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Opera Max now prompts users to re-enable it every 12 hours

If you're not familiar with VPNs, a Virtual Private Network allows users to access the internet as if they were on another network. VPNs are often used to access services only available in another country, access content blocked on a restricted network, or avoid privacy concerns that come with using free Wi-Fi.

Opera Max has been available on Android for a while now, allowing users to save data usage through apps like YouTube and Netflix. For this to work, your device is connected to the Opera Max VPN, which compresses data like Netflix streams and YouTube videos before it reaches your device. The result is less data usage on your end.

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Opera Max can now block ad trackers and other privacy risks

Opera Max started out as a VPN capable of reducing data usage, as well as blocking apps from accessing the internet. Now Opera is rolling out a new feature to Max, called 'privacy mode,' that aims to make your device even more secure online.

Privacy mode is based on the S Secure feature Opera created for Samsung for the Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime, which filtered ad trackers and other privacy risks. Opera Max takes it a step further by showing information per app, so you can see what applications on your device are potentially dangerous. Opera uses the EasyPrivacy filter list, a massive database of tracking services, to make this possible.

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Wi-Fi Assistant is now available in 11 more countries for Fi users, adds ability to secure open networks saved on your device

Project Fi's Wi-Fi Assistant has been in the news more than usual lately, due to its addition to all Nexus devices and its new ability to secure networks that users manually connect to. Now, the team behind Wi-Fi Assistant has added eleven new European countries for Fi users and a new feature that aims to make existing, saved open networks on your device more secure.

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Opera VPN now available on Android, completely free and blocks ad tracking

Back in April, Opera introduced a free VPN integrated into the desktop Opera browser. That feature arrived in the Opera developer channel almost a year after they acquired SurfEasy, a Toronto-based company that created easy-to-use VPN applications. A standalone Opera VPN application was released on iOS in May, and now it's available for Android devices.

Opera VPN is notable because just like the VPN in the Opera browsers, it is completely free. You can choose between a number of countries including USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and The Netherlands (with more countries coming soon). The application also includes a built-in ad tracking blocker, to prevent advertising networks from tracking your behavior across websites.

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Opera Max v2.0 Appears In The Play Store Under A New Listing With Mysterious 'Boost' Feature [Update: Sounds Shady]

Opera was once just a maker of browsers (a browser that cost money in fact), but more recently it's branching out into other areas. For example, the Opera Max VPN service. Opera Max compresses data before it gets to your phone to lower your usage, and there's a new version out today. Opera Max v2.0 is in the Play Store, but it's got an entirely new listing.

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[Hands-On] Betternet Is A Free, Unlimited VPN Service That Doesn't Need An Email Address, Lets You Download Torrents, And Has Unobtrusive Ads

People who take online privacy seriously eventually get to the point where they want to experiment with a VPN. Usually this costs money, which puts some people off particularly because the process involves handing over an email address and credit card information. This means that even if you're better protected from prying eyes than you would be if you were VPN-less, the company that supplies the service may still be able to connect the dots.

That's what makes Betternet interesting. Unlike most other options, this service is entirely free to use. That has implications both for your privacy (though you still have to watch out for DNS leaks) and your wallet.

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[Deal Alert] Get 2 Years Of VPN Service From Highly-Regarded Private Internet Access For Just $60, Native Android App And 5 Simultaneous Connections Included

A major aspect of using VPN services for privacy or security is that you must trust your provider. If the service is actually willing to cooperate with spies or hackers, they could compromise all of your browsing activity. In this environment that requires trust, Private Internet Access is among the industry's most highly esteemed services. For just a few days, you can get 2 years of their fully functional subscription for only $60, a $20 savings over their regular pricing that already blew competitors out of the water.

Private Internet Access allows you to use servers in 20 different countries, not to mention multiple locations within the US, UK, and Canada.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Lifetime ProXPN Premium VPN License With No Restrictions On Torrent Traffic For $39

Hey, you don't have to explain to me why you want a VPN account. In an age where people are increasingly concerned about what companies do with their data, being compromised by hackers, and government surveillance, I'm not going to give you a hard time for wanting your privacy. Huh? You just want to torrent some stuff? Oh, well, whatever, sure, yeah, you can do that too.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Lifetime Subscription To TigerVPN For Just $29, Android Support And Access To Endpoints In 15 Locations Included

Concerns about privacy online are only growing nowadays. You might be interested in avoiding the NSA, advertising agencies, your ISP, hackers, or whatever is going on at that free hotspot you just connected to. A popular and powerful method of doing this is using a VPN, which both changes your visible IP address (like a proxy) and encrypts all your web traffic to keep prying eyes away (unlike a proxy).

TigerVPN in conjunction with StackSocial is now offering a lifetime subscription to their "lite" VPN service for only $29, less than a one-year price for most competitors.

Your money earns you perpetual access to connections in 15 different locations, giving you a variety of options depending on your specific needs.

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Opera Max 'Global' Gets A New App Listing, New UI, And The Ability To Specify Data Saving Settings For Wi-Fi And Mobile

Opera Max debuted on Android way back in December of 2013. Today it gets a major update - major enough, at least, that Opera thinks it's worth putting into a completely new app listing. Here's the original Opera Max, and here's the new "global" version (from the file name). The biggest visual change is a spiffy new interface with a bunch of Material Design elements. And that's nice, but what's really interesting is the ability to select specific settings for Wi-Fi or mobile (3G and LTE) connections.

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Opera Max isn't a browser, it's an app that allows users to apply Opera's VPN and data compression technology to all of the non-encrypted data sent or received by an Android device.

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