Opera is a web browser that includes a built-in free VPN with unlimited data. It is a browser-based VPN and so it’s technically a secure proxy rather than a VPN, as it only encrypts your browser data, not all communications from your computer.
|Completely free||Technically a secure proxy rather than a VPN as it only protects browser traffic.|
|Strong 256-bit security||Can’t select a specific country to connect to, just one of three vague regions.|
|Split tunnelling feature can allow you to bypass the VPN exclusively for search results.||Need to restart the browser to change which VPN servers you can connect to in each region.|
|No leaks from within the browser||No VPN kill switch|
|No logs||Only works in the Opera browser|
As Opera’s built-in VPN isn’t really a VPN it doesn’t use a standard VPN protocol like OpenVPN, it does however use HTTPS. HTTPS as you’re likely aware is the standard method of encrypting web communications. Opera uses the best available 256-bit AES cipher to encrypt your connection to its VPN servers.
Opera’s privacy statement is simple when it comes to what data they log from the VPN: “we do not log any information related to your browsing activity and originating network address.”. You don’t have to worry about any traffic logging.
No IPv6, DNS or WebRTC leaks are present for requests being made in your browser. Again though, you need to be aware that this doesn’t protect the rest of your operating system or any other apps.
By default, Opera bypasses the VPN for the default search engines, this means you get local Google results and that Google can see your real IP address, but if you follow any links to search results, the website will see your VPN IP address. This can be disabled in the settings if you prefer.
Unknown Network Size
Opera doesn’t publish the exact size of its VPN network or even how many countries it has servers in. When you connect to a VPN server you can only choose between three vague regions, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Each of these regions has more than one server, and switching regions is simple. Unfortunately, just switching regions and back again isn’t enough to change which VPN server you connect to in each region. To change the VPN server you connect to in each region, you need to restart the entire browser.
You can access Netflix and other streaming services through Opera’s built-in VPN, however, some servers, especially in the Asia region may run too slowly for decent streaming quality.
Torrenting and other P2P traffic don’t really work with Opera’s VPN as your torrenting client doesn’t send its traffic through the browser.
Price and Platforms
Opera’s built-in VPN is completely free and allows unlimited downloads. There are no paid plans available.
The built-in VPN is available in the Opera desktop browsers available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It’s also available on Android in the Opera Android app. The VPN feature is not available in the Opera Touch app, available on iOS and Android.
The VPN contains a simple split tunnelling feature that allows you to bypass the VPN for search results from default search engines. This feature can’t be configured to bypass the VPN for other sites.
No VPN kill switch or dedicated IP address options are available.