Opera's New VPN Promises To Keep Your Web Browsing Private
The latest version of the Opera browser comes with a variety of new features, the most significant of which may be its free, unlimited, virtual private network (VPN). The update makes the Norway-based Opera Software the first major browser maker to include an embedded VPN.
“We strongly believe that if more people knew how the Internet truly works, they would use a VPN -- and we hope that by making our browser VPN free and easy to use, it will become an essential tool for everyone,” Krystian Kolondra SVP Global Engineering, Opera for computers, wrote in a blog post yesterday.
Few People Using VPNs
While far from commonplace, VPNs have become an increasingly popular way for users to protect themselves while searching the Internet. A VPN can mask a device’s IP address, the unique identifier that can be used to locate a machine’s geographical location, which can help a user get around content that might be geographically restricted.
In addition to allowing users to appear as though they are surfing from anywhere in the world, VPNs also protect them by making their connections to the Internet anonymous. They are particularly useful for protecting data when connecting via public networks, such as Wi-Fi hotspots. Opera is offering users access to five different servers located around the world, free of charge.
In his post, Kolondra said that the company hopes that including free VPN service directly into the Opera browser will encourage more people to use them. Only half of the users polled by the company even knew what a VPN was, according to Kolondra. Of those who were familiar with VPNs, more than 70 percent said they still didn’t bother with them because they found the services either too difficult to use or they were unwilling to pay for them.
But despite those numbers, more than 80 percent of users in the U.S. and Germany surveyed by the company said that they were concerned about their online privacy.
Power Savings and Chromecast Support
The new service will allow users to choose which server they use to connect to the VPN. Otherwise, they can let the browser automatically select the optimal server location based on factors such as network speed, latency, location and server capacity. Users will also be able to toggle the VPN on and off.
Once activated, Opera will route all traffic on the browser through the VPN. However, data transmitted by other applications such as games or email clients, will not be sent through the VPN.
In addition, Opera has included a number of other new features in the update, including new power savings settings to make it easier for the browser to reduce its demands on a laptop’s battery. The company has also included support for Chromecast on the browser, but only for YouTube videos at the moment.
Posted: 2016-10-13 @ 7:12pm PT
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Posted: 2016-09-30 @ 6:19am PT
Limited features when compare this to top VPNs. I would urge users to search & compare top vpns in terms of features and price. See which ones come out to be a great value for money. My personal recommendation would be Purevpn, Nord & Vypr. Just compare and decide, don't look for the free ones (low internet speed etc.)
Posted: 2016-09-27 @ 4:43am PT
In my view, there is nothing free in this world. We don't realize and estimate the benefit the company is getting by offering a free service; well same is the case for vpn. I would urge users to opt for a paid vpn which keeps no logs and provide at least 256 bit encryption. You can save $5 per month from your savings to buy a purevpn account which ensures complete internet freedom with servers in many countries. You are encouraged to do a comparison with other paid vpns like Nord, Express, et,c but avoid looking for free ones.