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New Free Online Tool From AnchorFree Keeps Expats Connected When AbroadCreator of Hotspot Shield Introduces Expat Shield to Enable Those Overseas to Stay in Touch With Friends and Family and Shop on US-Only E-Commerce Sites (July 01, 2010)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/01/10 -- Today, AnchorFree Inc., the creator of Hotspot Shield, the world's most popular free privacy tool, launched a new product called Expat Shield specifically to enable those living abroad to stay connected to friends and family by providing private, secure and full access to the Web from anywhere in the world. Expat Shield also enables users to purchase products from US-only online retailers and have them shipped almost anywhere in the world. Expat Shield is free and retains all the privacy and security features of Hotspot Shield, with added features designed to provide a customized Web experience for those traveling or living overseas.
According to UN statistics, over 200 million people are currently living and working outside of their home country, with the majority of expatriates originating from the United States and Great Britain. AnchorFree's Expat Shield makes it easier than ever for expats to feel at home while abroad, serving as the go-to conduit to access the Web as if they'd never left.
The tool enables access to sites that are unavailable in certain regions and allows users to stay connected to friends and family privately and securely overseas. With Expat Shield, people abroad are able to freely access popular news and information sites, like Google, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and BBC, that are often unavailable overseas, as well as to connect to social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and MySpace, helping maintain important relationships during their travels. Further, Expat Shield allows expats to make calls on VOIP services like Skype, which are often blocked in foreign regions.
Expat Shield also offers the ability to shop on US-only e-commerce sites through a partnership with US Unlocked, the first and only company to provide international shoppers access to any US-only e-commerce site. Users are able to receive direct shipments to anywhere worldwide and shop on sites such as Amazon, eBay and iTunes. Expat Shield also provides links to forums and services to enable users to connect with others abroad and find rentals in given regions quickly and easily.
"While expatriates may be located thousands of miles away from loved ones, Expat Shield smoothes the transition by allowing them to stay connected with friends via services like Skype and Facebook, as well as retain access to news subscriptions and other social services, often unavailable overseas," said David Gorodyansky, founder and CEO, AnchorFree. "We've developed Expat Shield to help unite families separated by work assignments and allow their transition to be as seamless as possible. Users working in or traveling to other countries will feel as if they never left home."
Similar to AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield, which has more than 7.5 million monthly users, Expat Shield establishes a secure tunnel between a user's computer and Internet connection, encrypting entire Web sessions to keep the user protected and anonymous. As a result, both expats and travelers can take their Internet experiences from their current location back to their country of origin. For example, instead of being directed to Google.mx while in Mexico or Google.cn in China, with Expat Shield enabled, the user will be directed to Google.com and empowered to access all content freely and without boundaries.
"Ever since I got stationed overseas, some of the websites and online services I accessed regularly weren't available outside of the United States. Hotspot Shield helped me overcome these restrictions by using VPN technology to virtually and securely make them accessible in foreign countries," said John Fahmy, US military serviceman. "Thank you for making the service free, easy to use, and for helping keep me in touch with my family."
To download Expat Shield, visit: http://expatshield.com. The program is free and will install automatically. Hotspot Shield currently runs on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS X (10.6 Snow Leopard), Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard) and Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger). Expat Shield runs on all Windows Platforms, it is expected to also launch on the MAC and iPhones shortly.
About AnchorFree and Hotspot Shield
AnchorFree enables millions of users globally to surf the Web freely and securely through Hotspot Shield, the world's first and most popular ad-supported virtual private network. More than 7.5 million monthly users in 100 countries rely on Hotspot Shield to secure their Web browsing experience, proliferating freedom of information online and democratizing the Web. It is the only free way to ensure privacy and total anonymity online on desktop computers, laptops and iPhones. Hotspot Shield is powered by AnchorFree's proprietary communication platform that enables marketers to distribute ad campaigns, messaging and content to millions of users, totaling almost two billion page views every month. AnchorFree is a privately held company with more than $11 million in financing and is based in Mountain View, California. For more information or to download Hotspot Shield, please visit www.anchorfree.com.
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