NetProtect, which is part of J2 Global (owner of Mashable, eFax, Ookla Speedtest, and PCMag, among others), acquired the SaferVPN brand on Tuesday, July 23rd for an undisclosed amount. This brings its total number of consumer VPN services to five.
NetProtect also owns consumer VPN and SmartDNS service OverPlay, WLVPN, a white-label VPN solution for businesses, and SugarSync, a secure cloud file storage service.
On its website, NetProtect describes itself as “a global leader in internet protection” that provides a “sophisticated yet simple array of consumer and business solutions” including “secure, open access to files, websites, software, and media.”
Writing about SaferVPN, NetProtect says: “The mission at SaferVPN is to provide secure, private, and uncensored internet access to anyone, anywhere.”
SaferVPN is yet to publish a press release or official blog post about the acquisition but a member of the customer support team told us: “The NetProtect management team has long admired the product the team has built in SaferVPN,
“We look forward to learning a lot from that team and bringing additional resources to help push SaferVPN to the next level.”
The live chat support agent assured us that SaferVPN will continue to offer “the same high level [sic] service” and “same high level [sic] support.”
While J2 Global is located in the US, it’s unclear whether SaferVPN’s operations will remain in Israel or be transferred to the US.
The previous management team at SaferVPN is now focusing efforts on promoting their B2B VPN product Perimeter 81.
It’s too soon to say how the acquisitions will affect the VPN services in question, but with an investment of this scale and the promised additional resources, we hope to see big improvements to the products’ VPN server networks, speeds, and security provisions.