People who use VPNs (virtual private networks) to browse the internet are well aware of the challenges of finding a decent VPN app. Most of the VPNs out there are either paid (and charge a bomb) and rest are shady. Those who are concerned of their privacy on the web often give in to either of these options, but not anymore.
Opera launched its VPN app on Android platform on Tuesday, allowing users to take full advantage of changing their virtual location, accessing blocked content and more. Opera VPN was originally launched for iOS users in May this year, but releasing it on Android welcomes a larger user base to try out this free app.
Unlike most VPN apps, Opera VPN does not require users to share any of their login credentials or even pay for a subscription. The app is completely free, but has premium features such as no annoying ads popping up every time a user logs in or any data limits. Most importantly, Opera is a reliable company and there is no risk of being cheated.
The free and unlimited Opera VPN lets users virtually browse from different countries, such as Canada, Germany, Singapore, the Netherlands and the U.S. More countries will soon be added to the app.
The Opera VPN app for Android sets itself apart from other VPNs by offering a completely free service - without a data limit, no log-in required, advanced Wi-Fi protection features and no need for a subscription," Chris Houston, President of Surfeasy, Opera's VPN division, said in a statement.
Opera VPN also has a special feature that allows users to "determine Wi-Fi network security level, as well as connection encryption and protection from certain threats." The app's VPN and ad blocker services are powered by SurfEasy, a company acquired by Opera last year.
How to use Opera VPN
If you have already used a VPN, then Opera VPN is no different. Even those who are not well-versed of VPN settings on their phones can easily get started as Opera VPN does all the heavy lifting. Simply download Opera VPN app from Google Play Store and launch it. The app has three columns; first to choose your virtual location, second for Wi-Fi and the third one is for blocking ads.
Tap on Connect to turn on your VPN, connect to Wi-Fi and start browsing without worries of being tracked. The app is available globally and supports English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Spanish.
Take a look at the screenshots below on how to get started with Opera VPN after installing it for the first time:
If you are wondering what a Viking is doing here, it is a feature incorporated in the app to improve the service. Houston explains the integration of a Viking in the app "because Vikings didn't care about borders, and they certainly wouldn't be afraid of public Wi-Fi. The Opera VPN app can unlock online borders and is the closest thing to a Viking shield that today's mobile users have for virtual self-protection."
If you still feel lost, just watch the video below: