Opera 52 was released today and it comes with some neat changes regarding it’s integrated ads-blocking mechanism and also introduced a new feature which allows you to duplicate multiple page addresses in one process. The official Opera Blog page hasn’t updated it yet, but it’s expected in the coming days – in the meantime you can receive the update via the automatically updater.
The following guide provides several tricks (‘tweaks’) how you easily setup Opera for the maximum security in terms of internal given mechanism which you need to enable or switch to enhance the overall browser security. It’s a guidance and not an universal guide because Browsers changing frequently and there might getting or removing several functions, please keep this in mind.
Based on Opera 51 the guide will show several recommendations from me to lower the attack surface. Let’s get started.
Opera just released a new stable build. The focus on this new release are stability and usability changes. As always you can get the latest Opera version through the browser’s automatic update functionality or as a direct download option via the Opera website. The full changelog is available here.
The latest changelog seems promising, right? Nope, it’s still a joke.
Faster and better browser VPN
In September 2016, we introduced the free, built-in, no-log browser VPN service. Opera remains the only major browser providing such a unique service. Now, we are introducing our first major upgrade to the browser VPN service.
Moving to Opera data centers
Previously, the VPN service was hosted and operated by SurfEasy LLC, a company recently acquired by Symantec. We have investigated the best options for hosting the service and concluded the browser VPN service will be moved to our own data centers. Opera’s current server infrastructure, one of the highest capacity super-computer clusters in the world, is already hosting services such as the compressing engine for Opera Mini.
The coloration of the browser VPN service to our data centers is expected to give increased performance, scalability and balancing capabilities, while keeping it a free and no-log service.
From countries to regions
As we move the service to the Opera data centers, we are also changing from listing locations based on countries to regions. For the updated browser VPN, we will provide these options: Optimal location (default), the Americas, Europe and Asia. Locations will be rolled out gradually, starting with Europe today and the Americas and Asia coming soon.