Opera has launched a new free, unlimited, no-log browser VPN service with Opera 40. “When turned on, the browser VPN creates a secure connection to one of Opera’s five server locations around the world,” said Krystian Kolondra, SVP Global Engineering, Opera, in a blogpost. The VPN gives users online privacy by letting them choose where to appear on the Internet. Users need to first download the Opera browser and enable the VPN. To enable Opera VPN, go to Settings (or Preferences on Mac), choose ‘Privacy & Security’ and then toggle the free VPN. The ‘VPN’ will appear in the browser, allowing you to switch it on/off and choose a location.
“Users can also let the Opera browser intelligently select the optimal server location based on factors such as network speed, latency, location and server capacity. When in automatic location mode, browsing via the VPN is always at maximum available speed,” said Kolondra.
Opera 40 brings several new features to the browser VPN. For starters, users can choose whether to turn VPN on for everything the browser shows, or only use it when browsing using private windows. Plus, Opera has added new virtual locations for more privacy options. Opera has introduced an automatic battery saving feature that turns on the power saving mode automatically whenever laptop is unplugged. There’s a new power saving settings as well. Users can now configure the threshold for when automatic mode should kick in.
Opera 40 can be used with Chromecast as well. Chromecast works for YouTube videos only for now. Video pop-out improvements includes support for video sites and players. The video pop-out has been tweaked to make it less intrusive. It has been disabled for short videos. Also, the newsreader comes with RSS support. “This means you can add any RSS-based feed as well asour selection of sources,” Kolondra said.