These days virtual private networks are becoming more and more commonly used by people around the Internet space. The reason for that is that they do provide exceptional security and privacy measures that everyone is for sure in need of. Perhaps and most importantly VPNs can block tracking enforced by Internet service providers and nasty websites. Also, there are many other benefits of using a VPN service.
Opera had a completely free VPN service for Android, but it got discontinued a while ago, last April to be precise. Now they have come up with a sequel to it by adding a VPN built into their Browser app. The latest version 50 release for Opera Beta on Google Play brings this feature, although it is limited in terms of availability to some countries only. Sadly, we do not have a word by Opera on which countries are on that list.
The VPN settings inside Opera Beta for Android give you a couple of nifty options. The first one of them lets you set which continent you want your virtual location to be in (by default the 'Optimal' option is on). Another interesting one called 'Bypass VPN for search' lets search engines bypass the service so they can gather location and tracking data, which may ultimately lead to more relevant search results to be shown. You can also specify if you would like the VPN to be applied exclusively when your are browsing in Private mode.
Opera states that their VPN does keep logs, nor it collects user credentials. This means that any data that travels through their network servers do not leave traces at all, ensuring that you are 100% safe.
Source: Opera Blogs
One of the most recent public betas (version 48.0.2310.131725 to be exact) released for Opera browser on Android makes the app the first major mobile browser with a built-in crypto wallet support. This is a big move towards bringing Web 3.0 to life in the form of a fully decentralized Internet that many are dreaming of.
The first thing we must note here is what does a decentralized app (Dapp, dApp or DApp) mean. Decentralized applications are applications that run on a P2P (peer-to-peer) network of devices rather than on a single device. They are software programs, designed to exist on the Internet in a way that is not controlled by any single entity. Think of how torrents work. The variant of DApps favored by Opera is the one based on the Etherium blockchain protocol due to its popularity all over the Net.
Not only you can run decentralized applications, but you can also send money from a wallet to wallet and make online payments with cryptocurrencies while using Opera. If you choose to pay with a cryptocurrency from your Android device with the aforementioned browser, you have to keep in mind that, as of now, the number of Coinbase Commerce-enabled merchants that support this type of payments is limited. But if supported by an app/site, users will be presented with a payment request dialog, asking for your signature. The payment will then be signed and directly transmitted.
Opera has made a collection of supported blockchain-powered apps, which you can access by pressing the 'O' button, then tapping on Crypto wallet and selecting the DApp explorer fab button at the bottom right. From the same page you can also set-up your profile, send or receive money and manage your wallet settings.
By far these are some very bold steps taken by Opera to broaden the adoption of DApps, thus getting us one step closer to the "New Internet". They believe that this is the future and we sure think the same.