Web browser Opera has made its free and unlimited Virtual Private Network available to desktop users on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Opera becomes the first major web browser to offer a built in VPN service.
Once activated, security conscious web users can establish a secure encrypted connection and route internet traffic via one of Opera’s servers located in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States.
“We strongly believe that if more people knew how the internet truly works, they would use a VPN – and we hope that by making our browser VPN free and easy to use, it will become an essential tool for everyone, said Krystian Kolondra, SVP of Opera browser for computers.
“However, two major obstacles are blocking people from using it: VPNs are too complicated to use, and they require a monthly subscription. Opera resolves both issues by introducing its free and easy-to-use service right into the browser.”
“By making our browser VPN free and easy to use, we hope to make it an essential tool, just as the lock and key is to your house,” Kolondra added.
The new browser uses 256-bit AES encrypted connection, is powered by Opera subsidiary SurfEasy and does not store any information about your browsing history.
The launch of the desktop version of Opera’s free VPN follows its release on iOS and Android, which also offers a number of other features including a test to see how secure your wireless network is.
You can download Opera 40 now: https://www.opera.com/computer
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