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AirDefense Releases Personal Hotspot Security Product

The free software for laptops can be set to automatically shut down when it detects security threats.

WLAN security vendor AirDefense said Monday it has released free software to help users maintain safe connections at public hotspots.

The company said in a statement that its AirDefense Personal 2.0 software, which installs on Windows-based laptops, can alert the user of potential wireless threats. The software can be set to automatically end the wireless connection when such attacks are discovered.

In a statement, the company said the software was aimed at mobile professionals.

"The issue of end-user protection at hotspots and other unsecured wireless networks is a growing concern for security and IT professionals," Anil Khatod, AirDefense's president and CEO, said in a statement. "With the number of wireless security breaches on the rise, AirDefense now offers the best of both worlds for consumers and corporations looking to protect proprietary information from would-be thieves."

The company said that the personal product is integrated with its AirDefense Enterprise so IT managers can download wireless security policies directly to laptops. The software is available for download from the company's Web site.

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