Founded in early 2003 by former UUNET Managers, we were originally named Full Mesh Networks. The idea was simple – find a way to deliver complicated and expensive security technology over the Internet as a set of managed services. Among other things, we developed a hosted platform to secure and manage Wi-Fi networks, as well as perform Wireless Intrusion Prevention, all over the Internet.
Pretty cool, right? Well, maybe too much so. We quickly realized that trying to convince corporate IT departments to toss out their brand-name black boxes for some new-fangled Internet service wasn’t a lot of fun. At least it wasn’t in 2004.
As we wrestled with our unexpected dilemma of being “cheaper, better, faster,” opportunity was knocking and we almost missed it.
Turns out, we had the right idea, but we were talking to the wrong people.
With identity theft, unsecured wi-fi, and assaults on online privacy spreading across the globe like a mutated pathogen, the folks with the greatest need for simple and powerful data security were not large businesses, but small companies and individuals. We also thought it sounded like a lot more fun.
We went to work and in March 2005 we launched personalVPN™ to anonymize you online as well as encrypt your data across untrusted networks.
WiTopia was born.
Today, we provide personal privacy and data security services to tens of thousands of cool folks all over the world. And, we were right – it’s a lot more fun.