Opera, one of the most popular browsers on the Google Playstore has finally launched its free VPN app for Android users The app which arrived earlier this year on iOS and Desktop allows users to use an IP address from five server locations (US, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands) to allow users to mask their location and browse the web anonymously from their mobile devices with ease.
The VPN app comes with a Wi-Fi test tool which interestingly scans the network you’re on to see if it’s encrypted and safe to use. If any vulnerability is detected, such as the IP address and location being exposed, this will be listed in a brief report.
To calm users on data privacy issues using the free VPN service, Chris Houston, President and founder of Opera’s Surfeasy VPN division (which it acquired last year) explained:
To help cover the cost of providing the service Opera VPN displays advertising and collects anonymous information. It’s important to understand that this is not data about what you do with your phone, but rather this is data about how a large group of people use their phones. It’s very much like taking part in a survey – there is very little value in your personal answers since your answers may not be representative of the larger population. This data is completely anonymized.
Our network is not dissimilar to an internet service provider. We have tens of millions of users around the world who trust our network for the security of their data every month.