Secure Your Opera Browser [Guide]
If you still not have Opera browser, download it from their website. :-TU
This settings will show you “How to surf more secure and private in Opera browser”
These changes won’t effect your usability but improve your privacy & security.
1 - First of all check your Opera version, go to opera://about/ Opera automaticaly updates itself.
2 - Lets go to Settings of Opera, press Alt+P
In this page, scroll down to bottom and check “Block third-party cookies and site data”
Move on to “Browser” tab
See How To Move Between Settings
Scroll down to this page and check “Show advanced settings” option. Then find the settings shown in the screenshot and make them like in the screenshot. Check “Show full URL in combined search and address bar” and un-check “Show popular searches”
If you want to use your battery on your laptop with Opera, enable “Save Battery” option.
Move on to “Websites” tab
Do not allow any website to know your location
Move on to “Privacy & Security” tab
Enable “Block Ads” option if you are not using any adlocker on your Opera browser, and remove all exceptions from ‘Manage exceptions’! If you block ads, webpages will load faster and look cleaner. By blocking ads, you also block the source of many tracking cookies.
You can see how many ads blocked on pages end of the URL bar
Opera’s built-in adblocker uses Easylist and EasyPrivacy by default. Don’t worry you can add filters you need which uses Easylist rule syntax!
1 - You can get many filters from FilterLists website.
2 - Click view button of desired filter, copy the URL of the filter.
3 - Go to Opera adblocker settings
4 - Open “Custom block lists”
5- Then paste the URL of the new filter and press ‘Enter’
Congrats you are using the new filter with Opera’s built-in adblocker 8)
Privacy Section Settings
- Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar,
- Predict network actions to improve page load performance,
- Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information and
- Automatically send crash reports to Opera.
These options send anonymous data about your behavior and browsing habits to Opera. Opera trying to collect telemetry data to know new trends of their users to give better services. Typical users can safely leave all options ticked here, but if you are concerned about your privacy disable these options.
Check these options,
- Protect me from malicious site
- Send a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic
Enable VPN feature.
Normally, your browser connects directly to websites, allowing websites to identify your IP address and its approximate location. With VPN, you connect to websites via a VPN server. As a result, your apparent location changes to the location of the server.
Opera has built-in WebRTC Leak prevent (Disable non-proxied UDP), make sure that this option is enabled while you are using VPN feature or your desktop VPN application. This will improve your privacy :-TU
VPN is a free service, and the amount of data you are allowed to transfer is unlimited.
after all these you can close the Settings tab
Go to opera://flags/
- Search for “PPAPI Win32k lockdown” and set “All plug-ins”
- Search for “AppContainer lockdown” and set it “Enabled”
- Search “Warn about local, unknown roots” and set it “Enabled”
If you want to improve your browsing, you can add security/privacy extensions to your Opera browser.
If you didn’t like Opera’s built-in adblocker,
then please use uBlock Origin > uBlock Origin extension - Opera add-ons
HTTPS Everywhere > https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/https-everywhere/
Privacy Badger > Privacy Badger extension - Opera add-ons
I do not recommend recording your passwords into browsers. You can use LastPass extension to store your passwords.
LastPass > https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/lastpass/
If you want ‘offline’ options you can also use Password Safe.