Opera Intros Totally Free, Unlimited VPN for Anonymous Web Surfing
Opera might not be the most popular browser in the world, but it seems to be making a strong case for its use with news that it has started to integrate a VPN option directly into the platform. The feature, currently available in Opera Software's developer channel, is free, unlimited, and native to Opera.
A VPN, or virtual private network, is a service used to maintain a user’s anonymity while online. A VPN is also frequently used to access content that is blocked due to geographical restrictions, circumvent prohibitions on content and censorship laws in certain countries, or access sites restricted by an employer.
No Subscription Necessary
More than half a billion people, roughly a quarter of the world’s Internet population, have either tried or are currently using VPN services, according to data cited by the company. They are particularly popular with younger users, with roughly a third of people ages 16 to 34 using them.
But despite their popularity, VPNs can remain difficult or expensive to use. They can also come with limitations regarding the amount of data users can transfer via the services.
“Until now, most VPN services and proxy servers have been limited and based on a paid subscription,” the company wrote on its corporate blog. “With a free, unlimited, native VPN that just works out-of-the-box and doesn’t require any subscription, Opera wants to make VPNs available to everyone.”
Making a More Attractive Browser
Opera has also made the feature relatively easy to use. Users will first have to enable the feature in either Preferences or Privacy and Security, depending on their systems. A button will then appear in the browser field that will allow them to activate the VPN with a single click. Users can also see and change their locations -- Opera said it will make more locations available over time -- as well as check whether their IP addresses are exposed, and review statistics for the data that was used.
Opera’s service will include many features available from paid VPN services, such as the ability to replace users' actual IP addresses with virtual ones, making it more difficult for their locations to be tracked. Users will also be able to use the browser to access sites that are blocked by institutions such as schools and workplaces. It can also be used to improve data security while browsing from public Wi-Fi networks.
Nevertheless, the service has some limitations compared to some paid VPNs. Opera’s service will only apply to data sent via the browser. Other data transmitted by a users' machines, such as e-mails, messaging apps, or other programs, can expose their IP addresses.
Opera has introduced a variety of new services recently, including an ad blocker that let users personalize what content is blocked, and also lets them design their own themes. Although the company is still one of the also-rans in the browser wars, features like these may help it steal market share from some of the bigger players.
Image Credit: Screenshots via Opera Blog.
Posted: 2016-05-02 @ 4:38am PT
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Posted: 2016-04-27 @ 7:18am PT
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Posted: 2016-04-25 @ 12:18pm PT
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Posted: 2016-04-25 @ 7:05am PT
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Posted: 2016-04-25 @ 4:22am PT
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Posted: 2016-04-23 @ 2:09am PT
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