VPN or Virtual Privacy Network has been around for quite a while now and is supposed to offer safe internet browsing without the risk of revealing one’s identity or IP address to malicious hackers or any government authorities. This unique feature of the software has led many distinguished websites to advise its users in favor of using VPN. Opera has just taken things a step further by coming up with the idea of integrating VPN into the developer version of its browser and that too is free of cost!
While VPN has been a boon for internet users who were concerned about privacy and security against unwanted probing, it has never come without a price. Even the version of the software which apparently claims to be free of charge has some or the other sort of hidden cost attached to it. Krystian Kolondra, Opera’s head of engineering states that they were admittedly the first recognized internet browser to have integrated a free and unlimited VPN into their system: “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”. Kolondra also admitted that 21st century internet users are demanding a greater efficiency when it comes to web browsing and keeping that thought in mind, Opera has taken the decision to use VPN to shield its browser.
According to Computerworld, Opera’s VPN will do more than just diverting the IP address of the users who navigates sites using Opera’s browser and trace it back to some other location; it will also grant users access to sites that have been blocked in their respective countries or regions. The popularity of VPN has sprouted from the fact that it acts as a secure “gateway” for people who are using systems which are open to the general public such as cyber cafes or school/university computers to browse the internet. It safeguards personal information and other important credentials that can be dangerous if fallen into the wrong hands.
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