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Opera puts privacy back into consumers’ hands

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 25, 2015
The company plans to integrate products from the newly acquired VPN solutions provider SurfEasy into its portfolio.

SurfEasy on a smartphone. Credit: Opera Software

To help alleviate Internet privacy and security concerns, Opera Software has acquired SurfEasy, a virtual private network (VPN) solutions provider.

According to 2015's TRUSTe index, over 90 percent of Internet users in the US are worried about their online privacy, and 86 percent have taken action to protect their privacy such as by moderating their online activities.

"More and more 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, in a press statement.

 One way of protecting online privacy is through VPN, which adds a layer of security by encrypting all Internet traffic sent to and from a device. According to Opera, SurfEasy's VPN solutions secure public Wi-Fi, protect users' online identities and unlock websites. This allows users to freely surf the web without fearing that their sensitive data might be compromised.

The acquisition is thus hoped to result in a collaboration and venture into joint products, expanding on Opera's product footprint. "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," said Boilesen.


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