Opera four days ago added a VPN app to its collection of products. The VPN app is for Android users only. iOS devices were already enjoying the same app since Opera released something similar for them a few months ago.
I think this is a welcome development for people who desire to change their location for whatever reason.
To get full details of the new app from Opera, the official blog post, which comes with a video, explains everything you need to know about the app.
I hope the app is strong enough to by-pass the detection algorithm of firms like Netflix. For now though, it looks like this VPN from Opera is going to offer something different as far as the features are concerned.
With these development, Opera now have intergrated VPNs on all platforms as the PC version of Opera browser was upgraded to include a VPN about 4 months ago.
Since the app came out, the reviews have been excellent. As usual here, I decided to have a hands on experience before joining the bandwagon of calling it the best android VPN app.
Downloading and Installation
The place to head to is of course Google Play Store to get a secure installation file of the VPN. For an Android VPN, the size of the apk is surprising large at 44MB. Well, that gave me an opportunity to delete some unwanted apps to create space for Opera VPN in my phone’s internal Memory.
Welcome By Olaf, Opera Android VPN Viking King
Opera decided on a cheerful Viking as the face of the new VPN. After, accepting the terms and conditions on the next screen, one is taken to a short tutorial which involves swiping the screen to the left a few times.
You can skip that step if you wish. But its nice knowing you have a choice of five locations to chose from. And a WiFi feature that would notify you if the available WiFi is secured or not among other relevant information.
Activating the VPN
The user interface is very simple. There are just a few buttons to operate the VPN. The options button is located at the top left corner. It is denoted by 3 horizontal lines.
Tapping the connect button would animate Olaf. Nice to look at. The VPN connects after a few seconds. The default location is set to the nearest location.
My default location was set to Netherlands. Fair enough. But I wasn’t going to accept that on face value. I had to test if I can switch location easily to any one of the other 4 locations.
I decided to switch to Germany after tapping the change location tab. A few seconds later, the app claimed my virtual location is somewhere in Germany.
To find out if I wasn’t been taken for a ride, I went to whatismyip.com to check my location. All I have to say is that if you were trying to track me, you would have had to go through the German city of Nuremberg first of all.
That is a round about way of saying changing my default location to Germany worked very easily. To check how anonymous I was, I went over to whoer.net. According to the website, The VPN scored only 40% anonymymity.
That is not bad figure for a free VPN. But I was a bit disappointed though, considering all the hype around the app.
The 40% rating means that Netflix can easily tell you are using a virtual location. The app would not even take you pass BBC iPlayer.
My conclusion therefore is that the Opera Android VPN is a very good basic VPN. You can use it to access many restricted non-premium sites. But for the really serious things, you’d need a better VPN.
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image credit: opera.com; austin cyril