When Opera launched Opera Max in 2013, it was designed to compress data over mobile connections and save users money on their data plans. Last May Opera expanded support to include compressing data over Wifi (useful for those of us with mobile hotspots), and now Opera has added several security features a well.
On Friday Opera announced that Opera Max could now now protect your privacy by either tracking or blocking tracking scripts. It also now has an option for encrypting data, making it harder for someone to spy on you over shared Wifi networks.
Did you know that thousands of apps are misbehaving and tracking you for selfish reasons? These apps send out hundreds, even thousands, of requests per day to third parties and put your privacy at risk. Now, Opera Max’s privacy mode reveals which apps are bad and which apps are good in terms of sharing your data with third parties. Showing this at an app-specific level is a breakthrough in mobile privacy tools.
To see real-time privacy alerts, we encourage you to scroll up and down the privacy mode timeline regularly and also tap on individual timeline cards to see the “privacy breakdown” of what an app did in a particular session. This is a useful tool to let you know when your apps put your private data at risk.
Tracking JS scripts and cookies are some of the most common ways websites tag you. On average, more than 300 trackers a day report my info to other companies. Some of you may attract even more because of the apps you installed or the websites you browse. At Opera, we think this kind of retargeting is creepy and annoying.
Now, Opera Max’s privacy mode will not only reveal which apps are high privacy risks, but can help you block these trackers. Blocking trackers will make you less of a target for various sites and apps that want to retarget you with their ads.
Now, with privacy mode in the new version of Opera Max, you can encrypt your app data and browsing traffic on Wi-Fi with a tap of a button. This offers you an additional layer of privacy and security so that you can have peace of mind when connecting your phone to public Wi-Fi networks.