Cross-platform browser maker Opera just bought SurfEasy, a Canadian virtual private network (VPN) service that lets users browse the Web privately and anonymously. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
The acquisition will allow Opera to integrate SurfEasy’s secure browsing services into “joint products” for desktops and mobile devices. The most logical step for Opera would be to add SurfEasy’s VPN tools into its browser, but it’s possible that the company might choose to launch an entirely new product altogether.
SurfEasy will continue to provide customers with its existing services, which include VPN apps for desktops and mobile devices, as well as a USB drive-based VPN product.
Adding a VPN to its browsers could help Opera gain traction in markets where access to media and entertainment are restricted, and among users who are concerned about their privacy and security online.
The company has been adding features to its software to catch up to popular options like Google Chrome, but a fully-integrated VPN service might just be the shot in the arm Opera needs to gain a stronger footing in the browser war.