Boingo Wireless has announced that it will offer a personal VPN for customers to use when connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The VPN will be seamlessly integrated into the Boingo Wi-Finder app and will use the customer’s Boingo account credentials to log in to both premium Boingo networks and free networks.
The new Boingo VPN will be available for Windows and Macintosh laptops, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It is currently in limited beta release among select customers, and is scheduled to launch in early 2012. The personal VPN will be free to Boingo monthly subscribers.
“The single most reliable means of security when using public Wi-Fi is a personal VPN,” said Niels Jonker, Chief Technology Officer for Boingo Wireless. “Especially with the proliferation of unmanaged free networks and new hacker exploits, people need a tool to protect their personal information while they’re online. Our easy-to-use VPN will help make it simple.”
The new personal VPN will incorporate important technological updates that leverage the power of cloud computing to deliver quality service around the world, as well as extend support to new mobile computing platforms that need secure access options.
With the explosion of new devices and exploits, and as less technically sophisticated users flood the Wi-Fi market, overall risk is at an all time high. As a result, Boingo has published a security whitepaper (PDF) to help venue owners understand the risks of operating open networks and the importance of ensuring that their network operator actively manages those risks to protect the venue and its customers..