Opera browser launched a beta version of Opera VPN ( Virtual Private Networks). The big deal is Opera has become the first major browser to have an in-built VPN service in a Web browser. Normally, when you need to use a VPN to hide your IP from hackers and prying government agencies, you need to install a third party VPN on your system to achieve that. And the very good ones are not free. What the Opera VPN is pitching to lure people into using the new Opera VPN is that you get all the benefits of a good VPN software without paying a dime.
The first question that came to my mind on seeing the news was, ‘Will I be able to watch some restricted Netflix content using Opera VPN?’ Companies like Netflix and BBC iPlayer have some of the best VPN detection software, so the Opera VPN needs to be very good to bypass those monitors.
Announcing the news on their blog, Krystian Kolondra, Head of Consumer Browser Products Business Unit and Director at Opera Software ASA, said,
“Bringing this important privacy improvement marks another step in building a browser that matches up to people’s expectations in 2016. When you think about it, many popular options offered by desktop browsers today were invented (quite frequently by Opera) many years ago. The innovation energy in the industry has been recently so focused on mobile, even if the desktop is still thriving.
In January, we were reviewing our product plans, and we realized that people need new features in order to browse the web efficiently in 2016. It also became apparent to us that what people need are not the same features that were relevant for their browsers ten years ago. This is why we today have more engineers than ever before working on new features for our desktop browser.”
To use the Opera VPN is simple. Just download the Opera browser with the feature and activate the VPN through the settings menu. But you need to understand that this version is still in development. It is just for testing purposes. Which is why the VPN does not totally hide your location for now. Just a cursory look at your IP, while using the Opera VPN, will indicate an IP address based in the the country you picked (For now, you have the option of picking from just three countries: USA, Canada and Germany). But the WebRTC VPN security flaw would still show your real location. Meaning if your visit sites like whoer.net with Opera VPN to check your status, it will show you an IP based in any of the three countries; but scrolling down to the WebRTC section, you’ll see your real IP address and country clearly written. I so hate that WebRTC thing.
Hopefully, when the completed version of the Opera VPN is finally released, that issue would be taken care of. Because, as far as techies are concerned, a VPN worth its salt must pass the WebRTC security test.
The Video below throws more light on Opera VPN.
photo credits: technobezz.com; opera.com