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J2 Global, Inc.
Nasdaq: JCOM
IndustryDigital Media
Cloud Computing
FoundedDecember 1995; 27 years ago (1995-12) (as JFax)
FounderJaye Muller
Jack Rieley
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Area served
United States (holding)[citation needed]
Worldwide (subsidiaries)[citation needed]
Key people
Richard Ressler
Vivek Shah
Scott Turicchi
(President & CFO)
Nate Simmons
(President, Cloud Services)
Steve Horowitz
(President, Ziff Davis)
Dan Stone
(President, Everyday Health Group)
RevenueIncrease US$1.372 billion (2019)[1]
Increase US$277.08 million (2019)[1]
Increase US$218.81 million (2019)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$3.505 billion (2019)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$1.311 billion (2019)[1]
Number of employees
over 4,000 (2020)[2]
DivisionsBusiness Cloud Services
SubsidiariesExcel Micro

J2 Global, Inc. was an American technology holding company based in Los Angeles, California. The company provided Internet services through two divisions: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media.[3]


J2 Global was founded in December 1995 as JFax.com by Jaye Muller and Jack Rieley.[4] The company changed its registered name to J2 Global Communications, Inc. in August 2000,[5] and again to J2 Global on December 7, 2011, dropping "Communications" from its official name to reflect "…expansion from phone-number-centric services…into complementary lines of non-phone-number-centric services."[6]

The founders of JFAX, Jaye Muller (l) and Jack Rieley (r) with Muller's brother Kai in the middle in their first office on Lafayette Street in New York in 1996.

On November 12, 2012, J2 Global launched its digital media division with the acquisition of digital publisher Ziff Davis for $167 million in cash.[7] On February 4, 2013, J2 Global acquired IGN Entertainment from News Corporation.[8] Terms of the IGN acquisition were not publicized.

On March 18, 2013, the company announced it had acquired MetroFax, a Bellevue, Washington, provider of Internet faxing services.[9] On April 17, 2013, the company acquired Backup Connect BV, a Dutch provider of online backup services.[10] On 19 November 2013, its media division Ziff Davis announced it acquired electronics aggregating website TechBargain.com.

In February 2014, J2 Global announced the acquisition of several companies: City Numbers, a UK-based worldwide provider of inbound toll-free numbers in over 80 countries;[11] Livedrive, a UK-based provider of online backup;[12] and Australian companies OzeFax and Faxmate.[13] On 3 April[14] 2014 J2 Global announced that it acquired Business Critical Software (also known as iCritical), a UK-based email security and management company.[15] In July 2019, J2 Global acquired the SaferVPN brand, bringing its total number of consumer VPN services to five.[16]

In April 2021, J2 Global announced its intent to spin off part of its cloud services business as a new publicly-traded company known as Consensus, with the remainder of the company (consisting primarily of its media assets) being retained under the J2 Global name.[17] It was later announced that J2 Global would be renamed Ziff Davis Inc. upon its completion of the spin-off: the transaction was approved by J2 Global's board in September 2021.[18]

Brands and subsidiaries[edit]

The company operates two divisions; the "Business Cloud Services" division includes firms such as eFax, Onebox, eVoice, VIPRE, FuseMail, Campaigner, KeepItSafe, VaultLogix, Callstream, Yotta280, Mailout Interactive, GDV, BackUp Solutions, SugarSync, Nuvotera, UnityFax, Firstway Digital, Excel Micro, Web24 Group, MXSweep, City Numbers, IPVanish, Livedrive, MetroFax, FoneBox, TrustFax, RapidFax, Send2Fax, SFax, SRFax, and Fax.com. The company's digital media division, Ziff Davis, includes brands such as Mashable, PCMag, IGN and Everyday Health.


MyFax is an Internet business communication tool which had been provided by the Ottawa-based software company Protus IP Solutions.[19] On December 6, 2010, MyFax announced that it had been acquired by J2 Global Communications, Inc.


MyFax was launched by Protus IP Solutions in 2009 as an alternative to fax machines, as it enables users to send and receive faxes from any location.[20] MyFax has grown to over 400,000 subscribers,[21] with approximately 20,000 new customers subscribing to the service each month.[22]

On December 6, 2010, MyFax announced that it had been acquired by J2 Global Communications, Inc, owners of eFax.[23]


MyFax includes the ability to send and receive faxes by email and through the internet, as well as send faxes directly from Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Windows-based applications including Google Docs, OpenOffice.org, and Intuit QuickBooks.[24] A program has been released that allows for iPhone and BlackBerry applications to be fully compatible with smartphones.[25]

MyFax is now owned by J2 Global, which has imposed very restrictive terms and conditions restricting the client's right to local number portability. Among the restrictions is a $40 US charge per number if J2 permits the number to be ported out; the company imposes many arbitrary restrictions on portability and has attempted to claim the numbers as its own property, in some cases imposing inflated penalties and unilaterally taking numbers back after they've been ported to another provider by clients.[26]


Before its acquisition by J2 Global, MyFax had received a few favorable reviews[27] including an Internet Telephony magazine product of the year for 2009.[28]


StrongVPN is a commercial VPN service owned by J2 Global and was founded in 2005.[citation needed]


It was founded in 2005 and is one of the oldest VPN services.[29] It was acquired by J2 Global in 2019 from its former owner StackPath.[30]


It supports various protocols, including IPsec, OpenVPN and WireGuard.[31]


ZDNet considered StrongVPN "A clear and easy-to-use VPN ideal for coffee shop use".[31] Meanwhile, Tom's Hardware considered it strong and simple but noted the lack of information on its no-log policy.[32] PC World considered it "a good VPN for most people".[33]

Logging policy[edit]

StrongVPN has not directly answered questions about logging, but they are able to match an IP address to a customer.[34]



J2 Global has filed patent litigation cases against several companies, including CallWave,[37] Comodo, EasyLink Services International Corporation,[38] OpenText, Packetel, Protus, Venali and Zayo Group. Some of the companies filed counterclaims, some of which alleged antitrust violations of Section 2 of the Sherman Act and California's Business and Professions Code §§ 16720 and 17200.[39]


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  25. ^ "Best Free Fax App for iPhone". gmail to fax. 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2023-04-13.
  26. ^ "MyFax - Customer Agreement". Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  27. ^ "MyFax Review 2016 | Good & Bad of MyFax". 2016-07-09. Archived from the original on 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2023-07-10.
  28. ^ "MyFax and my1voice Receive INTERNET TELEPHONY® Magazine's Product of the Year Award". MyFax.com. February 22, 2010. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  29. ^ Khan, Mohammad Taha; DeBlasio, Joe; Voelker, Geoffrey M.; Snoeren, Alex C.; Kanich, Chris; Vallina-Rodriguez, Narseo (2018-10-31). "An Empirical Analysis of the Commercial VPN Ecosystem". Proceedings of the Internet Measurement Conference 2018. New York, NY, USA: ACM. pp. 443–456. doi:10.1145/3278532.3278570. ISBN 978-1-4503-5619-0.
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  33. ^ Paul, Ian (June 11, 2018). "StrongVPN review: A good VPN service for rookies". PC World. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
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