SurfEasy, a VPN service provider, has been acquired by Opera for an undisclosed amount of money. The Norway-based web browser made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.
The acquisition reaffirms Opera’s stance on privacy and security. SurfEasy offers a VPN service that encrypts Internet traffic sent to and from the user’s device. The encryption protects personal and sensitive data – even when using public networks.
Lars Boilesen, Opera’s CEO, said security and privacy are growing concerns, and more users are searching for solutions to keep their computers and mobile devices secure. Boilesen went on to state that security and privacy have always been a top priority for Opera users, and called SurfEasy a “seamless fit”.
Opera plans to work with SurfEasy to develop new projects, although no details on those projects have been announced. Boilesen pointed to statistics from 2015 that show 90% of internet users in the U.S. are concerned about privacy, and 86% have taken steps to protect it.
SurfEasy CEO Chris Houston stated that online privacy issues have increased substantially in recent years. With more than 350 million users, Opera hopes the collaboration with SurfEasy will go a long way in giving users control over their privacy, security and freedom online.