Version 51 of the mobile browser launches today on Google Play and includes the free VPN beta users have been enjoying for the past month.
Last month, Opera announced that a future version of its mobile web browser for Android would include a completely free built-in virtual private network (VPN). Today, that VPN becomes available to all with the launch of Opera for Android 51 on the Google Play store.
The built-in VPN was rolled out to beta testers early last month who were tasked with helping to work out the kinks. Clearly there weren’t many as Opera is now happy to let the Android-owning masses use it in anger. It’s a free and unlimited service that Opera believes “marks a new standard for privacy and security in mobile browsing.”
Peter Wallman, SVP Opera Browser for Android, commented, “There are already more than 650 million people using VPN services globally. With Opera they can now enjoy a free and no-log service that enhances online privacy and improves security … By enabling Opera’s browser VPN service, users make it very difficult for third parties to steal pieces of their information and can avoid being tracked. Users no longer need to question if or how they can protect their personal information in these situations.”
As with any VPN, enabling it on a device helps to protect your privacy and offers additional security when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
Enabling the built-in VPN simply requires visiting the Opera browser settings screen and turning it on. There’s also the option to select a specific region to connect to, which could unlock a few geo-restricted websites or services on your mobile device. There’s no sign-in process and no activity logs kept by Opera.
If you want to give it a go, head on over to Google Play and download Opera for Android 51.