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Did Opera update add items to my speed dials?
My browser on my Windows 8 computer automatically updated this morning to Opera stable 32.0.1948.69. I noticed that there were about 4 speed dial items this morning that I definitely did not put there. I am the only person on this computer who uses this browser. There are 2 people in this household, and the other person hasn't even used this computer at all since yesterday (when those speed dials were definitely not there), not to mention he doesn't use Opera and doesn't know anything about speed dials or how to add them. So how did those speed dials get there? One of them was for ebay, another for a vpn service, another for a travel booking service, and one was Amazon. Of those sites, I have only ever used Amazon on this browser on this computer. So...???
It happened to me too. But I found even more new speed-dial items - 8!!! It's very disrespectful of Opera to do such things to customers.
There's another thread here about this as well. I was worried when I saw those speed dials, was wondering if they were malware related. I'm glad to know it wasn't that, anyway. I just deleted them.
it's very disrespectful of Opera to do such things to customers.
Being 'a customer' implies that you paid for something. You get Opera for free. The people paying Opera to put them in the speed dial are Opera's customers.
And you seem to imply it's free. It's not. We do not pay with cash but we do pay in the fact that they sell our information and browsing habits to others.
I want speed dial to be catered to me, by me.
If that ceases to be, then it will be bye bye Opera.
Leave Opera then and have fun with GOOGLE Chrome, Mozilla-the-same-thing-Firefox or any other browser who all behaves exactly like that.
And you seem to imply it's free. It's not. We do not pay with cash but we do pay in the fact that they sell our information and browsing habits to others. I want speed dial to be catered to me, by me. If that ceases to be, then it will be bye bye Opera.
Relax! It's just a speed dial, and it's easily deleted. At least, until a future update adds new ones.
Other than donate-ware, the hidden element of the entire modern Internet's 'free' software scenario is that it exchanges the idea of a paying user as customer for a paying advertiser as customer, one who data mines either the user's eyeballs or his browsing trail. If that makes you uncomfortable, the source of the problem is a lot bigger than just Opera.
If the product is free, you are the product.