@alucard1360 Unfortunately, a censorship agency has the same capability as you or I of downloading and installing a VPN program or a VPN-capable browser like Opera. Then, by analyzing its traffic with a packet-sniffer, they can determine the IPs used to contact the VPN servers and block those at IP/censorship Internet routing servers. Alternatively, they can observe the packet headers associated with VPN protocols and block/interfere that way. Almost as fast as a VPN maker changes and deploys new VPN server IPs to its user VPN programs/modules, a determined censor can also update, analyze, and block the new IPs. In that case, about the best one could hope for would be to obtain short-term relief in the interim between deployment of new IPs and the censors completing their analysis and slamming shut the new doors.
There are ways of covertly tunneling encrypted data between a computer and an otherwise innocuous-appearing IP (ie: one not normally VPN-associated), but it requires the full, advance cooperation of that innocent-appearing IP site, and is well beyond the scope of general-distribution VPN tools.
@sgunhouse said in Google Slim Go:
Microsoft may have wanted Windows XP to go away, but I know some major companies still use it. You think Google can do what Microsoft can't?
They may be about to run into the same issue with Windows 7 soon.
@uxbal said in Is Opera for me?:
A couple of questions. Opera looks and behaves quite nicely. Until now, I used Chrome on Windows, but I hate how it's counterpart on Android leaves ads. It says the ads should be unobtrusive, but my experience is not so. On the other hand, I read a good review about Opera on android. Now, I like my browsers to sync, + another review I read says Opera Flow is basically the best onehanded browsing option.
But, on the other side, I'm a heavy Google product user. Is it too much of a hassle to have a browsing sync through another account and not Google or how does it work in your experience? How does Opera work in that regard with Google docs for example?
And considering it's somewhat smaller user base - is Opera secure? Is Opera sync secure?
And last - I read it's based on Chromium - so basically just redesigned Chrome, or is only the engine the same and everything else "original"?
As for the Chinese ownership, it's not ideal, bu even my HP laptop is made in China, so that's that.
But also the userbase - how big is it actually and how safe and long-lived will Opera be?
I don't make a habit out of changing browsers, so sorry for asking for first hand experience in advance! Thanks!
Opera is passing by a lot of chanages,
Few years ago, Opera was the leader, all new proposition camed out form Opera. Tabs for example, Opera was the first to introduce them then the others followed.
Now, Opera is facing some problems, and the reason is obvious MONEY.
On this point, Google hasno shame, they are using Ads and a lot o fthem, in every corner of their product.
That said, Opera is very different from Chromium and gives a completely different user experience.
So give it a try and tell us about your experience.
@coffeelover My take is that in a Lounge forum we can be a bit more free-wheeling. But in the help forums I wouldn't appreciate posters banging on about other browsers - unless it's along the lines of "can Opera have a feature similar to browser X's, blah, blah" rather than "Opera sucks, use Chrome."
@yanta said in Microsoft switches to Chromium:
I'm afraid Opera could lose market shares to Microsoft if MS should succeed in developing a browser with a nice UI and some useful additional features.
For myself it has proven quite hard to shift me from whatever has been my preferred browser. I was a Firefox user for well over a decade. I've now switched to Opera as default (although I still use Firefox). Edge will have to replicate the features of Opera that I've discovered to be compelling to get me to switch.
I should say though that I do not find any one browser to be superior to all other in all respects. Hence I have several installed and occasionally have a need to use one of the others - even Edge as it happens!
@aimzz I dont really use any adblockers I just use the program called Hostsman along with the msvp hosts file. never had a problem it blocks 99% of malware sites and ads and other crap.
I have operas adblocker on too cos why not.