With the help of a VPN you can surf more anonymously: Websites can no longer collect your IP address, which was assigned to you by your Internet provider (and which could be traced back to you via this provider). Instead, website operators only see the IP address that belongs to Opera's VPN. And your internet provider does not know which pages you have visited.
In addition, the VPN offers a security gain because the data traffic is additionally encrypted.
The disadvantage of almost all free VPN offers is that the servers are often overloaded. I use Opera's VPN almost continuously, and the surfing becomes measurably slower thereby. Sometimes connections fail completely with timed-out errors etc.
Some websites evaluate the IP address of their visitors in order to be automatically displayed in the appropriate language. Depending on the selected VPN this may mean that you have to look for the option to change that website's language to a language you understand.
In order not to endanger your anonymity when using a VPN, you should remain alert: For example, there are extensions that could bypass the VPN setting, revealing your "real" IP. Also, some websites use scripts to determine whether a VPN is being used. And there are settings (for example "Bypass VPN for default search engines" or the WebRTC settings) to consider.
@leocg The other problem is a bigger one that I have had the last few years; I just stumbled across this one checking date stamps of files when it occurred.
My system will go into 100% high CPU utilization for a minute or so, grinding my HD and making the CPU useless. Taskbar comes back and the processes are clean.
I have found similarities with this and the High CPU problem Google has with their Snyc program (complaints).
After the last episode, Google date stamps were changed in the Sync /Storage directories, so trying to isolate it with his random problem. It doesn't react the same to CCleaner as the other directories.
Have a place to look now.
@mrlee123 What you're looking for, unfortunately, typically falls into the category of Parental Control software, which usually now is paid software. Windows 7 used to have a pretty useful built-in Parental tool for scheduling individual app program access hours, but later Windows versions have moved away from that functionality. Check at https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346997,00.asp for a review of some makers of this kind of software.
Security always must thought of in reference to 'security against what (or whom)'. Opera's VPN and its encryption can hide your IP address and data traffic from snooping along the Internet connection path or the end-target website, but that might better be described as a privacy enhancement (unless one lives in a nationally Internet-censored land, in which case privacy in communication can indeed be a security issue). If one uses a VPN, however, the DNS functions ought to be part of the VPN service for maximum privacy (or security). There are those who would argue that using Google's DNS service is tantamount to abandoning privacy (given Google's massive penchant for marketing all kinds of usage data), but that's probably an exaggeration given that the usage data they market is normally anonymized.
Download the Opera installer, launch it, click "options", set "install path" to a folder on you desktop, set "install for" to "standalone installation". Uncheck "import data from default browser". Test in that Opera. Do not enable Opera Sync and do not install any extensions or user VPN or anything like that.
Does that Opera save passwords?
If you find that Yahoo does support things but never asks you, see https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/25257/add-protocol-handler-to-settings for an example (for another site) on how to manually add a handler. I still don't think Yahoo supports it though.
Now, instead if you want to hide the easy-setup button, do this:
Create a folder named "Hide Easy Setup". In it, put the following files:
display: none !important;
"name" : "Hide Easy-Setup",
"version" : "0.1",
"description" : "Hide Easy-Setup",
Then, modify Opera's shortcut to launcher.exe so that the command is like this:
"C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe" --extensions-on-chrome-urls=true
Then, load the unpacked extension (see previous post for how). Just note that if Opera is ever launched without --extensions-on-chrome-urls=true, Opera will remove the extension on you and you'll have to load Opera again with that option and then load the unpacked extension again.
Then, the speeddial page will be white AND empty.
I think if there was an option to hide the easy-setup button and make the whole startpage white, that'd help a lot.