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A month and a half ago Opera announced that it wanted to build a free unlimited VPN into its Android browser. Today, this function has actually been added to the browser. Version 51 of the mobile web browser allows users to make full use of it.

The VPN enables users to protect their online identity by imitating the physical address with which the user connects to the Internet. It is therefore a different address from their own, allowing users to surf the Internet anonymously. More than 650 million people worldwide use all these tools and do so mainly to protect their privacy.

Free VPN

Opera had recognized that need a long time ago. In 2016, the company launched Opera VPN, a standalone VPN app for Android and iOS. A few months ago, the company already integrated the feature into its desktop browser, and last year it also stopped using the eOpera VPN app. Opera now integrates the VPN service into its Android browser.

It is a completely free service, which allows users to connect their mobile device to a VPN server. The data transfer takes place with 256-bit encryption. Users can choose which server they want to connect to in which location. Furthermore, Opera does not require users to create an account in order to use the service.

Increase market share

Some users fear that Opera may want to collect information about users via the free VPN service. This has been the case more often in the past with VPN services. But the company itself states that it does not do this, and above all wants to use it to offer a unique function. It is also an additional way to bring security and privacy to users.

Opera hopes to gain a larger market share in the mobile browser market precisely in this way. It is increasingly competitive, so the company needs to find ways to stand out from the crowd. This is definitely one of them.

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