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Old 12-01-18, 21:59
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A little while ago in this thread:

http://forum.webuser.co.uk/showthread.php?t=150894

alanrwood mentioned difficulties, particularly lack of speed, with Opera's built-in VPN. I rarely use the VPN and I hadn't noticed this, but I have now! Yesterday I turned the VPN on, then closed the browser without doing much else. I forgot that the VPN was on today when I opened the browser and, well - 'slow' doesn't begin to describe it! It reminded me of my dial-up days! From what Alan has said, the developers aren't addressing the problem or even admitting that it exists.

Just thought I'd mention it. I hope you see this Alan, now I know exactly what you meant! Apart from this, Opera is a very good browser.
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Old 13-01-18, 11:09
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Hi Madeline

Yes the problem remains even in the latest version of Opera released a couple of days ago (V50.0.2762.58)

Anyone interested should visit my links in the original post mentioned above by Madeline. Absolute zero responses from Opera over some weeks and still continually bragging about how good the Opera VPN is.

Yes I agree with Madeline that Opera is a good browser in all other respects it is just the attitude of Opera that really annoys me.
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Old 13-01-18, 23:41
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It's really very unsatisfactory. Apart from anything else, this continuing failure to improve the VPN could result in people abandoning Opera and using a different browser which would be a pity as Opera is very good otherwise. Perhaps the developers of Opera's VPN think that if they keep on insisting that it's wonderful often enough and ignore dissenters, what they say will be the truth. Except that it won't be of course.

I had a look at the beta version of Opera 51 and the VPN doesn't feature in the blog and hardly at all in the changelog. If a feature is sub-standard, it shouldn't be there at all.
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Old 14-01-18, 01:47
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For anyone who wants to know more about this issue, following is a link to the same thread on the Opera forums which Alan linked to in the other thread:

IS VPN with problem now? | Opera forums

This is what someone there said about an hour ago
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Well well well !
It's important to be honest.

As I live and breath, I have just installed tonight's update. 14th Jan 2018 at 00:39 GMT/UTC in London, UK, version 50.0.2762.58.
Looks like they've fixed it. About time.
37.31Mbps on a 37Mbps incoming fibre line.

Let's hope they don't put us through that again...
I hope it's true, but time and other people's experiences will tell!
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Old 14-01-18, 11:13
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Just tried it again and it has not been improved yet. Just posted:-

*Well well well !
It's important to be honest.

As I live and breath, I have just installed tonight's update. 14th Jan 2018 at 00:39 GMT/UTC in London, UK, version 50.0.2762.58.
Looks like they've fixed it. About time.
37.31Mbps on a 37Mbps incoming fibre line.

Let's hope they don't put us through that again...*


You must be the lucky one. I am on a 78Mb/s Zen Fibre with d/l of 77.4Mb/s with VPN off and between 0.5 and 3Mb/s with optimum VPN on. Also running same version as you. Definitely not fixed.
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Old 14-01-18, 19:05
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That thread on the Opera forums is currently up to 183 posts. It seems to me that the VPN works for some people, but not for others which really isn’t good enough - it should work properly for everyone or they should find out why it doesn’t and do something to rectify whatever’s wrong.
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This is a post with info about getting a VPN:

You need a VPN and here’s why - Web User Forums
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I found this quite interesting:

The Worst Free VPN Providers
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Though the free VPN that is available with the Opera browser does encrypt your outgoing data, it only does so for browser traffic, making it less than ideal for people seeking true anonymity online. Though the company defends this by openly stating that they are not a true VPN but rather a “browser VPN,” we feel there is some room for a charge of false advertising, here. On top of that, it is unclear which privacy policy (that of Opera or that of SurfEasy, above) applies to the browser VPN, making for muddled waters, indeed.

Though a spokeswoman for Opera defended the browser VPN in an email exchange, saying that after the company was divvied up by a Chinese consortium different privacy policies apply, it’s very unclear where this game of corporate shuffleboard leaves consumers. Here at Cloudwards.net we’re tempted to take the “better safe than sorry” line and avoid any SurfEasy or Opera VPN altogether.
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I'm in total agreement there. Thanks Madeline.
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Old 15-01-18, 20:38
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It seems to me that the best thing to do is either to pay for a decent VPN like NordVPN as you do Alan, or go for one of the browser extensions which are available for free like those offered by HOXX which you mentioned in another thread. Perhaps one day all browsers will have a built-in VPN, you never know!
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