Opera Acquires SurfEasy to Bolster Customers’ Online Privacy

Norway’s Opera Software has acquired Toronto’s SurfEasy.

Opera says SurfEasy’s virtual private network solution will help protect its customers’ online privacy and security on smartphones, tablets and computers.

“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.”

90% of North American internet users have concerns about their online privacy and 86% have taken action to protect that privacy, looking for solutions and moderating their online activities, according to the 2015 TRUSTe index.

“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.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.