December 2019 Product Updates: Automatic Wi-Fi, WireGuard, and More

Over time, we have learned that we develop products, not for our solution, but for you, the customer, to help resolve your network access problems. But just resolving a customer’s problem is not enough – the product should also be intuitive and user-friendly.

It’s clear that the best people to provide feedback about the ease of use of our platform are our customers. We listened to your feedback and requests and recently have made some significant updates across the Perimeter 81 platform that will help your employees achieve easy and secure network access. 

Below, we’ve outlined the highlights of our latest product updates over the past six months to our Network as a Service (NaaS) solution.

Automatic Wi-Fi Security Feature

As the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide is projected to reach 432 million by 2020, Wi-Fi continues to pose serious risks to businesses of all sizes. Due to the lack of encryption and open passwords, open networks can be hacked in a matter of seconds. Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere, including cafes, airports, hotels, and smart cities, but only one out of every three people knows how to identify unsecured networks. Simply, it’s no surprise that one out of every five people and three out of ten organizations fall prey to cybercrime while on the go.

Due to this, we have integrated our patented Automatic Wi-FI technology (Patent number: 10440762) which automatically secures your Wi-Fi connection no matter where you are working from. Our Automatic Wi-Fi security feature activates an instantaneous connection if an employee’s device connects to unsecured Wi-Fi, and establishes a private and secure connection. This security feature will be a key addition to our upcoming bundle of new security capabilities. 

Automatic Wi-Fi Security is enabled by default. Each user can adjust this configuration locally in their account when signed into the client application on their device.

WireGuard Connector 

Customers often ask how we are improving the performance and the speed of our solution. Now your questions are answered by our latest integration of the WireGuard® connector into the Perimeter 81 platform.

WireGuard connector is a free and open-source software application and communication protocol that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques to create secure point-to-point connections in routed or bridged configurations. It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPsec while avoiding the challenges that come with an IPSec VPN. Compared to OpenVPN, Wireguard connectors have outperformed when it comes to quicker performance and simplified implementation, enabling all our solutions including our Business VPN and Cloud VPN to go to the next level. 

While it was initially released for the Linux kernel, it is now available and deployable on all major platforms (Windows, macOS, BSD, iOS, Android). By implementing WireGuard Connector in our platform, users will experience a faster performance within their Perimeter 81 application, making it an amazing OpenVPN replacement.

Always-on VPN

In the summer days of July, we added a new configuration feature into the Perimeter 81 applications, Always-On VPN. This simple new feature establishes an automatic VPN connection any time an authorized client has an active internet connection. 

We recommend that all administrators enable the Always-On VPN technology feature in the configuration settings for all client applications. No matter which team member is using the application, they will always be connected to a secure network while working.  

New Gateway Locations

As the Perimeter solution advances with new security features, so do the number of public and private gateway locations. We are now offering more than 36 global public gateway locations within the Perimeter 81 platform.
While we always recommend that all users create private networks for their teams, we kindly remind you that you have the option to use the public gateway inside the platform.

That’s a Wrap

2019 was filled with different product updates and our latest partnership with SonicWall. This has capped off a huge 12 months at Perimeter 81. We’d love to hear your feedback going into the holidays and stay tuned for more product updates in 2020 as we are planning to launch our new unified network and security platform with more network and security features.