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Opera brings free VPN app to iOS

Opera has launched a new free VPN app for iOS, allowing iPhone and iPad users to browse the net with freedom.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Opera became the first web browser to include a VPN function as standard.

Now the company has released the Opera VPN app onto the App Store, bringing the same function to iOS users.

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, allow you to connect to the internet in a more secure and private fashion. In particular, it masks your true web address location, allowing you to appear to be browsing from another country.

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People have been using VPNs to access region-restricted content for some time now, though providers such as Netflix have begun clamping down on the practice.

The trouble with VPNs is that they tend to require the installation of third party software, which often cost money or compromise your privacy in other ways. Opera has now cracked that wide open.

Opera’s newfound VPN drive stems from last year’s acquisition of the North American VPN company SurfEasy. The company now exists under its original name, but now as Opera’s dedicated VPN division.

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Over on the SurfEasy website, president Chris Houston outlined the new iOS app, and assured customers that an Android version of Opera VPN was “coming soon.”

He also explained how this new iOS app would make money: through selling anonymous crowd data to third parties and, in future, advertising.

Next, take a look at how you can improve your Wi-Fi signal:

You can download Opera VPN from the App Store now.

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