Opera Software Acquires VPN Service Provider SurfEasy
Article by George Norman
On 23 Mar 2015
Opera Software, the Norwegian company best known for the Opera web browser, recently announced that it acquired SurfEasy, company known for its VPN applications for desktop and mobiles.

SurfEasy operates a global private network and uses bank-grade encryption technology to secure your public Wi-Fi connection, protect your identity, protect your privacy, and unblock access to websites.


By using a SurfEasy VPN application (available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android) you can connect to VPN servers from all over the world. Once connected, you will surf the web on an encrypted connection and thus foil would-be snoopers. You’ll also be able to freely access everything that’s available online (bypass “this content is not available in your region” type of scenario).

By acquiring SurfEasy, Opera Software wants to expand its product portfolio and venture into joint products.

Lars Boilesen, Opera Software’s CEO, had the following to say about the acquisition:

“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. 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."

Chris Houston, SurfEasy Founder and CEO, had the following to say:

“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. 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.”

Tags: Opera Software, Opera, SurfEasy, VPN, acquisition
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