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Opera Browser Adds Free VPN For Better Privacy

By May 4, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

opera_browser_adds_free_vpn_for_better_privacyWhen you surf the web, do you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network)? More than half a billion of the web’s users do, which is about a quarter of the web’s population, so you may be one of them. If you’re not, you should consider it, because it makes your browsing experience safer and more secure. The problem, unfortunately, is that most of the good VPN services available have a monthly fee attached. While it’s possible to find a decent free VPN service, many of these have hidden costs, mostly in the form of annoying ads.

There’s good news on that front though, Opera has just announced that the developer’s edition of their browser will now include a built-in, completely free, unlimited use VPN service. Although the company barely registers any more against its bigger, and better known rivals (Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox dominate the web browser market), the hope is that by introducing this new feature, Opera can steer the other browser companies in a similar direction, and if that happens, Opera expects to see a surge in their browser’s popularity as people begin to flock to it for access to the free VPN.

According to the Global Web Index, the primary reasons people use a Virtual Private Network are:
38% – To access better entertainment content
30% – To remain anonymous while browsing
28% – To access restricted networks and sites that are banned by certain countries
27% – To access restricted sites at work
24% – To communicate with friends and family abroad
If any of those apply in your particular case, and you’re not currently using a VPN, or even if you are, and are hoping to get away from the pesky ads or get rid of a monthly fee, Opera may be an alternative browser option for you.

Jason Manteiga

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.

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