Opera adds free VPN to latest browser builds
April 21, 2016 | 14:34
Browser-maker Opera is looking to further distinguish itself from the competition with the integration of a virtual private network (VPN) directly into the software itself.
Following on from the company's built-in ad-blocking software, the latest Opera development build comes with an integrated virtual private network (VPN) system - an obvious next step from the integration of similar technology in Opera's mobile version as a means to reduce data usage by compressing files. Impressively, the feature will be made freely available to all users and include an unlimited data allowance.
'Everyone deserves to be private online if they want to be. By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no additional download or extensions from an unknown third-party provider are necessary,' boasted Opera's Krystian Kolondra of the feature. 'So, today, our Opera desktop users get a handy way to boost their online privacy, as well as easier access to all their favourite online content no matter where they are.'
In its initial release, the encrypted VPN provides endpoints in three countries: the US, Canada, and Germany. When the feature hits the stable, rather than development, build of Opera, the company has promised to add additional endpoints in more countries as a means of both providing local endpoints for anyone using it simply to provide privacy and security and specific remote endpoints for bypassing country-based content restrictions and censorship.