Opera Browser Gets a Major Update
Opera only recently introduced their latest browser version called Reborn 3 (Opera 60), and the new features improve the control users have over their privacy and security. Additionally, the new Reborn 3 update also provides easy access to Web 3, which is the third generation of internet, or as some call it the “Web of the future”.
Although Opera falls back against the biggest market holder Google Chrome, Reborn 3 came as a refreshing improvement for privacy-conscious users all around the world.
According to the blog post on Opera Blogs, the update was released on April 7, and it consists of numerous changes and improvements.
Let’s see what’s new and why it matters.
Opera’s Reborn 3 Features
Let’s start from the essentials. One of the first things you will notice about the desktop browser is that it has an overall improved design. Opera now offers both a light theme and the new dark theme, which is excellent for using Opera desktop browser in the dark without seriously affecting the eyes, and it also saves battery life. To enable or disable it, you need to load opera://settings on the browser’s bar and only switch the settings to your liking.
There are other subtle changes around the design that are quite helpful and convenient. Like the tabs on Opera are now easier to use, especially if you have opened multiple tabs all at once.
However, people were mostly drawn by the other features we are about to mention.
Cryptocurrencies are no longer an unknown term for those deep on the internet, their popularity has grown on a global level. The fact that Opera managed to implement a crypto wallet in the Reborn 3 version makes it for an excellent addition to their desktop browser.
Now users can make digital currency transactions much easier than before. The crypto wallet is also available for the Opera Android app and apparently is soon to become available for iOS operating system devices as well.
To improve the overall security of cryptocurrency transactions a cross-platform wallet syncing is available in which your keys will be stored on locally on your devices.
Web 3 Access
For those of you hearing it for the first time, Web 3 is an umbrella term that combines cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and other technologies that are just emerging in the world that will affect the internet as we know it.
Many people refer to it as to the “Web of the future”, and they are not wrong. The new Web 3 access update means Opera users will now have easy access to it and be able to explore it.
These two features, the crypto wallet and the connection to Web 3 means Opera users will get to experience the new internet much easier.
Though not a new feature on Opera, with the new update, you can enjoy a much faster and secure connection with Opera's built-in VPN.
That makes it currently the only browser that has a free unlimited VPN available for its users that want to browse the internet securely all the time.
The VPN can be easily turned on and off, and whether you want to use it or not depends solely on your needs. However, while it’s on, your entire internet experience will be much more secure and anonymous. It’s a no logs VPN service, which means that what you do on the Opera browser, including the websites you visit and your username and passwords, will not be stored nor could the information fall into the wrong hands.
You can always use your preferred VPN with Opera, in case you do not trust their free one.
Reborn 3 implements a built-in ad blocker that will allow you to get rid of annoying ads while using the internet. The difference is that you won’t have to download a browser extension, as you only activate it in the “Easy Setup” panel on the browser. It also allows you to exclude ads on a specific website or to turn off the ad blocker when needed on a particular website.
The New Update Gives Users More Control
Taking into consideration everything that Opera Reborn 3 offers, the new update really does give more control to the internet users. They can remain secure and protected on the internet, which is something that is very difficult to do nowadays.
So instead of downloading ad blockers, setting up a VPN on your devices, and dealing with securing your crypto transactions, you can just download the newest version of Opera.
Also, one of the best things about it is that you’ll be ready move from Web 2 to Web 3, and be in step with the newest technology, and the more decentralized way of running things on the internet, one where the information is in your hands as a user.
How to Update Your Opera Browser
If you haven’t done it by now, let’s see how you can download the newest version of the Opera browser.
For people who are not using Opera browser on their computers yet, you can easily do this by downloading the desktop browser from their official website. You will see the newest update on the home page as soon as you enter the website.
For those of you who are already using it, only check for updates to the browser by typing opera://update in the Opera browser’s bar and it automatically checks whether it needs to download the latest version, and does it for you.
And there you have it. It simplistic, easy and you can try the Reborn 3 at any time. If you happen to dislike the new features you can always uninstall the Opera browser from your device, and continue using the one you prefer. However, it’s always a nice touch to have more secure and private browsing without much effort.
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