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    Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Also improves on RSS functionality and battery saver technology.
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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Running a VPN server like this can't be cheap, what's in it for Opera or SurfEasy to provide this service for free?

    Analytics? Targeted Ads?

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Running a VPN server like this can't be cheap, what's in it for Opera or SurfEasy to provide this service for free?

    Analytics? Targeted Ads?
    Get a large install base then turn it off for being too costly and hope people don't jump ship?
    Last edited by virtuo; 20-09-2016 at 01:14 PM. Reason: shup? ship!

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Running a VPN server like this can't be cheap, what's in it for Opera or SurfEasy to provide this service for free?

    Analytics? Targeted Ads?
    That's what i'm wondering. Having tried VPNs before i've always been put off by the price so struggle to see how they can afford this once people use it to watch media...
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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Good question. Maybe is spams adverts up every 5 minutes?

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    I haven't used Opera for couple of years, but after reading about this, I thought I'd give it another go and, so far, I'm really impressed. It's actually fast!?!? The free ones are generally painfully slow. I doubt it's as 'secure' as TorBrowser on TorNetwork, but it works as advertised. GG.

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Does this also mean that you will be able to bypass countries censors without using TOR?

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Quote Originally Posted by gordon861 View Post
    Does this also mean that you will be able to bypass countries censors without using TOR?
    In theory, yes

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    I dont really *want* to install another browser given I already have 3, but this is definitely a very desirable feature. Having said that I think commons VPN's are less useful for places like netflix and iplayer, perhaps it may be better served to work around the UKs ridiculous internet censorship (its funny how often you read about chinas internet blocks, while we ignore our own). May be even more important with the snoopers charter.

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Quote Originally Posted by virtuo View Post
    In theory, yes
    And in practice. I'll be installing this on all my rigs me thinks. The VPN is better than some paid-for ones ^^

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Do they have bookmarks yet?

    Jokes aside, as with anything that bypasses something and goes viral - it will be blocked. Not by everyone, but it will. Be it sky, iplayer or someone who deals with copyrighted content distribution that requires blocking access to those not living in X country. And frankly blocking such vpn's (just simple ip range block will be good enough) is easier than blocking ad blockers.

    It's cool at the moment, but no way it will work for long if people start using it as mainstream way to bypass something.
    Last edited by aniilv; 21-09-2016 at 12:12 AM.

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    I suspect this is just a rebranding of their speed optimizer thingy. It's been in Opera for years and they run a bunch of caching proxy servers that can do things like compress content for thin mobile connections etc.

    I highly doubt this is an actual VPN just a HTTP proxy with the location configurable. It also won't be anonymous, they won't be interested in supporting piracy or anything, so I'm sure they'll be more than happy to supply the original IP address to those who enquire, and if it is HTTP proxying, they may include it in the HTTP headers.

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Nothing like this is ever 'really' free. What's the catch? Data farming?

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    I suspect this is just a rebranding of their speed optimizer thingy. It's been in Opera for years and they run a bunch of caching proxy servers that can do things like compress content for thin mobile connections etc.

    I highly doubt this is an actual VPN just a HTTP proxy with the location configurable. It also won't be anonymous, they won't be interested in supporting piracy or anything, so I'm sure they'll be more than happy to supply the original IP address to those who enquire, and if it is HTTP proxying, they may include it in the HTTP headers.
    It's not just a simple proxy, that was the first thing I looked at. If you go to https://ipleak.net using your default config, then using Opera's VPN mode, you'll see that it isn't actually leaking any of your ISP's info as some other freebies do.

    Having said that, you're probably right about the logging of original IP's, so I wouldn't recommend it for anything (you know ). For midget pr0n, it's fine lol

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    Got me to install it.

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    Re: Opera browser now offers free, unlimited VPN

    I'm astonished this browser is still around with Firefox and Chrome taking the leading roles in browsers these days! Especially with the entire failboat that was Edge for Microsoft.

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