While limited to the Opera browser, as opposed to standalone VPN solutions which cover all programs that connect to the Internet, it is
free and easy to use. The company launched Opera VPN for iOS and Android
as well, and introduced a paid subscription option called Opera VPN
Gold some time later.
Opera Software itself sold its consumer business to a Chinese consortium in 2016. The deal included consumer products such as the
Opera web browser or Opera Max, but not SurfEasy LLC which remained in
the hands of Opera Software.
The company sold SurfEasy to Symantec in November 2017 for $50 million US Dollars however. Symantec's interest in SurfEasy came from
the fact that SurfEasy was powering Symantec's Norton Wi-Fi VPN product
already, and that the product helped Symantec improve the growth rate of
its consumer business (which was in decline last year but growing this
year).For Opera Software, the deal meant that the company had two
options: broker a deal with SurfEasy to keep on using it in Opera, or
find a different system instead.
Opera Software decided to create its own service from scratch and integrate it into the Opera browser. One benefit of the change is that
the VPN will use Opera data centers and infrastructure, and that the
move should improve the performance and scalability of the solution.
One downside of the change is that Opera moves from offering country connections to regional connections instead. Instead of connecting to a
server in the Netherlands or UK for instance, Opera users can only
select to connect to Europe instead.
This reduces the usefulness of the solution for some use cases. It is no longer possible for instance to use Opera VPN to access region
blocked content, as you cannot control the country anymore that you
connect to when using the VPN.
The company plans to introduce another change in the soon to be released Opera 50. Opera VPN will bypass the VPN automatically when
user's access native search engines. Opera Software mentions Google,
Bing and Yandex specifically, but it seems to apply to any search engine
that is currently integrated in Opera.
People who used Opera VPN complained about the search quality in the past due according to Opera Software, and this new feature is designed
to improve the situation.When comes to the issue of online privacy and
security, we suggest to use a VPN, and our recommendation is