Hands-on: Opera's free, unlimited browser VPN is ready for secure surfing
In April, Opera added a free, unlimited VPN to the developer edition of its browser. Now, the company has brought that same capability to the stable version of its Opera 41 desktop browser.
While some other VPN services charge for letting you surf anonymously across the web, Opera’s service is both free, unlimited, and built right into the browser. There are no restrictions on bandwidth, though you’ll have just a few locations to choose from when deciding on your VPN endpoint.
A VPN works by providing a secure, encrypted tunnel between your computer and a website or remote server—Opera uses a 256-bit AES encrypted connection. Another advantage is something Netflix users have known for years: By choosing a foreign endpoint, a user can virtually “place” himself in that country, allowing his PC access to content that would otherwise be off limits. (Netflix has moved to crack down on this practice, however.)