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Tips To Browse Securely With Opera Browser

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Opera is a cross-platform browser available for many desktop and mobile operating systems. According to reliable estimates, Opera is the fourth most popular browser and is used by more than 300 million people every month. Even though Opera includes many built-in security features (ability to delete HTTP cookies automatically, malware protection etc.); you can further customize the security settings to make your browsing experience more secure. This article will reveal several tips for browsing more securely with the Opera browser.

1) Deal with Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are used to customize browsing experience, remember user credentials etc. but they are often misused by hackers and advertisers to steal information and show irrelevant ads to the users. Opera makes it easy to specify what kind of cookies should be accepted and what to do with them once your browsing session is complete. To modify the cookie settings, click on Opera -> Settings -> Preferences and then navigate to the Advanced tab. Click on the cookies option on the left and then customize the settings as per your preferences. For instance, you can accept all cookies, block all cookies or only accept cookies from the site that you navigate to (and not from the advertisers that display ads on the site). It is also possible to add exceptions to the cookie rules and manage existing cookies by clicking on the “Manage Cookies” button. Finally, you can also set rules to delete all cookies when Opera exits and ask for confirmation before accepting them.

2) Private Browsing

If you access the internet from shared computers or internet cafes regularly then you must use the Private browsing mode to stop sharing your browsing history with others. Browsers are usually configured to retain browsing data but as soon as you enable the Private Browsing mode, Opera would stop recording your searches, browsing sessions and form data (including usernames and passwords) plus it would also delete cookies as soon as you close the browser window. To activate the Private Browsing mode, click on Opera -> Tabs and Windows and then click on “New Private Tab”. In addition, you can also configure Opera to stop sending referrer information by unchecking the checkbox next to “Send referrer information” under Opera -> Settings -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Network as well as request websites not to track your online activities by using the option “Ask websites not to track me” available within Opera -> Settings -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Security.

It must be remember that enabling the above options won’t protect your online activities from being monitored by network administrators and ISPs. If you need to hide your online activities from higher authorities then you must invest in a privacy solution like a Virtual Private Network. There are several reliable privacy companies (such as HideMyAss, Kepard, IPVanish and PureVPN) that provide total privacy and anonymity on the internet for a small fee.

3) Update Opera and Plugins

Apart from modifying security settings, you must also remember to update the browser and installed plugins to remain protected from the latest security threats. As far as plugins are concerned, they carry their own set of security challenges so you must use them carefully and only install those plugins that have a good reputation in the market.

August 1, 2014

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