A virtual private network (VPN) is a great way to protect yourself online, especially on public hotspots. Opera is the first and only major browser to have a built-in and unlimited browser VPN that is completely free. How can you be sure that Opera’s VPN is safe?

You don’t need any extra software. You don’t need an account. Simply toggle on the VPN badge, and you can surf the web like normal without worrying about the security of the Wi-Fi at your favorite coffee shop. But now you are trusting Opera’s VPN instead of the public hotspot, so how do you know if it’s the safest VPN?

How secure is Opera’s VPN?

The safety and security of Opera’s VPN depend on two major factors: encryption of internet traffic to and from the VPN server and no logging. When you enable Opera’s VPN, your browser creates a secure connection to one of our VPN servers. This connection uses industry-standard 256-bit encryption. To put that number in perspective, the encryption key is one of an extraordinarily large number of keys (115,792,089,237,316,195,423,570,985,008,687,907,853,269,984,665,640,564,039,457,584,007,913,129,639,936, to be exact). In other words, a hacker will not be able to guess the key. Your connection to our secure VPN servers (and consequently, your data) will remain private and away from prying eyes, making it the safest free VPN provider.

Is using VPN safe?

Online security and safety are often used interchangeably, but with VPN providers, safety is more than just how secure your connection to the server is. Since the VPN server can see your internet traffic, choosing a bad VPN provider could just be exchanging one privacy concern for another. This should be considered when looking through reviews of free VPN providers. It’s a good idea to go with a well-known and trusted provider for a free safe VPN.

How does Opera’s VPN handle your data?

Opera’s VPN works in line with our privacy policy, which explains exactly what we do with your personal data:

When you use our built-in VPN service, we do not log any information related to your browsing activity and originating network address.

No logs. No tracking. What you do online is your own business.

How fast is Opera’s VPN?

When you enable Opera’s VPN, your browser automatically connects to the server that will provide you with the best user experience. But if you’d prefer a server in a different geographical area, simply go your VPN settings and choose the region that you would like. With servers around the world, we offer users a choice between three regions: America, Asia, and Europe. The exact location of the server will affect your connection speed, especially if you choose a region that is not optimal.

Opera’s VPN is fast and can keep up with good broadband connections. The most significant slowdown that you may experience is an increased ping (the time required to send a signal to a remote server and receive a response). Even then, the difference should only be a matter of milliseconds, a small compromise for the peace of mind that our safer VPN can provide.

Turn on Opera’s secure VPN

To enable Opera’s secure VPN, go to Settings > Advanced > Features > VPN and turn on Enable VPN.

When you enable VPN, a blue badge will appear at the left end of the combined address and search bar. Click on the badge to see an on/off switch, information about the amount of data transferred, the virtual location and the virtual IP address.

Download Opera for Computers to try our safe VPN. Online security can seem challenging, but we’re helping to make it easier. With simplicity, safety, and speed, Opera’s secure VPN can help you protect yourself online.

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