Have you ever used the Opera browser yet? It is also one of the good browsers that many users trusted, alongside Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The first version was released over two decades ago and offered multiple functionalities with powerful customization options. Built on the Chromium core, Opera web browser can take advantage of most of Google Chrome's extension library. It is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Besides the main features, Opera Software also offers a free built-in VPN feature on its web browser. This feature allows you to establish a VPN connection on your Opera browser itself. Therefore, you do not need to use another VPN application to hide your real IP address in order to watch region-restricted content from Netflix or access blocked websites.
Unlike third-party VPN apps, Opera Software only gives you three locations to choose from, which are the Americas, Euro, and Asia. After connecting to the location you have selected, your web browser's public IP address will change accordingly. The disadvantage is that it does not allow you to select a particular city or country to connect to.
However, this free VPN feature may help you to a degree in the most urgent times. For example, accessing your email box or making purchases when you are not in a safe network. It aids in protecting your online privacy and avoiding online identity theft.
How To Enable And Use Free VPN On Opera Web Browser
This is a built-in function, so using it is quite straightforward. The first step is to download and install the Opera web browser on your computer. After finishing the installation process, go to Settings, turn this feature on, and then enjoy browsing the internet. You do not need to sign up for an account to use it. Besides, you can use it for as long as you want without any limitations.
To enable this free VPN feature on your Opera web browser, go to Settings, and then click on the Features option on the left sidebar.
From the VPN section, switch on the "Enable VPN" toggle to start using it.
You can also quickly access this section by copying the following code: opera://settings/vpn, pasting into the Opera's address bar, and then press the Enter key.
After you enable this feature, you can see the light green VPN icon in front of the address bar.
A small window will show when you click on that icon. On this window, you can choose to enable a VPN connection or disable it. You can also monitor how much bandwidth you have used this month, as well as switch among three locations: Americas, Euro, and Asia as you want.
We have tried to switch among them, but it seems there are only a few IP addresses available. It does not change no matter how hard we tried, even reinstalling the browser. So if you are expecting a VPN feature with a wide range of IP addresses to choose from, then you will surely be disappointed.
We do not know if Opera Software will improve this feature as well as add more locations or not. But at this moment, this free VPN feature is only suited for basic tasks, for example:
Hide Your Real IP Address
Using a VPN connection, your real IP address will be replaced by a virtual IP address from the region that you have selected. So you can browse the internet safer and more privately. It makes third-parties quite challenging to track your real location. However, if you want to browse the internet completely anonymous, this is not enough. There are a few steps to being completely anonymous online, check them out!
Access Blocked Websites And Region-Restricted Content
Many universities, colleges, or even workplaces put a restriction on accessing social networking and video streaming websites to improve learning and working performance. But getting past these restrictions is not an impossible task, especially with the existence of VPNs. You can quickly start a discussion with a friend on Facebook or watch an interesting video from YouTube. However, we would suggest only doing so in your spare time to avoid affecting your studies or work.
VPNs are also useful when accessing region-restricted content. As you may know, many online movie streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, or Netflix block users outside the U.S. But when you connect to a VPN server with a U.S IP address, using these services has never been easier.
Protect Your Online Privacy
Using a public wireless network at a coffee shop or airport may put your personal information in danger. Attackers may have the chance to intercept and steal your information while transmitting. To be safer, you should turn on the VPN on your web browser when using public Wi-Fi. Once turned on, all of your data will go through an encrypted tunnel, avoiding leaking sensitive data.
Opera Software adds this free VPN feature into its browser, taking a big step in users' privacy improvement. However, when it comes to speed, it is slightly slow. We hope Opera Software can improve the speed of their VPN servers, as well as add more locations so that users will have more choices.