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ky331
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Opera browser starts running traffic through its own “VPN”

The Opera browser now offers a free, built-in, non-bandwidth-limited VPN-like proxy service for anyone that chooses to use it.

This means all web traffic THROUGH THE OPERA BROWSER [but NOT your other internet-connected programs] will be encrypted, tracking cookies will be blocked, and the user’s IP address will be hidden...

In addition, use of the VPN can allow web browsers to get around geolocation-locked contents, meaning Opera users may be more easily able to watch television or movies that normally aren’t allowed to stream in their location.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/09/28/opera-browser-starts-running-traffic-through-its-own-vpn...

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eddy1123
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RE: Opera browser starts running traffic through its own “VPN”

Is the VPN built in the browser, or Opera has a vpn service that we must download? 

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ky331
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RE: Opera browser starts running traffic through its own “VPN”

I have not personally downloaded/tested it, so I can't speak definitively.   But my UNDERSTANDING is that it is built-in to the browser (NOT a separate download).   The only question in my mind is whether the VPN is automatically enabled (i.e., by default), or whether there's some opt-in option in the browser which has to be activated.

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ky331
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RE: Opera browser starts running traffic through its own “VPN”

Using the free VPN in Opera

After downloading the browser, enabling VPN is easy. Go to “Settings” (or “Preferences” on Mac), choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN. An icon labeled “VPN” will appear in the browser, from which you can toggle VPN on and off, and choose a location.

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