SurfEasy, an Opera software company, announced its SurfEasy Proxy extension for the Opera browser last week.
SurEasy is basically a VPN (Virtual Private Network) company and the Opera extension connects users to a secure server that shields their Opera browser to increase privacy online.
Opera said, “When you surf the web, your personal information passes through thousands and thousands of public networks, some you may not even know. For example, making online payments may expose you to hackers.”
“Proxy browsing using a tool like the SurfEasy Proxy extension encrypts this information. Encrypting data keeps you safe from corrupt online systems. It’s like putting your private information in a steel box.”
Proxy browsing is similar to VPN. To safeguard privacy online, you can choose to use a proxy service or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and both will encrypt browser traffic.
The differences between proxy browsing and VPN are extremely technical, Opera said:
- The SurfEasy Proxy extension creates a place for your browser to connect through, like Opera for computers.
- A VPN client is typically installed on your device, not just the browser, and helps protect the web traffic consumed by all your apps. SurfEasy also has VPN services.
- Choosing between using a proxy server and VPN depends on how much protection you want. If you’re looking for a lightweight (and free!) way to protect what you do in the browser, then the SurfEasy Proxy extension is the way to go.
Download SurfEasy Proxy extension for Opera browser (PC) here [link]. To start using, users need to sign up with their email address and create a password.