Till now Opera browser has offered free VPN service in the browser hosted and provided by SurfEasy. As SurfEasy was recently acquired by Symantec, Opera has decided to move the VPN service to its own data centers. Do you have any privacy concerns with this move?
Browser VPN moved to Opera data Centers
Opera desktop team in a blog post said their server infrastructure the holds compressing engine of Opera mini and “The colocation of the browser VPN service to our data centers is expected to give increased performance, scalability and balancing capabilities, while keeping it a free and no-log service.”
Updated VPN which is currently in transition to Opera data centers and available in Opera 51 dev and Opera 50 beta, will provide these locations: Optimal Location (default), the Americas, Europe and Asia. Yes! Opera has changed VPN service listing locations from countries to regions. Currently, Europe and Optimal location options are available.
Opera VPN service in Opera 49 stable, still use VPN provided by SurfEasy. When migration completes. you’ll see VPN service operating from Opera data centers.
Opera bypasses VPN for default search engines and uses “local search” feature
To provide better search experience when VPN service is enabled, Opera browser now bypasses VPN when you search with search engines like Google and Bing.
Opera assures “These connections will still be secure over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), but your local IP will be made visible to the search engines. When you click on links to navigate away from the search engines, the browser VPN service will automatically be re-enabled”
However, Opera allows users an option to turn off this in settings.
Click on Opera menu > Settings > Privacy & Security, uncheck ‘Bypass VPN for default search engine’
When VPN is enabled, Opera in Private browsing mode turns off local search feature and enforces VPN connection for any websites, including for your search engines.