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Private Internet Access VPN Adds Roger Ver to Advisory Board

No-log VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) has stepped up its Bitcoin and Blockchain involvement with the appointment of Bitcoin.com founder Roger Ver to its board of advisors. 

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VPN Provider ‘Thrilled’ to Appoint Ver

PIA, owned by parent company London Trust Media, is looking to capitalize on its position as one of the world’s first Bitcoin-accepting businesses.

“We are honored and thrilled to officially welcome Roger Ver to Private Internet Access,” London Media CEO Ted Kim said in a press release accompanying the news.

“Roger has been an invaluable friend and colleague since the early days of PIA – when we were one of the first companies to start supporting and accepting Bitcoin.” Kim also praised Ver’s “strong background in privacy and encryption” and said both companies were “looking forward to expanding our relationship in the coming years.”

Roger Ver

Kim also praised Ver’s “strong background in privacy and encryption” and said both companies were “looking forward to expanding our relationship in the coming years.”

PIA stated that its board of advisors exists primarily to deal with “digital currency-related decisions.”

“The company has reiterated its belief that “access to an open internet is a fundamental human right,” something Ver said chimes with his own future perspective. He explained in the press release:

As a long time user of Private Internet Access, I’m thrilled to be able to directly contribute to a company that shares such similar values to my own.

Free VPN in Vogue

VPNThis is Ver’s second such move into the technology advisory sphere in as many months. In June, he announced his joint appointment with Erik Voorhees and Bruce Fenton to the newly-created John McAfee Global Technologies board, of which he will be chairman.

“Roger and I both understand that cryptocurrencies are here to stay and that the greatest risk to cryptocurrency users is the uneven security surrounding these currencies,” McAfee said of Ver’s appointment at the time.

Meanwhile, VPN availability has seen competition this year, with Opera becoming the first major browser to integrate an unlimited VPN facility earlier this year.

We recently saw the launch of its equivalent for Android, after its iOS release was downloaded over a million times since its launch, Wired reports.

“The Opera VPN app for Android sets itself apart from other VPNs by offering a completely free service – without a data limit, no log-in required, advanced Wi-Fi protection features and no need for a subscription,” Chris Houston, president of Opera’s VPN subdivision Speakeasy, told the publication.

The Opera VPN app can unlock online borders and is the closest thing to a Viking shield that today’s mobile users have for virtual self-protection.

What do you think about the PIA’s decision to appoint Roger Ver? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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William Suberg

William Suberg is a freelance digital tech journalist who has written extensively about Bitcoin, the blockchain and the evolving cryptocurrency ecosystem for a variety of publications. He has been writing for Bitcoin.com since January 2016.