Disconnect, a Palo Alto, California-based provider of online privacy and security software, completed a $3.5m Series A funding round.
The investment was led by FirstMark Capital. In conjunction with the funding, Gus Warren, a former Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital has joined Disconnect’s executive team and will run the company’s New York office.
The company, which also obtained certification as a B Corporation, intends to use the funds to commercialize its apps.
Co-founded in 2011 by Brian Kennish and Casey Oppenheim, Disconnect has just launched Disconnect 2 for Safari and Opera, a browser extension that allows users to visualize and block more than 2,000 third-party websites that otherwise track people’s browsing history. The extension also filters out possible sources of malware, encrypts the data users share with popular sites to prevent wireless eavesdropping, and optimizes pages so they load faster and use less bandwidth on average.
Disconnect’s apps can be found at https://disconnect.me/.