Opera adds a free built-in VPN to its desktop browser, first among major browsers
Opera is today unveiling a free VPN client with unlimited data usage in its newest developer version. All other VPNs for the major desktop browsers are extensions, with most of them based on a paid-subscription model or offering limited data usage.
A VPN - or virtual private network - allows you to browse the web more private, helps you to access region-restricted websites and shields your browsing when on public Wi-Fi.
“Everyone deserves to be private online if they want to be. By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no additional download or extensions from an unknown third-party provider are necessary. So, today, our Opera desktop users get a handy way to boost their online privacy, as well as easier access to all their favorite online content no matter where they are,” says Krystian Kolondra, SVP, Opera.
How to use Opera's built-in VPN
The new VPN feature offers 256-bit encryption. To activate the VPN in the developer version of the Opera browser, click the “O” menu, select “Settings” (or “Preferences” on Mac), choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN on.
An icon will appear in the browser address field, from which you can see and change your location, check whether your IP is exposed and review how much data you have consumed through the VPN servers.
Even though Opera's built-in VPN is free, it offers the same solutions as paid VPNs:
- Hide your IP address - Opera will replace your IP address with a virtual IP address, so it’s harder for sites to track your location and identify your computer. That way, you improve your privacy online.
- Unblocking of firewalls and websites - Many countries, schools and workplaces block video-streaming sites, social networks and other services. By using a VPN you can access your favorite content, not matter where you are.
- Public Wi-Fi security - When you’re surfing the web on public Wi-Fi, intruders can easily sniff data. By using a VPN, you can improve the security of your personal information.
In this developer release, users can choose from one of three virtual locations - USA, Canada and Germany - but more locations will be available in the stable version of the Opera browser.
Read more about this release in our blog post.
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