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"The app (which is available for download from the Google Play Store) uses a VPN to encrypt a user's browsing session over Wi-Fi," writes PCWorld's Armando Rodriguez. "Hotspot Shield for Android will also encrypt other apps as well, theoretically plugging any data leaks that could be occurring due to a poorly written application. Extremely useful for when you're browsing over a public hotspot and aren't sure who could be listening in."
Two versions of the app are available -- a free ad-supported edition, which protects against more than one million threats including malware, phishing and spam; and an Elite version for $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year, which protects against an additional 2.5 million threats and adds bandwidth compression functionality.
"Hotspot Shield for Android provides an easy way for people to secure their apps and browsing on Android devices, as well as increase the amount of mobile data they can use under their current plans," AnchorFree co-founder and CEO David Gorodyansky said in a statement. "We anticipate becoming the default solution for Android users to secure their internet browsing and communications. Hotspot Shield is already the most popular security app on the iPhone, and we expect even larger growth and popularity on Android."