Opera Browser for Android now includes a free built-in VPN

Joanna Estrada
March 21, 2019

In brief: Norwegian developer Opera has released a new version of its Android browser that includes a free and unlimited built-in VPN. This means you won't need to sign in, download additional apps or pay extra for protection while browsing public Wi-Fi. The VPN will send users' request through a secure tunnel that encrypts Internet traffic coming in and out from their mobile devices. The practice of using VPNs has become increasingly popular in recent years amid concerns over privacy and security, particularly in regards to targeted advertising and using your device on insecure public Wi-Fi connections. And, most importantly, unlike other third-party VPN services, since its a free built-in service from Opera no login credentials are required to use the VPN, which makes the user experience more hassle-free. Opera bringing back this VPN service to mobile version is surely praiseworthy especially with the ongoing users' privacy issues globally. "Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations". Opera 51's newly-added VPN is not only free from charges, it is also free from limitations.

While the company previously offered a standalone "Opera VPN" app for Android and iOS users, that software was discontinued in 2018. Opera says the VPN service is rolling out slowly in the beta app, so hang tight if you don't have it quite yet. It appears that enabling the VPN will deactivate Opera browser's inbuilt data saving feature. Opera then developed its own service which first debuted on desktop browser in 2016. However, you can still try out the new feature by downloading the latest build from APKMirror.

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