Friday, April 1, 2016

Browser: Opera Developer Version VPN

I read this post that Opera now has a built in VPN. So, I checked to be sure my copy was up to date, (it is), and then headed for the web site.

I saw the VPN announcement and then clicked on it. This was followed by about 20 browser interactions with Google, Facebook, Opera and places I have never heard of. For an example of browser interactions this post demonstrates the number of browser interactions that result from playing one song on YouTube. If you don't want to leave this site here is a browser interaction caught by my outbound firewall Little Snitch:

The opera VPN web site says:

According to Global Web Index*, more than half a billion people (24% of the world’s internet population) have tried or are currently using VPN services. According to the research, the primary reasons for people to use a VPN are:

– To access better entertainment content (38%)
– To keep anonymity while browsing (30%)
– To access restricted networks and sites in my country (28%)
– To access restricted sites at work (27%)
– To communicate with friends/family abroad (24%)
– To access restricted news websites in my country (22%)

According to the research, young people are leading the way when it comes to VPN usage, with almost one third of people between 16-34 having used a VPN.

And also:

Unblocking of firewalls and websites – Many countries, schools and workplaces block video-streaming sites, social networks and other services. By using a VPN you can access your favorite content, no matter where you are.

Translation: if you are a public school in the USA K-12 you probably do not want to allow the Opera user agent, or your Net Nanny may fail to accomplish its intended purpose, (Let the reader understand).

Below is the preferences screen for Opera developer. I think it may have been a bad idea to turn on both block ads and the VPN, the program appears to be crashing. I will go back in a week or so and get the latest snapshot. There is no evidence of it with activity monitor. I will post what I have so far, reboot and look around a bit more.


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