Browsers with VPN

Updated: November 29, 2020

2019. Opera for Android added built-in VPN

In 2016 Opera launched a free VPN app for Android (followed by an iOS launch) but the app was discontinued last year. Now Opera will offer the free VPN service again, as part of its Opera browser for Android. The feature is currently undergoing testing and is slowly rolling out to Opera beta users. Once you turn the option on, you can choose your virtual location — the choices aren't as good as you'd get from a commercial VPN service, but you do get to choose whether you want to be virtually located in Europe, America or Asia. Opera claims it's not keeping any usage logs. Opera already offers a free, unlimited VPN as part of its desktop web browser. Just like that version, the mobile browser also offers you to bypass VPN when accessing search engines.

2018. Tor Browser comes to Android

Anonymous browser Tor is now officially available for Android. But to run the app users will need to also download the Tor Project proxy app, Orbot. Tor Project’s anonymous browser uses a system of decentralized relays that bounce a user’s data to anonymize internet activity. This makes it almost impossible for ads, location trackers and even government surveillance to follow your tracks across the web. Following this release, Orfox, the longstanding Tor Project-approved browsing app for Android, said it will be sunset by 2019.

2016. Opera browser with a built-in VPN became available to all

Opera has become the first browser maker to ship a mainstream desktop internet browser that includes an unlimited VPN service baked-in. Opera 40 is bringing the privacy and security benefits of a VPN to all of the users of its desktop browser. The VPN inside Opera for desktop is notable for being unlimited - that’s to say that it is free but not restricted on time, such as services like TunnelBear - but there’s one catch: it only allows five different locations, unlike standalone browsers which offer locations in most countries worldwide. Another notable addition to Opera 40 is support for Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle, which might have deterred some Chrome fans from making the switch to Opera.

2016. Opera adds built-in free VPN service

Opera browser is launching a free built-in VPN service in the early release developer version of its browser. The built-in VPN will protect your unencrypted browser session for being exposed on public WiFi networks and will also let you bypass the occasional firewall. It will also assign you a virtual IP address, so it’ll be harder to track your location. For now, you can choose between three virtual locations (USA, Canada and Germany), but the company says more will be available once this feature makes it to the stable release channel later this year.

2015. Opera browser gets password sync, VPN-protection

Earlier this year, Opera bought SurfEasy, a virtual private networking (VPN) service that helps users maintain their privacy and surf safely. And now this technology is integrated in Opera for Windows, Mac and Linux. For now, this integration is pretty light, though. When you open a private tab in Opera 32, the browser will pop up a link to download SurfEasy. That’s it for the time being, but chances are the company is working on a tighter integration between its tools and SurfEasy. Besides its browsers, Opera Max, its compression-centric proxy service for Android, seems like a natural fit for a SurfEasy integration. Also new in this version are improved syncing options. Most importantly, this means you can now also sync your password in addition to your bookmarks, tabs and other browser data. Other new features include the option to see your bookmarks in a tree view to make it easier for users with lots of bookmarks to organize them.