Opera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year.
The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.
The iOS application followed in May, and today saw the release of the Android application.
Opera VPN for Android is a VPN client that is free to use. It is provided by SurfEasy, an Opera company.
Installation of the application is straightforward. Since it is a VPN, you will receive a request to set up a VPN connection on the device. You must accept it or won’t be able to use the service at all.
The app displays a short introduction to the features that it makes available. Basically, it offers three features that you may activate from within the app:
Connect to the VPN network. Opera VPN connects to the closest region automatically, but displays options to switch the region once connected. Regions that were available during the test were Canada, USA, Netherlands, Germany, and Singapore.
Wi-Fi Security. You may use this feature to test the security of the wireless network your Android device is connected to. Opera VPN displays the name of the WLAN and its ID, and whether it is protected or not on the screen. The test performs additional look ups and awards a security score at the end (one when connected regularly, and one when connected to Opera VPN).
Guardian. Guardian can be activated to block ad trackers when you are online.
The connection speed was quite good during tests but mileage may vary based on the location you connect to the service, the region you connect to, load at that time and other factors.
A quick test playing videos on YouTube and other services showed that playback was fluent and without buffering issues or other issues.
Since it is a VPN app that runs in the background, all applications you use tunnel their traffic through it.
Opera VPN is a free VPN app for Android that does not look that different than other free VPN apps for Android. The inclusion of the WiFi security test — with the foreseeable result that the connection is more secure when you use Opera VPN — and the system-wide tracker blocker are nice to have features.
If you trust Opera Software, there is little reason not to use the company’s VPN applications as well. Paid solutions on the other hand offer better privacy, whereas other free solutions usually don’t.