Opera Software is a Norwegian company responsible for developing the Opera browser. Opera is the 5th most popular web browser, with a market share of around 4%. To capture more of the web browsing market, Opera has rolled out user-friendly features that are unavailable with web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
Recently, Opera acquired the Canadian VPN provider SurfEasy, Inc. Opera immediately began integrating SurfEasy VPN technology into its flagship browser.
In 2016, they rolled out the integrated (free!) VPN service to the public. SurfEasy continues to offer standalone VPN products under their brand, as well. The free, integrated Opera VPN caught a ton of positive publicity.
After years of foolishly running my online business via public WiFi, I decided to start using a VPN to secure my communications (and access a bit of out of market sporting events while traveling). During my search, the positive publicity for the built-in Opera VPN caught my eye.
But I found out that – similar to web hosting – there is no such thing as a “best VPN provider”. In fact, it’s like a whole world of confusing information where even trustworthy information is near-useless since it’s so complex. This Opera VPN review is my notes from trying them out for my own purposes as a security-aware, traveling, US-based businessperson who needs good usability and good pricing. I am not a political activist or someone who regularly travels to firewalled countries.
Whether you are looking for a VPN for privacy, for website access, for avoiding geotargeting, for protecting communications or all the above, hopefully, this Opera VPN review will be useful. You can also skip to next steps here.
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