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Two major VPN providers, NordVPN and Surfshark, are merging, according to official statements from both companies.

The merger between NordVPN and Surfshark is in the wake of consolidation in the VPN market. Last year Kape Technologies acquired ExpressVPN as the company now operates four VPN services, including CyberGhost, Private Internet Access, Zenmate, and ExpressVPN.

While the terms of the merger between two VPN companies have not been disclosed, both have spent months negotiating terms before making a public announcement.

Both NordVPN and Surfshark will continue to operate as separate companies with “separate infrastructures and different product development plans.”

In a statement, Surfshark’s CEO and co-founder Vytautas Kaziukonis says both companies have joined forces in the wake of growing cybersecurity threats.

“Consolidations in the global consumer cybersecurity market indicate the industry’s maturity. They also bring new competitive challenges. Nord Security and Surfshark joining forces will set the ground to scale in different digital security dimensions, which is necessary to meet the growing requirements of our customers.”

~ Surfshark founder and CEO Vytautas Kaziukonis.

What changes can users expect?

According to NordVPN and Surfshark, users don’t have to concern themselves regarding any drastic changes as there will be none. According to Surfshark,

“Nothing changes concerning our brands, infrastructure, company management, employees, and product development. The idea behind the deal is to align on a tactical level in reaching mutual goals while keeping the autonomy of our operations.”

Tom Okman, co-founder of Nord Security said that considering the increase in cybersecurity challenges, the VPN industry needs “radical simplification” for both businesses and consumers. With the merger, both VPN companies will bring advanced security solutions for consumers.

Neither NordVPN nor Surfshark is changing its Terms of Service or Privacy Policy. However, the merger dew scrutiny on both companies as the users noticed that the company, Tesonet, who helped develop Surfshark is the same Lithuanian business incubator that helped NordVPN during its developing phase.

So, both NordVPN and Surfshark have ties to the same company. It raises questions about the VPN ownership structures. However, the companies have denied any connection before the merger.

Tesonet helped Surfshark during the development phase as the company remained under the umbrella of Tesonet for two years, according to Kaziukonis. However, Tesonet does not mention Surfshark products on its website, but NordVPN products are featured on its homepage.

In light of these rumors, Surfshark’s communication head, Dominykas Dimavičius, said that there was no prior partnership with NordVPN and Surfshark.

“Surfshark kicked off with the help of [Tesonet], especially in terms of office space, hiring, and advice. Today, Surfshark is a completely separate company but we remain close friends with people from other Tesonet companies, have occasional events, and share knowledge about the labour market situation,” said Dimavičius.

According to NordVPN’s statement, it is an independent entity. “Nord Security team has always been independent and autonomous, even while still a part of Tesonet accelerator in the very early days.”

We will double-check the privacy policies, terms of service, and ownership structures of both NordVPN and Surfshark as the merger settles in. These aspects have been quite murky ever since Kape Technologies started buying VPN companies last year and slightly tweaking their terms of service along the way.