Known as Opera VPN, the app lets people enhance their online privacy, block ad-tracking cookies, access more online content, extend the geographical reach of apps.
At the moment, users can choose from five server locations: USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands.
“The Opera VPN app for Android sets itself apart from other VPNs by offering a completely free service – without a data limit, no log-in required, advanced Wi-Fi protection features and no need for a subscription,” said Chris Houston, President of Surfeasy, Opera’s VPN division.
The Wi-Fi protection feature lets users test the security of public Wi-Fi networks. It scans the network to check if it’s public or private, if it’s encrypted, and how many other devices that share the same connection.
It also checks to see if the network’s IP address and the location are exposed, and if others can monitor or sniff device details. If the test tool detects any weaknesses, it will advise the user to enable the VPN.
The test tool gives a score from A, which means the network is secure, to F, which means the network is not secure and the user should proceed with extra caution.
“We’ve incorporated a Viking in the app, because Vikings didn’t care about borders, and they certainly wouldn’t be afraid of public Wi-Fi. The Opera VPN app can unlock online borders and is the closest thing to a Viking shield that today’s mobile users have for virtual self-protection,” Chris added.
The app started rolling out today globally. English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Spanish are the supported languages.