Opera Software has announced the acquisition of Canada-based SurfEasy Inc, a Toronto-based company that provides an easy-to-use VPN solution for protecting customers’ online privacy and security on smartphones, tablets and computers.
Since VPNs, or “virtual private networks”, provide an added layer of internet security by encrypting all Internet traffic sent to and from your device, they allow users to surf without the fear of compromising their sensitive data. SurfEasy`s solutions secure public Wi-Fi, protect users’ online identities and unlock websites, letting users surf without any restrictions.
“We are all now very aware just how vulnerable our data is to hacking, monitoring and censorship, regardless of the network or device you’re using to access the web,” says Chris Houston, founder and CEO, SurfEasy. He said acquisition by Opera will let the company accelerate its vision to give users access to simple applications that let them take back control of their online privacy and freedom.
Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software says internet users are now starting to question whether they can trust the internet these days, and are actively looking for secure solutions for their phone or computer.
In fact, a recent TRUSTe index study shows over 90% of US internet users have concerns about their online privacy and 86% have taken action to protect that privacy.
“Privacy and security has always been top of mind for Opera`s users, making the acquisition of SurfEasy a seamless fit. Opera has evolved beyond our browser roots and this step will add a critical building block towards a broader portfolio of applications,” he adds.