Opera's latest browser update comes with a free VPN service

10:05:00 PM Dick Wyn Yong 0 Comments

For most people, Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox is their choice for a web browser but today Opera is shaking up the game. The browser based on Google's Chromium project is gaining a brand new VPN feature. The company says that Opera 40 will be the first major browser to come with a built-in VPN service.

And if you know something about a VPN service, it usually costs money but thanks to Opera's acquisition of VPN company SurfEasy last year, they are making VPNs free. At launch, the VPN service on Opera 40 will allow users to virtually represent 5 different countries namely United States, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and Singapore.

VPNs have several uses and one of them is accessing location specific websites like Hulu or streaming US-only Netflix shows. While the VPN feature is included with Opera 40, it is not turned on by default. In order to get the free VPN service to work on Opera 40 "Go to “Settings” (or “Preferences” on Mac), choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN. An icon labeled “VPN” will appear in the browser, from which you can toggle VPN on and off, and choose a location."

Beyond the added VPN feature, Opera 40 also introduces an automatic battery saving feature and also brings the browser to the latest version of Google's Chromium 53. Download the latest version of Opera here