Opera Software has released Opera browser with inbuilt VPN (Virtual Private Network). The beauty about this feature is that you don’t need any special account to use it. Once enabled from settings (Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Privacy & Security > toggle on free VPN) you can turn it on or off with just one click.
“If more people knew how the internet truly works, they would use a VPN – and we hope that by making our browser VPN free and easy to use, it will become an essential tool for everyone.” said Krystian Kolondra, SVP Global Engineering, Opera for computers.
Krystian also mentioned that more than 70% people are aware about the VPN but they don’t use it because of complexity or they are not willing to pay for subscription fees.
VPN services are provided by SurfEasy Inc., the same company which Opera acquired last year. Opera lets you choose five different server locations around the world. The best thing I liked about this VPN service is that there was almost negligible drop in the speed. I was able to stream 1080p videos on YouTube without any issue. There was little drop of speed when I selected manually virtual location. I would recommend to go with Optimal location option as Opera select the optimal server-based on network speed, latency and location.
I’m not sure how Opera browser VPN will work for those who want to access Netflix content across borders. Moreover, On other side I’m sure it should work fine for those who are concerned with their privacy and security. The VPN provides you log free encrypted connection with up to 256 bit AES level of encryption.
Except all this Opera 40 features video pop-out, the built-in newsreader, a battery saving mode, and Chromecast support.