Step Aside, Harry Potter: Microsoft Vets Give Apple Devices Their Own Cloak Of Invisibility

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Public WiFi hotspots are notorious for being the playgrounds of snoops.If you ever use Apple devices on an open network, you'll want to take a look at Cloak, which uses VPN tech to keep your data safe.

Cloak is a response to hacker tools like Firesheep and Reaver, which can snag important data while you're shopping from the comfort of your local coffee shop on your iPad, iPhone, or MacBook. The way to foil hackers is to use a VPN to protect your connection. Cloak uses VPN tech, but it's designed to be simple and unobtrusive.For example, although Cloak uses a variety of servers, it chooses the best server for you in the background.

Cloak Supports iPads iPhones and Macs

An interesting twist to Cloak's story is that the security service was cooked up by three former Microsoft employees. Now with Bourgeois Bits, the Microsoft vets are tapping their experience making Microsoft products for Mac.

Free to light users, Cloak makes its money from people spend a lot of time on unprotected networks. The free plan covers two hours of protected connectivity (or 1GB of data) per month. Moving up to the first paid plan gets you 20GB of data per month (with no time restrictions) for $8 and the top plan offers 50GB for $15.
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Jaybk26 replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:00 PM

Good to know that this is available for Macs, anyone know if there's similar software out there for Windows?

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 1:52 PM

I doubt there is an identical Application for microsoft devices, at least not one so simple. There are plenty of random really strong coding and protective measures available to all microsoft users. But the data charges and the optimized server selection might be a unique feature for the mac and IOS users.

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InsideSin replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 3:49 PM

To foil people using Firesheep you only need to install an addon called Blacksheep (I think that's the name) to protect yourself.

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

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LKnudson replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 9:46 PM

There is nothing that's exactly the same but some similar things that can protect you. I think they are quite expensive thoughD:

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Thecloak of invisibility. Cool

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