Opera Software has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users. It has acquired the makers of a virtual private network (VPN), SurfEasy which allows users browse the web securely.
This acquisition is made in the context of a growing demand among consumers not just for easy and cheap ways to browse the internet, but also more private ways of doing so. “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.
Opera plans to keep SurfEasy’s products operational for the time being. These include freemium apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad, and iPhone devices.
SurfEasy also has a hardware-based offering, SurfEasy Private Broswer, a VPN product that it sells on a USB stick, which is aimed at people who work across a variety of devices that might be shared with others. Going further, some of SurfEasy’s functionality will be to incorporate into Opera’s own apps — which include Opera Max to compress browsing data on mobile devices, Opera Coast for content recommendations, and Opera’s web browsers.
The deal amount is still undisclosed by both companies, but “Both Opera and SurfEasy are pleased with the agreement and look forward to working together,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
Apart from this, Opera has acquired 6 companies including AdVine, AdColony, Skyfire Labs, Mobile Theory, Handster and AdMarvel. SurfEasy founded in 2011 in Toronto and has raised only one round of funding from MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund.