If you know a bit about web browsers, you'll be aware of the existence of Opera, one of the Big Five, together with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge if we bear in mind their user base. This web browser born in Norway, which has also stood out because of its modernity, also offers us a safe browsing service by means of SurfEasy, an Irish company belonging to Opera.
Anonymous, private, and safe browsing
We're talking about Opera VPN, an application to connect to the Internet by means of a VPN or virtual private network with two main objectives: to browse privately masking our true IP and to access contents censored in our country due to commercial reasons (a certain YouTube video, for instance) or political reasons, as is the case of some countries with social networks and politics sites with hardly any freedom of speech.
What we'll find in this Android app, that also offers an iOS version for iPhone and iPad, is a simple software that can be used almost without any sort of configuration. We only have to activate the safe browsing mode to filter all our traffic through a VPN: just like many other applications of the likes of Tor Browser on a Windows PC or Mac, or Orbot on Android smartphones.
You can browse from the UK but pretending you're in Singapore or the Netherlands.
These are the main features that you'll find in this application:
- Fast and safe VPN (virtual private network) service.
- Unlocked access to 5 virtual locations that you can choose for yourself.
- Capacity to establish the security level of your WiFi network, being able to encrypt the connection.
- Block ad-trackers to avoid advertisers from monitoring you.
The application has millions of downloads and loads of positive opinions, causing an uproar when it was removed from Google Play (although it's now back at the store), with thousands of users resorting to different alternative app markets of the likes of APKMirror to be able to get hold of its APK.