Opera to shutter its VPN service at the end of April

“It’s been nearly two years since the Opera launched a free VPN built into its browser, a VPN that would later come to both Android and iOS devices,” Tom Pritchard reports for Gizmodo UK.

“The key thing about Opera VPN was that it was free, with the company promising it would remain free until the end of time,” Pritchard reports. “Well except that last part isn’t exactly true, because Opera has confirmed the VPN will be shut down on 30th April.”

“The good news is that anyone who did hand over their money for Opera VPN Gold will get a free upgrade to SurfEasy Ultra, a VPN service previously owned by Opera Software that was sold to Symantec (of Norton fame) last year,” Pritchard reports. “It’s also promising that Opera Gold users on iOS will be able to migrate to the new service from the latest version of the Opera VPN app. Android users have no such luck because, well, Opera Gold doesn’t seem to have ever been released on the platform.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    1. Rhetorical, I know, but I will give a straight answer:
      Because Apple is wisely about profits most of the time and because Cook is Ballmerizing Apple where the focus is always on the maximising bottom line even to the detriment of good will.

    2. Opera has never offered a REAL VPN. All they offered was a proxy IP or exit node that wasn’t your ISP’s. That’s not the same thing. It didn’t offer any security beyond simply changing your exit IP. Your real IP address was leaked anyway, via WebRTC, such that anyone could trace you back to home. And considering that Opera is now owned by a company in China who most likely logged all your net transactions… Opera’s FAKE VPN was to be avoided. Good riddance.

      Opera browser’s VPN is just a proxy, here’s how it works

  1. Free forever until the company decides the apposite just as a company saying that your personal data is not shared until that company goes bankrupt. The most valuable asset then is people’s personal info which the business would be foolish not to sell to generate that last burst of income before death.

    1. A gang of we local technos have been evaluating the best, safest VPNs on the market. At the moment, Express VPN wins. But Tunnel Bear is still top notch. I’m using ProXPN. All of them hit all the security marks. The remaining factors are cost, which exit nodes they provide around the world, how fast they are and whether they accept anonymous purchases. This last factor is for the particularly paranoid.

      The WebRTC security leak:

      Many VPN Providers Leak Customer’s IP Address via WebRTC Bug

      Prominent loser VPNs of the moment:
      • PureVPN
      • Zenmate

      Both of the above were found to have a series of security leaks which the companies are deliberately ignoring.

        1. I have no experience with VyperVPN. The reviews I read herald it as THE VPN to use if you’re stuck in a totalitarian hell hole country (the usual suspects) and want to get out onto the Internet of the real world outside. Their proprietary Chameleon VPN protocol apparently works. But since it’s proprietary, that brings up its own trust problems. Is it secure? How well is it being vetted? Etc.

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