Opera has integrated a free virtual private network (VPN) service into its desktop web browser.
The new feature is available in developer builds of the Opera browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
“Now, you don’t have to download VPN extensions or pay for VPN subscriptions to access blocked websites and to shield your browsing when on public Wi-Fi,” said Opera.
“We realised that people need new features in order to browse the web efficiently in 2016.”
Once you have enabled the VPN feature, a button will appear in the browser address field – from there you can see and change VPN location, check whether your IP is exposed, and review statistics for data used.
Canada, Germany, and the United States are supported as VPN locations, with more countries to come.
Opera said its VPN offers the following features:
- Hide your IP address – Users receive a virtual IP address, so it’s harder for sites to track your location and identify your computer.
- Unblocking of firewalls and websites – Previously-blocked services are now accessible.
- Public Wi-Fi security – A VPN improves security when on public Wi-Fi connections.