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Opera adds free, unlimited VPN to its latest Android browser

By midian182 · 7 replies
Mar 20, 2019
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  1. A few months after it became the first major web browser to come with a built-in ad blocker in 2016, Opera built a VPN service directly into its desktop browser. That same VPN started rolling out to mobile beta users last month and is now available in Opera 51 for Android.

    As with other VPNs, Opera’s unlimited service creates a private and encrypted connection between the mobile device and a remote VPN server. It features 256-bit encryption, and users can select a server of their choice from a list of locations, or let it pick one for you, thereby obscuring a true physical location—and you don’t even need to create an account to use it.

    Most free mobile VPNs don’t have the best reputation. A 2017 study that tested 283 VPN apps from Google’s Play store found 38 percent of them contained some form of adware, malvertising, trojan, riskware, or spyware. Sixty-seven percent featured at least one third-party tracking library, and 82 percent request permissions to access sensitive data, including user accounts and text messages.

    Opera’s VPN isn’t in the same category as those shady apps, of course, and as it’s a no-log service, its servers do not log and retain any user activity data.

    With online privacy such a concern these days, and the increasing popularity of public Wi-Fi spots, more people are turning to VPNs. Having a service integrated into a mobile browser makes the whole process easier for less tech-savvy consumers.

    “There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera they can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security,” said Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,571   +2,051

    Is this VPN available on desktop too?
  3. amoeba00

    amoeba00 TS Rookie Posts: 18

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  4. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 405   +431

    Located in the middle of paragraph one: "Opera built a VPN service directly into its desktop browser"
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,056   +1,319

    If you get a VPN from the apple/google store, unless verified, I'd be a little cautious.
    Google, makes its money on ad revenue. If you BLOCK it, they make no money. I know
    Adguard, use to be on the play store, but was kicked off some time ago because of how
    it blocks ads.
  6. Kytetiger

    Kytetiger TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +10

    Oh ok.
    Is it why Opera VPN wasn't working anymore sometime ago? because they integrated it directly to the browser?
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,677   +4,024

    Ain't no free lunch .... you can bet they are taking their piece out of it somewhere ......
  8. Daniel Nolan

    Daniel Nolan TS Rookie

    I don't need it,cuz I've already being used vpn. It works on phone, PC and even Wi-Fi router. I don't know how about the others, but VeePN can do it. And it's really good!

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