About PRIVATE WiFi™

PRIVATE WiFi, a product of Private Communications Corporation, encrypts your WiFi signal in public hotspots to hide everything you do online — emails, online banking, photos, social networking, and all other activity.

The company was created by Kent Lawson, after a series of articles appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The New York Times about the security vulnerabilities of WiFi hotspots.

There are currently 24 million known WiFi networks worldwide. Over half are unencrypted. Like an unlocked door, they are completely open to anyone within radio range. This includes virtually all public hotspots in McDonald’s®, Starbucks®, airports and hotels.

In the United States, 43 million people use public WiFi hotspots to conduct personal or professional business. Virtually all of these hotspots carry warnings in their Terms and Conditions –which most people agree to without reading.

When staying in hotels, even directly connecting to the hotel Local Area Network (LANs) is risky. LAN technology evolved years ago for use within organizations, where security was never thought to be a major issue. The result is that many of today's LANs can be hijacked, and all communications can be easily captured and stored on an unseen laptop.

Hackers and “geeks” are well aware of these problems. Software used to “sniff” WiFi or hijack LANs has been around for years and some has been downloaded from the web hundreds of thousands of times. Consequently, it should be no surprise that a search for "How to hack WiFi" can lead to 5,050 videos on YouTube™ and 4.7 million hits on Google™.


Meet our Leadership Team

Kent Lawson
Founder and CEO

Kent Lawson is the founder and CEO of Private Communications Corporation and creator of its flagship software PRIVATE WiFi.

With over 40 years of computer industry experience, Lawson has launched several highly successful technology ventures. Prior to Private Communications Corporation, Kent founded Magna Software Corporation and ran it for nearly 20 years, before retiring in 1998. Magna specialized in mainframe software, and its products are still being used in businesses and government agencies today. Prior to Magna, he was President of Lupfer and Long, a computer programming company that provided consulting and contract services to government agencies.

Kent started his first company during his senior year of college and landed a contract to develop software for Pillsbury. During the Viet Nam war, Lawson served at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis where he trained faculty and Midshipman in computer use for academic purposes.

In 2010, after 12 years of retirement, Kent became interested in Internet privacy and security issues and the vulnerability of wireless communications in WiFi hotspots. He created Private Communications Corporation to protect consumers and corporations from privacy and security breaches on the Internet. PRIVATE WiFi, the company’s first product, protects individuals and business people while using laptops and other mobile devices at public WiFi hotspots.

Kent holds a BA degree in Economics from Beloit College, an MBA from Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President’s Management Course. Inc. Magazine recognized his previous company, Magna Software, as the 151st fastest growing company in the US.

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Alok Kapur
Chief Marketing & Customer Officer

Alok Kapur is Chief Marketing & Customer Officer for PRIVATE WiFi. In this role, his team and Alok drive all aspects of marketing, business development and partnerships, and sales for the company.

A seasoned senior executive in the technology and media industry, Alok was previously Global Vice President at Experian Marketing Services. In that role he led creation and development of the global product strategy, strategic partnerships and business development including organic and inorganic investment imperatives for the mobile and telecom business at Experian. In addition, he was also responsible for strategic platform partnerships for Experian wherein he was responsible for developing alliances with the world’s largest technology companies.

Prior to Experian, Alok was also Global Business Development at Adenyo/Motricity Inc. Alok also spent little over a decade at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of senior corporate strategy, product management and business development roles.

Alok has spent time as an entrepreneur driving business development and marketing for small growth companies, focused on customer acquisition and product launches. Alok holds an M.B.A. in Marketing, Strategy & Information Technology from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India where he was a top 0.1% University Graduate.

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Jennifer Praeger
Vice President, Marketing

Ms. Praeger’s career spans executive-level marketing and online communication strategy positions at a range of non profit and for profit organizations. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi in 2011, Jennifer was the Web Marketing Manager at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Praeger also held senior level marketing positions at Metropolitan College of New York, ClickandBuy, Mason and Geller Marketing, and Lloyd’s of London Press.

Ms. Praeger holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

 

 

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Mike Neder
Vice President, Internet Marketing

As VP of Internet Marketing, Mike Neder is responsible for various areas of Internet Marketing such as search engine optimization, analytics, affiliate marketing, as well as overall project management for front end as well as back end web development and processes. He maintains technical integrations with strategic partnerships and quality of PRIVATE WiFi's presence on the web.

Mike joined PRIVATE WiFi in 2010 as its first employee. Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, he worked for a wide variety of Internet and Affiliate Marketing companies where he worked in various areas, first as a software engineer, and later managing large scale projects relating to online tracking, ad serving, as well as user experience improvement, user interface testing and optimization, and affiliate strategy. He also worked on projects for the one of the largest government contractors, Lockheed Martin, as well as for various online retail stores and shopping comparison engines, such as FAO Schwarz and United Tech Store.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY and a Master Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Mike currently resides in South Amboy, NJ and enjoys Kick Boxing in his spare time.

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Albert Neuburger
Chief Technology Officer

Albert Neuburger is PRIVATE WiFi's CTO.

Albert is responsible for the company’s technology development, infrastructure, products and services. He began his career in the video game industry as a developer, eventually founding his own company before transitioning to the Internet in the mid-90’s.  Albert then held technology management positions at various Silicon Valley startups and large companies including Red Jade and DoubleClick.  Albert went on to become the CTO of Global Outsource Management, a U.S.-based outsourcing company with offices in China doing development for Fortune 500 companies such as MTV and numerous divisions within Microsoft.  Prior to joining PRIVATE WiFi, Albert was the CTO of Publicis Healthcare, the largest healthcare advertising company in the world.

With over 20 years of software development and executive management experience, Albert has an extensive background working with both off-shore and in-house teams as well as on the corporate level, providing innovative thinking and strategic leadership.  Albert lives in the New York City area and enjoys skiing, various creative endeavors and spending time with his family.

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Lane Liston
Director of Technology Operations

As the Director of Technology Operations for PRIVATE WiFi, Lane Franklin Liston oversees the technological infrastructure implementation and administration to streamline transnational developers, servers, and ancillary equipment functions for rapid, secure and effective product delivery. Working to build effective coordination between customers, clients and technological infrastructure, Liston is involved in all dimensions of PRIVATE WiFi's capacity to anticipate and re-imagine technological possibilities.

Lane joined Private WiFi with over fifteen years of IT expertise in both an established Fortune 500 company and smaller businesses with distinction in the field of innovation and technology.  He worked for Honeybee Robotics for ten years holding the position of Director of IT/MIS and provided the overall strategic operational leadership of technological planning, architecture, research and development. Memorable projects include his involvement in heading up Honeybee’s communications for the MER link and SAP Station to Jet Propulsion Laboratories and then the planet Mars for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission. Lane has also worked at Proteometrics as a Software Test Analyst and at Texas Instruments (formerly Tartan Laboratories) in different positions, learning multiple machine languages and JTAG emulation for digital signal processors and microprocessor toolsets.

Lane holds a BA, MS and MBA and has studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Juilliard, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount, Polytechnic and NYU.

In addition to being a trained NYS certified EMT, Lane enjoys taking classes in sewing and tailoring, as well as jewelry design and gemology at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He is an avid Steelers football fan. He lives in Manhattan.

 

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Maryrose Roeckell
Director of Customer Support Services

Maryrose Roeckell is PRIVATE WiFi’s Director of Customer Support Services.

Mary is responsible for maintaining customer satisfaction by providing problem-solving resources, managing staff, and marketing PRIVATE WiFi’s strong Second life presence. Mary achieves customer service objectives by contributing customer service information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; as well as implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer service standards. She is always looking to find ways to improve PRIVATE WiFi’s customer service quality results by studying, evaluating, and re-designing our processes. She is excellent at establishing customer support best practices and monitoring and analyzing results.

Mary has been with PRIVATE WiFi since 2009 and has 15 years of cumulative management experience. Before joining PRIVATE WiFi, she spent several years at Prodigy Communications, and 8 years owning her own research company. In 2007, she was part of the million dollar CSI-NY Project with CBS.

Mary has multiple degrees in business and science, and is also a NY State Certified Crime Scene technician/analyst. In addition, she is also a well-known 3-D graphic artist. She currently resides in New York. She enjoys painting and drawing in her spare time.

 

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Media Coverage




The New York Times
May 17, 2011

Gadgetwise profiles “VPN for the masses”. Read More

today
April 28, 2013

The Today Show endorses PRIVATE WiFi’s cutting-edge
personal VPN technology. Read More

washington post
April 17, 2014

PRIVATE WiFi's new study on WiFi behavior among U.S. adults was recently mentioned in a Washington Post article dealing with connecting to WiFi while abroad.


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Press releases

For detailed press information, please contact:
Aaron Wessels, Point-Bl_nk Communications
(415)378-8090, PrivateWiFi@pointblankcomm.com

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Our Partners

If you are interested in offering PRIVATE WiFi to your organizations' members or customers, please contact Jennifer Praeger, VP of Marketing, at . For information on our affiliate marketing program, please contact Mike Neder, VP of Internet Marketing, at .


Testimonials

I feel safer about going about the web.



Esker Franklin M, U.S.

Monday, March 31, 2014

This app is amazing. I use it all the time. ❤️



Elit3xCreepx69, U.S.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I use this at school and at home, excellent app.



Cupcakewashere, U.S.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I use my phone for everything and I travel all over the world.  I had an issue with identity theft last year and it was a nightmare.  I just want to keep my personal info safe and am glad there is an easy way for me to be protected.



Jsaf129, U.S.

Saturday, March 29, 2014




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