The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the City of Los Angeles announced they have launched “LA Secure,” a free mobile application that will improve the cybersecurity of Metro riders and city residents, keeping them safe online.

LA Secure provides users with protection against new and evolving threats on their devices. The app will alert users of security risks when connecting to an unknown WiFi network, as well as offer phishing protection against malicious links.

“Providing a safe and secure environment for Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents to live and work is becoming just as important online as it has always been offline,” said Hilda L. Solis, Metro Board Chair and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor to the First District. “As L.A. County continues to expand public WiFi access, including on its entire fleet of Metro buses, LA Secure offers an industry-leading technology to ensure all the activity they conduct on their mobile devices remains safe, private and secure.”

The launch of LA Secure is part of the Metro’s ongoing efforts to improve its customer experience – allowing users to safely online shop, consume news, or get work done while riding the Metro.

In addition to LA Secure, the LA Cyber Lab also provides increased cybersecurity awareness to the greater Los Angeles business community and local government organizations. The city’s Get Connected initiative also provides information to L.A. residents regarding low-cost internet services and computers.

“The City and County of Los Angeles have a responsibility to protect residents in both the physical and the digital realms – and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Through LA Secure, we’re making good on that commitment and empowering people with the resources they need to stay safe online.”

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk SLG's Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.