Once the bugs have been ironed out, the features are released as stable, and once every few weeks the streams are all refreshed. You can follow all three if you want, but please note that you shouldn't entrust valuable data to anything other than the released stable stream.
Enhanced privacy online with Opera’s free VPN
Until now, most VPN services and proxy servers have been limited and based on a paid subscription. 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.
- 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. This means you can browse the web more privately.
- 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, no 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.
This feature has been extensively described here. It is now present in developer, too. Enjoy!
Add your own photo as theme
Some time ago, we introduced the “Create your theme” option in the theme manager. It turned out, though, that the option was not visible enough for users. Now just go to Customize startpage and click ‘+’ button and use your own photos to create a theme.
Extension button visible on the Speed Dial side panel
All extension users will have the extension manager always handy. The extension icon is visible on side panel on the left side of the Speed Dial page.
Support for adding a personal ad blocker list
Our ad blocker now contains support for adding your own block lists. To add your own custom list file, head to Settings and click the ‘Custom Block Lists’ button in the ad-blocking section (note that ‘Show advanced settings’ from the ‘Browser’ panel must be enabled to see the button).
The lists have to be in EasyList-style format, and you can use existing lists such as the EasyList affiliate lists to ensure you get to block all that you want. As a reminder, Opera itself provides a block list based on the publicly available EasyList and EasyPrivacy.
Speed Dial improvements
Did you ever remove your speed dial accidentally? Now you won’t. You’ll notice three little dots on hover in place where close button used to be. It has the same content as context menu, so you can open, edit or remove speed dial.