Mobile application for iOS and Android automatically protects users accessing the internet over unprotected public Wi-Fi
Sprint has launched Sprint Secure Wi-Fi, an application for the operators’ subscribed smartphones and tablets. Sprint Secure Wi-Fi reportedly protects mobile users using unprotected public Wi-Fi by encrypting all data traffic as it goes between the device and the internet.
Every day, millions of mobile device users connect to unsecure public Wi-Fi – hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. – making them vulnerable to malicious users and content. Something as simple as checking the weather or skimming through social media can potentially put sensitive data and credentials at risk. Traffic on public Wi-Fi connections is often unencrypted, leaving the user’s phone susceptible to attack.
Sprint Secure Wi-Fi prevents hacking by encrypting all data passing through the Wi-Fi network to the internet. It works within a Sprint-subscribed iOS or Android device as a “Smart VPN.” Once enabled, it automatically turns on when a user joins an unsecure Wi-Fi network and automatically turns off when they return to the cellular network or lose that Wi-Fi signal.
“Sprint Secure Wi-Fi provides much-needed protection to businesses and the general public, most of whom don’t realise how vulnerable they’re allowing themselves to be when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of product for Sprint. “This solution offers superior protection in an easy-to-use way, benefiting both the user and the owners of the data within their devices.”
Key features include:
- Streamlined security – Gain instant security when connected to unsecure public Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in coffee shops and libraries, and have the option for the solution to encrypt your data on any secured Wi-Fi network.
- Automatic protection – Quickly identifies if a Wi-Fi network has password protection and/or encryption enabled. If either is missing, the application will “turn on,” automatically encrypting data sent between the device and internet.
- Simplicity – Secure Wi-Fi is a smart solution that automatically detects the need to turn on or off, relieving the user of the need to do it themselves.
- Peace of mind – Users can rest assured they are browsing with security, wherever they connect.
The launch of Sprint Secure Wi-Fi complements Sprint Secure, a comprehensive suite of industry-leading security solutions for business networks and mobility. Sprint’s security solutions are continuously improving user experience and enhancing protection provided within its services and networks.
Sprint will offer Sprint Secure Wi-Fi at no additional cost through our Mobility-as-a-Service unlimited plan or for $1.99 (€1.70) a month, per user in a monthly subscription model to Sprint-subscribed iOS and Android users.
This topic was recently covered in a Sprint blog that explains more on why Wi-Fi can be risky business.