Friday 9 December 2016

Opera adds built-in VPN – boosts security and gets around region restrictions

Mark O'Beirne

Published 21/04/2016 | 10:41

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Opera's latest move is to add a built-in virtual private network to its web browser, which boosts security and helps you get around region restrictions.

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Opera has become the first web browser to add in-built virtual private network (VPN) functionality.

This makes web browsing more secure and adds a degree of privacy, but it can also help you circumvent region restrictions for certain content. Its built-in functionality means you don’t have to go through the hassle of downloading a dedicated extension.

Opera notes that its VPN offers the same level of coverage as paid-for VPN solutions, while it uses 256-bit encryption. Opera’s VPN solution lets you check if your IP is exposed and to hide your IP, block tracking cookies, and to change your location or bypass firewalls (to get around content restrictions).

Opera has often innovated as a way to stand out from the crowd. It recently introduced integrated ad blocking, a move that many will hope other web browsers take heed of.

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