Some websites are Geo-restricted and some governments are overzealous in curbing internet, plus some users prefer anonymity when surfing. Virtual Private Networks has been popular with folks to access blocked websites and also remain anonymous. There are free VPNs but the good ones comes at a price. Now, Opera has integrated a free VPN to their developer version of their Opera browser.
“Now, you don’t have to download VPN extensions or pay for VPN subscriptions to access blocked websites and to shield your browsing when on public Wi-Fi.” says the company’s blog post.
The move is part of Opera’s active strategy to woo the tech-savvy generation to its browser and this roll out is after the native ad blocker which they adopted into their browser recently. Opera quotes a survey which says half a billion people (24% of the world’s internet population) have tried or are currently using VPN services / proxy servers, which is a pretty big figure and one-third of the young people are actively using it. So it makes sense for Opera by including the VPN into its browser.
Some of the features of the Opera VPN are:
- It lets you hide your IP address
- It unblocks firewalls and websites inspite of Geo-restrictions and government or institution blocked websites and services.
- Go anonymous when surfing on public Wi-Fi
Check the video below from Opera for more.