Opera is unveiling a free, built in VPN client with unlimited data usage in its newest developer version.
A VPN – or virtual private network – allow users to browse the web more private, access region-restricted websites and shields all online activities while browsing on a public Wi-Fi.
The new VPN feature offers 256-bit encryption. To activate the VPN in the developer version of the Opera browser, click the “O” menu, select “Settings” (or “Preferences” on Mac), choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN on.
An icon will appear in the browser address field, from which you can see and change your location, check whether your IP is exposed and review how much data you have consumed through the VPN servers.
Even though Opera’s built-in VPN is free, the company claims that it offers the same solutions as paid VPNs:
- Hide your IP address – Opera will replace your IP address with a virtual IP address, so it’s harder for sites to track your location and identify your computer. That way, you improve your privacy online.
- Unblocking of firewalls and websites – Many countries, schools and workplaces block video-streaming sites, social networks and other services. By using a VPN you can access your favorite content, not matter where you are.
- Public Wi-Fi security – When you’re surfing the web on public Wi-Fi, intruders can easily sniff data. By using a VPN, you can improve the security of your personal information.
In this developer release, users can choose their VPN servers from three virtual locations – USA, Canada and Germany. Opera said more locations will be available in the stable version of the Opera browser.
Download the latest version of the Opera Developer version here.