In attempt to lure customers back to the Opera browser, the company has announced it’s the first major browser maker to integrate a free VPN into the company’s product. In an announcement, the Norwegian company says the free-VPN edition of its browser is only currently being made available through the company’s developer channel as it gathers input from users, but will be released in a more finished state at a later date.
Users looking for more comprehensive VPN solutions may be underwhelmed, since only browser traffic will obviously be sent through the VPN — and not the myriad other traffic traveling over your home network. Still, it’s, well, free.
Opera says the free VPN is a way to appeal to desktop browser users that may feel neglected as the industry has spent the lion’s share of its development time and energy on mobile versions.
“Bringing this important privacy improvement marks another step in building a browser that matches up to people s expectations in 2016,” the company proclaims. “When you think about it, many popular options offered by desktop browsers today were invented (quite frequently by Opera) many years ago. The innovation energy in the industry has been recently so focused on mobile, even if the desktop is still thriving.”
Still, Opera says it plans to offer a mobile version of the VPN-integrated browser at a later date.
Users interested in giving the latest version of Opera with free integrated VPN a spin can download it here.