Opera, the Norwegian browser developer, released a new version of its mobile browser, Opera for Android 51, which now features a built-in VPN service.
The new browser VPN is free, unlimited and easy to use. When enabled, it gives users enhanced control of their online privacy and improves their online security, especially when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks. With this addition, Opera marks a new standard for privacy and security in mobile browsing.
“There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera, they can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security,” said Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android.
Increased online privacy
When users enable the built-in VPN, they will create a private and encrypted connection between their mobile devices and a remote VPN server, using strong 256-bit encryption algorithms. When enabled, the VPN will hide the user physical location and will make it hard to track their behavior on the Web. The browser VPN service is also a no-log service, which means that the VPN servers do not log and retain any activity data, all to protect users’ privacy.
Improved online security when on public Wi-Fi
The built-in VPN is a very useful feature for Internet users who connect to public Wi-Fi in coffee shops, airports and hotels. The VPN will send users’ request through a secure tunnel that encrypts Internet traffic coming in and out from their mobile devices. This reduces the risk of malicious third parties collecting sensitive information.
“The fact is that users are exposed when they connect to public Wi-Fi without a VPN,” said Wallman. “By enabling Opera VPN, users make it very difficult for third parties to steal pieces of their information and can avoid being tracked. Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations.”
Major demand for VPN in India
According to a report by the Global World Index in 2018, the use of VPNs on mobile devices is rising. More than 42 percent of VPN users on mobile devices use VPN on a daily basis, and 35 percent of VPN users on computers use VPN daily.
In India, Internet users love VPN services. Out of the 650 million VPN users around the world, 33% of them are based in India, this means more than 160 million VPN users in the country. With the new built-in VPN in the Opera browser these users now have an easy, and free alternative to enhance their online privacy and security on the web.
“Young people are being very concerned about their online privacy as they increasingly live their lives online.” said Wallman. “We want to make VPN adoption easy and user-friendly, especially for those who want to feel more secure on the Web but are not aware of how to do it. This is a free solution for them that works.”
Easy to use
Enabling the Opera VPN is simple. Users need to tap on the settings of the browser, go to VPN and enable the feature according to their preference. They can also select the region to which they want to connect to.
Free and no sign-in
The built-in VPN is free, which means that users don’t need to download additional apps on their smartphones or pay additional fees as they would for other private VPN services. With no sign-in process, users don’t need to log in every time they want to use it.
Available for download
Opera for Android is available for download on Google Play. The rollout of the new version of Opera for Android 51 will be done gradually per region.