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Apple Watch owners handed privacy protection options

Apple Watch owners handed privacy protection options

“Wearables are letting people use their wireless devices for new things, so products like the Apple Watch are very exciting."

A new version of F-Secure’s Freedome VPN that adds Apple Watch support is now available.

As a result, Kiwis running Freedome on their iPhone can now use an Apple Watch to control and monitor the VPN, allowing use of their Apple Watch without exposing data to unwanted risks.

Smartwatches and wearables capable of running third-party apps are expected to become significantly more popular in the next couple of years.

IDC projects that “smart wearable” device shipments will experience 683 percent year-over-year growth in 2015, with 33.1 million units expected to ship by the end of the year.

According to Janne Pirttilahti, F-Secure Director, Next Gen Security, allowing people to use Freedome with an Apple Watch will make protecting their privacy easy as they experiment with these new devices.

“Wearables are letting people use their wireless devices for new things, so products like the Apple Watch are very exciting,” Pirttilahti adds.

“But new kinds of apps tend to produce new habits, which will change the way people are using their iPhones.

“Apple Watch owners will need to stay on top of how changes in their habits could expose their data to risks, and allowing them to control Freedome with their Apple Watch will make this process easy and accessible.”

Pirttilahti says the latest Freedome release will help Apple Watch owners keep their data protected by letting them use the wearable as a remote control for Freedome running on their iPhones.

People can use the Apple Watch to turn the app on and off to prevent exposing their data to insecure public Wi-Fi connections through their iPhones.

They can also use their Apple Watch to monitor the number of tracking attempts blocked by Freedome.


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