Rumor Mill: Google to launch WiFi, VPN service

According to reports circulating the Internet, Google plans to launch free WiFi hotspots that have more security than hotspots currently found in public settings. A VPN is offered as a free download on Google's website, but the service is not yet activated. Google has declined to comment on the rumors, but the company's Web site says that one of its engineers developed a solution to the lack of security at WiFi hotspots called Google Secure Access.

Rumors of Google's WiFi service picked up again last month, around the same time the company announced its VoIP offering, GoogleTalk. Insiders say the company should not extend too far beyond its core business, although many claim these endeavors could succeed with the company's vast financial and engineering resources behind them.

For more on the rumored Google WiFi service:
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