Opera's free, unlimited VPN arrives on the desktop stable release

By Jos ยท 7 replies
Sep 20, 2016
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  1. After a few months in the developer and beta channels, Opera’s built-in VPN feature has finally graduated to the stable version of the desktop browser, allowing users to bypass geo-restrictions for online content and browse the web more securely by providing a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer and a website or remote server.

    The new app is based on the SurfEasy VPN service acquired by Opera last year. It's free to use with unlimited data, no ads (for now) and 256-bit AES encryption.

    Opera claims that the VPN should be fast and reliable enough to stream video in 720p HD. To enable the new feature go to “Settings” (or “Preferences” on Mac), choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN. An icon labeled “VPN” will appear in the browser, from which you can toggle VPN on and off, and choose a location.

    One important caveat: while bypassing Netflix’s geoblocking technology is one of the most common uses for VPN services, The Next Web reports that the video streaming giant has already blocked the VPN from accessing its library. Bummer.

    Users are able to choose from five different server locations -- Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and the US -- or let the Opera select the optimal server location based on factors such as network speed, latency, location and server capacity.

    Opera has added some new VPN features since the initial developer release. You can choose whether to turn VPN on for everything, or only use it when browsing using private windows.

    Other new features as part of version 40 include automatic battery saving whenever your laptop is unplugged, Chromecast support, the browser’s video pop-out feature now supports more sites and players, RSS support and an updated browser engine.

    You can download Opera 40 here.

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  2. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 212   +123

    A China owned browser and VPN to bypass geo-restrictions? LOL
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    I would never ever trust free vpns, it must be part of my dna or something, but this is one of those services that you are definitely not getting for "free".
    I don't know the source of this but if it is right, a free vpn coming from China it's definitely not free.
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  4. crocography

    crocography TS Member Posts: 19   +10

    [QUOTE="I don't know the source of this but if it is right, a free vpn coming from China it's definitely not free.[/QUOTE]

    I would trust it much less coming from the USA.
  5. johnsonlam.hk

    johnsonlam.hk TS Rookie

    Never trust anything affect with CHINA, CHINA is wholly owned by "Chinese Communist Party" which originally derived from Soviet Russia, every piece of hardware is compulsory to add backdoor or sniffing program.

    We know the best since my city is under the name of "Special Administrative Region" and hand-over to China from British hands, we have lot of experience.
  6. Opera is sucks
  7. MasterChief86

    MasterChief86 TS Rookie

    wait, opera is run by China?
  8. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 212   +123

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