Cocoon was born from an idea developed at Virtual World Computing (VWC) where Co-Founders Jeff Bermant,Founder & Executive Chairman and Brian Fox, Founder & CTO believed that the solution to the web woes of viruses, malware and online tracking was to recreate the browser so that the Internet would never directly touch you.
On October 17, 2011, Virtual World Computing announced the appointment of Vernon Irvin as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was charged with leading the company’s day-to-day operations, including development of the company’s groundbreaking Cocoon Internet security software, while also managing the customer experience.
Back in the day, Cocoon began life as an All-In-One Privacy Extension for Mozilla Firefox. We have come a long way since the launch of Cocoon at Lifehacker. We would like to thank our online community for supporting Cocoon and helping to spread the word – we could not have done this without you!
January 11, 2011: Our first launch at Lifehacker with 3000 Beta invites and a free 45 day trial and hefty discount on the service thereafter—$3 a month.
July 12, 2011: Web proxy add-on Cocoon goes free at C|Net Downloads
October 17, 2011: Vernon Irvin is appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer.
February 2, 2012: Cocoon extends its protective casing for you and your Internet habits to Internet Explorer users in a new beta at C|Net Downloads.
April 9, 2012: Cocoon becomes available for both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer and offers a free version (ad-based) and the new Cocoon+ version, via an ad-free subscription-based plan
May 8, 2012: First Full-Service Mobile Privacy and Security App becomes available for Apple Devices.
Once again – we are highly appreciative and thankful to the Internet community, our partners, bloggers, tech journalists, and social networking circles for spreading the word!
–The Cocoon Team!