June 22, 2018
- Free to use, without any ads or nagging
- Easy to enable from within the browser
- Good performance
- No mobile version
- Little choice of server locations
- Not the best choice for privacy or anonymity
- Only works inside the browser
Simple, free but ultimately limited
Want a VPN, but don’t feel like paying for it? With Opera Free VPN, you can enjoy online privacy without spending a dime. It’s not the most sophisticated VPN service we’ve tested, but as a free taster, Opera VPN is a good start. It may even persuade you to consider paying for a full VPN service.
Since its launch in 1995, Opera has been one of the most innovative, feature-packed browsers around, yet it’s always struggled to get much attention in a world dominated by Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge, Firefox and Chrome. In 2016, however, the makers added a killer feature that boosts privacy and security: a built-in VPN.
Enabled with just a couple of clicks, this creates a kind of tunnel between your computer and Opera’s VPN server, through which you connect to the wider Internet. All the data in this tunnel is encrypted and so safe from prying eyes, while the VPN also disguises your real IP address, identity and location. Opera claims this gives users improved security when they connect through a public WiFi network, plus the ability to access websites that might otherwise be blocked in the country that they’re connecting from.
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