Browsing securely with Opera for computers

There’s a quick and easy way to check if you’re browsing securely.

The green padlock
Look for the green padlock in the address bar, on the left from the website’s address. If it’s there, this means that your connection has been secured and you can be sure which website you’re visiting.
The green padlock means you're browsing securely

It’s important to make sure the websites you visit are safe when it comes to banking or shopping online, where you have to input personal details such as your bank-card number.

Opera’s fraud and malware protection
Opera’s fraud and malware protection also helps identify known malicious websites. You will be warned if a website tries to defraud you, steal your password, or install a virus.
Opera's malicious site warning also helps you browse securely

Security extension

If you want extra security measures, there are extensions for Opera for computers that check the sites you visit. WOT, for example, gives you a security overview of websites. A green light means you’re browsing securely, while red means many users have given the site bad reviews for security.
Add an Opera extension to make sure you're browsing securely

Make sure you’re browsing securely and try Opera for computers today!
Download Opera for computers to make sure you're browsing securely

Opera Steals the Show with 3 CTIA Wins

On the second day of Super Mobility Week 2014, Opera stole the show when CTIA – The Wireless Association announced its winners. Opera reigned victorious, snagging three highly coveted awards.

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks "Talk to Me" ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the productivity category for Opera Coast

The hardware. From right to left: Hot for the Holidays first place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Max, E-Tech Award for Opera Mediaworks “Talk to Me” ad format, and Hot for the Holidays 3rd place award in the Productivity Category for Opera Coast.

Opera Max and Opera Coast dominated the Hot for the Holidays Awards, taking the 1st and 3rd places, respectively, in the Productivity category. The Hot for the Holidays Awards recognize the hottest mobile consumer electronics, including accessories and gadgets, spanning across categories such as Entertainment, Health, Home, Connected Car, and more — just in time for the holiday buying season.

Additionally, Opera Mediaworks brought home a win in the E-Tech Awards Mobile Marketing and Advertising category for the innovative ad format “Talk to Me”. The  E-Tech Awards winners represent the most innovative emerging mobile services, solutions and technology from areas such as the cloud, network equipment, M2M and the Internet of Things.

More than 50 industry experts, analysts and media examined and scored the nearly 300 entries across CTIA’s three programs to determine the finalists and winners. We’re unbelievably proud and excited to be recognized as an industry leader and would like to extend a big “thank you” to our dedicated teams who created these award-winning products.

Opera Mini browser for your iPhone 6

We all knew the next iPhone was on its way. Now, it’s arrived. The iPhone 6 has gotten bigger, but Opera Mini is still the browser that shrinks the webpages you visit, way down to 10% of their size — giving you more cool web stuff on your data plan.

Download Opera Mini for your iPhone 6 (and others) here:Opera Mini for iOS for iPhone 6

Opera for desktop now available on the Windows Store

We’re happy to announce that the Opera browser is available for the first time as a desktop app on yet another platform – Windows 8 and 8.1 – starting today, available from the Windows Store.

You can find, download and rate the latest version of Opera for computers, Opera 24, from the Windows Store, for free.

Some of the key features of Opera are:

  • Speed up on slow networks.
  • Search and navigate easily.
  • Browse with style.
  • Find something unexpected with our Discover feature.
  • Organize your favorites with Speed Dial.

What’s new in Opera 24? The desktop browser that was launched earlier this month has:

  • Tab previews: Get a large preview of a webpage when hovering the mouse over a tab.
  • Better hi-res support: Windows users with very dense displays can now enjoy sharper-looking UI, similar to what Opera for Mac users get on Retina screens.
  • Improved private mode: We’ve made private windows more obvious, to help you distinguish these windows from your regular ones.

Opera Desktop on Windows Phone

The Opera app is available in the Windows Store in the following languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Norwegian and Indonesian. The app will be updated regularly with the most recent versions of Opera for computers.

If you are an Opera fan, go ahead and review us on the Windows Store!

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Personalize Opera in 1000 ways

Did you know that you can personalize your browser in more than 1000 different ways? That’s right, we now have more than 1000 extensions especially made for the Opera browser in our extensions catalog!
1000 and more extensions for Opera browser

What exactly is an extension?
A browser extension is a tiny program (made with web technologies) that extends the functionality of an internet browser. With extensions, users can customize their browser to add new functionality and make it the perfect tool for their everyday online tasks.

Here are the top 10 extensions:
What’s particularly interesting about the current Opera extensions catalog is that almost half of the extensions can’t be found in other extension stores. Some of the most popular unique extensions include:

  • Gismeteo weather forecast in speed-dial: a Russian-language extension (but the icons speak for themselves) that shows you the weather forecast right on your Speed Dial start page.
  • Translate: adds in-page language translation functionality to any webpage.
  • Modern scroll: boosts scrolling performance in Opera.
  • Page Capture: allows you to make a screenshot of a whole page, a selected part or the visible content of a tab, save it to a file or share it via a URL, quickly and easily.
  • Smart RSS : an RSS reader right in your browser; it also requires RSS Detector.
  • Violentmonkey : provides userscript support for Opera, supporting most scripts for Greasemonkey and Tampermonkey.
  • Tab Close Plus : adds a context menu option to close left tabs, close right tabs, close other tabs, close similar tabs and so on.
  • Classic Images : adds a shortcut key to save images and advanced image options to the context menu.
  • Cryptocat : provides an open, accessible instant-messaging client with a transparent layer of encryption.
  • QR Codematic : allows you to easily generate QR codes for any site you visit, even for selected text.

Generate QR codes for any site you visit

Stay secure
At Opera, we take security very seriously. That’s why each of the extensions in our catalog has been vetted by our extension moderators to ensure that it does what it says it will do and no more. If a new version of an extension requires more permissions, you’re prompted to review it and grant permission.

Web developers who want to see the code of an extension before installing it can also do so – using an extension! Extension source viewer adds a button to right of the address bar when an extension file has been detected and allows you to view source or download an extension as a ZIP file, without actually installing it.

Check out our extensions catalog
Whether you want to fix up Facebook, set site-specific preferences, make sure that you automatically get the secure HTTPS version of sites or need the classic Web Developer Toolbar, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without! Get going and visit Opera’s extension catalog today.

Easier online reading with Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad

Reading online and want to check the definition of a word? It’s easier with Opera Mini for iPhone and iPad.

Just tap on a word to highlight it, and you’ll see that you can choose from Copy, Define or Search. If you want a quick answer, tap Define. It takes you to the built-in dictionary from your iPhone or iPad.
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If you want a wider selection of answers, tap Search for an online search of the highlighted word.
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To see these features working properly, make sure you’ve updated Opera Mini to version 8.0.3. We’re rolling this version out in the App Store today, and it includes these improvements:
- Fixed some UI glitches
- Improved startup performance
- Reduced memory usage
- Resolved private-tab-related issues
- Fixed minor stability and performance issues

If you like Opera Mini, take a moment to rate it or write a review. If you need help with it, check out our FAQ, or ask our community of users at Opera forums.

Tab previews help you find tabs faster in Opera 24

Tabs are so handy and easy to open that we sometimes end up opening too many of them – so many that we don’t know which one is which. If you’ve had this experience and could use a little help with identifying your open tabs, we have awesome news for you.

Find your tabs faster with Opera

“Peek” into other tabs without losing focus with tab previews. Anything new on Twitter?!

But, even if you are not using many tabs, previews can still come in handy. Do you want to check if something’s new on Facebook quickly, without losing focus on what you are actually doing? The previews are big enough to get a glimpse of your Facebook tab without actually switching over to it.

If you’re on a Windows computer, we think you will also enjoy these improvements:

Crisper look on higher-resolution screens

Opera 24 for Windows makes full use of your higher-resolution, or HiDPI, screens. These screens have more pixels packed into the same area as normal screens, which means that rounded corners and text can look much crisper. Now, our user interface looks crystal clear on such displays. And wait until you can experience your favorite websites in HiDPI. We’re sure you will love it!

Private window color

Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows. We’ve made private windows more distinct from normal windows by changing their background color on Windows. Now, you easily can pick out and close all of your private browsing.

Download Opera 24

If you are interested in everything we changed, have a look at the Opera 24 Changelog. See also whats new for web developers.

Extensions – How to get the best out of your browser

opera-for-desktop-extensions
So, you’ve downloaded Opera for desktop, and life is great; still, you want more. That’s where extensions come in. Extensions are like superheroes or vitamins if you are into that. They perform magic on your browser and give it new capabilities.

3 easy steps to activate extensions
Extensions are made to satisfy and serve special needs that are important to you while surfing the internet. It could be making articles more readable, translating webpages automatically and much, much more. How to download extensions? Just follow these easy steps:

1.    Select Extensions from the main menu in your Opera browser.
2.    Click on the Get more extensions link, and – boom – you can search in a list of a lot of extensions for your browser.
3.    Pick the extension you want for your browser and click Add to Opera.

Once installed, the extensions, in most cases, appear by default at the right side of the combined address and search bar. Click the extension’s button to interact with it, or right-click it to change its options or view more options in the extension manager.

See how easy it is
Let’s show you how easy it is to install an extension. Say you want to save an article to read later or on another device. For this, I would suggest using the Pocket extension.
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Now that you’re on the extensions page, you’ll want to choose Pocket. Check out how easy it is to install and use:
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There you have it – you now have an extension that makes saving articles, videos and pictures you love easy…

Awesome, right?
Now, go out there and get some extensions.

Adding smiles and badges to the discussions in Opera forums

Finally, you can add a smile, a banana or an alien to the discussions. In the past weeks, we’ve been busy re-designing and adding a lot of new features to the Opera forums. We wanted to make discussions more fun and meaningful, and our latest changes are definitely in the category of FUN.

large server monkey

Watch out! Opera Forums users with the “server monkey” badge are the true veterans on the forum.

How to add emoticons
When writing a comment or starting a new discussion, you can now easily add smileys/emoticons by clicking the smiley-face icon in the top-right of the text area.

How to add a badges
Badges are not only fun, but also useful and serve a purpose. In the new release you’ll find 6 different types of badges. Most of them are driven by user activity, which is helpful when you are in a heated forum discussion with other forum members. Rule of thumb – always listen to the Server monkey ones, as well as those with a 10,000 posts badge.

           small server monkey  small trophy  moderator  birthday  Opera employee

Server monkey: Watch out! This user is a veteran in Opera Forums and was active in the forums 6 months prior to the move there.

Milestone badges: We all know that quality is more important that quantity, but, this series of badges indicate how active a user has been. Users get badges for every 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000 posts.

Happy birthday: If you see this badge on your profile. It’s your birthday! In other words, this sticker will make sure you never forget your own birthday.

Moderator: You should definitely listen to these folks – they are moderators of the Opera Forums – or the gatekeepers as some call them.

Opera employee: A really nice breed of people; they work at Opera.

 So go ahead, and join the discussions at  the Opera Forums. You might get lucky and  strike a discussion with a server monkey ;-)

Vote for Opera Max and Opera Coast!

HotForTheHolidays2014_Finalist

We are thrilled to announce both Opera Max and Opera Coast have been named as finalists in the productivity category of CTIA’s Hot for the Holidays Awards competition. In time for the holiday buying season, the Hot for the Holidays Awards recognize the hottest mobile consumer electronics, including gadgets and accessories from entertainment and health to the connected car and home.

Cast your vote for Opera Max or  Opera Coast to win “Crowd Favorite”!

You can help us spread the word by promoting these links everywhere including on all social-media platforms.

For Twitter, use the hashtag #SuperMobility and/or mention  @CTIAShows to encourage followers to vote.

Example: Help us win @CTIAShows #SuperMobility “Crowd Favorite!” Vote for Opera Max at http://ctiait.ctia.org/awards/2014/public/

For Facebook, post directly to your profile to encourage fans and friends to vote. Be sure to also “like” the CTIA shows page (http://www.facebook.com/CTIAShow).

Example: Help us win CTIA’s “Crowd Favorite!” in the CTIA Awards! Vote for Opera Coast at ­http://ctiait.ctia.org/awards/2014/public/

Voting ends on Monday, September 8 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT.