Opera Acquires SurfEasy for VPN-Enabled Online Privacy

In the face of ever-growing concerns about hacking and online surveillance, Opera Software -- the Norway-based firm known for its multi-platform family of Web browsers -- has acquired the Canadian company SurfEasy, which provides a VPN solution for desktop and mobile communications. Financial details about the deal were not disclosed.

Opera has amassed more than 350 million Opera Web browser and apps users around the world since its founding in 1995. SurfEasy, which is headquartered in Toronto, was founded four years ago with the goal of "making online privacy, security and freedom accessible to everyone."

Announced Thursday, the acquisition is expected to lead to a "powerful collaboration and venture into joint products, expanding on Opera's product footprint," according to a statement from Opera.

A 'Seamless Fit'

"More and more Internet users are starting to question whether they can trust the Internet these days, and are actively looking for secure solutions for their phone or computer," said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. "Privacy and security has always been top of mind for Opera's users, making the acquisition of SurfEasy a seamless fit."

Writing in a blog post on his company's Web site, SurfEasy founder and CEO Chris Houston said the acquisition represents "the next step in our company's evolution."

"Over the past few years the dialogue and awareness around online privacy issues has increased dramatically," Houston said. "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."

For SurfEasy's existing customers, "nothing will change," he said. "In the near future, you can expect expanded service and even better support, as we strive to remain at the forefront of privacy innovation."

A spokeswoman for Opera told us that following the acquisition, which is effective immediately,...

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