After a number of months of iOS exclusivity, Opera’s dedicated VPN app is now available on Android.
In contrast to a number of other VPN apps available on the Google Play Store, Opera’s offering is completely free; users don’t need to pay a subscription fee to access the app’s entire list of features.
Like its iOS counterpart, Opera VPN on Android is powered by SurfEasy, a company Opera acquired partway through last year. Once users have downloaded the app, they can choose between five virtual locations, including the U.S., Germany and Canada. Moreover, a built-in ad tracker blocker within the app stops advertisers and publishers from collecting data on the user.
In order to make Opera VPN free, however, the company serves its own ads within the app, and collects anonymized user data, which in some way defeats the purpose of using a VPN in the first place.
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