree Gives Away $1 Million in Free Hotspot Shield iOS Subscriptions to New Users, Making It Easier Than Ever to Stay Safe on Your Mobile Device

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 -- This week, AnchorFree marks the first birthday of Hotspot Shield for mobile and a year of explosive growth company-wide. To celebrate, the company will give away up to $1 million in free subscriptions to new users who install the Hotspot Shield iOS app in the next 48 hours, ending at 4:59 a.m. PST on Saturday, November 17th. Any new user who tweets @HotspotShield from the Happy Birthday Hotspot Shield tab in the iOS app will automatically receive a free one-month subscription.

AnchorFree launched Hotspot Shield for iOS in November 2011, extending its popular security, privacy and open Web access solution to mobile devices. Hotspot Shield has since become one of the most popular security apps on the iPhone and iPad. Based on user ratings in the Apple App Store, Hotspot Shield is ranked among the top 50 utility downloads and is the #1 security app. Six months after launching its iOS app, AnchorFree launched Hotspot Shield for Android, cementing the company's reputation as a leader in mobile security. In its first year, Hotspot Shield for mobile has been downloaded more than three million times. On top of that, AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield desktop application now boasts more than 100 million downloads. With an average of 20 percent growth in mobile installs every month, AnchorFree expects its mobile apps to quickly gain a similarly high level of traction as the desktop version.

Hotspot Shield is the world's most popular free consumer VPN, with more than 100 million downloads on PCs, Macs, iOS and Android platforms. The company experienced explosive growth in 2012 and, according to Quantcast, has the 36th most trafficked service on the Web, placing it among the top 40 online destinations based on total Internet traffic.

"This year has been filled with incredible milestones for us," said David Gorodyansky, CEO of AnchorFree. "We believe that consumers should be in control of their online experience and personal information. AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield has become an important utility in the way users experience the Web on mobile devices and computers, by making browsing and app usage secure, protecting users' identities, and making mobile data faster and cheaper. This year, we grew 200 percent and closed a $52 million Series C financing round. Our first 100 million downloads are only the beginning, as we address our goal of extending our reach to a market of five billion users in need of secure access to information on computers and mobile devices."

In addition to secure browsing, Hotspot Shield enables data savings on mobile devices through proprietary data compression. In just over a year, Hotspot Shield products have saved mobile users more than 21 million megabytes of data, protected users from more than 630 million pieces of malware and encrypted more than 15 billion page views. Hotspot Shield was an early pioneer in protecting Mac users from the Flashback virus in 2012 and remains one of the most popular Mac security apps worldwide.

Hotspot Shield (HSS) enables the following:

  • Security: Encrypts users' entire Web session, turning all HTTP sites into HTTP(S) and making the entire Web as secure as major banking sites.
  • Privacy: Protects the user's personal identity online, making their personal information untraceable and safe from third-party tracking and hackers.
  • Access: Enables secure access to the world's information, allowing travelers, expats, and locals to freely access all Internet content without restrictions.
  • Malware Protection: Blocks more than 3.5 million malware, phishing and spam threats across the Web on PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.
  • Data Compression: On mobile, Hotspot Shield compresses all traffic on the server side before sending it to a user's phone, allowing users to save on their mobile data plans.

Hotspot Shield is available for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Once installed, Hotspot Shield will run in the background, protecting all applications and Web-browsing. For more details, visit http://www.anchorfree.com. Details on the Hotspot Shield birthday giveaway can be found at http://hotspotshield.com/birthday-giveaway.

About AnchorFree

AnchorFree believes in placing consumers in control of their personal information online. The company's mission is to enable secure access to the world's information for an addressable market of five billion people who access the Web through computers or mobile devices. AnchorFree does this through Hotspot Shield, the world's most popular app for safe browsing. Hotspot Shield secures all Internet communications, protects the user's identity online, and provides universal access to all Internet content. Hotspot Shield is available for PC, Mac, Apple iOS and Android platforms at www.AnchorFree.com and www.HotspotShield.com. AnchorFree is a privately held, venture-backed company based in Mountain View, California.

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