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.
Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit), avast! v17 Free, MBAM3 Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, MBAE Premium, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), Zemana AntiLogger Free, IE11 & Firefox (both using WOT [IE set to WARN, FF set to BLOCK]), uBlock Origin, CryptoPrevent.
[I believe computer-users who sandbox (Sandboxie) are acting prudently.]