BARCELONA: F-Secure has moved to protect Apple Mac OS X and Kindle Fire users from digital surveillance with an updated version of its Freedome VPN.
The Freedome VPN for Apple Mac OS X and Amazon Kindle Fire was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
F-Secure executive vice president Samu Konttinen described the launch as a key step in the firm's battle to protect digital privacy following the notorious PRISM scandal.
"These days people are becoming more apprehensive about using the internet because they're worried about protecting their personal information and the traces they leave behind," he said.
"Mass surveillance has become pervasive because the average internet user hasn't been able to prevent it.
"Using Freedome to protect themselves sends a message to companies and organisations that they need to start respecting people's right to their digital privacy."
Concerns about web privacy erupted in 2013 when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents to the press proving that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is siphoning vast amounts of data from companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
VPNs are viewed as a key way to prevent surveillance. VPNs set up an encrypted tunnel between the entry point to the internet and the VPN provider's servers.
Data in the tunnel is protected and encrypted meaning that, unless the snoop has the key, the data cannot be read, even if it is intercepted in transit.
VPNs also hide the user's activities and location, making their movements invisible to the outside world. Freedome VPN lets users pick the geographic location of the servers used.
The launch follows criticism from government and law enforcement agencies about the use of VPNs.
Troels Oerting, assistant director at Europol and head of the European Cybercrime Centre, argued in October 2014 that the use of encrypted services makes cybercrime investigations more challenging.
The NSA is known to have attempted to crack VPNs and the encryption protocols used by chat services such as Skype.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron hinted at plans in January to introduce new surveillance laws that ban encrypted services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.
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