Over 20 years of Cryptography, Security,  Anonymity, and Business Experience

Obscura Security

Obscura was created in 1995 as a vehicle for consulting activities and investments that were not appropriate for Anonymizer Inc. Since the sale of Anonymizer, Obscura has become fully independent.

Obscura has invested in a number of early stage technology and security companies, taking an active role on their boards.

Obscura provides consulting to businesses, NGOs, law enforcement, and governments.

Lance Cottrell

Lance Cottrell - by Natasha McGuire Photography

Lance Cottrell - by Natasha McGuire Photography

Lance Cottrell is the founder and principle at Obscura Security. He founded Anonymizer Inc. in 1995, and is an internationally recognized expert in cryptography‚ online privacy‚ and Internet security. Before that he created the Mixmaster anonymous remailer in 1993. He is an active angel investor, board member with the North Bay Angels, and mentors startup companies with SocoNexus Sprout. Lance is a frequent public speaker at conferences such as the RSA Security Conference, Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference‚ the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe‚ ISS World. He is principal author on multiple Internet privacy and security technology patents and applications. He took Anonymizer to a very successful exit in 2008. He holds a MS in Physics from the University of California, San Diego and a BS in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.