With the announcement of a free
VPN review: A good try, but not enough
What I saw in the first Opera
All we know about the Opera
- It allows you to change your IP address, getting you past some cases of geo-blocking… if you luck out as they don’t allow you to choose specific countries. A qualityVPN will allow you to choose a specific server in a specific city.
- It only allows you to use it through Opera, none of your other Internet traffic is protected.
- We have absolutely no details on their encryption protocols. Nowhere are you allowed to select what you use, and you’re never even told what you’re using.
- There has not been any sharing on the status of their data collection, sharing, or willingness to work with authorities. Given that it’s ‘free,’ and they’re a free browser, you had better believe that they are collecting and selling the hell out of your data – the opposite of what a quality
Knowing all this, the Opera ‘
Other facts about the Opera
Ok, we know that it’s free. Everyone loves free. Facebook is free. YouTube is free. Twitter is free, but …how do those entities make money? They collect and store data about you and sell that to advertisers, and they show you ads. Lots of ads. That’s how.
Is this how Opera ultimately looks to make money off of their
A few other details to consider:
- The Opera
VPNcurrently only lists “Optimal location,” Asia, Europe, and the Americas as your options for locations to connect to. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to know that you’re selecting a European server in England so you can watch some BBC iPlayer? You won’t with the Opera VPN.
- There are no data limits imposed, or time limits. Again, that’s a lot of data that someone, somewhere, has to pay for in some way.
- Problems have been reported of IP leaks via the WebRTC bug. It can be fixed with a complicated workaround which the average user, those who will want a free ‘
VPN’, will struggle with. Many will likely never test the VPN to see if it leaks, and won’t even enjoy a true VPNexperience.
VPNonly operates within Opera. Those trying to do torrenting or p2p will have no protection of their downloads. Anyone trying to do secure file transfers, to their lawyer, doctor, or workplace, will also have no protection.
These are not 4 small problems. Each one underlines the fact that you can’t trust Opera’s
Is the Opera
VPN any good?
It’s good if you want a proxy server, and even then it’s not that great at being a proxy server as even the most basic one will allow you to select a country. If you want a
I don’t have any problem with Opera itself. I’ve used Opera off and on for several years before stability issues with advanced web tools broke it, but until then it was a very reliable browser that will work for most people just fine. Calling their new browser-based proxy service a