Opera is #3 in Top 12 Web Browsers
Last updated: May 26, 2020
The Opera browser is a fast, simple and safe way to get around on the web. Download it for free at the official Opera Software site.
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#3 in Top 12 Web Browsers
The best alternatives to Opera are: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Brave Browser
Latest news about Opera
2019. Opera became more secure with built-in tracking protection
The new version of browser Opera added tracker blocker that will make it harder for advertisers and others to track you while you browse the web — and which has the additional benefit of speeding up your browsing session. Indeed, Opera argues that turning on both the tracking protection and the built-in ad blocker can speed up page loads by up to 23 percent. The new tracking protection feature is off by default (as is the existing ad blocker). The tracking feature uses the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List, which has been around for quite a few years now.
2019. Opera Touch brought website cookie blocking to iOS
Opera Touch for iOS is getting a notable new feature - cookie blocking. It can block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic on mobile, where they often entirely interrupt your ability to view the content, as opposed to on many desktop websites where you can (kind of) ignore the pop-up banner that appears at the bottom or the top of the page. Cookie dialogs have become prevalent across the web as a result of Europe’s GDPR, but many people find them overly intrusive. Today, it takes an extra click to dismiss these prompts, which slows down web browsing — especially for those times you’re on the hunt for a particular piece of information and are visiting several websites in rapid succession.
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.
2017. Opera unveiled browser of the future
Opera, the Norwegian browser maker acquired last year by a Chinese investment consortium, has introduced a new experimental browser called Opera Neon. Neon’s changes are largely cosmetic - under the hood it uses the same Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit and currently used by Google Chrome, Opera, and Amazon Silk - but it is visually appealing. It launches into a start page that copies your desktop wallpaper, giving you a window that looks like your desktop. Meanwhile, on the left hand side is a set of tools including a video pop-out that lets you play videos whilst you browse other pages, and a snap-to gallery that can crop any part of a web page and save it to the gallery for later. However, of all the new capabilities added to Neon perhaps the most obviously useful is side by side browsing of two pages.
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.
2015. Opera redesigned Opera Mini for Android
Opera Mini, the little brother to Opera’s regular mobile browser, is getting a major makeover on Android. The new design, which is pretty much in line with the regular Opera mobile browser, is meant to give the browser a more native look and feel. As you know, Opera offers both its regular mobile browser and Opera Mini on Android. The major difference between the two is that Opera Mini features an always-on data saving mode that compresses data very aggressively. For the most part, Opera Mini manages to do so without breaking the layout of most sites, but sites will look a little bit sparser than usual because Opera’s proxies strips out some design elements and web fonts to save bandwidth. The regular Opera browser for Android also features a similar “turbo” mode, but it’s quite a bit more conservative in its approach.