ftp site addresses go to google search
Typing in ftp://..... searches google for that phrase instead of going to the ftp site. Not only that, if you had entered your name and password in the address you would have passed that on to google and potentially the whole world. Clearly, the combined search and address bar is potentially very dangerous.
You can avoid Google snooping by selecting another search engine before entering the target adress. Duckduckgo would be a smart choice, sadly Startpage and Ixquick cannot be installed.
Opera for Android does not allow to select a permanent alternative search engine, by design it is
Opera also refuses to provide separate fields for adress and search entries, thus actively enabling and supporting Google's data grabbing.
What FTP site? I visit Opera's FTP site ftp://ftp.opera.com/pub/ regularly and haven't seen this issue ...
It works on Opera for PC but not for Android, at least not on my Opera for Android. Wifi or mobile data connection makes no difference. I'm not selecting suggested results, and at the end of the address I'm entering the 'Enter' key on my android keyboard rather than pressing the google search button.
It does a google search of the ftp address rather than go to the ftp site, unlike my pc (including your quoted opera's ftp site). At best I can go to the ftp site from the google result. As far as I'm concerned this is unsatisfactory - given the possibility of inadvertently passing your login details to google.
In fact everything is going through google search - including http addresses - because as you type an address google is suggesting possible results. If you don't select a suggestion, and have typed an address correctly, there's a slight pause as google matches your entry to a single website, then passes you to it. In other words, you're always searching, you just don't see a load of results if google finds a match.
I hadn't noticed this before. I think I'll test older versions of opera for android and failing that, sadly I'll have to look at other browsers (though I'm not holding my breath on those either).
What if you just type the address without the ftp:// part?
Thanks for that suggestion because it worked. After a bit of testing, each time clearing browsing history, it appears:
ftp://+address ->google search for ftp://+address
ftp address only -> ftp site
usual web address with or without http:// -> website
Also suggested sites before pressing enter appear to come from browsing history, which is much better than I previously thought. I still suspect browsing history is going to google 'on the fly', not an issue if it doesn't include credentials like names and passwords.
So thanks for your suggestion, the bottom line I guess is hopefully the opera devs could check/ensure that such details can't be passed to any search engine.