Disconnect Raises $3.5 Million Led By FirstMark Capital

Posted Jun 17, 2013

Disconnect is an online privacy and security software company that has raised $3.5 million in a Series A round led by FirstMark Capital.  Disconnect has raised $4.1 million in total.  The company has announced that they have certified as a B Corporation now, which shows their commitment to social entrepreneurship.

Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim, the Disconnect co-founders, said that the new funding round will be used for making their applications to as many people as possible by launching Disconnect 2 on Safari and Opera.

Disconnect 2 allows users to block over 2,000 third party websites that tracks a person’s browsing history.  This extension can also filter malware and it encrypts the data that users share with popular websites to prevent wireless eavesdropping.  Websites can also optimize websites so that they load 27% faster and uses 17% less bandwidth.

“Increasingly, people want to know who?s tracking them online and want to have a say about what information is being collected about them,” stated Oppenheim.

Disconnect is a for-profit business and a consumer-advocacy organization.  Their mission is to help people understand and control how data is used online.  Their app is used by over 1 million people per week.