Opera Software announced today that it has acquired SurfEasy Inc., a leading Toronto-based company that provides an easy-to-use VPN solution for protecting customers' online privacy and security on smartphones, tablets and computers.
A VPN or "virtual private network" provides an added layer of internet security by encrypting all internet traffic sent to and from your device. A VPN therefore allows people to access the internet freely, without the fear of compromising their sensitive data.
In short, SurfEasys solutions secure public Wi-Fi, protect users' online identities and unlock websites, giving users online freedom to surf the web without restrictions, from anywhere in the world.
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Over the past few years the dialogue and awareness around online privacy issues has increased dramatically. 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.
"By teaming up with Opera, a global internet company with over 350 million users, we are able to accelerate our vision to give users access to simple applications that let them take back control of their online privacy and freedom," he continues.
"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, Opera Software.
"Privacy and security has always been top of mind for Operas 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 continues.