Opera v19 uses Google's DNS servers, to help Google invade your privacy

  • Hi,

    I'm on a Mac, and installed Little Snitch (firewall for outgoing connections), and noticed that Opera v19 uses Google's public DNS servers instead of what's configured in my network settings.

    There is no setting to change this.

    Of course, this is happening because Opera needs money from Google, and is now helping them gather information on people. This way, Google sees every single web page you open, which is exactly why they're providing their public DNS service in the first place - to gather as much information on everyone as possible. But I'm sure Opera users would not want to have their privacy invaded stealthily like this.

    Let's see how long this post stays here before it's censored.

  • Originally posted by jugimaster:

    Let's see how long this post stays here before it's censored.

    We don't do that. I can't verify the rest in any way, but as long as a post isn't offensive or inflammatory it'll stay.

  • I didn't see any use of Google's DNS in Opera 19.0.1326.0 Developer for Windows. This version is not the latest. Opera used the one DNS received via DHCP.

    It could be that this is a feature of the latest version, or caused by specific network settings (such as multiple DNS servers, or an unreachable one).

    Could you provide some logs that demonstrate what you saw?

  • Opera Mini servers use a free DNS as 8.8.4.4 for HTTP traffic, if that DNS is jammed then only the socket (port 1080) will be available.

  • Did I mentioned that Google DNS have another zone set now, other than US? That's right, Google follow the war of/on/with terror here in EU starting two weeks back.

  • Originally posted by jugimaster:

    Opera needs money from Google, and is now helping them gather information on people. This way, Google sees every single web page you open, which is exactly why they're providing their public DNS service in the first place - to gather as much information on everyone as possible. But I'm sure Opera users would not want to have their privacy invaded stealthily like this.

    Let's see how long this post stays here before it's censored.

    Believing that Google and the NSA want to know what you've had for breakfast is plausible, but believing that those in charge of this forum are likely to censor you is a paranoid delusion. :lol:

  • Originally posted by sgunhouse:

    Originally posted by jugimaster:

    Let's see how long this post stays here before it's censored.

    We don't do that. I can't verify the rest in any way, but as long as a post isn't offensive or inflammatory it'll stay.

    Back when v15 was released, you removed a post I wrote about it.

  • Originally posted by j7nj7n:

    I didn't see any use of Google's DNS in Opera 19.0.1326.0 Developer for Windows. This version is not the latest. Opera used the one DNS received via DHCP.

    It could be that this is a feature of the latest version, or caused by specific network settings (such as multiple DNS servers, or an unreachable one).

    Could you provide some logs that demonstrate what you saw?

    I haven't configured my Mac to use Google's DNS servers, and "Little Snitch" only asked about Opera v19 contacting Google's DNS - not v12, not Firefox, not Safari. Maybe it's only the Mac version.

  • Originally posted by jugimaster:

    I haven't configured my Mac to use Google's DNS servers, and "Little Snitch" only asked about Opera v19 contacting Google's DNS

    And what info Opera is requesting?

    Here, with Win 8.1, i can't see any signals of Opera using Google's DNS Server.

  • Have you checked to see if your browser is using the options:

    • Predict network actions to improve page load performance
    • Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar

    These might be referring to google services, but I'm not sure.

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