This post was most recently updated on October 14th, 2019
It’s not every day a tech company and cybersecurity partner-up. However, Hp partners with ExpressVPN. Let’s say maybe HP and ExpressVPN don’t care about the norm. Instead, these two companies aim to aid each other in not only selling their products but making security software more accessible than ever.
Now, I’m sure you have some questions. What do I mean by HP and ExpressVPN partnering up? What is ExpressVPN? How will this partnership make security more accessible than ever?
Well, don’t go anywhere, because I’ll be answering all these as I explore the partnership that may help cybersecurity go mainstream.
Hp Partners with ExpressVPN
On September 30th, HP published the press release for their new laptop, the HP Spectre x360 13–the annual refresh of the already existing Spectre 13. This press release contained information about various features of the laptop, such as the battery life (a whopping 22-hours), CPU/GPU upgrades, and various privacy features.
Amongst these privacy features was an on/off switch for the webcam that would turn the webcam off electronically, a mute button for the integrated microphone with an LED indicator, a fingerprint scanner and face recognition scanner, and most importantly, HP’s partnership with ExpressVPN.
HP explained that the new laptop will come with ExpressVPN preinstalled. Along with the preinstallation, HP will throw in a 30-day free trial for the VPN software, allowing users to test the software before committing to a subscription.
I know this doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but–in my opinion–this partnership, this inclusion of security software, shows progress in an industry that has been haunted by cybersecurity troubles.
According to ExpressVPN, this partnership came to fruition due to HP wanting their laptop users to stay secure. This sounds strange, though that’s only because I’m not used to hearing companies talk about how much they care about user security and be sincere.
Who is ExpressVPN?
ExpressVPN is one of the more well-known VPN companies around. With ExpressVPN, you can keep yourself secure while on public or unsecured networks (hence why laptop users are getting a free trial).
You may be hearing about ExpressVPN more in the coming months since the company announced that “we’ll have even more partnership announcements to share.”
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What This Partnership Means for the Future
HP and ExpressVPN’s partnership represents more than two companies caring about their user’s security; it represents a shift in the way the tech industry views cybersecurity, at least some parts of the industry.
Cybersecurity has never been the focus of many companies, leading to various data breaches, leaks, and theft of personal information throughout the years. HP recognizes that many are starting to recognize the dangers of the Internet when it comes to privacy, and to keep up with consumers, is pushing security harder than ever.
Whether this push is because they care about money or the users, I couldn’t care. What I do care about is that HP continues to push. This partnership will allow more companies to partner with more security companies, leading to cybersecurity and tech becoming one.
Is this a guarantee? Not at all. However, it’s a hypothesis of mine which I feel can turn into fact if more tech companies take note of HP and push for more accessible security.
HP’s new laptop sure looks like a stunner, but it doesn’t come out until sometime this October. Until then, we should continue this discussion on the partnership between HP and ExpressVPN.
Look, I understand that the OLED 4K screen may be tempting to talk about, but that won’t change up the industry. A trend of tech companies partnering with cybersecurity companies though? The potential of that is…exciting!
As this partnership makes its rounds around the media, more and more companies will see the benefits that a close relationship with the cybersecurity industry may bring, leading them to chase their own. That is the day we can start truly feeling secure on the Internet.