HMA adds VPN support for Smart TVs and streaming boxes running Android TV
New free proxy extensions for Chrome and Firefox added to HMA’s fleet of security and privacy services
London, United Kingdom, 3 March 2020 – HMA, a global VPN provider, has extended its portfolio of devices and platforms to include smart TVs and streaming boxes running Android TV, a version of the Android operating system. VPN support for Android TV can help to secure and protect internet connections to hide viewing habits from advertisers and internet service providers (ISPs). The service also improves user access to content from their favourite TV shows and streaming services, directly from the television. HMA has over 1,000 servers in 290+ locations across 190 countries – the largest selection of server locations in the VPN market.
Andrei Mochola, Commercial Director at HMA, said: “It’s not common knowledge that your viewing habits and your browsing history can be collected via a device like a Smart TV and used by third parties as part of the process to profile you. The media box market is growing, and Android is a prominent platform for today’s Smart TVs. Security, privacy and open access to online content and information is part of HMA’s DNA, so we built a product and user interface specifically designed for Smart TVs to plug an existing gap that will give our customers more freedom and protection online.”
Support for Android TV coincides with the launch of HMA for Chrome and Firefox, free proxy extensions that disguise the location of the user to unblock websites and anonymously access news, TV shows and social networks from anywhere. HMA for Chrome and Firefox are part of HMA’s plan in 2020 to improve accessibility of privacy products by expanding its reach across different platforms.
The two services are the newest additions to the HMA portfolio, which also includes a free Web Proxy, an IP Checker, a DNS Leak Test and WebRTC Test. In September 2019, HMA introduced the latest version of its VPN with new features and benefits including a redesigned user interface, an IP Refresh option to help users overcome blocks by cycling through new IP addresses, a system-wide Kill Switch, Split-Tunneling to let users choose which apps to secure through the encrypted HMA tunnel, and a new logging policy with anonymisation of the last octets of any IP address connecting to HMA servers.
HMA for Android TV and HMA for Chrome are available for download from the Google Play Store. HMA VPN is also available to purchase on the Google Play Store and the App Store, or directly from the HMA website.