Opera adds a free and unlimited VPN to its web browser
Norwegian based Opera Software has become the first of the major web browser vendors to include a built in Virtual Private Network (VPN) in their browser.
Currently the VPN service, which is available in the latest developer build of Opera, only offers Canada, Germany and the US as alternative locations, however once the feature hits the stable release these options are expected to be expanded upon.
At the flick of a switch you get a 256-bit encrypted connection that hides your connection details, preventing websites or governments from blocking content that they don't want you to see.
Free & Unlimited VPN
Opera's VPN offering is unlimited and completely free to use, but offers many features that are more commonly restricted to paid subscription VPN services. According to the announcement these include:
- 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.
The addition of the VPN client comes just a few weeks after Opera previously hit headlines when they started including an ad-blocker with the browser.