Do you regularly connect to public Wi-Fi when you’re at work, running errands or traveling? If so, you may be vulnerable to security threats according to PSafe, a leading provider of mobile security and performance optimization solutions.
The company surveyed mobile phone users earlier this year and found that 39 percent claim they never share sensitive information on public Wi-Fi networks. However, these same individuals said they regularly log into social media accounts such as Facebook (34 percent), send email messages (31 percent) or make online purchases while they are out and about (16 percent)—all activities that expose personal and financial data to any hackers on the same public connection.
RewardExpert recently connected with Marco de Mello, founder and CEO of PSafe, to learn more about the company’s suit of antivirus, anti-hacking and performance apps as well as the new dfndr vpn designed to protect your mobile online activities and personal information wherever you may roam.
Mobile Security and Optimization for Everyone
Founded in Brazil in 2010 by de Mello and Silicon Valley veterans Ram Rao and Benjamin Myers, PSafe’s suite of apps has attracted a broad user base.
“We see everyone from millennials to middle-aged parents using our apps,” de Mello said. “Our apps attract users that are tech savvy and looking for a more advanced way to improve privacy and security on their phones. On the other hand, we also see older users who are not that tech savvy using our apps and simply looking for peace of mind that they are protected and safe. For them, dfndr is a way to know that they have taken the correct cautionary measures.”
The company’s flagship antivirus and anti-hacking app, dfndr security, has been installed more than 130 million times globally and was recently named a top-rated antivirus software by the AV-TEST Institute—a world leader in security and antivirus research.
In addition to best-in-class mobile security features including anti-hacking, anti-phishing and malware detection, the dfndr security app also offers a number of performance boosters. Available on Google Play, the app can be used for free or upgraded to include additional features for as little as $1.99 per month.
For mobile phone users concerned with the security of the photos, videos and files stored on their mobile devices, PSafe offers dfndr vault. The free version of the app includes military-grade encryption, fingerprint authentication and fast and easy file import. Upgrade to premium for as little as $2.92 a month and access additional features including cloud photo backup, intruder alerts, applock and camouflage.
Another PSafe app, dfndr performance, can be used to keep your phone running efficiently and improve battery life. Available for free download on Google Play, dfndr performance includes several cleaners as well as a battery booster, internet accelerator and performance assistant. Upgrade to use the app ad-free for $9.99 per year.
Avoid Unnecessary Risk on Public Wi-Fi
PSafe research shows that 90 percent of people using public Wi-Fi do not use a virtual private network—or VPN—and are taking unnecessary risks as a result. To combat these risks, the company developed dfndr vpn, its newest app.
PSafe’s dfndr vpn ensures your personal data and mobile connections are always protected. Available for free for both Android and iOS devices, dfndr vpn uses a VPN to encrypt data and protect your online activities from hackers. As easy to use as it is to install, the app connects to the VPN with just one touch. Upgrade to the premium version for as little as $6.49 per month to access the global VPN network and transmit unlimited data ad-free.
“We are continuously expanding our portfolio of apps and will continue making a push into iOS,” de Mello concluded. “We are also adding more features to our apps that use AI to enhance security and privacy. We want to make it so that our apps are doing all the work for the user and they can have a peace of mind knowing they are protected with dfndr.”