Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Opera enables built-in VPN service for its Android browser

Opera enables built-in VPN service for its Android browser

Opera used to offer a popular free VPN on Android, but it retired the service previous year. It's starting out in the beta version, available to everyone in the Play Store.

Opera has been offering the VPN service for the desktop web browser for years and now this service is expanding to the mobile app. Once the VPN is enabled, you can rest easy knowing that your activity is secure when connected to public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, airports, etc.

Needless to say, Opera for Android 51 also comes with other under-the-hood improvements, so the browser overall should be faster and more stable.

The Norwegian based Opera has brought back the much-anticipated feature to its mobile version for Android. Opera supports using the VPN only for private tabs. VPNs create a private connection wherein all the data exchange takes place between the VPN server and the users, thereby ensuring the privacy and security of the users. For those concerned about privacy, there is the promise that this is a "no-log service".

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Unlike rival services, the Opera VPN is free, and at a time when more experts are recommending we all use VPNs as a matter of course, this will be welcome news for people who have raised eyebrows at having to pay for privacy. Opera says the VPN service is rolling out slowly in the beta app, so hang tight if you don't have it quite yet. In addition to hiding a user's location and making it harder to track their online behaviour, the Opera VPN will also offer a no-log service. It appears that enabling the VPN will deactivate Opera browser's inbuilt data saving feature.

The VPN service is free to use and you do not require any additional apps for the service to work.

It's all very simple to use - go to the settings, toggle the VPN switch to "on" and you're done.

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