In the latest update of its mobile browser, Opera has added a built-in VPN service that is free and unlimited and does not require users to log in or create an account.
With consumers and businesses more concerned about their privacy, the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) services has grown to more than 650 million people worldwide according to an estimate by GlobalWebIndex.
However, this is not the first time that Opera has experimented with VPN ' s. In 2016, the company launched its own stand-alone VPN app for Android and iOS, called Opera VPN, and then added VPN capabilities to the desktop browser.
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Opera closed its VPN app last year because the company was preparing to add VPN functionality to its Android browser.
Free VPNs have recently come under criticism because vulnerabilities have been discovered in many free VPN apps in the Google Play Store, and this, combined with the fact that the companies providing these services are likely to sell your usage data to advertisers and other third parties , might be sufficient to completely switch off some users from VPN's.
However, the built-in VPN from Opera will be completely free and the company has not tried to monetize the service according to its VP product marketing, Jan Standal who explained this to VentureBeatsaying:
"The service is offered completely free of charge as a unique feature to improve privacy and security. Opera is going to generate revenue with other unrelated mechanisms and unlike other VPN services, Opera is not dependent on generating revenue with the VPN browser service "
The latest version of Opera, which includes the built-in VPN service, is now available in the Play Store and users who have decided to give it a try can choose a server of their choice from a range of locations to surf the Internet safely . 256-bit encryption.
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