Is using Opera 12.17 a security risk?

  • I cannot be more specific than the title.

  • Yes, as it won't be updated, it won't be protected. Unless you use an good antivirus, I believe you won't have any problems. I recommend Opera 24.

  • I mainly use 12.17 for the Notes. Is there a computer application that works similar to Notes?

  • Presto Opera was last patched back in April, after a very long break with no updates.
    Until Opera officially declare it no longer supported, I assume there will be further patches if serious security flaws are discovered.
    I'm not worrying about it!
    🙂

  • Sites not secure with Opera Presto are not worth using. 😉

  • Frnakly, I would not take the chance. Just my two cents.

  • Personally I'm not going to waste time worrying about hackers developing any new Presto specific hacks given its slight market share in most parts of the world and lack of a future.

  • I use it and feel perfectly safe. I don't think it's a security risk while security patching for it is officially supported. No security patches have appeared lately, but that's likely to be because most hackers won't bother to make an exploit for a browser that is no longer going to be updated.

    The problem is that javascript-heavy sites like Google and Facebook get buggier and buggier, slower and slower, as the browser is no longer updating to keep up with their changes.

    For syncing notes between computers, if you're OK with a standalone and not in-browser application, try Evernote. It's great.

  • I'm not smart enough to say 12.17 itself is or is NOT secure, but I am experienced enough to believe running 12.17 in a V/M makes it 'secure'. With '24' I worked and tweaked, compromised and chased extensions, tried to adjust to less setting control and that [X] bar that is EITHER URL or Search...and finally, threw in the towel and took Us back to 12.17

    Giz

  • V/M

    In a Vicious Machine?

  • I'm not smart enough to say 12.17 itself is or is NOT secure, but I am experienced enough to believe running 12.17 in a V/M makes it 'secure'. With '24' I worked and tweaked, compromised and chased extensions, tried to adjust to less setting control and that [X] bar that is EITHER URL or Search...and finally, threw in the towel and took Us back to 12.17
    Giz

    Sorry to hear that, Giz. Maybe a few versions on will be more amenable to your circumstances. All the best. ☕

  • [Checking back once in a while for 'news']

    Thanks, Leu'....There is happiness here again. "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"

    Joshi, look back at a previous post of mine where I tried to be a Good Guy and share what I had learned; got my knuckles wrapped with a ruler by a Moderator. Didn't like that one small bit so I wont mention what V/M can mean, again.

    Bye...Giz

  • Opera 12.17 is as secure as Opera 24.
    Opera 12 is the current browser for Linux; i dont think Opera does not fix security issues for Opera Linux and Windows browser.

  • Opera 12.17 is as secure as Opera 24.
    Opera 12 is the current browser for Linux; i dont think Opera does not fix security issues for Opera Linux and Windows browser.

    There is Opera Developer for LInux, they won't provide the download for it soon or later.

  • Returning to the OP's original question, "Is using Opera 12.17 a security risk?", the technical answer for known threats/vulnerabilities is "No, not currently", as noted below for desktop browsers. Beyond that, in terms of what might happen tomorrow with some new/zero-day exploit, Opera 12.17 (Presto) is no more at risk than any other browser in terms of what might occur, though some users might (and have) argued that Opera's inherent "security-through-obscurity" attribute makes it less likely to be attacked than others that present richer targets for the bad guys to craft their exploits. In any case, consulting current quality threat/vulnerability listings is a more productive use of one's time than mere speculation about what "might" be.

    US-CERT...

    • CERT CVE-2013-4705: Medium severity, 9/13: cross-site scripting issue, through Opera 12.14
    • CERT CVE-2014-1870: Medium severity, 2/14: user-assisted address bar spoofing issue, through Opera 18 for Mac OS
    • CERT CVE-2013-2111: Moderately high severity, 4/13: "undisclosed" issue, through Opera 12.14
    • CERT CVE-2013-3210: Medium severity, 9/13: cookie stealing within same domain, through Opera 12.14

    Secunia...

    • Opera 12.x: "There are no unpatched Secunia advisiories affecting this product when all vendor patches are applied." (BB note: a 12.15 version issued by Opera to fix a problem in the 12.14/below versions constitutes a patch for that problem.)
  • I would stick to Opera 12 as long as you can. But I cannot see any reason for the new, "me too Chrome" Opera anyway.

  • The new Opera >= 24 will be as vulnerable as Chromium, as a Chromium fork it has delayed updates; Chromium/Chrome is a big target.

  • ABSOLUTELY agree with you, Starmaster! In point of fact, on my computer I have 113 active bookmarks. Exactly TWO of them 'act up' using 12.17. So, using 12.17's super bookmark manager, I made a Sub-Sub-Folder for them, noted with 'Open with.......... [the REAL Chrome]. Looks like '12' will sit on the Top of the Curve for a while yet.

  • Opera 24 is not fully functional, I missed the Opera Link so my Speed Dials and Bookmarks can sync.

  • Opera 24 is not fully functional, I missed the Opera Link so my Speed Dials and Bookmarks can sync.

    True. And Opera 24 still does not support "wand" or password manager.

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