Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:02

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A free built-in no-log VPN is part of the new Opera browser for desktop users released by Opera Software on Tuesday.

The VPN creates a secure connection to one of Opera's five global server locations. It gives the user the choice of location. It also incorporates Adblocker.

For those who prefer not to pick, the browser will select the best server location, based network speed, latency, server location and server capacity.

The VPN feature, which is operated by an Opera subsidiary, SurfEasy, uses a 256-bit AES encrypted connection. No logs are stored by either Opera or SurfEasy.

Krystian Kolondra, senior vice-president of Opera browser for computers, was quoted as saying: "If people knew how the Internet truly works, I believe they all would use a VPN.

"By making our browser VPN free and easy to use, we hope to make it an essential tool, just as the lock and key is to your house."

Opera has versions available for Windows, the Mac and Linux.

"We know that people are concerned about their privacy online and that the interest in VPNs is increasing," Kolondra said.

"However, two major obstacles are blocking people from using it: VPNs are too complicated to use, and they require a monthly subscription. Opera resolves both issues by introducing its free and easy-to-use service right into the browser."

 

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