How to Turn on VPN in Opera Browsing

There are many reasons why you might want to use a VPN while surfing the web. Maybe you’re looking for a safe and private place to browse the web or maybe you just want to make sure your personal data is always kept secure when connecting to public WiFis. Whatever your reasons may be, you can easily set up a VPN connection in Opera.

Here are the steps to get started.

Step 1: Open Opera and point it to the homepage of the VPN you want to use.

Your first step is to open up Opera and point it to the home page of the VPN you want to use. Let’s say you’re connecting to the Google VPN and it’s currently set to https://www.google.com/accounts/AuthLogin?service=ceph&passwd=********* you would open up Opera, navigate to https://www.google.com/accounts/AuthLogin?service=ceph&passwd=********* and hit enter. You’ll be taken to the home page of the VPN you selected in your Opera browser settings.

Step 2: Check the VPN name and port number in the address bar.

Now that you’re on the homepage of your VPN, you can look for options to connect in the top right. You’ll see something like this:

  • Connect
  • PPT VPN
  • ExpressVPN
  • CyberGhost
  • Google
  • HideMyAss

The first four are free, OpenVPN is a commonly used and highly regarded VPN service, and the others are lesser-known VPN services. If you are looking for a free VPN that works well, you can try out HideMyAss. However, if you are looking for something more robust or trustworthy, opt for one of the four free options or ExpressVPN (at the time of writing, this is one of the best and most robust VPNs available).

Once you’ve connected to your VPN, you’ll see something like this in the address bar:

  • #VPN
  • 123.45.678.910:80
  • 64.233.159.101:443
  • 64.233.159.101:443
  • 64.233.159.101:443

These are the details of your VPN connection. The first number (123.45.678.910) is your IP address. It will stay the same as long as you stay connected to the VPN, so you don’t have to worry about it changing. The 80 after the IPv4 address is the port number the VPN is listening on. You can leave this on 80 for all the websites you visit while connected to the VPN, or you can change it to a custom port if you want to only use a specific set of ports for certain websites or use a different port for different protocols (like TLS or DTLS).

Step 3: Visit a website you know will have a VPN certificate issue.

Now that you have a working VPN connection, you can visit any website you like and be sure your connection is always secure. To confirm this, you can visit a website that needs a VPN certificate (like https://www.bing.com) while connected to your VPN. If you’re using a free VPN, you may have to wait a couple of minutes for the certificate to be offered by the VPN server. If you’re using one of the paid-for VPNs, you’ll see a green bar at the top of the page, indicating your connection is protected by the VPN.

Step 4: Enjoy your secure browsing.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, visiting websites you know need a VPN certificate while connected to a VPN is just a matter of a few clicks. As long as you remember to always keep your connection to the VPN active, you’ll be able to enjoy a safe and private browsing experience on the web. 

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