Wrong advice from Opera regarding latest version

  • Secunia's PSI said my detected version is v32.0.1948.69, that it is End-of-Life and that I need v33x. Secunia has an updater so I clicked on Approve Update but after 20 minutes nothing had happened. I then went to Opera and the About Opera said I already have the latest version.

    Having googled I found that version 33 is the latest. I've installed it and everything is now OK.

    But why did 'About Opera' say v32x was up-to-date when clearly is isn't?

    Also, I'd set my settings to always install Opera updates - something I wouldn't do with Microsoft! - so why didn't that work and give me v33 automatically?

    It's my first time here so please be gentle if I've missed something obvious! Thank you.

  • PS I didn't see a "tick here to be notified of replies" box. I'll have to read the Welcome again.

  • Another question - why didn't the installation of v33 uninstall v32?

  • But why did 'About Opera' say v32x was up-to-date when clearly is isn't?

    Autoupdate is done in stages so it can take a few days for everyone to get the new version/build.

    You can just run the online installer to get the update if you don't want to wait.

    why didn't the installation of v33 uninstall v32?

    Because this is how it was designed to work. You will always have the current and the old build, maybe even two of them.

    PS I didn't see a "tick here to be notified of replies" box.

    Go to your forum profile, click on "edit preferences" and check "Notify me when people comment on my discussions."

  • Thank you leocg - put it down to my lack of experience!

    It does concern me though that an update doesn't uninstall the old version. What is a version is found to have security holes and so is updated with a secure version - wouldn't hackers still be able to get in via the unsecure old version?***

    Or is Opera totally secure?

    *** This is what used to be the main problem with Adobe - Flash and Reader mainly. Adobe added the 'uninstall old version' to their updates but recently it's not always worked.

  • It does concern me though that an update doesn't uninstall the old version.

    It is left in there in case the new install has problems. Its a backup. It deletes itself when you upgrade to the next version so you will only ever have two installs in there at a time.

    wouldn't hackers still be able to get in via the unsecure old version?

    No. Thats like saying 'if I replace the locks on my front door and store them in a box in the garage can a thief still pick those locks and get into my house?' No, because you aren't using them. They are just in storage. If you aren't running it its not really hackable to any useful degree. Anyway, you will only ever have one version back installed in there. With as often as Opera updates its negligible from a security standpoint, especially since you aren't actively running the program. Heck, try opening the 'old' Opera.exe. See what happens.

  • What is a version is found to have security holes and so is updated with a secure version - wouldn't hackers still be able to get in via the unsecure old version?***

    Not sure but i don't think they will be able to do it if you are not using the old version.

  • thanks both

  • I had a similar problem but using Avast Free that advises when there are updates for some programs. It advised me there was an update for Opera (33 etc) so I went to Opera About and was advised the version (32 something) was up to date. I then went back to Avast and it installed the later version for me. I appreciate that updates may be installed "gradually" but this seems a little unusual.

  • I posted yesterday about an email I received - it was spam so I posted it to flag it up with a moderator.
    My posts have been removed so all is well, except I had another notification email, below. I followed the link and that too brought up a 404 error. Presumably leocg's thread has been removed too but it would be nice to know that's what's happened.

    That might also help other newbies. Thanks

    03 November 2015 18:18:11

    leocg commented on your discussion.

    [Wrong advice from Opera regarding latest version]

    I'm posting this so that I can then draw it to the attention of the moderators.

    Attention for....?

    It was a spam comment, already removed when you clicked on the link and the reason for you to get the 404 error.


    Follow the link below to check it out:
    http://forums.opera.com/discussion/comment/15229514#Comment_15229514

    Have a great day!

  • I posted yesterday about an email I received - it was spam so I posted it to flag it up with a moderator.
    My posts have been removed so all is well, except I had another notification email, below. I followed the link and that too brought up a 404 error. Presumably leocg's thread has been removed too but it would be nice to know that's what's happened.

    Comments regarding the forum itself belongs to {Forum Feedback](https://forums.opera.com/category/25/forum-feedback).

    Btw, it was probably removed for being totally offtopic in this topic like this one.

  • thanks leocg. I stand by my point, that if a moderator removes a post there should be a footprint in the thread itself. I shouldn't have to create another thread in then feedback, surely.

    Anyway, I'll go quietly.

  • EDIT: "I shouldn't have to create another thread in the feedback section, surely."

  • I stand by my point, that if a moderator removes a post there should be a footprint in the thread itself

    No it shouldn't, specially when it's something so obvious.

    If the case, the post will be edited instead of being removed.

  • well, every other forum I'm in leaves a footprint. We shall just have to agree to disagree.

  • well, every other forum I'm in leaves a footprint.

    For what? It's just waist of time.

    Anyway, this discussion doesn't belong to this topic nor this forum, so if you want to continue please use the Forum Feedback forum.

  • I'm sorry that you just don't get it. Clearly you are an expert - I am not - but as a user I should have some respect and I don't think a footprint is a waste of time. It tells me and newbies like me that something has happened - that my post didn't just disappear.

    I've had enough of your supercilious attitude - I've uninstalled Opera so want need you again, thank goodness. As Einstein once said "most experts have a brain as sharp as a razor - with some the brain is just as narrow". Delete that.

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