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Opera launches VPN app that shields privacy on Androids

Opera launches VPN app that shields privacy on Androids
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Opera says it is launching a free and unlimited VPN app that lets users shield their privacy and enhance their online protection on Android devices.

The new Opera VPN also lets users block ad-tracking cookies, access more online content, extend the geographical reach of apps and test the security of Wi-Fi networks on Android.

The Android version of the Opera VPN app follows the iOS version that rolled out globally in May and has already been downloaded by more than one million users, according to Opera.

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[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Opera says the Wi-Fi test tool in Opera VPN will scan a Wi-Fi network to check if it’s public or private, if it’s encrypted, how many other devices that share the same connection, if the IP address and the location are exposed, and if others can monitor or sniff device details. If the test tool detects any weaknesses, it will advise the user to enable the VPN.[/quote]Opera says the Wi-Fi test tool in Opera VPN will scan a Wi-Fi network to check if it’s public or private, if it’s encrypted, how many other devices that share the same connection, if the IP address and the location are exposed, and if others can monitor or sniff device details. If the test tool detects any weaknesses, it will advise the user to enable the VPN.

“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 says.

“We’ve incorporated 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,” Houston adds.

Opera says the Wi-Fi test tool in Opera VPN will scan a Wi-Fi network to check if it’s public or private, if it’s encrypted, how many other devices that share the same connection, if the IP address and the location are exposed, and if others can monitor or sniff device details. If the test tool detects any weaknesses, it will advise the user to enable the VPN.

The test tool gives a score from A, which means the network is secure, to F, which means the network is not secure and the user should proceed with extra caution.

Opera VPN for Android is available globally, with English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Spanish as supported languages, according to the company.

A virtual private network, also known as a VPN, is a private network that extends across a public network or internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.

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