Opera browser developers have announced a major update to the desktop version. One of the main innovations was the blocking of tracking user actions on the Internet. In addition to increasing privacy, it also allows you to significantly speed up the loading of sites.
“As soon as you look at a particular product online, it begins to follow you in the form of personalized advertising or behavioral tracking. We decided to help our users manage this situation, giving them the opportunity to control the data that they share with sites. Users should know that they can save a ton of time simply by turning on the tracker blocker, ”said Joanna Chaika, Opera PC Product Manager.
The new tracker blocker in Opera can be activated in the browser setup menu or in the settings. When it is turned on, the shield icon appears in the address bar, showing the number of blocked trackers. There you can deactivate the function for each specific site.
Opera’s tracker blocker is based on the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List technology used on the ad blocker built into the browser. It detects well-known scripts of trackers and blocks them. According to the assurances of the developers, activation of the tracker blocker allows you to increase the speed of loading sites on average by 20%, and in combination with the built-in ad blocker - by 23%.
Developers also remind that their browser has a built-in VPN that hides the location and IP address from websites. When this function is enabled, a secure connection is created to one of the many locations around the world where Opera servers are located. The company notes that they do not store logs of any information related to the user's online activity or the source address of their network.
In addition to the tracker blocker, Opera has updated the screenshot function, which allows you to take pictures of sites and edit them inside the browser. Now, by clicking on the camera icon, the user can save the website in PDF or take a screenshot of the entire web page. You can select a part of the site, take a screenshot and then customize it. Blur and paint features have also been improved. In particular, it has become easier to draw circles, triangles, and rectangles. In addition, this option now allows you to add selfies, emojis or text in three different fonts, including the popular Impact font for creating memes.