The latest version of the Opera browser (version 40) is out today and it brings with it a free VPN service.

The service is run by SurfEasy, which was acquired by Opera in March of this year. Until today, only iOS users and those using the developer version of Opera were able to use the VPN service offered by the browser.

“By making our browser VPN free and easy to use, we hope to make it an essential tool, just as the lock and key is to your house,” senior vice president of Opera for computers, Krystian Kolondra said in a statement.

Once activated, the service will let you connect as if you are in one of five countries namely; Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore or the US. This allows you to choose the best server for you especially if the server is bogged down or your latency is terrible.

What’s more is that Opera has said that neither it nor SurfEasy will store your browsing history.

At this point we must point out that using the VPN means that you agree to SurfEasy’s terms of service.

Simply put, don’t do anything illegal while using the service. The firm also says you should use the VPN “to gain unauthorized access to any service, account, computer system or network.”

That means you probably shouldn’t be using the service to access to Netflix in the US. Not that you can though, we tried.

Other improvements to Opera

Other improvements to version 40 include an improved battery saving mode.

By default the battery saving settings will activate in when a laptop is unplugged but you can configure this to only kick in when your battery reaches a certain level. You can now also keep tabs on that with the new battery capacity estimator in the browser window.

The video pop-out feature has also been improved.

The button isn’t as intrusive and is disabled for shorter videos. Honestly, this is one of the best features Opera has built into its browser, it’s simple and it works so well, we highly recommend it.

If you want all of these features though you will need to download and install Opera on your desktop.

To enable the VPN service once installed go to Settings and select Privacy and Security. Select the field marked VPN and presto, you can select your browsing country by clicking the VPN icon in the address bar.

It’s also worth noting that Opera also has an ad-blocker built into its browser which works rather nicely, and since Ad Block Plus is looking at ramping up the selling and display of adverts, its always nice to have options.

 

[Source – Opera]
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