Opera carries justly reputed to offer features that only later appear natively in browsers that lead the market – when they appear. The availability of an ad blocker is a recent example. Another came this week: the Opera Software announced a VPN service built into your browser.
With a VPN, you can “camouflage” the IP of your computer using an address that is your connection appear to be made from the United States when, in fact, you are in São Paulo, for example. VPNs have several uses: there are those who use this type of resource to go online services that are only available in another country to access blocked sites in certain regions, to browse more securely over public networks and so on.
VPN services abound. There are a lot of them out there. However, many are paid (almost all, actually) or have restrictions on hours of use. This is where the Opera tries to stand out: the browser VPN service is free, unlimited and does not require registration, at least for now.
As this is the initial phase, the feature is available only in versions of Opera developers for Windows and OS X. But the idea is to implement the novelty in the final versions of the browser, as you might have assumed, which should not take long to occur.
When the VPN function is enabled (probably you will have to enable it in the operating system security settings), you will see an icon in the address bar. By clicking there, the browser will inform the amount of data traffic via VPN and allow you to choose the “virtual country” of your connection. For now, there are few options, such as Canada and the United States, but Opera promises more alternatives in the coming weeks.
For those who closely follows the daily lives of the Opera, the announcement of a native VPN service by the company is not necessarily surprise: in March last year, the company bought SurfEasy VPN (which still exists, that is) news immediately raised the possibility of this type of resource is integrated into the browser.
It is unlikely that the new role of the Opera cause concern in the VPN companies. The own Opera Software says that the feature only works in the browser. To protect customers from email or instant messaging applications, for instance, it remains necessary to resort to a traditional VPN service.
Also, the feature is coming only in versions for desktop browser. Not that the company has dropped the idea of doing the same with Opera Mobile: there are plans to offer something in versions for iOS and Android, but Opera Software has not yet given deadlines for this.
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