There are so many web browsers to choose from, such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and so on, and each have their pros and cons. What each and every one does not have however, Is a built-In VPN that masks your real IP address, hence keeps your online anonymity Intact. The Opera web browser does have a native VPN, and In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to enable It with a few clicks of the mouse.
If you're not sure, or have never heard of a VPN (Virtual Private Network), now Is a good time to learn. It's beyond the scope of this article to elaborate on It fully, so simply put, a VPN creates an encrypted connection over a secure network.
Rather than connecting directly to a website that you wish to visit, your browser Instead connects to the VPN's server and then to the website. As a result, the website will see the VPN's IP address and not your ISPs, thus your online navigation Is private & anonymous. Opera Is one of very few browsers that has a built-In VPN, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
If you haven't got Opera Installed already, visit the official website, then download & execute the setup file. You can see In the Image below, that It's packaged with a VPN. Hit the Install button.
An active Internet connection Is required to download and Install Opera, so make sure you're connected to the net. The Installation process will then begin. It shouldn't take any more than a couple of minutes.
Once the Installation completes, Opera will automatically execute. Let's enable the VPN, by first clicking on Menu and then Settings.
Now click on Advanced and just below It, do the same by clicking on Features.
Under VPN, turn on the Enable VPN option as arrowed below. You can do the same with Bypass VPN for default search engines, but that's entirely your choice.
Now let's test the VPN. Open Google, enter what Is my IP address and click on the first link In the search result.
As you can see, the ISP Is Opera Mini Proxy, and the IP address Is certainly not mine. Your IP will obviously differ. It's confirmed that the VPN Is functioning as per It's objective. Your anonymity Is now protected.
Enabling & disabling the VPN Is a very simple process. Click on the VPN button at the top, and make your selection thereafter.
When navigating online without a VPN by using your ISP's connection, they can see exactly what websites you visit, files you download and a lot more. When using a VPN however, your ISP can see that you're connected to It, but anything beyond that, Is not known. That's because you're navigating through the VPN's encrypted tunnel of communication, prior to reaching the website you're visiting at the time.
In terms of a basic, free and reliable VPN for general online activity, Opera's built-In VPN Is certainly worthy of It's purpose.