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Its a big deal - Opera is now the first major browser maker to integrate an unlimited and free VPN or virtual private network. Now, you don’t have to download VPN extensions or pay for VPN subscriptions to access blocked websites and to shield your browsing when on public Wi-Fi.

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.

To activate it, Mac users just need to click the Opera menu, select “Preferences” and toggle the feature VPN on, while Windows and Linux users need to go to the “Privacy and Security” section in “Settings” and enable VPN there. A button will appear in the browser address field, from which the user can see and change location

It’s free and unlimited to use, yet it offers several must-have options available in paid VPNs, such as:
•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.

With built in ad-blocker and now this, Opera sure is doing right things - I have downloaded it after years.

This is available on developer channel Opera now, general release to follow shortly -
http://www.opera.com/developer


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Last Edited by Daniel6225 April 26, 2016 at 10:15 PM
IT'S NOT A VPN; IT'S A PROXY SERVER:
https://gist.github.com/spaze/558...254ae7bd10

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHINESE COMPANIES THAT BOUGHT OPERA: https://www.techinasia.com/chines...ught-opera

Use at your own risk.

MUST INSTALL DEVELOPER VERSION. Link:

https://www.opera.com/developer?u...-launch%2F

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Thanks for sharing!

I was reading this news on the commute to work and was considering posting it here. I use Opera on a near-daily basis already, so this is icing on the cake for me.

Tofu Vic
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Interesting!
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well let's point out that the chinese have bought out opera. so a free VPN is like saying china steal my data. i wouldn't use opera as a browser. Just stick to firefox or chrome. shiiiit id rather use microsoft internet explorer over this just sayin.
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Last edited by thehash April 21, 2016 at 08:10 AM
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Excellent....very excellent news ;-)
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well let's point out that the chinese have bought out opera.
Yeah, I was disappointed by that when I read the news [techcrunch.com] a couple months ago. Opera has been my secondary or tertiary browser for approximately a decade, and it's changed significantly in recent years.

That said, this is still a hot deal for a free, built-in VPN.

Tofu Vic
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There's a reason why VPNs (atleast ones that can sustain any kind of bandwidth with multiple servers) aren't free. Servers and bandwidth cost money and aren't cheap. Somebody has to foot the bill.

In the comment section below - someone asks the question of how they can provide VPN for free, their response:
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We are earning money using a different business model - namely, we are making money through partnership agreements with major internet companies
As much as I want to believe Opera is doing this of their own good will, I find it hard to believe they're doing this with no benefit to themselves.

It was found that the popular free VPN Hola sold users bandwidth without them knowing. [theverge.com]

The TOR network relies on people sharing their bandwidth as well.

Just something to think about.
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Last edited by six.four April 21, 2016 at 08:23 AM
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Data mining is the biggest businesses. The Chinese will be making plenty of money on you. So it's not exactly free.
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nevermind
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Last edited by nhuloan April 21, 2016 at 08:30 AM
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Data mining is the biggest businesses. The Chinese will be making plenty of money on you. So it's not exactly free.

Exactly. Opera will be data mining users activities and selling that info off.
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Exactly. Opera will be data mining users activities and selling that info off.
right on -
Quote from kovy View Post :
Data mining is the biggest businesses. The Chinese will be making plenty of money on you. So it's not exactly free.
yeah - so instead of some rando wifi mining you, now Opera will be.

Roll your own vpn at home, and connect to that. if you are paranoid, have that connect to yet another service.
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didn't know opera was bought out by the Chinese... I enjoyed that browser
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Data mining is the biggest businesses. The Chinese will be making plenty of money on you. So it's not exactly free.
There are so many more layers of unknown than just a few, short years ago. In today's high-tech arena, it's near impossible to know the intimate details of how the new Opera owners are getting their revenue return on this VPN benefit.

So taking into consideration the stubborn fact, that complexity and the accompanying unknowns will continue to increase, erring on the side of caution is highly suggested - especially where the added confidence of safely surfing, leaves the end-user more vulnerable for backdoor theft.

A pragmatic option: let more of the experts in this field test the waters, then decide on your extent of investment.
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Exactly. Opera will be data mining users activities and selling that info off.
Well, they could also be the end user of that data. That may be why they bought Opera in the first place. No way to know at this point. The only thing that is certain is that the Chinese will be mining all your data.
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