Opera stable 64 - news
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The Opera 64.0.3417.47 has been promoted to the stable channel
The change log, and the official announcement.
Some of changes, fixes and improvements:
- DNA-81230 [Mac] Drop support for 10.10.
- DNA-81346 Enable #advanced-content-blocking on all streams.
- DNA-81489 Start page goes into infinite loop.
"Opera is making its privacy, and security features more accessible. We are also adding improvements to the snapshot tool, for better screenshots inside the browser.
With this release, we would like to focus on privacy, and let you know which privacy features to use on which occasions, in order to keep your personal data safe, while you browse the Web.
Opera offers a free, unlimited VPN, built-in ad blocker, and the new tracker blocker
Opera comes with a large set of privacy-enhancing features, including this built-in ad blocker, and the new tracker blocker. Our browser has also been the first and only one to offer a free, unlimited no-log VPN. But with a growing number of online threats, as well as a growing number of privacy-enhancing features, it often gets confusing which ones to use on which occasions.
Here’s a brief explanation on how to use Opera’s privacy features, to get the most from your browsing while keeping your data safe.
Today, we are introducing a tracker blocker, a useful feature, which you can switch on in the EasySetup menu, and in the browser’s settings. Along with Opera’s built-in ad blocker, the tracker blocker will speed up your browsing, while also increasing your level of privacy. Once switched on, these two features can be disabled for individual websites, for example, when a publisher requires that you do so in order to access their content.
Our brand new tracker blocker relies on the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List. Once you switch it on, it works similarly to Opera’s native ad blocker: we have a list of known tracker scripts, and we block them from loading to protect your privacy.
Whenever you use the Web, you leave a trace. Websites tend to follow your every click. To get information about your browsing habits, many of them add invisible elements, record some data, or use your user account information. This is called first-party tracking, and it’s often quite handy as it can provide useful customization for the service you are using.
However, today's websites also tend to use an extensive amount of third party tracking tools. While many of these are useful to the website owners, these third party trackers are often able to build a picture of your online activity, by gathering information from several websites, that you are logged in to, which might create privacy concerns, that people’s data might be collected and shared with third parties, that they never knew about.
The most blatant examples of this are personalized ads: oftentimes, once you’ve looked for a product on a website, that product follows you around to other websites.
If you switch on the tracker blocker in Easy Setup, the content shouldn’t follow you around anymore, and you should become less visible to third parties.
Ad blocker for enhanced privacy
The Opera's browser also comes with a built-in ad blocker. The ad blocker, which you can switch on in the panel on the right of the address bar, or in the Easy Setup menu, blocks annoying ads and pop-ups, which speeds up your browsing. However, it’s also a privacy feature, which can help prevent your device from getting infected with malware.
The ad blocker can also reduce the number of web cookies, the small pieces of data sent from websites, and stored on your computer to be later sent to websites, when you visit them again.
Now, with the addition of the tracker blocker, Opera lets you know, how many trackers and ads the browser has blocked on a given website – to check the current count, simply click the ad blocker icon to the right of the address bar. You can access the ad blocker and tracker blocker features through that icon at any time.
The tracker blocker can speed up page loading by roughly 20 percent. Coupled with Opera’s built-in ad blocker, the speed gain can reach up to 76 percent.
We consider ad blocker and tracker blocker to be basic privacy features, which can be kept on at all times. But that’s not all you get from Opera: our browser also has plenty of extended privacy features, which come in handy, when you feel the need to increase the privacy of your browsing even further.
Extended privacy features explained: Private window
Opening a private window, sometimes referred to as incognito mode, creates a separate session for browsing, that doesn’t appear in your browser’s history. In addition, all data stored during that session – for example cookies – will be wiped out completely, once you close the private window. We recommend using the private window on those occasions, when you want to stay under the radar, and look up things that you don’t want to reappear in the form of personalized ads, or to be displayed in your browser’s history.
You can also use the private window to log into a different account (from the one you are logged into in your main browser window). Once you close the private window, your browser will forget about the session – it will not add the websites to your browser’s history, and it will erase the cookies.
However, please note, that this mode won’t keep you fully anonymous to your internet service provider, school or employer, and that any place or organization, that provides your internet access, might still be able to see your IP address.
Switch on your browser's VPN to protect your privacy even further
Opera is the first and only major browser, to have a built-in and unlimited browser VPN, that is completely free. That VPN lets you hide your location and IP address from websites by creating a virtual location for you. When turned on, the VPN creates a secure connection to one of Opera’s server locations around the world. It lets you choose where to appear on the internet, giving your online privacy and security a boost.
The browser VPN is also an important security feature. While browsing at an airport or at a cafe, we often rely on networks, that we can’t fully trust. Using an open network means, that someone can for example, see which websites you are visiting, and might want to exploit that information. A virtual private network (VPN) is a great way to protect yourself against that.
We also do not log any information related to your browsing activity, or your originating network address, while you use it. No logs and no tracking – what you do online, is your own business.
Depending on your browsing needs, you can choose to use the basic or extended privacy features. Thanks to our ad blocker, tracker blocker, incognito mode and unlimited, free no-log VPN, we’ve got you covered. Also, along with enhancing your level of privacy, we’ve made Opera a bit more fun.
The enhanced Snapshot tool lets you take screenshots in your browser, and turn them into memes
You might have noticed the camera symbol to the right of the address bar. Opera’s Snapshot tool lets you take screenshots of any website – directly from the browser, without the need to look for the file on your computer’s hard drive.
The Snapshot tool has some new functionalities. Once you click it (or activate it with "Shift+Ctrl+2" keyboard shortcut), you can save a website directly to PDF, or capture the entire website all the way to the bottom. You can also crop out part of a website, capture it and then customize it. The blurring function has been improved, along with the drawing tool. It not only makes the lines smoother, but also detects, when you want to mark something on a cropped image by drawing a shape of a circle, triangle or rectangle and propose to smoother the shape. Now, the Snapshot tool also lets you add text in three fonts, including the Impact one known from memes. Give it a try, and create a meme!
From now on, you can also highlight elements with the highlighter feature, and unfold your creativity by adding a selfie, or one of the new emojis."
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Some of important fixes:
- DNA-80423 [Mac] 3-finger swipe (back/forward) does not work.
- DNA-81211 [Advanced content blocking] Can not turn off ad blocking in private mode.
- DNA-81580 Speed dials’ colours change after Opera update.
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The problem of slow loading speed dials was also investigated, and fixed by our developers. Let us know if you still have any problems with that."
Some of fixes, changes and improvements:
- DNA-81753 Pinned tab only remembered after next restart.
- DNA-81769 Investigate reports about slow speed dial loading in O64 blog comments.
- DNA-81732 [Mac][Catalina] Cannot maximize a window after it’s been minimized.
- DNA-81859 [Mac 10.15] Crash whenever navigating to any page.
- DNA-81304 Crash at chrome::NewTab(Browser*).
- DNA-81737 Renderer crash on
Chromium has been updated to version 77.0.3865.120.