[HOME]4:37 PM November 20, 2016

Speed And Privacy With Opera

I've experimented and changed web browsers over the years. Started with IE, then Netscape, Opera and Firefox. Then Mozilla Suite which became Seamonkey. Then there's K-Melon, Otter, and Vivaldi and Chrome. Tried them all. Originally I settled on Mozilla Suite until Mozilla gave it up and it became Seamonkey.

Not knowing what to expect I switched to Opera, not sure what version it was at the time but I've been fooling around with Opera since version 3 something. In version 3 something it had big display add banner across the top that you had to pay for to get rid of. On a already, painfully slow, dial-up connection at the time that was a no-no.

Opera Turbo

Speaking of painfully slow connections, the Opera browser has a built in feature to help, in theory, speed up your connection if you are stuck in with a slow Internet. It's called Opera Turbo. I think it was first used around version 10 of Opera. Just FYI, as I'm writing this Opera is on version 41.0.

This is a quote from their website on how it works:

How does it work?

The pages you visit go through one of our servers. The server identifies pieces of the page that can be compressed. It shaves off image pixels and corrects video buffering. Then, it sends back these smaller-sized pieces to your device.

I haven't tried it out recently but in the past I've known it to interfere with Facebook games on on line videos. I just experimented with a Youtube video and it seems to play flawlessly. Mileage may vary.

To enable click on the Menu button, top left had corner of browser. and just check Opera Turbo or uncheck if you want to disable it.

enable Opera Turbo

Opera VPN

If your worried about privacy Opera has another built in feature called VPN or Virtual Private Network. Basically it runs your Internet requests through a bunch of proxy servers to help hide and protect your identity.

enable / disable VPN

To enable just click on the letters VPN before the URL address bar. Click on the little switch to enable or disable it. If you don't see it there, click on the Menu button then Settings and the Privacy & security. Make sure the Enable VPN option is checked.

Once enabled just type what is my ip in the search bar or url bar and see it report a different IP address from your original. In the window to enable/disable the VPN, towards the bottom is a Virtual location: bar set to Optimal location - you can change that by just clicking on it and clicking on the country of your choice.

Some warnings: Be careful about signing into your email or Facebook when using a VPN. These services usually have security set up so if your area IP is different from your normal, say I tried to sign into Facebook in Canada using an IP address from France then Facebook will probably block me until I can confirm my account.

If you travel any, you probably already encountered this issue. So it might be wise to disable it while using Facebook or checking your email.

Privacy tabs

Most browsers have an option now for private tabs. I just want to point out that this does not give you privacy on line as the name may suggest. When you go to a web site, a copy of that site is made on your computer in the cache or Temporary Internet Files. With cookies, it may save other data. A private tab only makes sure it doesn't save any of this data (or cookies) on your system. No history tracks left behind. It's not the same as a VPN.