Yesterday, Opera announced that they have begun development of a version of their web browser for Windows, Macs and Linux machines that will have an integrated Virtual Private Network (VPN) built in as part of the browser without the need for any additional add-ins or paid subscriptions.
According to Opera this is all about privacy and meeting their customers expectations:
"Bringing this important privacy improvement marks another step in building a browser that matches up to people’s expectations in 2016. When you think about it, many popular options offered by desktop browsers today were invented (quite frequently by Opera) many years ago. The innovation energy in the industry has been recently so focused on mobile, even if the desktop is still thriving."
They claim it will be easy to use since it is built in and will include basic VPN features such as:
- Hide your IP address – Opera will replace your IP address with a virtual IP address, so it’s harder for sites to track your location and identify your computer. This means you can browse the web more privately.
- Unblocking of firewalls and websites – Many countries, schools and workplaces block video-streaming sites, social networks and other services. By using a VPN you can access your favorite content, no matter where you are.
- Public Wi-Fi security – When you’re surfing the web on public Wi-Fi, intruders can easily sniff data. By using a VPN, you can improve the security of your personal information.
If you are interested in trying this out then Opera 38 in the developer channel has the VPN built in for testing. The announcement post has all the download links for you to test this option out.
All of this sounds very secure and viable but as administrators and IT Pros would you consider this as an alternative to a separate real time VPN for your users and your companies data?
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